The Second SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Award

28th June 2016

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and Police Scotland Postgraduate Student Award were introduced in 2015 to encourage those who had completed, or who were working towards, a masters or doctoral award in a topic that is related to policing, to present their research in a supportive environment.

The awards for 2016 were announced as:

Award for Best Presentation :
Claire Taylor, Abertay University

Award for Best Poster :
Richard Jefferies, UWS

Winners of the Best Poster Award (Claire Taylor) and Best Presentation (Richard Jefferies) with Supt Andrew Todd.

        The prize will provide the winner 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



Please download the Full Programme timings and Abstracts

  • 10.00 - 10.30 : Cofee/Tea and Registration
  • 10.30 - 10.40 : Professor Nick Fyfe, Director of SIPR & Dr Denise Martin (SIPR Education & Leadership Network)
  • 10.40 - 13.00 : Student presentations and Discussion - Session 1 and 2 (see below)
  • 13.00 - 13.45 : Lunch and viewing of posters
  • 13.45 - 14.40 : Student presentations and Discussion - Session 3 (see below)
  • 14.40 - 15.00 : Tea and viewing of posters
  • 15.00 - 15.15 : Award of the Prizes - Supt Andrew Todd, Police Scotland


Student Presentations


Platform Presentations 1
  • Elaine McLaughlin Glasgow Caledonian University WINNER OF THE POSTGRADUATE STUDENT AWARD 2015 Ethnic Minority Women & Domestic Abuse in Scotland: An Uncertain Legal Status & No Recourse to Public Funds
  • Alexa Anderson Equal Scotland Human Trafficking in Scotland: towards a more cooperative inter-organizational framework
  • Maureen Taylor GCU Child sexual exploitation: Organised crime or crime that is organised?
  • Gemma Johnston GCU The Attitudes of Psychologists Towards Sexual Offenders
Platform Presentations 2
  • Inga Heyman Robert Gordon University Supporting an understanding of the pathways and interface between police, those in mental health distress and emergency health services
  • Claire Taylor Abertay University Multiple Missing: An Exploration of Behavioural Consistencies in Repeat Missing Adults
  • Anjam Ismail Strathclyde/Police Scotland Who Guards the Guardians: A Consideration of Police Officers Human Rights in Scotland
Platform Presentations 3
  • Mae MacDougall-Heasman Abertay University Statistical Modelling to Identify Links between Illicit Cases for Drug Intelligence Purposes
  • Graeme Dickson University of Dundee Thinking about Volunteering in the Police Organisation
  • Liam Ralph Edinburgh Napier University An in-depth study on police use of social media in Scotland
Poster Presentations
  • Richard Jefferies University of the West of Scotland Charting the creation of a single national police force through discourse analysis: a Police Scotland case study
  • Katarzyna Prusak Abertay University Policing Domestic Violence in Scotland - a social constructionist approach
  • Graeme Dickson University of Dundee Thinking about Volunteering in the Police Organisation

Please download the Full Programme timings and Abstracts

For further details, please contact the organisers:

Denise Martin, University of West of Scotland (

or Tim Heilbronn, SIPR Business and KT Manager (

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This Conference was organised by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research


The prize has also provided the winners with 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.

Participants have also been invited to have their work published on the SIPR blog which is disseminated to a large network of researchers and practitioners.

This symposium offers an excellent opportunity for students to have their work shared to a wide academic and professional audience with a view to making an impact on policing in Scotland, and is intended to be held as an annual event.