Dr. Tina Gornall

Lecturer in Forensic Science, Course Leader, BSc (Hons) Applied Science (Foundation Entry)

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

J B Firth Building, JBF103

+44 (0) 1772 89 894370


Subject Areas: Forensic Science, Physics and Astronomy

Tina joined UCLan in September 2014 and is currently Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Applied Science (Foundation Entry).  She has a background in Forensic Science and Accident Investigation and has interests in the analysis of trace forensic evidence.

Tina is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA awarded in 2016).

Full Profile

After graduating from the University of Sheffield with an MPhys Physics & Astronomy degree (1st Class) in 2000, Tina was employed as a Research Scientist at Dstl (Defence Science & Technology Laboratory, formerly DERA), where she helped to develop a prototype Advanced Jamming System (AJS), conducting radar jamming trials at air bases across the UK and in the US.  Tina was then employed as a Forensic Footwear Technician at Lancashire Constabulary, where she identified and analysed all types of footwear evidence from suspects and the marks recovered from crime scenes. Tina has also worked as a Consultant Forensic Collision Investigator at GBB(UK) Ltd., which required her to carefully examine a wide variety of evidence relating to road traffic accidents.  Before joining UCLan, Tina undertook a short research position at Lancaster University in the Department of Psychology, where she conducted trials using sociometric sensors to measure individual and interpersonal behaviours during social interactions.

Tina’s MSc (by Research), entitled ‘A Spectroscopic Study of Paint', involved using a variety of analytical techniques in order to distinguish between forensic paint samples. Her Ph.D., entitled 'Catalytic Degradation of Waste Polymers', involved the thermal degradation of many types of waste plastic in the presence of different catalysts in an attempt to produce high-grade fuel. The analytical techniques utilised in this research included thermogravimetric analysis, IR spectroscopy, Py-GC-MS and SEM-EDX; all of which can be applied to the analysis of trace forensic evidence.  Tina presented her Ph.D. results at a variety of internal and external conferences, including 'Analytical Research Forum 2006' in Cork and the 'First International Conference & Exhibition on Green Industry' in Bahrain.   

Tina is an Accredited Facilitator for Hydra Minerva – an immersive learning suite used to enhance decision-making - and hopes to become more involved in this area.


  • PG Cert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2016
  • Ph.D. Forensic & Investigative Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, 2011
  • M.Sc. Forensic & Investigative Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, 2003
  • MPhys Physics & Astronomy (dual Hons.), University of Sheffield, 2000


Gornall, Tina (2011) Catalytic Degradation of Waste Polymers. Doctoral thesis, University of Central Lancashire.

Teaching activities

  • Course Leader, BSc (Hons) Applied Science (Foundation Entry)
  • Module Leader, FZC010 – Physics
  • Module Tutor, FZC005 – Skills for Science
  • Module Tutor, FZ2030 - Criminalistics
  • Dissertation Supervisor, FZ3501 – Forensic Science Dissertation
  • Accredited Facilitator for Hydra Minerva
  • Retention Tutor/EC Lead, Forensic Science


  • Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), UCLan, 2017 (Workshop).
  • Foundation Year Network Conference, Leeds – 2015.
  • T. Gornall, ‘The Recycling of Waste Plastics into High Grade Fuel’, First International Conference on Green Industry, Bahrain, November 2006 (Oral).
  • Analytical Research Forum, Cork, July 2006 (Poster).

External Affiliations and Roles

  • STEM Ambassador