Charlotte Newton - College of Life and Natural Sciences - University of Derby

Charlotte Newton, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science, 2016

What are you doing now?

I am currently a forensic technician for ESG and I thoroughly enjoy the job. The role requires me to carry out drug analysis for police cases throughout the UK. I feel very lucky to have got this job so quickly as I had been pursuing this type of job role throughout my university career, however it wasn’t until I had just finished university that I finally got the job I desired.

What were the main reasons you took that course?

My passion for forensic science stemmed from my interest in criminology and psychology. It wasn’t until I started forensic science in sixth form that I realised a laboratory-based course could give me the upper hand when applying for jobs. I therefore chose the course to explore the field of forensics further, gain more experience in the laboratory and overall strengthen my career choices.

Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?

At the time, it was the only forensic science course in the UK that had been accredited for all 3 areas of forensics by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science. This obviously got my attention as well as the lecturers who all had real life experience in the forensics field rather than being just chemistry or biology based.

What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?

I have experienced an immediate impact on my career as within a month of leaving university, as I have a job in forensic science. It was the University of Derby that recommended this role to me and the head of forensic science sent my CV to ESG. Thanks to the support and advice I managed to get the job. I now feel a lot more confident and motivated about my forensics career path and hope to excel in this area. 

How did the lecturers inspire you?

My lecturers inspired me by always having passion when teaching and the patience to explain when areas became complicated. Most of the lecturers had past careers in forensic science so we were constantly motivated and excited with real life stories.

How do you feel the University has helped you in your career so far?

The University allowed for student representatives which went towards your HEAR award. This helped massively when applying for jobs as it gave me the upper hand when competing against other forensic students from around the UK. Also we were constantly encouraged to meet with careers advisers, who helped me greatly with my CV. As well as all of this, I also got the opportunity to be part of the High Fliers course made available by the Careers Development Centre, this was a 4 week intensive course on how to get where you want in your career.

What are your future plans?

I hope in the future to excel and progress within ESG or the forensic science area. I also hope to do further research on new psychoactive substances.

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?

I would highly recommend this course. The relevant, exciting and interesting course combined with the University’s facilities and extra support makes for a great student life and career path.

Who are you still in touch with from University of Derby?

I have kept in touch with all my course mates as we have a social media page for the 2013-2016 forensic students. I have also kept in touch with lecturers through LinkedIn and they still give me support. 

"I would highly recommend this course. The relevant, exciting and interesting course combined with the University’s facilities and extra support makes for a great student life and confident career path." Charlotte Newton