Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


Ms Mia Armitage

  • Role Title: Forensic Student Placement
  • Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5253
  • Email:
  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am currently a student on a year-long Placement working as a Forensic Technician at the University of Portsmouth. I am also pursuing a degree in Bsc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies at the University of Portsmouth.

During my time as a University of Portsmouth student, I have studied courses relevant to forensic science and investigation, such as, Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Science (Level 4), Techniques of Scientific Investigations (Level 5) and Criminal Investigations (Level 5). Additionally, I expanded my knowledge regarding the criminal justice system by undertaking optional courses such as Community Justice (Level 5) and Penology and Prisons (Level 5).

I completed an Internship with Hampshire Fire and Rescue between January 2017 and March 2017. I was based in Eastleigh at the Hampshire Fire and Rescue HQ, this is where I spent one day a week with the Fire investigation team, shadowing them and being introduced to many other areas of the Fire Service.


Teaching Responsibilities

My role within the ICJS is to engage in a range of tasks relating to the forensics provision within the Institute. These include working on the preparation and delivery of seminars for all CFS levels by demonstrating certain techniques and equipment to students and performing a variety of research activities.

Under the guidance of the rest of the Forensic Technicians’ team, I must ensure the implementation of the University’s Health and Safety policies in order to facilitate a safe learning and researching environment.

I have taken on Technical Lead for the Forensic Science unit (Level 5) enabling me to support all the students on this course on a practical level. Alongside this, I will be involved in the delivery of all practical sessions for CFS units. I also participate in education liaison activities which have the purpose of encouraging school-aged children to pursue an academic degree.

As well as my teaching responsibilities, I will be involved in some key research surrounding the area of Fire Investigation and fingerprint recovery from fire scenes.


  • Criminal and Crime Scene Investigation
  • Collaborative Research
  • Body fluid identification and DNA amplification