Isobel Colclough

Lecturer in Forensic Science

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

J B Firth Building, JBF106

+44 (0) 1772 89 4171

An ex-practitioner with over 11 years experience of incident scene investigation and management, with a metropolitan police force, Isobel teaches on both undergraduate and taught post-graduate programmes on Crime Scene Science, Crime Scene Management and Forensic Science modules. She is also involved in the development and delivery of short courses for the continuous professional development of practitioners in law enforcement and fire and rescue services.

Full Profile

Isobel joined the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences in 2009 after 11 years as a Crime Scene Investigator and Senior Crime Scene Investigator with Greater Manchester Police. As a former Senior CSI, she was responsible for a divisional Crime Scene Investigation Unit on busy, inner-city divisions and one of 12 operational Crime Scene Managers covering Major Incidents in the Greater Manchester area. She was also a senior member of the Forensic Services Branch Training Team, training Police Officers and CSIs in aspects of Crime Scene Management and the identification, preservation, recording, recovery, packaging and storage of evidence from scenes of incidents.

Prior to joining GMP Isobel was a Research Assistant in the Agricultural Engineering Department of Harper Adams Agricultural College in Newport, Shropshire.

Current Responsibilities

Module Tutor for Volume Crime Scene Science and Aspects of Forensic Science (1st year, BSc) and Crime Scene Management and Support to Crime Scene Management (3rd year, BSc) and teaching Forensic Practice (2nd year, BSc) and Crime Scene Science and the Anthropologist (MSc) modules. Also contributing to undergraduate and post-graduate Policing and Fire Investigation modules.

Active in the development and delivery of short courses for the continuous professional development of practitioners in law enforcement, fire services and forensic services and bespoke forensic awareness training for the private and local government sectors. 


No publications available.


M.Sc. Fire Investigation, UCLan, 2012

B.Eng (Hons) Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 1992


BSc modules (Volume Crime Scene Science, Aspects of Forensic Science, Forensic Practice, Crime Scene Management)

MSc Forensic Anthropology (Crime Scene Investigation and the Anthropologist)

Occasional input to Policing and MSc Fire Investigation modules in relation to crime scene investigation.


MFSSoc (Forensic Science Society), IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators)