Anglia Ruskin's forensic science students win prizes

Published: 7 December 2005 at 13:32

Anglia Ruskin University's Faculty of Science and Technology has awarded two students industry-sponsored prizes for projects undertaken within the area of forensic science study.

The two graduates the Department of Forensic Science and Chemistry were awarded the prizes in recognition of the high quality of their final year dissertations. Katie Faers won the Gardiner Associates Prize for the best undergraduate thesis in the subject of fire investigation for her study entitled "The strategic use of geographic profiling techniques in relation to recorded vehicle arson in Cambridge in 2004". The prize consisted of a signed copy John DeHaan's book "Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction" and an invitation to Weathersfield (the training site of Gardiner's Associates) to participate in two days of practical fire investigation training. John DeHaan is the world's leading authority on fire investigation. The prize was presented by Alan Munford of Gardiner Associates. 

The other prize winner, Justin Attelsey, won the Forensic Science Service prize for the best undergraduate thesis for his study entitled "A study to identify the risk of secondary transfer of trace DNA from one fingerprint to another via the fingerprint brush". The prize was a generous book token presented by Dr. Dave Werrett, Chief Executive of the Forensic Science Service, one of the world's leading forensic science providers. Both prizes were awarded at a recent presentation event at the Cambridge campus of Anglia Ruskin University.

The Department of Forensic Science and Chemistry at Anglia Ruskin University is proud to be the only university department in the UK to be in receipt of prizes from either the Forensic Science Service or from Gardiner Associates. The Department of Forensic Science and Chemistry works closely with both organisations in its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching provision and in its research activities.

Graduating this year from the acclaimed Forensic Science course at Anglia Ruskin University both prize winners have continued their careers in forensic science. Katie will soon be starting work with the Metropolitan Police as a fingerprint examiner and Justin will be continuing his postgraduate studies at Anglia Ruskin on a forensic anthropology project.

Forensic Science is the study and application of scientific disciplines and techniques that may be used to produce evidence acceptable in a court of law. The techniques involved are diverse and include recovery of trace evidence and those drawn from chemistry and biology which can assist in forensic investigation.