Research Activities

Current Research and Opportunities for Practitioners

 

Addressing the Future Research Challenges in Forensics: a joint SIPR/Forensics Services Sandpit, 15 September 2018 and CALL FOR PROJECTS up to £10,000 (deadline for applications, 25 January 2019)

The overall aim of this event is to create new and refresh existing relationships and networks between researchers, forensic scientists, police officers and partner practitioners who share interests in forensic science, evidence and investigation.  Evidence & Investigation Collaborative Project Funding grants are valued at up to £10,000. 

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There are a number of different ways in which SIPR can help those wanting to do research on policing in Scotland:

  • It can provide information on recent and on-going research on policing in Scotland and help identify researchers with expertise in particular topic areas;
  • It can help facilitate access to relevant police personnel and police data;

    PLEASE NOTE If you are requiring access to Police Data,
    you will need to complete a Request for Access to Police Data Form

  • It can provide resources for a range of different types of research, from MSc Dissertations and PhD Studentships, to shorter Practitioner Fellowships aimed at police staff and others working in the policing field who wish to spend time at a university undertaking a piece of supervised research;
  • By being the national focus for policing research Scotland, SIPR can help develop collaborative research networks nationally and internationally.

SIPR Small Research Grant Competition 2018

SIPR ran a seventh competition for small research and knowledge exchange grants and made four awards in November 2018 totalling £80,000.


  • Dr Emma Fletcher,  University of Dundee  

    Assessing Risk of Drug Death in People known to Substance Misuse Services – Supporting the D (Tayside Division) Local Approaches to Policing Prototype

    Co-applicants: 

    Professor Nicholas Fyfe, University of Dundee; Dr Phyllis Easton, NHS Tayside; Superintendent John Wyllie, Police Scotland; Dr Stefano De Paoli, Abertay University; Dr William Graham, Abertay University; Dr Vered Hopkins, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership; Dr Fiona Cowden, NHS Tayside


  • Dr Karri Gillespie-Smith, University of the West of Scotland
    Moving towards Trauma-Informed policing: An exploration of police officer’s attitudes and perceptions towards Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

    Co-applicants:
    Zara Brodie, Karen Goodall & Kimberly Collins, University of the West of Scotland


  • Professor Lesley McMillan, Glasgow Caledonian University 
    Exploring & Evaluating the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland 


  • Dr Andrew Wooff, Edinburgh Napier University
    The Special Constabulary in Scotland: Enhancing understanding of the motivations, roles and expectations of the Special Constable in Scotland


ELIGIBILITY AND THE REVIEW PROCESS FOR THIS AND PAST COMPETITIONS

Members of SIPR based at the 14 Universities in Scotland that make up the Collaboration are eligible to apply to each competition and applicants can be from the university sector, Police Scotland, or the Scottish Police Authority. Applications are eligible from single individuals/institutions or collaborative ventures involving more than one university and/or a partnership between the academic community and police service. 

An in-exhaustive list of the kinds of thing that can be supported through these grants includes:

A systematic review of evidence on a given topic and a process for promoting its use   •  Series of workshops designed to disseminate existing research and/or forge links between different partners  •  Practitioner fellowships and/or support for internships across agencies  •  Small-scale collaborative research projects  • Scoping work designed as a precursor to a larger external funding bid or collaborative research studentship application • Larger pieces of new research and evaluation tailored to the Call

Strong evidence of collaboration (across disciplines or Universities, and/or involving police or partners) are expected.

Review process: All applications are reviewed by the SIPR Executive Committee and the Network Steering Committee, both of which include academic and practitioner representatives, and externally appointed reviewers. To ensure an open and fair process, academic reviewers are not allowed to comment on any bids from their own institution, and practitioners cannot comment on any projects in which they are personally involved.

Details are also provided of awards made in previous years

Further details...


Strategic Research and Knowledge Exchange (SRAKE) Programme and Improving Police Action through Knowledge Transfer (IMPAKT)

In late 2011, SIPR launched the Improving Police Action through Knowledge Transfer (IMPAKT) Programme, which was designed to provide support to researchers in Scottish HEIs to undertake knowledge transfer/exchange and impact generating activities in partnership with the Scottish police service.

Building on this initiative, SIPR invited proposals for research and knowledge exchange projects focused on issues relevant to one or more of the priorities outlined in the Scottish Policing Assessment.

Two SRAKEAwards were made in January 2013, and a further award in May 2013.

further details...

The IMPAKT Programme provides support to researchers in Scottish HEIs to undertake knowledge transfer/exchange and impact generating activities in partnership with the Scottish police service. The knowledge exchange activities are focused on promoting the application of policing research to address one or more of the priorities outlined in the Scottish Policing Assessment and help to facilitate the co-production and application of knowledge.

Three IMPAKT Awards were made in March 2012.

further details...


PhD Studentships across Scotland

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of PhD projects relevant to policing, with over 70 projects having been undertaken at the SIPR Consortium of universities, of which nine projects were directly funded by SIPR. Please see the SIPR Annual Reports for futher details.


SIPR Small Research Grant Competition 2010

SIPR is delighted to announce the winners of its second competition for small research grants

further details...


If you have a Research Proposal...

So that SIPR can respond to enquiries and provide guidance in developing a research proposal, in the first instance you should complete the Research Proposal Template [Word document], and return this to the Director of SIPR. The proposal will be assessed as shown in the flowchart.

PLEASE NOTE If you are requiring access to Police Data, you will need to complete a Request for Access to Police Data Form

Where the proposal is not considered relevant to SIPR, it may be referred to the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), or another relevant body. The review panel will include representatives, as appropriate, from the SIPR Executive Committee.