Senior Research Fellow | Norfolk Constabulary

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Senior Research Fellow

National / Remote Working
Full time (37 Hours) - Temporary
£45,996 - £50,250 per annum 
Friday 18 June 2021 at 5pm 
Please quote Ref: C962 on application form 

The National Policing Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) is a diverse and passionate team working across all of England and Wales to aim to improve policing for vulnerable children and adults.  

We are looking for an experienced & knowledgeable academic to lead our national review programme. This programme identifies key learning for police from child practice reviews, adult practice reviews, domestic homicide reviews, serious further incident reviews (in MAPPA arrangements) and other significant sources – and then puts the learning into digestible briefings for police on a range of different subject areas. These subject areas include: information sharing, exploitation & Adultification, work with communities who face structural inequality, responding effectively to risk, rapidly escalating online stalking, young parents, intra-familial abuse & violence & self-neglect. You can find our publications here: Vulnerability and violent crime programme | What Works Centre for Crime Reduction ( 

You will be managing a small team of Research Assistants to ensure the analysis, coding and writing is of a high standard and beneficial to policing. You will also be expected to deliver at regional & national events on the findings of the research. The successful candidate also needs to prioritise equity, diversity & inclusion & understand the challenges that face children, victims and the policing service at this time. 


We have a range of benefits in addition to the salary available such as: 

  • All expenses such as travel and meals when travelling for work  

  • Cycle to work scheme  

  • Blue Light Card with 100s of discounts 

  • Paid-for training available  


It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:  

  • PhD in a relevant subject area or equivalent professional standing and experience  

  • Substantive knowledge of research methods, ethics and analytic techniques and sound experience in project managing and delivering multiple, concurrent research projects, including primary research and/or evaluation and secondary research methods such as literature reviews and document analysis  

  • Substantive knowledge of the evidence-base in relation to one or more areas of vulnerability and relevant safeguarding legislation and policy frameworks and ability to consider these in relation to policing  

  • Strong line management skills with the ability to provide direction, co-ordination and motivation to his/her team engaged in a wide range of research and review activities. This is inclusive of matrix management knowledge and skills  

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly the ability to explain and present complex issues affecting policing and vulnerable victims and witnesses of crime with a range of stakeholders at different levels (such as Chief Officers, senior police personnel, cross-government representatives, academics and operational staff and partners)  

  • Ability to translate research evidence into effective, practical and accessible messaging for police personnel and other stakeholders  

  • Commitment to engaging with an equality, diversity and inclusion approach within primary and secondary research activity and in translation of this for policing practice  

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint and relevant research software packages and experience of communicating with stakeholders through a variety of media  


It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria: 

  • Knowledge of strategic and operational policing related to vulnerability and violent crime  

  • Experience of delivering research within a policing environment or working in partnership between academia and police  

  • Experience of cost-benefit analysis or social return on investment  


Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday.  This post is offered on a temporary basis. 

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.  

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010.   

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process. 

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together. 

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section. 

Please return completed applications by email to [email protected]