I joined Keele University in January 2023 as a Senior Demonstrator in forensic science after 3 years at Staffordshire University as a Technical Instructor supporting teaching and research into firearms/ballistics, forensic fibre analysis, microplastic detection and analysis, wildlife crime, forensic entomology and decomposition.

I completed my MSci in Biological Science at Staffordshire University before joining the forensic drug analysis laboratory where I had completed my final year industry placement. After a short time, there I moved to another forensic provider as part of their Toxicology team where I analysed blood and urine samples for drugs of abuse.

In 2018 I joined a new Toxicology laboratory working on workplace, civil and family court testing. Here it was my role to prepare and analyse samples of hair, urine or nails for traces and markers of alcohol and drugs of abuse as well as report findings for disciplinary proceedings or court as required.


Year 1

  • FSC-10001: Forensic Science Skills and Practice
  • FSC-10003: Forensic Chemistry and Analysis
  • FSC-10005: Forensic Identification and Investigation

Year 2

  • FSC-20001: Criminalistic Methods
  • FSC-20003: Forensic Genetics
  • FSC-20005: Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis
  • FSC-20007: Forensic Anthropology and Taphonomy
  • FSC-20009: Drugs of Abuse
  • FSC-20011: Counterfeits, Fakes and Forgeries

Year 3

  • FSC-30005: Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence
  • FSC-30007: Evaluation of Evidence, Explosives and Arson
  • FSC-30013: Forensic Geoscience
  • FSC-30015: Forensic Science Team Research Project
  • FSC-30019: Advanced Topics in Forensic Analysis

Year 4

  • FSC-40007: Forensic Evidence: At the Crime Scene and in the Court

Analytical equipment

Proficient in many types of specialised equipment including (not limited to):

  • Microscopy
  • Comparison Microscopy
  • PLM (Polarised Light Microscopy)
  • LCMS/MS (Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry)
  • EIA (Enzyme ImmunoAssay)
  • UV-Visible spectroscopy (Ultra Violet)
  • VSC (Video Spectral Comparator)

School address

Lennard-Jones School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Lennard-Jones Building
Keele University
Phone (School Office): +44 (0)1782 733033, (Chemistry): +44 (0)1782 731693, (Forensic Science): +44 (0)1782 731694, (Physics): +44 (0)1782 733527

Information for schools and colleges

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Programme directors

Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry
Dr Tess Phillips
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Dr Chris Hawes
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Forensic Science
Dr Jamie K. Pringle
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Physics and Astrophysics
Dr Arumugam Mahendrasingam
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Admission tutors

Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry
Dr Natalie Capel
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Forensic Science
Dr Natalie Capel
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Physics and Astrophysics
Dr Patrick Connell
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