Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Policing research honour for SVRU Director

The director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit has been given the title of Honorary Professor as part of a new policing research collaboration.

Niven Rennie was named one of the ambassadors of the Policing Innovation Enterprise Learning (PIEL) – a new international partnership with the purpose of driving progressive change in policing.

PIEL is hosted through a centre at the University of East London and brings together professional, academic and community thinkers.

Niven Rennie

Mr Rennie said: “I am very humbled to accept the Honorary Professor post – it is an honour for me personally but it also great recognition for the work of the SVRU.

“Scotland is a world leader in the public health approach to violence reduction and the SVRU remains committed to seeking out innovative evidence-based solutions to violence and sharing our own knowledge with others.

“I look forward to being part of this new international collaboration which has the aim of making communities safer by working together at its very centre.”

PIEL is affiliated with the Institute for Connected Communities, reaching out for impact via the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGPP), hosted at the University of East London.  

Ambassadors have been chosen from across the world to form a network sharing the PIEL approach.

More information on PIEL can be found here.

Niven Rennie


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Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.