Portsmouth Law School
Photograph, left to right Dr Paul Smith (Forensics), Caroline Cox (School of Law), Emily Horrocks (Forensics), Dr Nick Pamment - (ICJS), Jac Reed (Forensics).
School of Law
Caroline Cox, Lead Researcher
I joined the University of Portsmouth’s School of Law in December 2014, having spent the previous 18 years in private practice where I specialised in probate and trusts. At Portsmouth I lecture in Equity and Trusts and support students on the University’s unique Clinical Legal Education Program which sees students work with local museums to give guidance on items in their orphan collections, the Treasure Act 1996 and cultural property issues. My research interests stem from a love of artistic and cultural artefacts and being married to an antiques valuer, I am lucky enough to see and handle some special items. I believe that the protection of elephants and the conservation of historic ivory artefacts are not incompatible aims.
The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
Dr Nicholas Pamment, Co-Researcher
Dr. Nicholas Pamment is a Senior Lecturer and Full-time Undergraduate Programme Area Leader at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), University of Portsmouth, having previously worked in various roles for a Youth Offending Team (YOT). Following a BSc (Hons) and MSc, he completed his doctoral study within the area of community reparation and restorative justice for young offenders. He has published studies within the fields of policing; multi-agency working; research methodology and community sentences. Nick runs a specialist Unit on wildlife crime at the University.
Dr Paul Smith
Dr. Paul Smith is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), University of Portsmouth. He started his career as a medical photographer with the Leicester Royal Infirmary moving into a role as a crime scene investigator (CSI) with Leicestershire Constabulary in April 1999. During this time he investigated a range of major and volume crimes and trained as a crime scene manager and coordinator, advancing to an assistant senior CSI in the summer of 2004. During this time he studied for a Masters in forensic archaeology passing with merit in 2004. He completed his doctoral studies in embedded technologies for scene investigations graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2008. He teaches forensic studies and his research interests include developing knowledge sharing in the police, integrating technologies into investigative practice and researching various aspects of forensic studies and associated criminal justice matters.
As a Crime Scene Investigator with West Midlands Police, I was based in Birmingham City Centre for over 10 years. Whilst there, I was part of a range of investigations, from vehicle crime to burglaries, through to civil disorder, sexual offences and murder.
As the Forensic Technician, I now support an extremely gifted and broadly skilled team at the ICJS.
I provide technical support to teaching in Criminal Investigation, Forensic Science and Criminal Profiling, whilst managing ‘The Stables’ which is our research development facility.
I also provide technical support for final year students, demonstrating equipment and techniques in practical classes, field trips and within the research facility.
I joined the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth in November 2015 as a research assistant for the forensic department. I completed my BSc (Hons) and MSc in Forensic Science at The University of the West of England, Bristol, and MSc research project won the Best Poster award at the Chartered Society of Forensic Science’s Autumn Conference 2015. My research interests lie in unusual crime scenes, underwater investigation, fingermarks and DNA, especially investigating and improving the methods of recovery. I am an associate member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, Royal Society of Biology and Royal Society of Chemistry. My role within The Ivory Project is to develop forensic techniques and methods that can help stop modern poaching but also assist with the antiques trade and their requirements.