Kayleigh sees her future in 360° following PhD experience

"I thoroughly enjoyed my PhD experience. It's hard work – it's been three and a half years hard work but the University has built up a whole research community with other PhD students coming together to complete their research."

Kayleigh Sheppard, PhD in Forensic Science

A forensic science graduate has set her sights Professor high after graduating with a PhD, aged just 25.

Dr Kayleigh Sheppard graduated from Staffordshire University for a second time this July after completing her PhD on 360° photographic technology in a forensic context.

She first graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science in 2013 and won a six week placement with Staffordshire Police which became the springboard for her PhD. She chose to focus her studies on the new technology which is increasingly being used by police forces to record crime scenes.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my PhD experience. It's hard work – it's been three and a half years hard work but the University has built up a whole research community with other PhD students coming together to complete their research. I've really enjoyed it – it's been really exciting.”

Kayleigh is now weighing up her options for her future career. She said: “I really enjoy the research side of things and so I need to decide whether to go into post-doctoral research, or whether I decide to go into the field or lecture. Having a PhD opens a lot more avenues.”

She is thrilled to have graduated with her PhD having only just turned 25 and has set her sights on becoming a young professor. “I would like to become a Professor one day – that is my ultimate aim!”

Kayleigh is also keen to continue the research that she started, adding: “There's still a lot more that can be done. I feel that my PhD raised more questions than it answered in the end so there's still much I can do and I'd like to, so if I can get the funding for it then I'd love to continue in this area.”

“It's a new up and coming area with forensics and police investing in new technologies to record crime scenes.  Warwickshire Police who I was working with use a lot of 360° photographic technology and I'm hoping the work I've been doing with 360° and alternate light sources, because it is novel and new, can be implemented in police forces to aid their investigations.”

 

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