Katherine Gorman, Reporting Forensic Scientist (Team Leader)

Katherine Gorman, Reporting Forensic Scientist (Team Leader) - BSc Forensic Science and Neuroscience

Why did you choose to study Forensic Science at Keele?

I already knew at that point that I wanted a career in forensics but I also enjoyed all science disciplines, so I wanted to study something that covered different aspects from each discipline as well taking me in the direction I wanted to go in career wise.

What qualification(s) did you have/were you studying when you applied for the forensic course?

GSCEs and A-Levels (Chemistry, Human Biology, P.E. and Physics)

How would you describe your university life?
Some of the best years of my life! I loved being at Keele, I met some amazing people, made lifelong friends and learnt so much. I was able to find a good balance of a great social life (through living on campus and playing hockey) and studying very interesting subjects that directly helped me pursue the career I’m in today.

What was your final year project about?
Forensic Science – elements in orange juice.

What are your main responsibilities in your current job?
Managing a case from start to finish, including: giving evidence at court, interpreting DNA results and case findings and interaction with customers and forensic scientists (examiners), as well as operational management of a small team of forensic reporting scientists.

Which skills are important for your job?
Attention to detail, enthusiasm, willingness to learn new skills and challenge yourself. 

What are the highlights of your job?
The variation of my job each day, continuous learning and development and the interaction with individuals from different professions.

How did you find your current job?
I became a Forensics Scientist (examiner) approximately 6 months after graduation (2009). From there I gained sufficient experience and then applied to become a Reporting Forensic Scientist (2011). Since then I have undertaken various training to obtain further skills and progress in my role. In 2017 I applied for the management role which I am in now.

What would you say to anybody considering a forensic course at Keele?

If you would like to have a career in reporting forensic science (i.e. giving evidence in court and reporting DNA results) then I would really recommend doing a course with a scientific background. A forensic course is a perfect opportunity for you to explore the different disciplines within forensic science and gain an understanding about which path is right for you. The facilities and knowledge available at Keele is excellent and would provide a great foundation for a career in this industry.