Students from Newman Catholic College in Carlisle have been given an insight into the demanding work of a crime scene investigator through a collaboration with the University of Cumbria.
15 students in years 8,9,10 and 11 have already met Ashleigh Hunt, the university’s lecturer in forensic science, who demonstrated how science, English and maths all have a part to play in a modern investigation.
Tomorrow (Thursday 30 March) they’ll see for themselves how a police inquiry unfolds when they visit a crime scene staged at the university’s ‘crime house’ on the Brampton Road, Carlisle campus.
“This is an amazing hands-on opportunity for young people to experience possible career paths in forensic science,” Louise Tickell, head of english at Newman Catholic School, said. “The project has enabled our students to broaden their horizons and realise that the world is their oyster if they choose it to be! Thank you to Nicola Jones, LRC assistant at Newman and to the team from the University of Cumbria.”
Students and staff will meet at Brampton Road campus where they’ll be faced with a realistic crime scenario. Over the following weeks pupils will analyse the evidence that they have collected before law staff from the university will return to school to demonstrate how evidence would be presented in court at a mock trial.
“Crime investigation demands skills from across the school curriculum and to be able to demonstrate practically how they all play a part in a successful investigation will – we hope – be inspiring,” Ashleigh Hunt, lecturer in forensic science at the University of Cumbria, said. ”We’re delighted to host pupils from Newman Catholic College and look forward to welcoming them back to hopefully join us as students in the future.”