Date of release: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Linda BrownlowFuture forensic science experts will be learning vital employment skills at the University of Greenwich, which has been chosen as a key national training centre.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS) – the industry's professional body – has made the university one of its certified assessment centres. The first students will begin work at the university's Medway Campus at the end of June.

This official "stamp of approval" is recognition of Greenwich's work in crime scene delivery in its Forensic Science programmes, headed by Linda Brownlow, a former leader of Metropolitan Police's crime scene training who is now Programme Manager and Senior Lecturer for Forensic Science at the university.

She says: "Students will be coming to us for a one-day Pre-Employment Assessment of Competency (PEAC) which will focus on practical skills. Employers often tell us that those with the best qualifications don't necessarily make the best employees so this will go beyond just testing knowledge.

"When applicants go for a forensic interview they are often asked to carry-out a hands-on test like this. Now they will do it before they apply, allowing employers to pick CVs from those with both a good educational background and those who have demonstrated they have the relevant skills to succeed in the workplace."

The assessors chose Greenwich after being impressed with the staff and facilities on previous visits. The new course is open to all graduates and students from any UK-based Forensic Science course. Each session will have up to 10 students, who can choose to have their skills assessed in two areas: crime scene and laboratory analysis (each area is a different one day assessment and attracts a separate Certificate).

"For laboratory practice candidates may be asked to make up solutions or be given casework items to comment on," adds Linda. "For the crime scene element they could be looking at the interpretation of a scene and how to process it."

Linda has also received individual recognition of her skills by being selected as a national assessor of the PEAC crime scene examination element.

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