We are pleased that Meggie Copsey-Blake has won the best poster in the Prosperity & Resilience research theme in the annual Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) awards presentation earlier this month.

UROP is the University of Reading’s initiative to offer undergraduate students in their middle year of study the chance to gain hands-on research experience on projects covering all disciplines across University.

Meggie is studying BA English Language and Applied Linguistic and she worked with the Institute of Education’s Dr. Billy Wong (Lecturer in Widening Participation) and later with Thames Valley Police’s PC Tom Walters on the evaluation of the MiniPolice initiative at Reading.

The MiniPolice initiative aims to offer primary school children (aged 9-11) first-hand experiences and engagements with their local community to develop a stronger sense of citizenship and responsibility, as well as a greater understanding of police work. This report, co-authored by Dr. Wong and PC Tom Walters, is an evaluation of the MiniPolice project in Reading, focusing on three cohorts of 60 MiniPolice students. The report was recently shared in a seminar at Mansfield to support the development of the National MiniPolice programme.