UCLan BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduate, Carolanne 'Annie' Yates made the decision to return to university as a mature student after years of travelling.
When choosing a degree, she was clear in her intentions. “I wanted a degree that could potentially get me into the world of forensic science, but also provide the groundwork that could be utilised in many other professional sectors,” Annie said.
Annie formed many lasting memories and was able to learn a lot, which also aided in developing her forensic science expert opinion. This was evident when she was able to assist and teach first year students, alongside lecturers as part of the Crime Scene module in her final year. Annie highlights the constant “outstanding” support she received throughout her studies, stating: “Anytime you need advice, everyone is always more than willing to help. The atmosphere at UCLan was really good and there are excellent facilities for students.”
"I went back as a mature student at the ripe age of 26, therefore the focus was always studying and to make the most of any opportunity that arose."— BSc (Hons) Forensic Science graduate, Carolanne 'Annie' Yates
Following her graduation in the summer of 2016, Annie secured a volunteering position with Greater Manchester Police. This included working part-time at their Bedford Park headquarters and becoming exposed to a variety of departments and working methods. It also included several days of CSI shadowing. Shortly afterwards, she was hired by EuroFins Forensic Services as a DNA Analyst where her role consisted of learning how to extract, duplicate, quantify and analyse DNA profiles. This role helped Annie move up the career ladder, leading her to being appointed as DNA Reporting Officer almost two years later.
Annie previously worked as a Drugs Reporting Officer at Lancashire Constabulary but she has recently commenced her new role of Forensic Operations Manager at Durham Constabulary. She attributes the success of her new role down to her time at UCLan, stating: “Education shaped the way I thought about my career options. Information provided at that level has stuck with me and been invaluable ever since.”
Annie also credits all her working experience as a significant factor in leading her to her current role. She said: “Take every single opportunity that comes your way, regardless of salary or rank, experience is experience. Without all of my past job roles and life experiences, I wouldn’t be in the position that I am now.”