Forensic Science - Your questions answered video transcript

My name's John Wright I'm a senior lecturer at the University of Derby. I've been here for 15 years prior to that, I work for the MET police and the Home Office. My specialist areas are blood pattern analysis, firearms, fire analysis and general biology. At the University of Derby, we run two main forensic courses, forensic science and forensic science criminology. Both these courses are available the foundation year and with a placement year the forensic science courses at Derby are accredited by the Charter Society of Forensic Sciences. We cover areas literally from the crime scene all the way to the courtroom but we also look at all the background information, the biology, the chemistry and specialist subjects such as anthropology, firearms, ballistics, vehicle investigation that helped make a well-rounded forensic scientist. These courses are for individuals who are interested in science interested in crime scene science and how forensic science works in the real world. 

Students who've studied on the degree have gone into careers such as CSI, so working with the police as a crime scene investigator, we've got people working with Rolls Royce, we've got people working in ballistics and firearms examination, we've got people working in hospitals, other labs and anything that needs a good science degree.  

We have placements every year with the police and also with other scientific laboratories. Also in our second year our students get to do a 30-hour work placement volunteering and some of those go to work for hospitals, some work for funeral directors, some work with police and other major organisations. We're very privileged at the University of Derby we have many facilities including a forensic training facility, a ballistics investigation facility, we've got a clandestine burial ground, we've got forensic vehicles, we've got a bone laboratory and specialist photographic and imaging labs. The forensic training facility has seven separate scenes in it and each scene is individually monitored with CCTV and both audio and talkback so that we can actually put students in there, watch what they're doing from the control area without actually interfering with them at all and it's a very very lifelike simulation.

Students will be taught by a variety of staff all of whom have expertise in certain subjects such as ballistics, finger marks, anthropology, entomology, clandestine burials, facial reconstruction. From the first year, our students are all brought up the same level of scientific understanding. We then move on to more complex scenarios in the second year. In the third year we turn our students into professional forensic scientists allowing them to undertake modules such as professional practice which is based on a real-world scenario and court experience.


Forensic Science - Your questions answered video

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