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9 Jun 2015

University’s police research showcased at launch event

A new research group that will work in partnership with the region’s police forces, helping to inform the way they work, is launched at Loughborough University this month. 

The Policing Research Group (PRG) brings together Loughborough experts from a wide range of fields, including social sciences, geography, design, business and the arts.

A special launch event, opened by Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police Simon Cole, is being held at the University on Wednesday 17 June from 10am-3pm.

Policing in Partnership: Working With Vulnerable Citizens and Communities will showcase the innovative research already underway at the University between academics, the police, and practitioners in policing, social care and community safety.

Key themes to be explored at the launch include vulnerability, victimhood, communities and cohesion, the changing nature of policing partnerships, and effective working in settings including community safety, custody, and public protection.   

Research presentations cover: safeguarding children and adolescents, community practice with Roma migrants, The Burglary Project (a study reviewing best use of security devices), and mental health care in custody and beyond.    

PRG Director and Senior Lecturer in Sociology Dr Karen Lumsden said:

“We have a growing number of academics at Loughborough researching across victims, crime, and policing. The PRG will bring all these experts together to strengthen our knowledge in this area, and increase the work we do with the police and other agencies. 

“This event will showcase our existing research and provide a platform for exploring new opportunities with partners.”

The event is open to police, academics, and anyone practising in relevant support fields.

To register to attend this free event, contact Dr Jackie Goode on

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR15/109

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent 
QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. 
Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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