People and Knowledge Exchange

The intention of the People and Knowledge exchange strand 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
  • Range of events to support project delivery and dissemination (networking meetings, research fairs, annual conference, workshops etc.)

The N8 PRP Staff Exchange Programme and PGR Internship Scheme operates on a number of application dates annually, the rolling open call will continue to provide funds to support projects into targeted and important areas of policing work and provide the necessary flexibility to move swiftly to respond to emergent areas of policing, new challenges and pressing concerns. Ideas generated via the ‘Policing Innovation Forum’ are particularly welcomed, as are proposals that link to other activity strands and build upon stakeholder involvement in the development of research questions.

Deadline for next round of applications: 31 August 2017

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N8 PRP Staff Exchange Scheme

Staff Exchange facilitates interactions between policing partners and universities to build and strengthen relationships and knowledge exchange. The N8 PRP Staff Exchange Scheme is a programme intended to provide greater professional and personal development for N8 PRP partners, including police, police partner agencies and academics (including early career researchers) in Higher Education Institutions. Awarded participants will benefit from spending time at another N8 PRP university or police force where there is significant opportunity to share with and to learn from partners across the N8 region.

Who Can Apply?

Staff from any N8 PRP member organisation who seek to learn from partner institutions, develop research co-production into priority police areas and to build a network of peers can join this exchange programme.

Current examples of Staff Exchange include:

  • Policing Ethics

Exchange partners: Durham University and Durham Constabulary

This project brings together academic and policing expertise to consider an under-explored issue, namely of the suitability and nature of work of policing ethics committees. This is an exciting venture which would ensure academic input towards and shaping of the proposed ethics committee at Durham Constabulary.

  • Restorative Approaches and Organised Crime

Exchange partners: Durham Constabulary and Sheffield University

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. This study has now concluded and the final report is available here.

Other examples of work that might be undertaken include (not limited to):

  • Support for analysts working on a problem profile;
  • Evaluating a project or scoping out the potential for a new project which aims to bring social or economic benefits to police practice;
  • Gathering evidence and writing reports to support strategic priorities and initiatives;
  • Surveying or interviewing users or providers of relevant services to identify ways in which they could be improved.

If you do have a project in mind that you would like to develop or would like help finding an exchange partner then please contact the Staff Exchange Programme Director Professor Nicole Westmarland.

How to apply:

To apply to the N8 PRP Staff Exchange Scheme please fill out to application form below and return to the N8 PRP Project Manager, Steph Abraham. For further information about eligibility and the application process also find below the application guidance document.

N8 Staff Exchange and PGR Internship Guidance 

Staff Exchange and PGR Internship Application Form

N8 PRP PGR Internship Awards

The PGR Internship programme offers postgraduate researchers (PGR) the opportunity to undertake part-time research projects within N8 police forces. Working in a research capacity with an N8 PRP partner, the researcher will have an opportunity to engage with the needs of the police organisation and to build the knowledge gained from the placement into their future research plans.

Who Can Apply?

The N8 PRP Internship Programme is available to doctoral students currently registered in a PGR programme at any of the N8 member institutions. The scheme provides both interns and policing partners with a clear set of benefits and contributes to the skills and professional development of N8 students.

Current examples of PGR Internship Awards include:

  • From ‘Report to Court’: A Comparative, qualitative study of police domestic abuse recording practices and responses.

Internship partners: Durham University and Cumbria Constabulary

This study, conducted across three different force systems, will qualitatively map the potential trajectories of domestic abuse cases as they progress through the criminal justice system. This is with a view to identifying shared policing practices for recording and responding to domestic abuse incidents, as well as local force policies and procedures. There is little contemporary research that attends to this subject area, despite its relevance in the current policy climate. Therefore, it is envisaged that information produced from this work will be of immediate benefit to researchers, practitioners and service users.

If you do have a project in mind that you would like to develop or would like help finding a police force to partner with then please contact the PGR Internship Programme Director Professor Nicole Westmarland.

How to apply:

To apply to the N8 PRP PGR Internship Scheme please fill out to application form below and return to the N8 PRP Project Manager, Steph Abraham. For further information about eligibility and the application process also find below the application guidance document.

N8 Staff Exchange and PGR Internship Guidance 

Staff Exchange and PGR Internship Application Form


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 to the right 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.

Further information about the LSSI fellowship programme can be found here


Knowledge Exchange Annual Conference

Lessons from Duluth and Beyond: Policing Domestic Abuse as Part of a Coordinated Community Response

Responding to domestic abuse remains a top priority for Police Forces across the UK. Adopting and developing holistic, multi-agency approaches to such cases on first response and beyond is regarded as key to reducing harm, saving the lives of victims, and holding perpetrators of domestic violence accountable for their actions.

On 12th June 2017 around 80 people attended the annual N8 PRP Knowledge Exchange Conference which gave delegates from academia, police and other agencies the opportunity to hear from leading experts from both the US and the UK about existing intervention programmes that are already having a positive impact in this area.

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