Proof that course prepares students for crime-solving careers

“The lecturers here are so supportive. You really get the help you need from every kind of angle and they're never too shy to support you and direct you in the right way."

Natasha Lomas, MSci Forensic Investigation

A Staffordshire University graduate who felt compelled to study forensics after the 7/7 London bombings is now putting her skills to into practice working for the police.

Natasha Lomas enjoyed the BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation course at the University so much that she went on to take the MSci and has graduated with first-class honours.

Natasha's graduation day coincided with the 10 year anniversary of the 7/7 bombings, the event that first piqued her interest in the field.

"I was really interested in how they identified people with very little material so I really got into it from there." explained Natasha.

The course covers the investigation of crime scenes and analysis of evidence such as fibres, hairs and fingerprints. Students put into practice what they learn by getting hands on experience in the on-campus crime scene house.

Natasha said: "It's just been a brilliant experience and I've thoroughly enjoyed it."

"The lecturers here are so supportive. You really get the help you need from every kind of angle and they're never too shy to support you and direct you in the right way."

Since completing her course Natasha has secured a job with Avon and Somerset Police where she works as a Case Builder.

"Basically I'm compiling cases for both Magistrates and Crown courts. So, on a day-to-day basis it could be any type of offence. I'm really enjoying it so far."

Natasha advises other students to follow their passions: "Don't let anything hold you back, if you've got a particular interest in a particular topic then go for it."

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