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MRes - Checkpoint Cymru: A process evaluation of the introduction of a custody suite diversion scheme in North Wales

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Masters by Research Opportunity

Checkpoint Cymru: A process evaluation of the introduction of a custody suite diversion scheme in North Wales aims to provide an independent evaluation of a new custody diversion scheme in North Wales. The scheme is set up by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and North Wales Police (NWP). The objective of Checkpoint Cymru is to reduce reoffending among individuals arrested for low-level offences by reducing the adverse impact of contact with the criminal justice system for victims, offenders, and their families. Checkpoint Cymru offers diversion from court proceedings to individuals who agree to attend interventions to minimize their likelihood of reoffending. This is aimed at reducing levels of future victimisation and preventing individuals acquiring a criminal record, which in turn may act as a barrier to access employment. By offering early support for those arrested for low-level offences wider positive impact could be achieved for a range of stakeholders ̶ namely, individuals arrested for low-level offending, their families, and victims of crime. Furthermore, reduced costs for victims and the criminal justice system will benefit the wider community.

This project will evaluate the implementation of Checkpoint Cymru to inform the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner of any concerns, problems, and barriers during implementation and monitor its impact on participants in terms of harm reduction and reoffending. The successful Masters by Research student will be involved in primary data collection including observations of training, Checkpoint navigator meetings with those arrested, Checkpoint interventions; interviews with checkpoint participants and professionals involved in the project; and monitoring and analyses of Checkpoint interventions data. Students will be involved in writing project briefings for use by the OPCC and NWP.


In order to apply, applicants should hold an undergraduate degree (BA (hons) at 2.1) in social sciences or related disciplines and be able to start the project on 16th. September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. An excellent understanding of social sciences research methods and experience of primary data collection would be desirable – students will be encouraged to attend SHiPSS postgraduate research methods modules. Ability to speak Welsh would also be desirable.

Please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter setting out why you are interested in this project and how this fits into your future career aspiration to: Martina Feilzer, , copied to Penny Dowdney, .

Deadline for applications: Friday, 30th. August 2019

Proposed Interview dates: 4/5th. September 2019
Expected Start Date: 16th. September 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter
Supervisors: Prof Martina Feilzer; Prof Stefan Machura, Bangor University
Iwan Rhys Jones, Custody Diversion Inspector, North Wales Police

Funding Notes

Annual Stipend: £11,586. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be an EU national, resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

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