PhD scholarship in the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science (LPF19-13)

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Staffordshire University is pleased to announce fully funded PhD scholarships in the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, to commence January 2020. The successful candidates will receive an annual stipend of £15,009 for four years with PhD tuition fees waived. You will be expected to contribute up to 300 hours of teaching or teaching related activities per academic year in the Department of Criminal justice and Forensic Science. 

In the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science at Staffordshire University, we offer exciting and challenging undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Criminology, Policing and Forensic Science in addition to hosting an established and growing postgraduate research community.

As part of plans to expand the already successful Policing research portfolio, we are looking for inspiring, enthusiastic graduates who are committed to providing a high-quality student experience in their teaching on our undergraduate courses and engaging in a 3-year doctoral programme of study (with a stipend for four years). You will already hold, or be near completion of, a Masters’ qualification in a subject related to Policing, such as for example Criminology, Criminal Justice or similar.

The scholarship provides a career development pathway in teaching and research for new graduates. The programme is available to those who do not currently hold, or are currently studying for, a PhD qualification. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to complete a teaching qualification during their scholarship. 

The available PhD projects are: 

Project 1: Policing apprenticeships and degree holder entry: delivering the vision?

"By 2025 policing will be a profession with a more representative workforce that will align the right skills, powers and experience to meet challenging requirements" (National Police Chiefs Council, 2016)  In order to achieve this vision, the College of Policing and police services in England and Wales have embarked on delivering a new, professional framework for the training of police officers and staff; the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (College of Policing, 2017). 

With police services within England and Wales entering the implementation and delivery stage of this new framework, this research seeks to evaluate the products being delivered within police services and investigate what is meeting or exceeding expectations, and where the impact may be falling short of the vision to diversify, professionalise and standardise the police service.  The research will highlight areas of best practice as well as making recommendations for improvements where required which will provide potential to impact on policing across England and Wales by sharing learning in order to develop future implementation of the PEQF qualifications.  The research will utilise a mixed methods approach incorporating both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis throughout the project.

First supervisor: Dr Lauren Metcalfe 

Project 2: Assessing the police demand caused by Serious and Organised Acquisitive Crime

Serious and organised crime is estimated to cost the United Kingdom at least £37 billion each year (UK Parliament, 2019) and the estimated scale of organised acquisitive crime is £680 million (Home Office, 2019). However, it can be argued that the true scale of serious and organised acquisitive crime is unknown. Without a standardised definition of serious and organised acquisitive crime nor a consistent reporting mechanism, there have been difficulties in assessing the demand associated with this crime on Police services.

This project intends to enhance the national understanding of serious and organised acquisitive crime and increase the police service’s capability for assessing the demand.  The research will involve working closely with police forces and utilising police data to provide insight to some of the definitional problems surrounding the topic, assess the current demand caused by this type of crime to police forces and make suggestions for the assessment of future demand for serious and organised acquisitive crime. 

First supervisor: Dr Lauren Metcalfe 

How to apply 

Please submit your application online at by the deadline, with the following documents.

  1. Your CV
  2. A PhD research proposal based on one of the project descriptions above (not both). Your proposal should not exceed 2 pages 
  3. Covering letter to say why you want this position, to describe any teaching experience you may have, and to detail any academic and non-academic experience we should consider. 

Application deadline: Sunday 8th Dec 2019

Closing Date: 08 Dec 2019
Type: PhD Studentship

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