Rory is Lecturer in Chemistry, teaching primarily on the Forensic & Investigative Science and Criminology with Forensic Investigation Programmes within the department of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies. He is an associate member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Rory has published in Forensic Science International and the Journal of Forensic Identification, with his publications focussing on fingerprint/fingermark enhancement using a variety of techniques - as well as their subsequent effect on body fluid analysis. His research has helped influence forensic strategy to ensure the maximisation of evidence recovery.

Rory lectures full-time at the University, sharing his knowledge in the enhancement and forensic analysis of a variety of evidence types including fingermarks, body fluids and textile fibres. He aims to take a hands-on approach where possible, teaching important investigative and enhancement techniques and developing their implementation to complex laboratory analysis - supporting the efforts at the crime scene. As well as fingermark enhancement and the maximisation of evidence, his research interests also include textile fibre evidence, multivariate analysis, and the application of chemistry and forensic science to criminal and commercial applications.

Rory received his BSc (Hons) in Forensic Sciences from Abertay University, Dundee before moving on to Northumbria University, Newcastle to begin his PhD under the supervision of Dr Kelly Sheridan, Prof. Martin Evison and Dr Guangquan (Philip) Li. His PhD research is in the application of multivariate analysis and machine learning to aid with the interpretation of textile fibre evidence in forensic science.

Qualifications and memberships

Associate Member - Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

BSc (Hons) - Forensic Sciences

PhD - Forensic Science - Northumbria University (currently undertaking)

Academic and research interests

Current PhD research - The application of multivariate analysis and machine learning to aid with the interpretation of textile fibre evidence in Forensic Science.


Other research interests:

  • Fingermark/Fingerprint Enhancement
  • Body Fluid Analysis
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Commercial Applications of Forensic Science
  • Textile Fibre Analysis
  • Application of Multivariate Analysis and Machine Learning to Forensic Science


Conference Presentations:

  • 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

Journal Articles:

  • Simmons, R. Deacon, P. Phillips, D. Farrugia, K. “The effect of mark enhancement techniques on the subsequent detection of semen/spermatozoa”. Forensic Science International. 2014. 244: pp.231-246
  • Simmons, R. Deacon, P. Farrugia, K. “Water-soaked Porous Evidence: A comparison of Processing Methods”. Journal of Forensic Identification. 2014. 64(2): pp.157-173