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The Third SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Symposium

Date of event: December 15, 2017

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Event Briefing

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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