Rachel Cunliffe


School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB129

+44 (0) 1772 89 3755

Subject Areas: Forensic Science, Biological Sciences

Rachel’s primary role is teaching human skeletal anatomy to both undergraduates and postgraduates. She is also involved in helping students develop their academic and employability skills through academic support and structured work experience programmes. Her current research interests lie in anthropometry and its use in identification of human remains.

Rachel is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

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Rachel came to Forensic Anthropology by the roundabout route of almost 10 years research in Cereal Genetics. She draws on her wide experiences as often as possible when lecturing, and has been accused of being 'interesting, enthusiastic and animated' by her students. She is keen to continually improve her understanding of how students learn, and is using this knowledge to develop programmes that will help students in their studies, collectively and individually. In addition, she plays a role in staff development, mentoring staff in their acquisition of professional educational accreditations.


MSc (Dist.) Forensic and Biological Anthropology, Bournemouth University, 2004.

BSc 2(i) Molecular and Cell Biology, University of London, 1994


Adlam, R, Simmons, T. September 2007. The effect of repeated physical disturbance on soft tissue decomposition – are taphonomic studies an accurate reflection of decomposition? Journal of Forensic Sciences 52(5):1007-1014

Simmons, T, Adlam, RE, Moffatt, C. Debugging decomposition data – comparative taphonomic studies and the influence of insects and carcass size on decomposition rate. Journal of Forensic Sciences

More publications


Module tutor, FZ1054 Anthropology for Forensic Scientists

Module tutor, FZ3017 Molecular Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate anthropology modules

Curation of skeletal collections for School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences



Fellow of the Higher Education Academy