Date of release: Thursday, July 11, 2013

ForensicsThe next generation of forensic scientists is honing its skills at the University of Greenwich.

The university has been awarded Forensic Science Society (FSS) accreditation for its programmes in Forensic Science and Forensic Science with Criminology.

Assessors praised the facilities at Greenwich, particularly the well-equipped laboratories, crime scene room, and the focus on learning by doing which gives students the opportunity to combine practical experience with academic learning.

Robert Green OBE, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at the university, says: “The crime scene room is the size of a big sitting room. We can set it up to be, say, a bedroom where a sexual crime has taken place, or a sitting room where there’s been a murder, and the students work their way through finding the evidence. This practical experience provides students with the opportunity to identify and recover their evidence as they would in true crime scene to court fashion.

“Being accredited by the Forensic Science Society puts us in the Premier League because it is a professional stamp of approval. Our students attend FSS conferences from their first year, for which they receive professional development credits. This means that they are out there getting among potential future employers and making contacts from year one. This all helps our graduates’ employability.”

Greenwich is currently the only university which provides free FSS professional membership of the society to all its students.

The FSS accreditation assessors commended the Forensic programmes’ design and delivery at Greenwich, noting that use of specialist facilities is available to all students.

For more information on studying Forensic Science at the University of Greenwich: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/ug/sci or call 020 8331 9000

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