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Helen Higgins known as Helen Higgins

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• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
NTC Conversion Crime Scene Investigation Course
ACPO/FSS partnership accredited Volume Crime Scene Investigation Course
• BSc (Hons) Forensic Science


Role and Job Title:- Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Course Leader for MSci/BSc Forensic Investigation within the School of Applied Sciences at USW.


• Ten years teaching experience as an academic in the area of Forensic Science. Course leader for MSci/BSc Forensic Investigation.
• Ten years experience working as a Crime Scene Investigator conducting scene examinations including volume crime, sexual assaults, murders and fire scenes amongst others.
• Experience in DNA extraction and processing techniques.
• 2006 – 2010 Responsible for providing Forensic Awareness training for South Wales Police recruits.

Current Teaching includes the following modules:
PH/FP4S013 Advanced Physical Evidence Analysis and Crime Scene Management, PH3S10 Fire and Explosion Investigation PH/FP3S102 Research, Employability and Professional Practice in the Forensic Sciences, PH/FP4D001 Laboratory Research Project PH/FP4T001 Major Laboratory Research Project, PH/FP2S09 Forensic Evidence, PH/FP1S05 Introduction to Criminalistics, PH/FP1S01 Introduction to Forensic Science, IY2S505 Digital Forensics and Security.


• Course Leader for MSci/BSc Forensic Investigation
• Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
• Delivery of training and education to students through lectures and tutorials, supported by practical class instruction
• Course leader for BSc/MSci Forensic Investigation
• Module leadership
• Personal Tutor
• Project supervision
• Involvement in open day, applicant day and conference activities
• Course and module development


Research generated through supervision and direction of MSci and MSc projects. Areas have included footwear marks, toolmarks and fingerprints for example.

Areas of Expertise

Crime Scene Investigation

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