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Kayleigh Sheppard – Guest Quiz Master
I am a lecturer in Forensic Science at Liverpool John Moores University, where I have been for the past three years. This is my first academic post, and I am thoroughly enjoying teaching the next generation of forensic scientists as well as being able to focus on my research. Prior to lecturing I completed my PhD in Forensic Science investigating the use of 360-degree panoramic photography for documenting and presenting crime scenes.
I have a particular interest in the examination and processing of crime scenes with a particular focus on 360-degree photography for documentation purposes. My other interests focus on the use of modern technologies for advancing forensic science and I have recently set up a new module on our forensic science course which introduces our students to a range of other forensic technologies which they are not normally exposed to. This module introduces the students to audio forensics, video forensics, computer forensics, 3D forensics which includes 360-degree photography and laser scanning, as well as drone surveillance and facial reconstructions. We are the first degree course in Europe to have obtained Amped 5 software for image analysis from CCTV, Bodycams, mobile phones etc. We are also one of the first to have a Forenscope mobile multispectral forensic tablet system for the detection and capture of body fluids, gunshot residue, fingerprints and document analysis.
At Liverpool John Moores University we have some great facilities including three full crime scene houses and a vehicle where we can set up a range of different crime scenes to allow our students to investigate realistic crime scene scenarios. Our forensic science course is designed so that it is a very practical based, hands on course in which students spend a large proportion of their time in the laboratory or in the crime scene houses. The course offers a range of disciplines and covers aspects of forensic science from forensic chemistry, fingerprint and footwear analysis, crime scene processing, DNA analysis and forensic microscopy to name but a few.
We also provide the opportunity for students to complete work related learning through placement opportunities. We have links with local police forces and forensic providers and students can undertake work alongside them to put into practice their skills and knowledge from the course. Such connections ensure that the curriculum is constantly updated to meet the needs of employers.
The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Graduates are also eligible for associate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).
You can explore the course and some of our facilities by following the links below:
Virtual Tour of facilities – PBS flythrough – YouTube
Crime scene house – 1920’s BRE House (matterport.com)
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