Dr Francesca Stubbs-Hayes


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I joined Staffordshire University as an undergraduate student, studying a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Investigation and graduated with First Class Hons in 2013. I continued my studies at the University researching for a PhD, specialising in fingermark development techniques. I was awarded my PhD in 2018, with a thesis titled; ‘An Investigation into the Selective Deposition of Iron Oxide Wet Powder Suspension.’ Upon completion of my PhD, I secured a post as a Lecturer in the department of Crime, Society and Environment.

I teach in a range of topics mainly on the Forensic Investigation and Forensic Science awards, occasionally teaching on Policing and Criminal Investigation as well. I am responsible for delivering both practical and theory-based sessions to undergraduate and postgraduate students on topics such as, crime scene photography and sketching, drug legislation, police strategies around drug misuse in the UK, basic microscopy, using alternative light sources for the detection and analysis of evidence, data analysis using SPSS, Excel and R and, research methods.

My academic interests lie within the field of fingermark development and recovery; this is my area of expertise following the research for my PhD. I am particularly interested in wet powder suspensions; how the technique works, investigating it to its optimum use and developing the technique for further uses. I am also interested in working alongside practitioners to ensure that research that is carried out (usually by academics) in a laboratory environment, will ultimately suit the needs of the users (practitioners). Sometimes this connection is lost and techniques that have been tested within a laboratory environment may rarely be used by practitioners as it is simply not suitable for scene application (for example).

Professional memberships and activities

  • Associate member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, including the Fingerprint division.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2018
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, 2015
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods, 2014


  • Fingermark development
  • Fingermark recovery from crime scenes/items of evidence


Stubbs-Hayes, F. (2018) An investigation into the selective deposition of iron oxide wet powder suspension. Staffordshire University. Available at: https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.773451

Stubbs, F.L. Fieldhouse, S.J. Platt, A & Bleay, S. (2015) Poster presentation entitled: “An investigation in to the interaction between Iron Oxide Wet Powder Suspension and fingermark residue.” Fingerprint Society Annual Conference, University of Leicester.

Stubbs, F.L. Fieldhouse, S.J. Platt, A & Bleay, S. (2014) Poster presentation entitled: “The development of fingermark residue using Iron Oxide Wet Power Suspension.” The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Student Conference, University of Huddersfield.

Stubbs, F.L. Fieldhouse, S.J. Platt, A & Bleay, S. (2014) Poster presentation entitled: “An Investigation into the Selective Deposition of Wet Powder Suspension Systems when used to Develop Latent Fingermarks.” Glyndwr University & Staffordshire University Joint Researcher Development Conference, Glyndwr University.

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