Volunteer Student Coordinators - Role Description

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) is seeking two postgraduate students to join our team as Volunteer Student Coordinators. This is an exciting opportunity to join the SIPR team and shape the future of the student network. Furthermore, as a student coordinator you will be provided with unprecedented access to the inner workings of the institute and will have valuable contribution to make in high level executive meetings.

These roles will require working closely with the Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager to support the organisation of key student events and activities both within Scotland and internationally. This may include:

  • 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).

The co-ordinator role will be limited to a maximum of two years and, where possible, a replacement will be sought before coordinators enter their final year of study.

To undertake this role we would require candidates who are:

  • Highly organised;
  • Enthusiastic;
  • Excellent communicators; and
  • Personable and able to bring together a cohesive community of postgraduate policing research students.


  • We would request that applicants are currently undertaking Doctoral studies related to policing research (although those undertaking Masters-level study may be considered);
  • Preference will be given to applicants in their first or second year of study;
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from their PhD Supervisor; and
  • Where possible, co-ordinators will not represent the same institution.


This is an unpaid position, however, SIPR will cover all expenses incurred for travel and accommodation related to duties undertaken as a Student Coordinator.

Application process

The deadline for applications will be by midnight on Sunday 31st May 2020. To apply please provide the following:

1. A letter including the following details:

  •  Your full name
  • Your Institution
  • The name of your Supervisor
  • Your current year of study (and expected completion date)
  • The title of your thesis
  • A description of why you would like to be the student co-ordinator

2. A letter of support from your current supervisor

If more than two applications are received, SIPR will undertake a short interviews with all candidates which will take place either face-to-face or online. The interview panel will consist of three people – the SIPR Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager, either the SIPR Director or an Associate Director, and a representative from Police Scotland.

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