Student Coordinators

Our student coordinators play a vital role in ensuring that SIPR activities are student-led where possible and supporting our mission to nurture the next generation of policing researchers.

Larissa Engelmann - PhD Candidate, Edinburgh Napier University

Larissa, who is currently in her second year of study, undertaking the PhD "‘Police Scotland a learning organization? A critical assessment of the role of learning and education in the development of police officers and the police organization in Scotland’ stated:
 "SIPR has been invaluable in supporting me through my journey as a PhD student. Being able to give back and develop our postgraduate research community further is something I am very passionate about. I’m grateful for the opportunity and look forward to get started especially during this somewhat more difficult time for a lot of us.”


Simon-Lewis Menzies - PhD Candidate, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee

Simon is in his first year and is undertaking the PhD "An analysis of the communication of evidence and to what extent this affects the decision-making process by Police Investigators and the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service in the City of Dundee in respect of rape case progression”. Simon stated:
 "I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to work with SIPR to expand the postgraduate community. I am exceptionally excited to bring my experience around student development and my research passion from LRCFS to SIPR.”

Our student coordinators work closely with the SIPR Leadership Team to shape the future of the student network through engagement with the postgraduate community and development of key postgraduate activities including:
  • Supporting the organisation and delivery of the Annual SIPR Postgraduate Symposium;
  • Representing the SIPR student community at various SIPR governance meetings (e.g. quarterly leadership meetings, quarterly Executive Committee meetings, the annual Board of Governance meeting, and SIPR network meetings);
  • Supporting the identification of learning and development opportunities for SIPR postgraduates;
  • Supporting the organisation and delivery of postgraduate relevant training, events, and workshops;
  • Supporting the development and delivery of international summer school programmes;
  • Supporting the development of the postgraduate community identifying opportunities for networking, collaboration, and connection; and
  • Promoting engagement of the Postgraduate community with SIPR (for example through SIPR’s online and social media channels).


For more information on the positions please contact Monica Boyle, SIPR Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager – m.boyle@napier.ac.uk