Writing questions for end of module examinations!
Favourite Thing: Keeping up-to-date with the latest forensic techniques and growing opium poppies!
Kineton High School (1993-2000)
BSc Hons Forensic Science, Staffordshire University (2000-2003)
Research Associate at Staffordshire University (2003-2007), Lecturer at Staffordshire University (2007-present)
Lecturer and Admissions Tutor
Me and my work
Teaching, research and admissions
I am a full-time lecturer in the department of Forensic and Crime Science at Staffordshire University. My days are spent lecturing and running practical classes, mainly in the area of forensic chemistry. I am also the admissions tutor for the forensic awards so have been busy looking at UCAS forms. When I can find the time I am working towards my PhD investigating whether the geographical origin of heroin can be established by looking at the metal ions present.
My Typical Day
Lecturing and answering student queries
Most days involve teaching of some sort, whether it is a practical class in the laboratory or crime scene house, a lecture presentation to be delivered or new or updated material to be written. There is also usually marking to be done and feedback to be provided to students. As admissions tutor, I may have to answer queries relating to entry requirements and application processes. Depending on my other committments I may have time to do some analysis as part of my PhD and then there is the dreaded thesis to get written!
What I'd do with the money
I would buy some equipment to help promote science in schools
In the summer, the faculty of sciences will be running some activity days where school children can come in and take part in some workshops run by the different departments within the faculty. I would like to use the money to buy some kits that the schools can take back with them so that they can continue to use forensic science to make science fun!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Talks too much!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Going on an Alaskan cruise (yes I have sunbathed by a glacier!) and seeing humpback whales!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. Finish my PhD, 2. Finish my PhD, 3. I think you can see where this is going!
What did you want to be after you left school?
A Forensic Scientist
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Not really but probably got told off for talking once or twice!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Done TV, radio and newspaper interviews to promote the CSI experience in Birmingham and to highlight the important role that forensic science plays in getting more people interested in science