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Forensic computing students attend Dublin workshop

Dublin Trip Case Study

Computing students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) recently had the opportunity to participate in an international research conference.

Students from the BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing course attended the 2015 Digital Forensics Research Workshop (DFRWS) in Dublin, Ireland. The conference, which has launched in 2001, gives academics and practitioners the opportunity to come together and discuss cutting edge digital forensic research, techniques and skills.

Lucy Myers helped organise the trip. She said: “The DFRWS was a great way to meet people and see research techniques which are used in the industry today. It was also useful to be introduced to new software which people were advertising there, which we might end up using in the future.”

Steven McAllister added: “Attending the DFRWS was an amazing experience as it allowed me to listen first hand to industry professionals who are highly regarded in digital forensics. It was also a good opportunity to network and make connections.”


“I really enjoyed the trip and got to know my classmates better, which otherwise I might not have done and it was nice to see them outside a classroom environment.”


This year’s conference was the second time UCLan students had attended, after participating the previous conference in Amsterdam, which was the first time the DFRWS had been held in Europe. Course leader John Dempsey organised the trip, having seen how previous students had benefitted from attending the conference.

He said: “The students who attended the DFRWS last year came back with renewed motivation, and were brimming with ideas relevant to their final year project.”

Inspired by the experience of the previous cohort, 19 second year students applied for funding to attend the 2015 conference. During their three night stay in Dublin they got the chance to enjoy the city’s rich history and culture. An open top bus tour gave them a chance to explore the city and they also visited a number of cultural sites, including the buskers on Grafton Street, the art work at Dublin Castle, the serenity of Trinity College and the infamous Guinness Storehouse.

Lucy added: “I really enjoyed the trip and got to know my classmates better, which otherwise I might not have done and it was nice to see them outside a classroom environment.”