Students from the Kirklees college Level 3 Forensic Science course put their classroom and CSI skills to the test as they embarked on a ‘whodunit’ murder mystery case at the University of Huddersfield.

The University of Huddersfield crime scene facility replicated a real life murder scene set-up in a house environment, with mock-up rooms including a living room and bedroom. Students were tasked with gathering evidence to solve the crime and had to analyse and present their findings to solve the case.

Presented with a police report, students acted as real life crime scene officers, having to treat the area as if it were a real crime scene and using the knowledge they have gained whilst studying to review the evidence. With all the tools and equipment, you would utilise as a forensic officer including camera’s, evidence bags and crime scene markers, students had to scrutinise the area and leave no stone unturned.

“The role of a Crime Scene Investigator is to collect, process and preserve forensic, photographic and fingerprint evidence from crime scenes and accidents and the opportunity to investigate a crime, set-up in real life surroundings allows the students to really put their learning skills to the test and give them real life experience.

The University of Huddersfield’s facilities are amazing and the students gain a lot from this experience. It allows them to branch out of the classroom environment and really experience what being in the field would be like. They have to work together as a team and work under conditions they would be expected to adhere to in the real world,” said Lucy Williams, Lecturer, Process and Engineering, Science and Access Provision.

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"The University of Huddersfield's Forensic team were pleased to work alongside Kirklees College and their Forensic Science students by giving them the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge and gain hands on experience working in our crime scene facility," commented Dr. Esta Bostock, Lecturer in Forensic Science.

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