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Scottish Institute of Policing Research

Police Scotland Research Opportunities

Police Scotland have entered into a partnership with the Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR) to support academic institutions and individuals who wish to undertake research into policing.The partnership is born of a joint desire to work together in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration in order to make significant contributions to the evidence base for policing policy and practice in Scotland, and develop Scotland’s national and international reputation for police training and research.The partnership gives academic institutions and individuals a direct way to positively influence the development of policing in Scotland.

What is SIPR?

SIPR is a collaborative venture involving investment by 12 participating universities and with additional funding from Police Scotland. It has been established with the aims of:

  • undertaking high quality, independent research of relevance to policing in Scotland;
  • facilitating the effective use of research findings by the police so that research contributes to evidence-based contributions to the development of policing policy and practice;
  • enhancing national and international recognition for policing research carried out in Scotland.

Though Police Scotland and SIPR work in partnership, SIPR remains academically independent, as does any research conducted under the SIPR Banner.

Research Proposals

If you are interested in conducting research into policing the SIPR web page has details of how you can apply, as well as research proposal templates for you to complete and submit.

*The consortium of Higher Education Institutions involved in SIPR are: the Universities of Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot-Watt, Robert Gordon, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and West of Scotland.


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