I am a Senior lecturer in Forensic Studies within the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice. Following undergraduate and post graduate courses in Archaeology and Forensic Archaeology I began my career as a Crime Scene Investigator. Working across the UK I attended a wide variety of crime scenes and completed vocational qualifications which included fire investigation and crime scene management. I continued to maintain professional development in forensic archaeology and forensic human identification, and it is these subjects which underpin my current research in maximising forensic evidence recovery from the burial environment. I have worked in Higher education since 2014, teaching a variety of forensic related subjects


I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2000 with a BA(hons) in Archaeology and subsequently from Bournemouth University with a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Archaeology. I then obtained a number of professional qualifications in Crime Scene Investigation between 2003 and 2014. 

I graduated a second time from the University of Leicester in 2016 with an MSc in Forensic Science and Criminal Justice (distinction) and since embarking on a career in higher education teaching I have also received a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and a Diploma in Forensic Human Identification from the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Research interests

My research interests include;

  • Fingermark development and visualisation across a variety of substrates and contaminants 
  • Recovery of forensic evidence from the burial environment
  • The use of light sources in scene and evidence examination
  • Crime scene practices and processes 

In 2019 I was awarded a Churchill fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to investigate forensic archaeology and the development of fingermaks in extreme environments in Australia and Canada. 

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach on the following modules;

  • Essential Skills for Criminologists
  • Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Evidence Interpretation
  • Forensic Taphonomy
  • Forensic Evidence Analysis
  • Future of Forensic Investigations
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Applied Forensic Science
  • Aquatic Forensic Investigation

I have previously led/taught modules on the following subjects;

  • Forensic Photography
  • Introduction to Fire Investigation
  • Mass Fatality incidents
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Crime Scene Analysis
  • Evidence Collection and Management
  • UK law and legal systems
  • Major Investigations
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Researching Criminology