The Third SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Symposium

15th December 2017

The Third SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Symposium

The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and Police Scotland Postgraduate Student Awards 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 2017 were announced as:

Award for Best Presentation :
Robert Skinner, Heriot-Watt University

Award for Best Poster :
Najla Etaha, University of Strathclyde

Winners of the Best Poster Award (Najla Etaha) and Best Presentation (Robert Skinner) with T/ACC Gillian MacDonald (Police Scotland).

        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

Chair: Amy Humphrey, University of Dundee

  • 09.00 - 09.30 : Coffee/Tea and Registration
  • 09.30 - 09.40 : Professor Nick Fyfe, Director of SIPR & Dr Denise Martin (SIPR Education & Leadership Network)
  • 09.40 - 11.00 : Student presentations and Discussion - An organisation in transition (see below)
  • 11.00 - 11.15 : Coffee/Tea and viewing of posters
  • 11.15 - 12.30 : Student presentations and Discussion - The Missing Link (see below)
  • 12.30 - 13.15 : Lunch and viewing of posters
  • 13.15 - 14.30 : Student presentations and Discussion - Vulnerable people and vulnerable places (see below)
  • 14.30 - 15.30 : Specialist Panel Discussion - Vicki Herrington (Director of Research and Learning at the Australian Institute of Police Management); Derek Penman (Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary); T/ACC Gillian MacDonald (Police Scotland); and Kenny MacAskill (Former Cabinet Secretary for Justice)
  • 15.30 - 15.50 : Coffee/Tea and viewing of posters
  • 15.50 - 16.00 : Award of the Prizes - T/ACC Gillian MacDonald (Police Scotland)


Student Presentations (15 minutes except where shown)


An organisation in transition
  • Declan Falconer University of Leeds Body-worn video cameras and police-public interventions, early insights in research co-production
  • Jenny Lundgaard Norwegian Police University College Event driven control room practices: a jigsaw puzzle of the unclear
  • Emily MannUniversity of Edinburgh The faction of femininity: a counter-narrative
  • Graeme Dickson University of Dundee Volunteering and Policing: Police Occupational Culture in the Special Constabulary
  • Discussion
The Missing Link
  • Suaad (Sue) Alshehhi University of Strathclyde Quantification of RNA degradation of blood-specific markers to indicate the age of bloodstains
  • Fergus E. Kelly University of Glasgow / Police Scotland Waste, crime and environmental harm: exploring the Scottish waste management sector and its vulnerabilities to organised crime (5-minute briefing)
  • Joe Apps University of Dundee / National Crime Agency (In)visibility and missing harm
  • Katie Gambier-Ross University of Edinburgh Staying safe 'Going out' - the experience of being missing from people with dementia (5-minute briefing)
  • Discussion
Vulnerable people and vulnerable places
  • Matthew Richardson University of Dundee / Police Scotland Have Police Scotland demonstrated effective leadership when responding to hate incidents in the period leading up to and in the aftermath of the vote to leave the EU?
  • Inga HeymanRGU / Edinburgh Napier University Police and emergency health practitioner experiences in the care of people in mental health distress- a 'grey area' of practice
  • Robert Skinner Heriot-Watt University Proximity interpreting: Day to day policing and delivering access for deaf citizens
  • Dionysia Lali Open University Vulnerable witnesses and the police: How to develop evidence based practice to support witnesses on the autistic spectrum (ASD) when giving evidence
  • Discussion
Poster Presentations
  • Najla Etaha University of Strathclyde Influence of gender on risky behaviour in use of smartphones
  • Eleanor ( Ellie) Harding Edinburgh Napier University Identifying opportunities to improve outcomes and care pathways of people in mental health distress who are attended by Police Scotland
  • Liam RalphEdinburgh Napier University Communication between the police and the public via social media in Scotland: Summary of interim findings
  • Yazeed Alkhurayyif University of Strathclyde How can we measure the likely effectiveness of information security policies?
  • Dermot Fitzsimons Queen Margaret University Pausing Mid-Sentence: Young offenders' perspectives on their language and communication needs

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.