Monday 9th December 2019

John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh

Welcome to the 5th Annual Scottish Institute for Policing Research's Postgraduate Symposium 2019

We are excited to welcome you to the next SIPR Postgraduate Symposium. The 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. This year mark the 5th annual symposium and represents an important date in our annual calendar when we provide an opportunity to showcase some of the best policing reserach being conducted an postgraduate level. 

This symposium is a free event (including refreshments and lunch) and 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. Additionally it is a wonderful chance for postgraduate students across Scotland and the UK to network.

Finally, there are prizes for the best presentation and the best poster presented on the day. These prestigious awards are judge by a panel of senior academics and practitioners. The prizes aim to provide 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.


The John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh

The event is FREE, but spaces are limited to 70 and must be booked by Friday 6th December 2019  through Eventbrite (see link below)

We are still accepting poster submissions! Please contact Monica Boyle ( or Denise Martin ( if you would like to contribute.

SIPR Postgraduate Student Symposium - Programme



Registrations Open

Tea and coffee provided





Chair’s Welcome

Dr Liz Aston



Theme 1: Public Health Approaches Presentations


Maximizing the Effectiveness of Police Scotland Investigations when People Living with Dementia Go Missing

Alistair Shields

Policing the front line of a public health crisis; Exploring knowledge and awareness of drug harm reduction across the community.

David MacDonald

The Intersection between Police, People in Mental Health Distress and Out-of-hours Health Care: An Exploratory Case Study

Inga Heyman

Question and Answer Session




Break and invitation to view posters

Light refreshments provided



Theme 2: Communication Presentations



How temperament and interviewing techniques affect children as eyewitnesses

Ben Cotterill

A survey of Police Scotland officers' perspectives of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in young offenders

Annemarie MacRae

Public Confidence in Policing in Monterrey Metropolitan Neighbourhoods: The paths of effectiveness, fairness and legitimacy to gain confidence and cooperation for the police

Luis Reyes

Question and Answer Session




Lunch break and invitation to view posters

Lunch provided



Specialist Panel Discussion

Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou

Mr Derek Penman

Professor Denise Martin

Superintendent Ian Thomson



Theme 3: Education and Leadership Presentations


What is the role of learning and education in the development of police officers and the police organization in Scotland?

Larissa Engleman

Police professionalisation through academic education:

A comparative analysis

Andy Tatnell

Question and Answer Session




Break and invitation to view posters

Specialist Panel to decide winners

Light refreshments provided





Presentation of Prizes:

Best Presentation

Best Poster

Presented by Dr Katerina Hadjimatheou and Superintendent Thomson



Closing Comments and conference close

Professor Denise Martin