Paid Research Placement available to Cardiff University Students, Summer 2016

The Impact of Crime Victimisation on Risk Perception

The Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) is now part of the multidisciplinary Crime and Security Institute (CSI).  The Institute invites CUROP applicants to participate in an innovative programme of work: ‘Rethinking Crime Prevention’.  This work is being conducted as part of the College of Policing’s ‘What Works Centre for Crime Reduction’, a consortium led by the University College London.   The programme takes as its focus the impact of crime victimisation on risk perceptions and preventative behaviour and it utilises data collected by the Institute from a recent public engagement exercise.   This exercise used film narratives to explore the salience of crime prevention messages and the resultant evidence base is now being used to inform a crime prevention field trial in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Service.

The main focus of this CUROP placement will be to support fieldwork and data collection during the field trial in June-July 2016.   This will cover both quantitative and qualitative methods and, whilst based at our offices in Cardiff, will necessitate some travel to London at key points of the research.

Applications are welcomed from the following academic backgrounds: Criminology, Social Science, Psychology and Political Science. We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Can demonstrable an interest in and/or substantive knowledge about crime prevention, communication methods or the victim experience.
  • Is computer literate, previous experience using Excel and SPSS is desirable.
  • Has good written and oral communication skills.
  • Has a proven ability to work as part of a team.
  • Is able to travel to London as required (travel and subsistence expenses will be met).
  • Has previous training and use of social research methods (desirable).
  • Has not previously participated in a CUROP placement.

The project will run for 8 weeks, with a proposed start week commencing 30th May 2016.  Project findings will be presented in a short report at the end of the placement that links to a number of academic literatures including behavioural economics, social science and psychology.

Students will be paid £200 p.w. (= £1600 total).

Application process and shortlisting

1.  Please write 300 words on why you would be a suitable candidate for this CUROP placement and why it would benefit you.

2. Attach a CV (maximum two pages) which includes: a breakdown of your individual marks on your modules to date; your contact details, and any relevant work or voluntary experience.

3. Submit both documents to crimeandsecurity@cardiff.ac.uk by 6th May 2016.

4. Candidates will be notified by 13th May as to whether they have been shortlisted for interview.  Interviews will take place in the week commencing 16th May 2016.