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Emma Rixon

Emma Rixon

Head of Department

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Chemistry and Forensic Science


Emma is Principal lecturer in Forensic Science and is Student Academic Experience Manager for Forensic Science courses. She is responsible for course developments and implementation of University policy and strategy for forensic science. Her teaching expertise covers all aspects of crime scene investigation.Emma is also the University's link to the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Career overview

Emma was a Scenes of Crime Officer for ten years before entering academia; she was involved in footwear analysis and setting up of a database system and footwear unit still used by forces today. Emma is a recipient of a Chief Constables Commendation for a child murder enquiry in 2000 and has been involved in crime scene work ranging from burglary through to major fraud and murder investigations.

Research areas

Emma is available for Crime Scene Consultancy. Emma was a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO) for ten years and has worked in a wide area of scene examination. She holds a diploma in Crime Scene Investigation and is registered CRFP (Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners), where she also works as an assessor for registrants in scene examination.

Emma spent several years working on footwear databases and has experience in training police personnel in aspects of crime scene work. Academically she holds a Bsc (Hons) in Biomedical Science and has trained as a MLSO in pathology.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD in the School of Science and Technology exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

Emma is a professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and is an assessor for the accreditation of university courses in forensic science.

She has been involved in the development of forensic courses in Macedonia and Portugal and has been a visiting lecturer at Avans University in the Netherlands and Egas Moniz in Lisbon Portugal.

Emma works as an external examiner for other universities covering Foundation and BSc level courses.

  • Link person and Member of Forensic Science Society.
  • Chair for Glove mark working group (Derbyshire Police, Home Office Scientific Development Branch and NTU).
  • Consultant for crime scene investigation.

Please email Emma for further details.

Press expertise

  • Forensic science
  • Crime scene investigation (CSI)
  • Evidence recovery; expert witness
  • Footwear marks
  • Glove marks