Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation student Nia Bassral has spoken of her “once in a lifetime” opportunity after taking the option of a day of CSI shadowing whilst at Lancashire Constabulary.
The opportunity to experience the work of Lancashire Constabulary came through Nia’s course and she says that, thanks to UCLan, she’s gained a real perspective of what work after University will involve.
“I enjoyed this experience a lot as it allowed me to ask any questions I had about the job role,” said Nia. “Having done this experience I now know the characteristics which are required for the job such as being able to be sympathetic and understanding with victims you are faced with. You’ve got to be able to be strong minded and to not take anything personally.
“I think these kinds of opportunities are very beneficial, as it gives a good insight into what the role entails and for students to understand that although there will be extremely interesting jobs to go to there will also be standard jobs that need to be attended.
“It has definitely made me want to have this experience again over a period of a couple of days to really get stuck in.
“I personally believe that this opportunity is a once in a lifetime and can also give guidance if you are unsure on what career you would like to pursue.”
In addition to using the skills that she had learnt throughout her course so far, Nia was also able to utilise her placement to develop further and prove what she could do in the real world of work. Despite only being in her first year, Nia was also full of praise for how much UCLan trains students and prepares them for life after University.
“I learnt how to recover fingerprints, blood and take photos of the scene. I also learnt that being a forensic investigator is quite an independent role when on minor jobs so a lot of the travelling is alone. The women running the sessions were very helpful at answering questions. They also told me a lot of stories of jobs they are most proud of, which has given me the determination to want to help people in the same way.
“The highlights of the course so far have been experiencing the scene houses and garages and learning the process a forensic investigator takes to recover evidence through to sending it off, and how rewarding the job can be through helping the community.
“I have enjoyed shadowing the CSI and hope to get this opportunity again in the second year. I also enjoyed visiting the court and sitting in on cases to understand how the court works and who is involved in the process.”
Whilst reflecting on her decision to take Forensic and Criminal Investigation at UCLan, Nia said that the chances provided out at UCLan was a major factor in choosing to study in Preston.
UCLan established a formal partnership with Lancashire Constabulary through the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy in 2017 and, since then, several students have taken up the opportunity to go on placement with the force.
“I chose to study at UCLan as it had the best course for me and it offers the most opportunities in terms of having a strong relationship with Lancashire Constabulary. Many of the lecturers have CSI backgrounds and UCLan offered the most in being able to go abroad and have experiences which are once in a lifetime.
“I feel so far that the course has given me a lot more determination to complete the course and have a career in this field. I think having particular guest speakers have shown what paths a student could take to get into this career have encouraged me to get more experience before applying for a job.”
17 April 2018