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Andrew O'Hagan

Senior Lecturer, Forensic Science


I had a fantastic 31-year career in policing, working as an undercover detective and drugs trafficking expert. My professional background has really helped to shape and inform my teaching.

I aim to share my knowledge and experience with my students, as well as my contacts; I can put them in touch with people who are still working in the police, the emergency services, and across the legal sector. That opens some incredible opportunities — the kind of work placement that just wouldn’t be possible anywhere else. It’s those sorts of things that make NTU special: the opportunities, the partnerships, the sense of community, the hands-on learning experiences, and facilities like our labs and crime scene house.

When it comes to teaching, it’s the students who are my biggest influence — I love seeing how hungry they are to learn. Their energy inspires me: I received the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award in 2016, I’ve been Nottingham Trent Students’ Union’s ‘Forensics Lecturer of the Year’ for the past six years, and I was even shortlisted as ‘Most Innovative Teacher’ at the Times Higher Education awards in 2019.

Whether I’m lecturing on homicide, drugs trafficking or how fires spread, what you’re learning is all informed by my own personal experience. I believe in getting hands-on, and I bring teaching out of the classroom from day one. I want it to be fun and something you’ll remember — but most of all, I want it to be real.

I want my students to prepare, to be punctual and to work hard, and I expect them to communicate — with me, and with each other. If you can give me that, I’ll make sure you get a great learning experience on a great course, and that you graduate from NTU ready to hit the ground running.

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