Paul Callaghan

Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation Course Leader

Can you please tell us a little about your background in [Forensic Science] and the path that led you to working at UCLan?

I have been working within crime scene investigation since 1998. I started my scenes of crime career with the Wiltshire police based in Salisbury. I later transferred to Lancashire Police where I was a crime scene investigator in Burnley and then later in Blackpool. I became the CSI supervisor and crime scene manager overseeing major crime forensic investigations across Lancashire and running the western CSI unit based at Blackpool.    

In 2010 I took an opportunity to work overseas as a CSI trainer mainly in the Middle East and Africa. I worked in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ethiopia running training programmes for Police forces.

I joined UCLan as an associate lecturer in August 2014. Having a background in crime scene investigation and crime scene management together with a training interest provided me with a fantastic opportunity to join the forensic team at UCLan.

Paul Callaghan

What was it about UCLan that appealed to you?

The quality of the forensic courses that were being delivered was impressive and I could see their value to prospective students. I wanted to assist in the further development of theses courses and bring new ideas to the team.

What is your career highlight to date?

Becoming a CSI and then my subsequent promotion to crime scene supervisor was a huge step in my career. Working on lots of high-profile investigations was always a highlight and then when I joined UCLan and obtained my master’s in photography was a great feeling, having not studied academically for years.

 Which area of [Forensics] fascinates you the most and why?

My passion is within crime scene investigation and the future of this area of forensic investigation. New advanced techniques are being developed all the time and the UK, without question, is one of the most advanced countries for forensic investigation in the world. 

Are you involved in research and how does this relate to the teaching?

Together with my colleague we are looking at the implementation of using virtual reality to create a training platform to teach crime scene investigators.

What are your teaching responsibilities?

I am the course leader for Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, overseeing approximately 300 students across all 3 years of the degree. I am also the module leader for both crime scene science and forensic photography. 

What is the best part of being a University lecturer in general?

Seeing students come in 1st year, watch them begin to develop and gain confidence, before seeing them graduate and move in to employment. Following that journey is very unique and we have had some great success stories along the way.

What advice do you have for any new Forensic Science students?

Life is simply about opportunities that you are offered, what you do with them and how they can they can help shape your future career. FSCI will offer lots of these opportunities for you, grab them all with both hands and make yourself stand out from your peers when it comes to employability skills. Work hard, play hard.

What are your interests outside of the classroom?

My true passion is football, Manchester United (As most students will be able to tell you).

26 November 2019