At the University of South Wales, we’re proud of our outstanding facilities and our reputation for excellence in Policing and Security.
You will study in a thriving environment where real-life, cutting edge research influences what we teach. You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject, learn practical skills that are relevant to the workplace and explore key scientific, analytical and technical skills in our excellent purpose built facilities. The University houses fully equipped police interview rooms, using exactly the same equipment as UK police forces.
Students are able to view themselves in action in real time through a sophisticated multi-camera CCTV system, allowing objective assessment and the development of key interviewing skills – one of the foundations of police investigation.
The Professor Bernard Knight building is home to the University’s crime scene investigation facilities. Our Crime Scene House contains a number of realistic crime scene simulations – from domestic burglaries and break-ins, to more complex scenes such as homicides and fatal fires.
Our Hydra Minerva Suite allows academic staff to construct complex operational scenarios to test the operational and managerial capabilities of students. The Hydra Minerva Suite is used by Police Staff College, and many national police forces to train officers at all levels.
There are over 60 Hydra simulation centres throughout the world, mainly owned by emergency services with just a few in universities. The Hydra community is focused on providing real learning and research opportunities for expert practitioners working in the emergency services, criminal justice, and military and government fields, so the Hydra Minerva Suite is a state-of-the-art facility.
Our crime scene laboratories are used by Police Sciences and Forensic Science students to learn more about particular types of evidence such as fingerprints, footwear marks, tyre treads and blood spatter patterns. The correct evaluation of these evidence types is crucial to the success of a forensic investigation, and our students will learn how to do so using methodical, technical approaches.