Staff profile

David Bryson

Senior Lecturer Forensic Anthropology and Photography


Forensic Science


College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Human Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am based in Forensic Science Department of the College of Life and Natural Sciences with my teaching and research covering Forensic Anthropology and Photography. I also cover other specialist areas in Biosciences. My background is very much based around Anatomy/Osteology and Photography.

Teaching responsibilities

I am a module leader for Forensic Imaging and Forensic Anthropology modules and I support other modules including core Forensic modules, Medical Forensics, Human Biology, Research Methods in Human Biology and Advanced Methods in Zoology.

I am the Programme Leader for the MRes/Integrated PhD looking after the Research Skills aspects of the programme including teaching on the online modules Getting Research Published, Planning and Managing Research and Research Leadership. 

Professional interests

Professionally I cover cases requiring medicolegal or personal injury photography for solicitors primarily for plaintiffs but also for defence. Examples of recent work include; photographs for a defence solicitor of a prisoner in HMP Winsome Green and medical negligence cases e.g. recording pressure sore scars.

I also design and develop learning materials and I have recently been developing online learning materials to encourage medical illustrators to write for the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine and blog for websites. 

Professionally I cover photographically any aspect that combines Science and Photography, though often my work in the University as well as supporting teaching and learning involves the production of materials for Press and Publicity for the College of Life and Natural Sciences and activities like the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench East Midlands Region. 

Research interests

Scientific, medico-legal and forensic photography, human identification, history of medicine including: 'History of acromegaly and gigantism' and 'Use of photography in medicine'. Education especially the use of technology-enhanced learning, learning objects and multimedia. Human osteology and osteopathology.

Recently I have been looking at the use of badges and micro-credentialing in teaching and learning.

Membership of professional bodies

Professional Qualifications:


I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine responsible for the Professional section.


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

After training at the University Hospital of Wales as a medical photographer I worked at Ninewells Hospital, University of Dundee then ran my own business as a Medical and Personal Injury photographer in the Bromsgrove and Redditch area for over 12 years before teaching Medical and Technical Photography at Berkshire College of Art and Design then moving to the University of Derby to become Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Biological Imaging. 

Whilst at the University I have maintained my Professional Practice in Personal Injury Photography and developed aspects of Scientific Photography. 

International experience

I have represented the University at International Careers Fairs in Taiwan, presented research findings about Smart Clothing and Wearable Technology at the International Sporting Goods Conferences in Shanghai, undertaken a recruitment visit to Bandung, Java and shown Leonardo Project developments at ISPO, Frankfurt.

Additional interests and activities

In the media

Recent publications

  • Towards a Working Methodology for Using Total Hip and Knee Joint Replacements to Support Identification. Austin J Forensic Sci Criminol. 2015; 2(3): 1026.
  • Journals and CPD. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine 2016; 39(1-2):73-76.
  • Focus Stacking: Extending the depth of field in close-up photography. Heritage Photography, Royal Photographic Society Spring 2016: 4–5. 
  • Professional language: understanding and being understood. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine 39(3-4): 158-159.

‌McCann, J. & Bryson, D. (eds) Textile-led design for the active ageing. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing, Co Ltd. Published September 2014. Including my chapters:

  • Chapter 2: Technological culture and the active ageing: A lifetime of technological advances.
  • Chapter 11: The importance of anatomical and physiological changes with age.
  • Chapter 28: The adoption and non-adoption of new technologies by the active ageing