Facilities and expertise in Criminal Justice and International Relations


Start your journey on the right side of criminal justice with a course at Staffordshire University, and get access to facilities that will put you right in the heart of the action from day one.

From on-campus courtrooms and crime scene simulations, to online software and cloud computing technology, you’ll have everything you need to gain the practical skills and experience to become the expert in the criminal justice and international relations sector.

Our immersive approach helps you gain confidence in your area of study and be ready for the workplace. For example, our Crime Scene House, analytical laboratories, and specialist rooms all mirror your future workplace so you can study anything from decomposition to ballistics, and you'll be practising as you would in real life settings.

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Facility Highlight - Science Centre

Learn in our £30 million Science Centre which houses specialist laboratories and facilities with the latest state-of-the-art technology and equipment.  You'll learn to independently use the equipment that you will find within the work place, giving you extra skills and confidence to take forward at the start of your career.

The specialist crime scene house facility made the whole experience more realistic and allowed me to put my forensic science knowledge into practice in a simulated crime scene.

Kayleigh Sheppard

Forensic Investigation Graduate


Software Development

You'll have access to development environments for desktop, mobile and enterprise applications. Plus access to our mobile/smart devices development lab, with a variety of mobile devices for testing.


At Staffordshire University, you’ll learn from a teaching team experienced in their fields including former senior police officers, academic experts, and forensic caseworkers.

Many members of the team are active in research or within the sector, continuously bringing current knowledge to the classroom so you get the most up-to-date information and teaching.

It's not just our academic teaching teams who you will learn from - our lab technicians play a huge role in your learning, showing you how to use certain pieces of equipment and being there to support you in developing your practical skills.

Our staff

Dean Northfield

Senior Lecturer

Dean worked for West Yorkshire Police as a VIPER Officer (2 Years) then an Imaging Officer (6 years). He progressed to Senior Imaging Officer, before finishing his time at West Yorkshire Police in the Forensic Multimedia Unit

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Ian Ackerley

Senior Lecturer

Ian is a former police officer. He served for 34 years as an officer in Staffordshire Police and Nottinghamshire Police, reaching the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. He is the Course Leader for Policing and Criminal Investigation.

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Dr Lauren Metcalfe

Head Of Department - Associate Professor

Lauren completed her PhD in Evidence Based Policing and joined Staffordshire University in 2017. She is now Course Leader for Professional Policing (our Pre-join degree) and Course Director for our policing degrees.

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Dr Duncan Parker

Course Director

Duncan Parker joined the university in 2017 as a lecturer in Chemistry, teaching on the Forensic Science degrees. He is now Course Leader for Forensic Science and Course Director for Forensic Science and Investigation.

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David Flatman-Fairs

Senior Lecturer

David has been a lecturer at Staffordshire University since 2002, and is now Course Leader for Forensic Investigation. His expertise are in Chemical Analysis, Criminalistic Methods and Crime Scene Processing.

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Dr Fiona Robertson-Snape

Senior Lecturer

Fiona's expertise is in international relations theory and international ethics. Her research interests cover international society, human rights and international criminal justice.

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Dr Simon Smith

Interim Associate Dean - Research&Innov

Simon is Associate Dean of Research and Innovation and Associate Professor of Security and International Relations in the School of Justice, Security and Sustainability. Simon also sits on the University’s Board of Governors.

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Dr Tony Craig

Associate Professor

Tony's expertise is in Northern Ireland, intelligence and security studies, archive research, conflict resolution. His research interests include Irish and British foreign policy, intelligence history, terrorism, security studies and decolonisation.

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Dr Jo Turner

Interim Head Of Law

Dr Jo Turner is Head of Department for Criminology, Policing and Forensic Science and Associate Professor of Criminology. She has worked at Staffordshire University since August 2017.

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Louis Martin

Course Director

Louis worked for Derbyshire Constabulary before becoming Head of the Roads Policing Unit and Detective Inspector for Derby City Centre. He is Course Leader for Criminal Justice with Offender Management.

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Alun Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Alun's research interests cover the history of Russia and the Soviet Union and Central Asia; imperialism, colonialism, decolonisation, refugeedom, itinerance; nomadism,nationalism, state-building, urbanisation, memory and patrimonialisation.

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Kevin Colls

Associate Professor

Kevin has directed and published archaeological projects throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and holds over 20 years' experience in research and professional archaeology.

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Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls

Professor Of Conflict Archaeology

Prof. Sturdy Colls' pioneering research focuses on the application of interdisciplinary approaches to the investigation of Holocaust landscapes. Caroline is the Course Leader for the Forensic Archaeology masters.

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Dr Emma Temple-Malt

Senior Lecturer

Em is the Course leader for the PG Transnational Organised Crime Masters,, Sociology and Social Justice Masters and Criminology and Criminal Justice Masters. Her expertise are in domestic abuse education and research methodology.

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The course is very interesting, it really tells you how we ended up where we are today. Besides all the facts, they make you think. They tell you the most interesting things. I hate to miss any of the lessons!

Aida Haughton


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