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The Second SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Award

Date of event: June 28, 2016

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Event Briefing

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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