Ashleigh Hunt is Head of Teaching, Learning & Student Experience in the Insitute of Business, Industry and Leadership, responsible for the overall leadership in the attainment of excellence in learning and teaching

Ash has a breadth of experience in law enforcement and criminal investigation. Having served with Thames Valley Police, one of the largest forces in Britain, she has since narrowed her focus to forensic investigation and is a professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. 

Ash has been awarded the Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award for Teaching and Support of Learning for creating an innovative and exciting learning environment for students, transcending the conventions of classroom teaching by taking forensic science into the simulated environment of a major incident. Such is the success of the The Major Incident that the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences has recently embedded a requirement for all accredited forensic science programmes to include a major incident event within their programmes and in addtion, the unique pedagogy of the Major incident has also been recognised by the Higher Education Academy through its Collaborative and Teaching Excellence Award (CATE) in 2017.

In addition to her role within the institute, Ash works alongside the Constabulary with the Police Dog Section and CSI to ensure her currency and advises on crime scene strategies

Qualifications and memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science

Academic and research interests

Current research is in Harm Reduction of traumatic occupational stressors within emergency services personnel.


Wilson, David, Hunt, Ashleigh and Mallabon, Elizabeth (2019) Using the CARE (Campus Assessment, Respond, and Evaluation) model at Academic Departmental Level. In: Learning & Teaching Fest 2019, 3 July 2019, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, UK.

Welsh, L. Hunt., A. S., L, Simmons, R. 'Do Certain Contaminants Affect the Quality of Fingermark Minutiae on Varying Substrates?' CSoFS Fingerprint Division May, 2019

Irwin, N. Simmons., R. Hunt, A. S., L. 'Effect of Temperature and Age Degradation of Fingermarks on Polymer Bank Notes' CSoFS Fingerprint Division May, 2019

Palmer J. Hunt., A. S., L 'Investigating the Effectiveness of Extracting Fingerprints from Prophylactics' CSoFS Fingerprint Division. May, 2017

A Major Incident - 'Real World Lessons Outside the Classroom', The Forensic Institute, FORREST, July 2016

Major Incident - A novel assessment strategy, Teaching & Learning Fest, University of Cumbria July 2014

A Fly for Justice - 'A Comparative Study of the Biology of Species of Lucilia (Robineau-Desvoidy) and its Implications for Post-mortem Interval Estimation'. University of Lancaster. May 2008

Justice & The Fly - 'A Comparative Study of the Biology of Species of Lucilia (Robineau-Desvoidy) and its Implications for Post-mortem Interval Estimation'. Annual Postgraduate Conference, UCLan Preston, June 200

Hunt, A.S., L (2008). 'Linear Degradation of Calpains - The Key To An Postmortem Interval Indicator?' Diffusion, The UCLan Journal Of Undergraduate Research.


Recent external roles

  • College of Policing - Intitial Policing Education Board member
  • Police Education Consortium - Strategic Lead for Policing University of Cumbria