Students discover Forensic Science

Discover Forensics Day

More than 150 students attended an inspirational taster day at the University of South Wales where they learnt how forensic science applies to our everyday lives.

The event included youngsters from City of Oxford College, Truro College, Coleg y Cymoedd, Bridgend College, Gower College, Bishop Vaughan School, Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School and Coleg Gwent.

As well as enjoying tours of the University’s very own crime scene investigation house and forensic labs, the students heard from a variety of speakers with wide-ranging experience in different areas of forensic science, such as fire investigation, forensic analysis and drug testing.

Helen Higgins, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at the University, spoke about how her degree enhanced her career prospects, while Matt Jones, Station Manager at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and Mick Flanagan, Associate Investigator for Fire Investigations (UK) LLP, told the students about public and private fire investigation.

Yvonne Turner, a forensic science training consultant, spoke about her career inDNA and textile fibre testing for lawyers and the police, before Dr Lolita Tsanaclis, Scientific Director at Cansford Laboratories, gave the students an insight on her specialised work in testing hair samples for traces of drugs and alcohol.

Finally, Dr Paul Jones, Head of Analytical and Forensic Science at the University, told the group about the range of courses and careers available in forensic science. He said: “This special event was aimed at inspiring students and potentially helping them to think about forensic science as a future career.

“The series of speakers, who showcased the range of careers available within the field of forensic science – such as fire investigation, toxicology, drugs analysis and crime scene investigation – helped the students to consider the wealth of opportunities open to them.”

Shelley Carter from City of Oxford College, who attended the event, added: “The day was very inspiring and informative. It was very well organised and enjoyable for students and teachers alike.”

Find out more about studying Forensic Science at the University of South Wales.

Pictured: Mick Flanagan, Associate Investigator, Fire Investigations UK LLP; Yvonne Turner, Forensic Science Training Consultant, S&T Forensics; Helen Higgins, Senior Lecturer, Forensic Science, University of South Wales; Matt Jones, Station Manager, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

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