Connecting students with science

Published: 16 March 2006 at 11:37

Anglia Ruskin University has hosted a visit from around 25 Year 12 students from Harlow College - during National Science Week (13-19 March) - to give the students an insight into studying Forensic Science at degree level.

The students, who are studying either A level Biology or BTEC Applied Science, had all expressed an interest in finding out more about the subject which is based on the scientific disciplines and techniques that are used to produce evidence acceptable in a court of law.

As part of the visit the students were given the opportunity to get to grips with some of the practical aspects of the subject including trials with finger-printing kits and the recovery of trace evidence.

College Liaison Manager Rachel Nedwell said:

“We work with schools and colleges to make students aware of the exciting choice of courses available to them through Higher Education. During National Science Week, we are helping to celebrate science and its importance to us particularly in terms of the challenging new career paths that are opening up through study.”

“If we can connect just a few students with a rewarding career in science we have more than achieved the aim of this taster-session event.”

Forensic Science Senior Lecturer David Hughes added:

“Forensic Science is attracting increasing numbers of students year on year which is excellent news as there are many new and varied career paths available to these inquisitive individuals who are driven by their passion for science and investigation.”

The Anglia Ruskin University BSc Forensic Science degrees, that have been given a top classification rating by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), are taught by lecturers who are forensic practitioners in their own right specialising in areas such as toxicology, fire investigation, biology, criminalistics and drugs. The University’s extensive facilities include a dedicated crime scene facility which is realistically set up for student examination. CCTV cameras are set up within this facility to record the student’s crime scene analysis.

Career paths for forensic science students can extend beyond the solution of crimes to disaster analysis and archaeological and related explorations.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK take part in National Science Week activities every year. The day is co-ordinated by the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science).

For more information about Forensic Science courses at Anglia Ruskin University call the contact centre on 0845 271 3333 or visit