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Professor Denise Martin to step down as Associate Director

Our thanks to Denise 

Denise has been an integral part of the SIPR Leadership team and has seen the organisation through key changes, including the change of Director in 2018 and the unprecedented challenges of navigating the pandemic. 

As lead of the Education and Leadership network, her role involved pulling together experts from academic, policy, and practitioner backgrounds to explore research opportunities, continued professional development, support engagement within police learning, leadership, and education. A highlight was Denise’s role in setting up the SIPR Postgraduate Symposia which provide a vital opportunity for Masters and PhD level policing researchers to present their research, not only their peers but also to key senior academics in their field. She was also involved in supporting SIPR’s joint summer schools with George Mason University, Washington.

Most recently Denise chaired the Scottish International Policing Conference which took place at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland. This event focussed on ‘Contemporary Policing Demand: Enhancing Capacity, Capability, and Resilience’ and brought almost 500 delegates together over the course of two days to discuss a diverse range of issues facing police today including workforce capacity, recruitment, and retention; culture, diversity, and inclusion; organisational change and innovation; staff well-being; training, learning, and education; as well as data and demand. 

Professor Liz Aston, SIPR Director stated

“SIPR has greatly benefitted from Denise’s knowledge and expertise during her time as Associate Director. Although Denise will no longer be part of our Leadership Team there will be plenty of opportunities to continue to collaborate with her through SIPR.
However, every cloud has a silver lining, and we are excited that the opportunity to join the SIPR Leadership team as an Associate Director can be taken up by someone new who can continue to steer the Education and Leadership Network and embrace new opportunities to forge strong working relationships with policing academics and partners both in Scotland and around the world.” 

Denise will remain Associate Director until August 2023 and has kindly agreed to support her successor to settle in over the summer.

Those interested in this position are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Aston ( in the first instance for an informal discussion.

To apply for the position, please submit your full academic CV including a cover letter, and a letter of support from your host institution to the SIPR Director, Liz Aston ( and SIPR Knowledge Exchange and Business Manager Monica Craig ( by Wednesday 31st May 2023.

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