Dr Sarah Fieldhouse

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Forensic Science

Chair of the ethics committee for Forensic and Crime Science

Link tutor for the Forensic Science Society

Qualifications

Ph.D.  Staffordshire University, May 2009

Consistency and reproducibility in the deposition and evaluation of latent fingermarks, contributing to an investigation into the effectiveness of a portable cyanoacrylate fuming system and aluminium powder for latent fingermark development

Post graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University, June 2007

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member of the Forensic Science Society
  • Member of the Fingerprint Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate of the International Association for Identification

Expertise

  • Fingerprint research methodologies
  • Fingerprint development and enhancement

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Collaboration with SciChem for the design and manufacture of ‘fingerprint samplers’ to facilitate fingermark deposition.  Fingerprint samplers are now available for purchase through SciChem (www.scichem.com)

Research Interests

  • The design of fingerprint research projects including fingermark deposition and the assessment of fingermark quality.

  • ‘In situ’ latent fingermark development using CNA fuming.

  • Determination of the sequence of latent fingermarks and ink/printing on suspect documents.

Selected Publications

Recent publications

Fieldhouse, S. Birch, C.  2012.  A Novel Method for the Consistent and Reproducible Deposition of Earprints: A preliminary study.  Journal of Forensic Identification, 62 (5) p476-487.

Fieldhouse, S.  A comparison of fingermark deposition methodologies.  Fingerprint Whorld, April 2011 37 (143) p94-101.

Fieldhouse, S., 2011.  Consistency and reproducibility in fingermark deposition.  Forensic Science International.  207 (2011) 96-100.

Fieldhouse, S., Kalantzis, N., Platt, A.W., 2011.  Determination of the sequence of latent fingermarks and writing or printing on white office paper.  Forensic Science International.  206 (1-3) p155-160.

Fieldhouse, S.  An Investigation into the use of a portable cyanoacrylate fuming system (SUPERfume®) and aluminium powder for the development of latent fingermarks.  Journal of Forensic Sciences, accepted October 2010.

Oral Presentations and Posters

Fingerprint Society Conference, April 2012.  The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.

  • Oral presentation ‘the generation of standard protocols for fingerprint investigations’

  • Awarded first prize in the poster presentation ‘ the development of a multiple force fingerprint sampler’

Winner of the Fingerprint Society’s ‘Haque and Bose prize 2011’ at postgraduate level.

Oral and poster presentations delivered at the FORREST conference, Nottingham Trent University, June 2011.

  • ‘Fingerprint sampling devices; Methods for controlling fingerprint deposition’ (oral presentation)

  • ‘The development of a multiple force fingerprint sampler’ (poster)

Oral presentation and workshops delivered at the International Forensic Science Conference, University of Technology, Jamaica.  January 2011.

  • ‘‘In situ’ methods of latent fingermark development; An investigation into the use of a portable cyanoacrylate fuming system (SUPERfume) and aluminium powder for latent fingermark development’ (oral presentation)

  • ‘The recovery of latent fingermarks from fire scenes’ (workshop)

Keynote speaker at the Forensic Science Society student conference, ‘Indelible evidence’, at the University of the West of England.  November 2009.

  • ‘The importance of consistency within and between ‘fingerprint’ research projects.’

Oral, poster presentations and workshops delivered at the International Forensic Science Conference, University of Mauritius.  November 2009.

  • ‘The importance of consistency within and between ‘fingerprint’ research projects.’ (oral presentation)

  • ‘The recovery of latent fingermarks from fire scenes’ (workshop)

  • ‘Consistency and reproducibility in fingermark deposition’ (poster)

  • ‘An investigation into the use of a portable cyanoacrylate fuming system (SUPERfume) and aluminium powder for the development of latent fingermarks’ (poster)

  • 'Determination of the sequence of latent marks and writing or printing on suspect documents' (poster)


Current Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Fingerprint analysis (theoretical and practical)

  • Statistical data analysis

  • Research skills

Postgraduate

  • Fingerprint analysis (theoretical and practical)

  • Statistical data analysis

Contact

Dr Sarah Fieldhouse
School of Sciences (Forensic and Crime Science)
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DF
t: +44 (0)1782 295795
e: s.j.fieldhouse@staffs.ac.uk