SIPR/Police Scotland

Postgraduate Symposium

Friday 15th December 2017, 09.00 to 16.00

Prestonfield Room, John McIntyre Centre, University of Edinburgh

We are pleased to announce the third Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and Police Scotland Postgraduate Student Award, which this year will be held in conjunction with the Scottish International Police Conference to create two days of opportunity to showcase innovate policing research emerging from Scottish universities.

We will welcome posters and presentations on any aspect of police related research and invite student researchers who are working in this field of research from across Scotland to attend. This year we are also pleased to welcome Postgraduate colleagues from the Norwegian Police University College (PHS), Oslo.

As always, the aim of the symposium is to give PGRs at all stages of their research a chance to present their work to a supportive audience of peers and to a select audience of policing and academic experts. There will again be awards presented for the best submissions, as judged by a panel of subject matter specialists in policy, practice and research.

In a change to previous formats, this year, submissions from PGRs are invited in the following formats:
Specialist Panel: There will be a Curated Q & A session with a panel of experienced practitioners, policy makers and policing academics. The session will focus on Evidence Informed Practice and how researcher and researchers can influence policy. Students will be invited to submit questions in advance to the panel to receive more in-depth answers. There will also be the opportunity to pose questions on the day to keep them on their toes!

The Awards will be announced at this year's symposium following the presentations. There will be speakers from SIPR and Police Scotland at the symposium but the focus will be on student presentations and posters.

Deadline for submissions by: 3rd November 2017

Places should be booked by 1st December 2017

        The prize will provide the winners with a
        unique opportunity...and the potential for
        their research to have a direct impact on
        police practice in Scotland


For more details on The Prize, please see right hand column


Offer a Poster or Presentation We will welcome posters and presentations on any aspect of police related research and invite student researchers who are working in this field of research from across Scotland to attend.



The event will be from 09.00 - 16.00 and will include a buffet lunch. The event promises to be an interesting programme with opportunities for students to engage directly with established researchers and police professionals, as well as to network with other students who are working in the same field. Due to the limited places available it is recommended that registration is completed early to ensure you are guaranteed a place. Please follow the registration link found at the bottom of this page to register.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from across Scotland, learn more about the varied work currently being undertaken and potentially forge bonds and collaborations which will continue throughout your professional career.


The venue will be John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh University


The event is sponsored by SIPR, and there will be no charge for participants. Places are limited and must be reserved (see below).



Spaces must be booked by 1st December 2017


For further details, please contact the organisers:

Postgraduate contact: Amy Humphrey, University of Dundee (

Denise Martin, University of West of Scotland (

or Tim Heilbronn, SIPR Business and KT Manager (

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This Conference is being organised by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research


The prize will also provide the winner the opportunity to collaborate with SIPR and Police Scotland to consider how their research can be further developed and how it might inform policing practice in Scotland. This level of access to established researchers and police practitioners will afford the winners a unique opportunity to contribute to the body of knowledge that informs policing and the potential for their research to have a direct impact on police practice in Scotland.

Prizewinners, SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Awards 2016

The Specialist Panel

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Dr Victoria Herrington

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Derek Penman, HMICS

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Chief Supt. Gillian MacDonald