The Fourth SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Symposium

3rd December 2018

The Fourth SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Symposium

We are pleased to invite Academics and Practitioners to attend the 4th SIPR-Police Scotland Postgraduate Awards, when PhD and MSc students involved in policing-related research projects will be presenting their research.

SIPR/Police Scotland Postgraduate Symposium
Monday 3rd December 2018
St Leaonard's Hall, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh University


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 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



09.00   Registration, coffee/tea and viewing of Posters

Chair: Dr Maria Maclennan, Academic Research Lead, Partnerships and Collaboration, Police Scotland
09.30   Welcome and Introduction : Assoc. Professor Liz Aston (Director, SIPR) and Dr Denise Martin (SIPR Education & Leadership Network)
09.40 – 10.50   Student Platform Presentations – Missing, Exploited and Disadvantaged

  • Joe Apps (University of Dundee) How (in)visibility operates in 'missing'
  • Kate Thomson (GCU) Understanding and responding to child sexual exploitation in Scotland
  • Maureen Taylor (GCU) Child sexual exploitation: Organised crime or crime that is organised?
  • Matthew Richardson (University of Dundee) Structurally disadvantaged? Gypsy Travellers and the police in Scotland
  • Questions for the presenters

10.50   Coffee / Tea and viewing of Posters

11.10 - 12.35 Student Platform Presentations – Police Organisation in Scotland and Scandinavia

  • Anthony Laird (University of Portsmouth / National Bureau of Investigation, Finland) Policing in Finland, procedural justice or Societal Norm?
  • Artur Rubinat Lacuesta (University of Bergen) Exploring Community Policing as Social Innovation. Democratic Governance, social needs, social change and implementation challenges
  • Lynn Hatch (University of Stirling) Are care leavers discriminated against due to the influence of organisational cultures, including the police, on decision making?
  • Emily Mann (University of Edinburgh) The Gendered Complexities of Promotional Opportunities in Scottish Policing
  • Estelle Clayton (University of Dundee) Exploring front-line narratives of senior management in Police Scotland: implications for stop and search reform
  • Questions for the presenters

12.35   Lunch and viewing of Posters
13.15 – 14.40   Student Platform Presentations – Evidence & Investigation: challenges and methods

  • Lisa Borchardt (UWS) What attracts young people to join radical groups, and what challenges stand in the way of police prevention?
  • Conor Wilson (UWS)  Exploring the effectiveness of stop and search practices in the policing of football matches
  • Helen McMorris (Abertay University) Visualisation of latent fingermarks on bird of prey feathers under field conditions
  • Alexander Martin (University of Stirling) Catch More Offenders Using EvoFIT Facial Composite System
  • Veronika Dzetkulicova (CAHID, University of Dundee) Epidermal desquamation in Thiel-embalmed cadavers: histologic study
  • Questions for the presenters

14.40 – 15.30   Specialist Panel Discussion
Chief Superintendent Nichola Burns (Police Scotland); Professor Nick Crofts AM (Director, Law Enforcement and Public Health); Derek Penman (Learntech (Scotland) Ltd; Former Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Scotland);  Kenny MacAskill TBC (Former Cabinet Secretary for Justice)
15.30   Tea / Coffee / viewing of Posters
15.50   Presentation of Prizes by Chief Superintendent Nichola Burns, Police Scotland
16.00   Close of Symposium


  • Kate Thomson (GCU) Understanding and responding to child sexual exploitation in Scotland
  • Cristina-Bianca Denk-Florea (University of Glasgow) Investigating the contribution to emotional response of facial information in the context of distressing scenes
  • Pamela Ritchie (Edinburgh Napier University) An examination of the assessment of the vulnerability for suicide for those that have experienced Intimate Partner Violence: A cross - cultural comparison between Hong Kong and Scotland
  • Richard Kjellgren (University of Stirling) Connecting the dots: using open-source intelligence to map vulnerabilities and exploitation within the off-street sex market
  • Larissa Engelmann (Edinburgh Napier University) The role of education and training in police officer development in Scotland, considering recent developments regarding pathways into policing
  • Paul Sherriffs (Abertay University) Optimising VMD enhancement of latent fingermarks on thermal paper
  • Katie Gambier-Ross (University of Edinburgh)  When people with dementia go missing



We will welcome an "audience" of Academics and Practitioners.  To Register for this FREE event, please use the following Eventbrite Link:


Deadline for Regfistration:  Monday 19th November



This Conference is organised by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research


The prize provides 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 will also be 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.