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I am currently undertaking a PhD project in forensic science communication and decision making in the Scottish Criminal Justice System, with focus towards rape cases  in Tayside.

Research interests

Research areas include, but are not limited to, penology, international and comparative criminology, capital punishment, decision-making and investigative interviewing.


Experience in using quantitative methodologies most notably in both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation projects. Likert Scales and a combination of paired t-tests and crosstabulations were employed to comparatively analyse attitudes to capital punishment in undergraduate dissertation. These methods as well as forms of trend analysis were used to determine to what extent, if any, there were divergences between England and Wales and Scotland relating to sentencing and disposals of drug offences as part of postgraduate dissertation.

Worked alongside Professor Dave Walsh the Gangmasters’ Licencing Authority and others to examine interviewer performance in relation to the retrieval of eye-witness testimony using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to gauge, code and compare interviewer skill with correctly retrieved testimony against variables such as length of interview and conduct of interviewer.

Investigated the UK trade in arms to UK Foreign Office countries of concern for human rights violations focusing on Colombia. This was a mixed methods project with over twenty semi-structured and unstructured interviews conducted with various experts and eye witnesses which were thematically analysed, various documents procured through freedom of information requests and those already available in the public domain were also thematically analysed and examined for trends.

Menzies, S-L. (2016). An Attitudinal Study of the Punishment and Rehabilitation of Offenders Comparing the USA and UK. Edinburgh: Popcorn Conference.

Menzies, S-L., Fenton., M. E. G., Maddock, H., Mills, K. & Walsh, D. (2015). Associations Between Eyewitness Testimony and Interviewer Performance: Do Interviewer Skills Affect Eyewitness Testimony? Buxton: Learning and Teaching Conference.

Walsh, D., Fenton, M., Maddock, H., Menzies, S-L., and Mills, K. (submitted). Minding the gap: A study examining both accuracy of witness recall and witness statement. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice.

Walsh, D., Menzies, S-L. & Areh, I. (submitted). The association between eyewitness testimony and interviewer performance. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice.


I have teaching experience as a guest lecturer at my undergraduate institution in criminology and academic writing during my postgraduate study. I also have experience presenting research at conferences and in classroom setting.

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Master of Science, Edinburgh Napier University


Award Date: 26 Oct 2017

Unknown, Bachelor of Science, University of Derby


Award Date: 15 Jul 2016

External positions

Student Volunteer Coordinator

11 Jun 2020 → …


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