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Assessing the police demand caused by Serious and Organised Acquisitive Crime

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    Dr L Metcalfe
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

PhD scholarship in the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Stoke Campus
Full time fixed term 48 month contract
Ref: LPF19-13

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.

Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

This is one of Staffordshire University's 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.

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.

Closing date for completed applications: 8th December 2019.

Interview date: Monday 6th January 2020.

At the University we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. We particularly welcome applications from Women and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the University at a senior level.

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