More about Rachel
Current job title: Lecturer in Forensic Investigation, Staffordshire University
Your NTU experience?
After completing my undergraduate degree, I went on to study for my PhD in firearms identification, also at NTU. Staff continually provided me with a rich and challenging learning environment and the University also provided many opportunities to develop professionally, such as volunteering to deliver Kit-in-a-Kase activities in local schools, act as a student Ambassador for Forensic Science courses and importantly supported me in completing a sandwich year on my undergraduate course and simultaneously obtaining an additional diploma.
Since leaving Nottingham Trent University, I have become a lecturer at Staffordshire University in the Forensic and Crime Science department. My role primarily involves teaching forensic science, specifically firearms, ballistics and analytical chemistry. I also undertake research and funded projects specialising in the field of forensic firearms examination with collaborating organisations, as well as supervising student research at all academic levels to PhD.
Advice for others?
My main advice would be to pursue a career you are truly passionate about, or at least interested in! Take every opportunity you are offered as a chance to challenge yourself, develop your professional skills and network with people; some of the greatest and unexpected opportunities in life for me have arisen just through talking to people.
Plans for the future?
I hope to continue my life as an academic; inspiring the next generation of enthusiastic scientists while advancing the scientific knowledge and understanding within our forensic discipline to support practitioners internationally in their pursuit of justice.