David Flatman-Fairs

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Extenuating Circumstances Panel Member

Subject Management Team

Applied Sciences Ethics Committee


Project Manager – EDULINK (EU funded initiative)

About Me

I originally qualified as a chemist but later retrained in the area of forensic science.  I have been lecturing at all levels since 2002.  My main roles within the University are teaching and award management.  However in 2008 I secured the (part-time) role of project manager for the EDULINK project.  This 3 year project, funded through the EDULINK ACP-EU Academic Co-operation in Higher Education programme with a budget of 566,815 Euros, is the result of a partnership between Staffordshire University, the University of Technology, Jamaica and the University of Mauritius project.  It is aimed at developing education, skills and capacity in forensic awareness and forensic in the Southern African Development Community and Caribbean.


Staffordshire University, HND Science (Chemistry)

Staffordshire University, BSc (Hons) Applied and Analytical Chemistry

Professional Memberships and Activities

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

Affiliate Member Forensic Science Society


  • Chemical analysis

  • Criminalistic methods

  • Crime scene processing

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

Part of a team invited to Mauritius to develop and deliver, specialist forensic and investigative training to senior Police officers and other specialists within the Police, Medical, and Forensic Science arenas.

Research Interests

  • Crime scene investigation

  • Analysis/identification of shoe/tyre rubber by various chemical methods

  • Fingerprint development/enhancement and digitisation

  • Blood spatter simulations

  • Paint analysis/identification (decorative and automotive)

Selected Publications

Conference Talks

International Conference on Forensic Science, Mauritius, 2009

International Forensic Science Conference, Jamaica, 2011

Current Teaching


  • Crime Scene Documentation

  • Criminalistic methods (such as tool marks, fingerprints etc.)

  • Mock crime scenes

  • Methods of Chemical Analysis

  • Final Year Research Projects


  • Crime Scene documentation

  • Criminalistic methods (such as tool marks, fingerprints etc.)

  • Mock crime scenes

  • Methods of Chemical Analysis

  • Research Projects


David Flatman-Fairs (Award Leader Forensic Science)
School of Sciences (Forensic and Crime Science)
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences
Staffordshire University
Science Centre
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294609
e: d.p.flatman-fairs@staffs.ac.uk