You are warmly invited to join us for our first SIPR postgraduate research Careers event on Monday 25th October 2021 at the Malmaison Hotel in Dundee. This is an in-person event for all postgraduate research students at one of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research ( partner universities exploring policing related topics. All COVID regulations will be observed, and social distancing measures will be in place.

The event has a panel of highly esteemed early and mid-career researchers and practitioners who have completed a PhD in a policing related field working within academia and beyond. Panel members will discuss their experiences of completing their PhD, the career options upon completion and their top tips for PhD students preparing for the PhD afterlife. There will be time to network with panel members and PhD students during the event. The second part of the event involves a question-and-answer session where panelist will be able to answer any questions you may have about how to approach a career after completing your PhD and how to make your experiences from the PhD relevant to any future positions you may apply for.

If you have any questions, please get in touch:

This FREE event will be held at the Malmaison Hotel in Dundee which is located conveniently near Dundee train station



A light lunch and refreshments will be provided

Event Organisers

Larissa Engelmann, PhD Research Student and Associate Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University

Originally from Germany she joined Napier University in 2012 to study Criminology and Forensic Psychology. In recent years she evaluated the mediation service for Edinburgh City Council, volunteered as a team leader in Zambia to raise awareness of sexual reproductive health and worked as part of the Napier University Student Recruitment team supporting young people and their academic development.

Her previous research projects have focused on partnership work addressing the intersection of mental health, drug abuse and criminal behaviour as well as evaluating current practices of restorative justice in Scotland. Starting her PhD project in October 2018 she is now exploring the role of learning and education in Police Officer development, organizational development and partnership work in Scotland. Identifying ways in which police officers best learn, what support they may need and how Police Scotland can best adapt to the challenges of the 21st century. She is currently applying to be a Special Constable with Police Scotland following her passion of volunteering and giving back to the community while gaining a better understanding of the Police service and how it operates.

Simon-Lewis Menzies - PhD Candidate, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee

I am currently undertaking a PhD project in forensic science communication and decision making in the Scottish Criminal Justice System, with focus towards rape cases in Tayside. I hold an MSc in Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology from Edinburgh Napier University and a BSc First Class Honours Degree in Applied Criminology: Offender Management from the University of Derby.

On my undergraduate degree I worked alongside Professor Dave Walsh the Gangmasters’ Licencing Authority and others to examine interviewer performance in relation to the retrieval of eye-witness testimony using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to gauge, code and compare interviewer skill with correctly retrieved testimony against variables such as length of interview and conduct of interviewer.

On my MSc I investigated the UK trade in arms to UK Foreign Office countries of concern for human rights violations focusing on Colombia. This was a mixed methods project with over twenty semi-structured and unstructured interviews conducted with various experts and eye witnesses which were thematically analysed, various documents procured through freedom of information requests and those already available in the public domain were also thematically analysed and examined for trends.


12pm-1:15pm Presentations from panelists (their journey so far and top tips)

1:15pm-1:45pm Lunch and networking

1:45pm – 2:45pm Question and answer session

2:45pm – 3pm Networking

Larissa and Simon are also organising an after-event at a local cafe/ pub for anyone who would like to stay and continue socialising.


We have some fantastic speakers lined up to share their experiences of navigating the world of policing research as a postgraduate and answer your questions.

Professor Denise Martin, Associate Director for SIPR Education and Leadership Network

Denise Martin has been Professor of Criminology at Abertay University since 2019.  Prior to this she worked at a number of insitutions including the Open University, UWS, University of Brighton and Middlsex University.  Her main research interests are in the area of policing and penology.  She has been involved in a range of research projects and evalutations and worked with a range of agencies, including the Home Office, Scottish Prison Service, Police Scotland, Mayors Office for Policing and Crime and National Police Chieif Council.  She is specifically interested in the intersection and Law Enforcement and Public Health and is part of the Special Interest Group for Education for GLEPHA.  She has been the Associate Director of the Education and Leadership Network for the Scottish Institute of Police Research since 2016 and is interested in Police Learning and Development and organisational culture and change

Associate Professor Inga Heyman, Edinburgh Napier University

Inga is a Lecturer in Mental Health and Adult Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, with research, teaching and clinical interest in the interface between health, policing and vulnerable groups.  Prior to joining higher education she worked in health and police services in the UK and Australia for over 30 years with a focus on substance use in pregnancy, the commercial sex industry, suicide, self-harm, custody healthcare and public protection.

She has worked with the Scottish Government and Police Scotland in relation to policing and mental health responses. She is currently completing her doctoral studies focusing on the interface and pathways between police, those in mental health distress and emergency health services. She is a member of the Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR) network with a particular focus on law enforcement and public health.

Dr Shane Horgan, Lecturer Edinburgh Napier University


Dr Richie Adams, Director of Fetlor Youth Charity

Dr Adams retired from the police in August 2019 when he was superintendent responsible for North West Glasgow. While with policing, Richie was responsible for the development of Police Scotland’s Code of Ethics for Policing and led national and international work in the field of police ethics. Richie has taught ethical leadership across the UK and, in 2015, was a Fulbright Scholar. During six months in the United States, Richie spoke with a range of local and federal agencies and gave presentations at a number of universities. Richie has also worked with the Sri Lanka Police and the Malawi Police Service assisting them in the development of ethical policing.

Since leaving policing, Richie has been the director of education for the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service and is now the Chief Executive of an Edinburgh based youth charity. He continues to support police reform in the USA and has spoken at international conferences and given seminars for chief police officers on decision making and values-based judgments.

Richie holds a doctorate in Policing, Community Safety and Security, a Master’s degree in International Law and a Bachelor’s degree in law; all of which he undertook whilst working full time as a police officer, so you can be assured Richie feels your pain!

Dr Katy Proctor, Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University

Katy Proctor is an early career researcher in criminology Glasgow Caledonian University. Her doctoral thesis was entitled ‘Stalking in Scotland; A Feminist Analysis’. Having worked within the violence against women sector for ten years supporting women, young people and children who have suffered GBV, Katy is keen for her research to be used to benefit the victims of GBV and the organisations supporting them. She has been proactive in delivering her own research informed training to over 400 professionals in Scotland on ‘Understanding the Dynamics of Stalking’ including how to support those who are victimised. This led to Katy receiving a commendation for research impact and knowledge dissemination by the Scottish Graduate School for Social Science in 2018. Her research comes from a victim centred and feminist perspective.

Dr Graeme Dickson, Research Manager, Scottish Prison Service

Graeme’s PhD thesis explored the experiences of volunteers within policing organisations in both Scotland and England and considered how members Special Constabularies across the United Kingdom understood their role as police officers – both from a practical perspective as additional police resources, and from a cultural perspective, as ‘visiting’ members to a criminal justice organisation with a unique and complex occupational culture. In 2019, he worked as a research assistant on a short-term project at Edinburgh Napier University, focused again on the role of special constables in Scotland, exploring their role within the policing environment, which was translated into recommendations which Police Scotland considered in development of their Special Constabulary. During this time, Graeme was able to work on his first published paper from his PhD findings, which explored the role of special constables in the context of community policing in Scotland. Following this, he began his current post with the Scottish Prison Service, where he has been engaged in multiple research projects, mostly to assist with policy development and review, but also with a view to contribute to the wider literature on prison management and better understanding Scotland’s prison population.