Applications open until April 4 for forensic science skills-based course
Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 March 2012
Student sleuths from around the world hoping to enter the field of forensic science are set to take part in the University of Leicester’s CSI-style summer school.
The event which attracts international students to a skills-based course takes place from July 30 to August 17 at the Department of Chemistry.
The CSI Leicester forensic summer school creates a unique learning environment where students can be part of an investigative team and experience what it is like to work at the cutting edge of forensic science.
For three weeks students will immerse themselves in the role of a forensic scientist to investigate a crime scene and, by examining the evidence, to get to the truth of ‘whodunnit’.
The intensive course combines theory and practice and whilst the crime they investigate is a simulation, the materials and equipment are the same as those used by real forensic scientists, making the experience as authentic as possible.
Under the supervision of an international multi-disciplinary teaching team, led by Professor Rob Hillman and Dr John Bond OBE of the Department of Chemistry and Dr Lisa Smith of the Department of Criminology, the investigative team will also visit a national forensic laboratory and a police crime laboratory.
As well as arranged social activities and sight-seeing, the programme culminates in a final formal evening dinner where awards are presented to students and both students and their tutors enjoy a farewell meal.
Dr Bond said: “Over the past few years it has become clear that students have gained a great deal from attending CSI Leicester, not only academically but also in terms of their cultural experience and building friendships with fellow students from across the world.
“It is a real privilege to be able to particulate in such an event as this and I would urge students looking for some experience of working as a forensic scientist, and also wishing for international experience, to register for this course.
“As the home of DNA profiling and the centre for some current world recognised research in forensic science, there is no better location than the University of Leicester for this course.”
The programme is open to anyone from all over the world aged 18 or over and no specific scientific expertise or background is necessary. Applications can be made from now until April 4 via http://www.le.ac.uk/csi-leicester.
Anyone interested in applying for the programme can find out more by contacting Alex Goddard at: email@example.com
Source: University of Leicester Press Office