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Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

In the first collaboration of its kind, CSIs, forensic science experts, academics and students benefit from shared expertise whilst working alongside each other in purpose-built facilities to deliver forensic science services across Lancashire.

The collaboration is part of Lancashire Constabulary’s commitment to innovation and is supported by a multimillion-pound investment from UCLan to improve and enhance its forensic science provision as part of the new venture.

What will this mean for you?

This ground-breaking partnership gives forensic sciences students access to an operational environment. It gives the opportunity for:

Crime scene investigation

CSI work shadowing

Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to shadow crime scene investigators as they conduct their work, and even attend real crime scenes.

Crime scene investigation: blood-spattered wall

Forensic science work experience placements

Based at the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy at the Lancashire Constabulary HQ in Hutton, in fingerprints, footwear, drugs, anthropology and body fluid analysis.

“The focus for my month-long placement was a validation project. This ensured the constabulary were using the correct methodology for tool mark analysis and that it was precise, accurate and reliable. I was able to sit in and listen to forensic strategy planning meetings the unit was having for ongoing cases, looking at evidence, their expectations and future influences on findings.”

Read Thomas' case study
Forensic analysis in the lab

Research dissertation and projects

Undertake live projects that can directly influence police procedure in purpose-built laboratories.

"Conducting research at the Lancashire Constabulary was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned a lot and have benefited enormously. These kind of opportunities are extremely beneficial as you have the opportunity to experience a research environment with the supervision of experienced practitioners who can guide and support whilst providing useful advice."

— Kristina Mavrangelidou, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation

Forensic analysis in the lab

Teaching by operationally active professionals

Operationally active scientific support professionals, Crime Scene Investigators and Crime Scene Managers will teach in aspects of our courses - from forensic practice, case studies and criminalistics through to professional accreditation and laboratory competence.

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