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Here you will find a collection of the latest media engagement and Understanding Inequalities blogs, or guest blogs that UI researchers have written.

25.08.2021

Professor Susan McVie and Dr Ben Matthews have authored a third data report scrutinising the police use of Fixed Penalty Noticed (FPNs) under the temporary powers introduced by the Coronavirus Regulations to help stop the spread of the virus. This report examines all FPNs issued between March and December 2020.  It represents the most detailed analysis for any UK police force of how many FPNs were issued, who received them, and where and when FPNs were issued.  Importantly, it also shows how rates and patterns of enforcement changed over time.  

25.08.2021

Professor Susan McVie has authored a data report on the number of charges reported by Police Scotland under the Coronavirus Regulations between March 2020 and June 2021 to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).  The report examines the number of charges reported to COPFS, the prosecutorial decisions that were taken in these cases and the outcomes of disposals.  The data provide assurance that a very small proportion of all pandemic related policing activity resulted in a report to the COPFS and that decisions made in respect of these charges were broadly in line with usual

29.07.2021

Four new short research videos have been published by the UI team to demonstrate some of the key findings from their research. The videos are designed for a range of audiences and can be used as a short introduction to inequalities on a range of topics, including: the impact of childhood inequalities on later life outcomes, the unequal risks of offending and justice system contact, the decentralisation of poverty and its unequal effect on different populations, and the use of AI techniques to improve effectiveness and equity of police service delivery.

29.07.2021

UI Director, Professor Susan McVie, and two of the UI researchers, Dr Ben Matthews and Dr Kath Murray, have been successful in securing funding from the UKRI’s Covid-19 Rapid Response Call for a project titled ‘Policing the Pandemic: The Role Of Enforcement In Securing Compliance With The Coronavirus Regulations.