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Document Examination Laboratory

As a forensics science student here at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), develop your practical skills as you learn to examine documents for authenticity in our state-of-the-art document examination laboratory.

Document lab

Our specialist lab equipment includes:

Students learn how to examine documents such as passports, bank notes and driving licences to assess whether they are authentic or have been tampered with in any way. Specialist equipment includes:

Video spectral comparator (VSC)

Students learn how to expose documents to a variety of different lights - including ultra violet and infra red – to identify areas where different inks have been used, whether built-in security features exist and even to determine whether an entry has been removed or replaced.

Electrostatic detection apparatus

This is used to 'lift' indented writing impressions from paper. This technique can detect indentations made on a page up to seven sheets below the page where the original writing is visible.

Photography and image processing

Students are trained in best practice, using specialist photographic stands and light sources to accurately photograph evidence. Students are also trained in digital photography and image processing.

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You can choose from a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses. Our courses provide exciting opportunities for work placements and real life project work, giving you relevant transferable skills that are highly valued in industry.

Address, contact, and location

Crime Scene Training Facility

Address: Document Examination Laboratory, Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

Document Examination Laboratory

  • Subject area: Sciences including sport sciences
  • Category: Learning tools and spaces; Research; Science including labs; Teaching facilities
  • Location: Clifton Campus

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