Dave Hickman

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Member British Society of Immunology
  • Member Royal Society of Biology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

BEng (Hons) Information Technology and electronics
PgDiP Acoustics & Noise Control


  • Pattern recognition
  • Video analytics
  • Image processing
  • Speech processing
  • Computer graphics and animation
  • Computer games programming

Research interests

  • Serious and organised crime
  • Criminal use of firearms
  • Police culture and practice
  • Police officer welfare
  • Victim experience and victim support services
  • Interagency working
  • Policing and social media
  • Police demand

Enterprise and commercial interests

I have worked extensively within the corporate programmes department of the school generating income and developing and delivering bespoke and professional training to employers such as Leoni, Denby, WADE, Armed Forces and members of Future Finest. In addition, I ran the Steelite Business Academy and the Chamber of Commerce Higher Education Business Academy.


I took over the running of the CIPD level 3 professional course and gained accreditation for the CIPD level 5 and level 7 programmes.


I have extensive experience of working with both UK and International partners.




  • Fibres analysis
  • Glass analysis
  • Hair analysis (animal and human)
  • Paint analysis
  • ISO accreditation and competency testing in forensic science
  • Forensic Biology and DNA Profiling
  • Other trace evidence, including filaments, pollen, lubricants
  • Evidence analysis including FTIR, Raman, Pyr-GC, polarized light microscopy, comparison microscopy, hot-stage microscopy
  • Statistical analysis of evidence
  • Research Skills
  • Independent projects




  • Glass analysis
  • Paint analysis
  • Hair analysis (animal and human)
  • Wildlife crime investigation
  • Underwater crime scene investigation
  • Crime scene investigation for forensic nurses
  • Forensic Biology and DNA profiling
  • Statistical analysis of evidence
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Independent projects


E.Ganniari-Papageorgiou, M.E.Fitzpatrick and A.Chroneos, ‘Germanium diffusion in aluminium: connection between point defect parameters with bulk properties, Journal of Materials Science:Materials in Electronics, Vol. 26(11), pp. 8421–8424, 2015, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10854-015-3510-5

S.K.Kourkoulis, M.Mentzini and E.Ganniari-Papageorgiou, ‘Restored marble epistyles under bending: A combined experimental and numerical study’, International Journal of Architectural Heritage, Vol. 7(1), pp. 89-115, 2013,

S.K.Kourkoulis, V.Panagiotopoulou and E.Ganniari-Papageorgiou, ‘The role of the fracture plane's inclination in the restoration of marble epistyles’, Journal of Cultural Heritage, Vol. 13, pp. 426-436, 2012

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021