Date of release: Thursday, February 18, 2016

"It was fun, interesting and engaging" was the feedback from students when the University of Greenwich Forensic science team visited the Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey last week, to deliver a forensic footwear masterclass.

Sharing expertise gained through years of industry experience, the team gave students the opportunity to get hand -on with both crime scene retrieval and laboratory investigation techniques for this often underestimated area of forensics.

Comments from students included:

"It gave me an opportunity to look into potential career pathways and experience something different"

"I enjoyed making prints of shoes and comparing them much like they would actually do at a crime scene or in the lab that made it really exciting"

"It was fun to see into the world of a police detective and how they use their knowledge and analytic skills to catch criminals"

Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey has formed a strong link with Greenwich University in particular the campus at Medway. Paul Murray, community coordinator, said "This is the first in a series of masterclasses that the University of Greenwich will be delivering and judging by the students reactions today, we can't wait for the next one done!"

Linda Brownlow the forensic programme leader here at Medway said ' The Oasis students were so enthusiastic and seemed really involved in the footwear session, they clearly enjoyed learning that science in the real world can be fun, even when it's being applied to important problems such as the investigation of crime."