CSI fans can investigate a free forensics programme at Wrexham Glyndwr University this summer.
The Crime Scene Investigation short course at the university is targeting people with an amateur or professional interest in the sector.
Amy Rattenbury, Forensic Science lecturer, said the course will also appeal to those already working in a crime-related role who are looking to develop their skills.
Students will be assessed via a write-up and practical simulation to be held over two days from Saturday, July 29. On completion, they will receive a Certificate of Continuing Education.
“The course will help those in attendance gain valuable experience in what happens when you attend a crime scene,” said Amy.
“That includes the collection of fingerprints, the correct use of sterile swabs and tape lifts and how to collect tool-mark and other impression evidence.
“They will also be taught how to accurately record the crime scene using diagrams and notes, search techniques and team work on-site.”
She added: “The University has gained a strong reputation for its work in forensics in past years, which is why the degree has proven to be so popular.
“This course gives a taster of that, and the real science that goes on behind the fiction you see in TV programmes like CSI and other crime series. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in learning more about forensics, or those interested in pursuing a career in policing, crime investigation or allied fields.
“It’s an exciting area to be involved in, I think people – even those not directly involved – would find it interesting.”
The remotely accessed, stand-alone qualification will also allow you to learn about the science and practicalities behind investigations and the considerations that need to be taken into account when processing them.
The course follows the successful Search and Identification: Forensic Investigation Conference, which took place in May at the University with UK-K9 dog training specialists and guest speakers from academia and industry.
The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree at Wrexham Glyndwr has gone from strength to strength, and the course is even responsible for Wales’ only taphonomic facility, also known as a ‘body farm’.
The site, alongside the dedicated crime scene house enables students to be involved first-hand in research which aims to provide data which would help police with investigations particularly.
For more on the short course and Forensic Science at Wrexham Glyndwr University, visit the Wrexham Glyndwr University website or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Amy on 01978 293129.
Visit the University’s next open day, on Saturday August 19 from 10am-2pm.