Outreach workers from Leicester University, Jonathon Brooks (Forensic Taphonomy Postgraduate Researcher) and Jodie Coulston (Postgraduate Researcher in Forensic Chemistry working with the Home Office in the Field of Fingerprint Development) led workshops which gave Year 12 Chemistry students an insight into some of the frequently used tests in crime scene investigations. It also highlighted areas of uncertainty leading to further testing being required. The workshops involved blood tests, fingerprint recognition and a mock crime scene.
This was very well received by students who developed their observation, recording and analytical skills in a “hands on” experience. They also received valuable information about possible careers with a forensic theme and related post-graduate courses and opportunities for work experience.
Student feedback included:
“It was a fun and engaging experience, I learnt a lot.”
“It was an amazing experience which was fun and interesting for everyone, whether or not you planned to study this area at a higher level.”
The presenters praised the students and their participation. “The students were very enthusiastic and willing to be involved in all activities. Participation in the practical aspects was excellent and they used information learnt in the sessions to complete activities.”