Knowledge Exchange

People and knowledge exchange provides significant staff mobility and interaction between police/partner agencies and academics (including early career researchers) in HEIs. The intention is to foster greater mutual understanding and trust between the partners via people exchange, including secondments, internships, and placements, and also to facilitate research into priority policing issues.

A systematic and sustainable infrastructure with dedicated resources and services that support the regional knowledge exchange partnership will also be provided.

  • Police fellowships
  • Academic secondments
  • PGR internships
  • Incoming and outgoing international fellowships
  • Bespoke coaching or peer support
  • Register of Experts 
  • Range of events to support project delivery and dissemination (networking meetings, research fairs, annual conference, workshops etc.)

The Staff Exchange and PhD Internship Scheme has now been rolled out and two successful bids have been awarded in the first round:

  • Staff Exchange award: ‘Policing Ethics’. (Durham University and Durham Constabulary) – this project aims to contribute to the development and implementation of an Ethics Committee at Durham Constabulary.
  • PhD Internship award: From ‘Report to Court’: A Comparative, qualitative study of police domestic abuse recording practices and responses. (Durham University and Cumbria Constabulary with involvement from GMP and Northumbria Police).

Pilot Staff Exchange

A collaborative project between Durham Constabulary and the University of Sheffield has undertaken an exploratory study of extending the use of restorative justice practices in new and innovative ways. The project represented the first pilot of the N8PRP’s Staff Exchange scheme and explored the views of key stakeholders concerning the feasibility of introducing restorative approaches in the context of organised crime offending.

Presentation of pilot scheme findings.

Read more about the pilot in our recent blog:

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Knowledge Exchange (KE) fellowships

For those thinking about getting involved with one of the N8 PRP KE fellowships, a great example of how this works in practice comes from the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) who have a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship scheme currently running. In the video below Professor Adam Crawford speaks with Tom Knowland, Leeds City Council’s Head of Sustainable Energy & Climate Change, who was seconded to the University of Leeds’ Sustainability Research Institute to develop and share knowledge and best practice in developing a low carbon economy and supporting low carbon / high quality lifestyles.

“The aim of the Knowledge Exchange Fellowship scheme is to facilitate interactions between external organisations and the University which build and strengthen relationships and facilitate knowledge exchange. The scheme will provide academic staff with an opportunity to work with a non-academic partner at their site, of for a non-academic partner to work on a project at the university for up to 12 months on either a full-time or part-time basis”.

Further information about the LSSI fellowship programme can be found here