Dr Louise Robinson

Position: Programme Leader Forensic Science with Psychology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Natural Sciences

Subject area: Forensic Sciences

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I am Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Psychology and teach on the Forensic Science programmes, as well as courses within the Department of Biosceinces. I gained my undergraduate degree in Forensic Biology from the University of Liverpool and I received a PhD from the University of Chester in the field of Molecular Biology, looking at genetic identification of a critically endangered species. My research crosses both Conservation and Wildlife Forensics, with an interest in wildlife crime awareness and Forensic Entomology.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching focuses on Molecular Biology content within core Genetics modules as well as Forensic Science applications, especially within the field of Wildlife Forensics.

I teach on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Law, Criminology & Criminal Justice for Forensic Scientists
  • Genetics (module leader)
  • Trace Evidence
  • Wildlife Crime and Forensic Entomology (module leader)
  • Crime Scene to Court
  • Molecular Biology
  • Serious & Organised Crime
  • Medical Forensics
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Independent Studies for Forensic Science (Co-ordinator)

I also supervise research projects on MSc Conservation Biology and MRes Biological Science.

Professional interests

After joining the University of Derby in 2012, I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2013 and was appointed programme leader of Forensic Science with Psychology in 2014. Throughout my time at Derby I have been eager to identify alternate methods of delivery in both lecture theatres and laboratories, which has seen the use of interactive software, real world learning experiences and gamification.

Research interests

With a research background investigating a critically endangered species, my research centres around Conservation and Wildlife Forensics. I am eager to collaborate with local authorities and national agencies in order to identify key issues faced by Wildlife Crime Officers and how they may be overcome. I am currently investigating the recording of wildlife crime and possible ways to improve monitoring within police forces. I also have an interest in Forensic Entomology, specifically factors which effect entomological growth within an indoor environment and how this may effect estimations of minimum post mortem interval.

My pedagogic interests fall within the area of gamification and how games can be implemented within a teaching environment to improve enagagement and retention of material. I have developed a number of in-class exercises and a table top game which are currently used within my teaching.

PhD Supervision

I am currently co-supervising a project on environmental DNA for the identification of species of conservation concern.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Undergraduate qualification

BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology, University of Liverpool (awarded 2006)

Research qualification

PhD in Molecular Biology, University of Chester (awarded 2012)

Recent publications

  • Robinson, L. (2016). The Application of Games in Higher Education.  Journal of Academic Development and Education, 6, 5-8. https://jadekeele.wordpress.com/current-issue/

  • Robinson, L. A. Genetic Methodologies in Wildlife Investigations (2013). In J. E. Cooper & M. E. Cooper (Eds.), Wildlife Forensic Investigation: Principles and Practice. London, CRC Press.

Recent conferences

Pedagogic events

  • Heads of University Bioscience event at York University (July 2017) Keynote talk: The Convergent Evolution of Games & Education & Workshop: Park Life: A conservation game for HE
  • Oxford Brookes University (July 2017) Workshop: Gamification in HE
  • The Physiology Society (May 2017) Presentation: Gamification in HE teaching
  • Oxford Brookes University (February 2017) Workshop: Gamirfication in HE
  • University of East Anglia (November 2016) Workshop: Gamification in HE
  • Annual National Teaching Fellow Symposium (March 2016) Workshop: Park Life
  • HEA STEM (January 2016) Workshop: Making Learning Fun, not making Fun of Learning
  • Heads of University Biosciences (Spring 2014) Poster: Tri-Hard Pipetting

Wildlife Crime events

  • Enforcers Conference (November 2016) Workshop: Wildlife Crime Recording
  • British Veterinary Forensic and Law Association (June 2016) Presentation: Wildlife DNA Analysis: Potential Veterinary Applications
  • Birders Against Wildlife Crime (March 2016) Presentation: Wildlife Crime Scenes and their potential evidence
  • The 2nd Chester Conference on Forensics: Aspects of Wildlife Crime & Conservation (June 2012) Workshop: Applications of DNA Techniques - Species Identification
  • World Pheasant Association AGM (2010) Presentation: Trinidad Piping guan: Using Genetics for Conservation



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