Rachel Cunliffe

Lecturer in Forensic and Biological Anthropology

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. 

Full Profile

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.

Teaching responsibilities

Module tutor:

  • FZ1054 Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching:

  • FZC006 Foundation Biology, FZ1033 Skills for Forensic Scientists, FZ3015 Forensic Medicine, FZ3053 Human Remains Recovery, FZ4305 Developmental Anatomy, FZ4306 Forensic Anthropology: Method and Context.

Radiation Protection Supervisor (Forensics x-ray)

Academic Skills (A.Sk) Support: Scheme leader and developer

Staff development: HEA Fellowship mentor


Cunliffe, R. and Wysocki, M., 2015. Learning Partnership and Teaching Partnership: Work-Related Learning in Higher Education. In: Brewer, G. and Hogarth, R. (Eds). Creative Education, Teaching and Learning. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp307-318

Simmons, T., Cross, P., Adlam, R and Moffat, C., 2010. The influence of insects on decomposition rate in buried and surface remains. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55 (4): 889-892. ISSN 0022-1198

Simmons, T., Adlam, R., Moffatt, C., 2010. Debugging decomposition data: Comparative taphonomic studies and the influence of insects and carcass size on decomposition rate. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55(1): 8-13

Cross, P., Simmons, T., Cunliffe, R. and Chatfield, L., 2009. Establishing a Taphonomic Research Facility in the United Kingdom' Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 1(4): 187 - 191

More publications

Research projects

The impact of Morton’s toe on stature estimation

Research Activities




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

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