Staff Exchange

The people and knowledge exchange strand will provide 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.



Staff Exchange Award Scheme and PGR Internship Applications Open

The Staff Exchange Award Scheme and PGR Internship open call will provide funds to support projects into targeted and important areas of policing work, where the gaps in knowledge are most prominent and where research benefits are of greatest value. It will 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’ activity strand are particularly welcomed, as are proposals that link to other activity strands and build upon stakeholder involvement in the development of research questions.

The second ‘Policing Innovation Forum’ forum took place on 8th November 2016, focusing on domestic abuse. This was the start of a focus on ‘Vulnerability’ in its many forms, which poses one of the main challenges for UK policing and it is thus timely to consider how collaboration between academics and practitioners can help in building the capacity of the police and partner agencies in coordinating and responding to these challenges through collective efforts.

The intention is to support emergent collaborations and innovative partnerships between researchers and policing partners, and research pilots that will generate dynamic research and foster strong and sustainable relationships between collaborating organisations. We are focusing the Staff Exchange Award Scheme and PGR Internship towards building inter-professional collaborations. The purpose of allocating funds is to facilitate and energise the movement of staff, knowledge and expertise across professional boundaries do develop a cumulative knowledge capacity which can be used to improve police practice. This funding is for the strategic development of research collaborations, as well as research itself.

It is anticipated that 10 Staff Exchange Awards and 7 PGR Internships will be funded.

Next deadline for applications: 31st August 2017

N8 Staff Exchange and PGR Internship Guidance 

Staff Exchange and PGR Internship Application Form

If you have any questions about the scheme please contact Professor Nicole Westmarland at Durham University

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