Inspiring The Next Generation of Scientists

Before the start of summer, Staffordshire University took part in the Potteries STEM Festival, celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Dr Alison Davidson, one of our Technical Skills Specialists, and Mark Broadhead, a PhD Researcher, ran an activity for year 12 students titled ‘The Chemistry of Drugs and Guns’.

The hour-long session, demonstrating how Chemistry is used in Forensic Science, began in the Analytical Lab before moving to the SEM Lab. The visitors and were shown how to use the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDX).

We are looking forward to inspiring more scientists this academic year through outreach and events.

All of the equipment in our laboratories is open to all of our students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, to use for their research and project work. 

What You Can Expect on Our Offer Holder Days

We had our third Offer Holder Day, on Saturday 17th February, for our 2018 entry applicants. The School of Law, Policing and Forensics applicants met our staff, a few of our students, and experienced taster sessions of what they can expect if they choose to study at Staffordshire University.

Chemistry is a part of the School of Law, Policing and Forensics, and is new for 2018. Our Chemistry applicants had hands on experience in our labs, where they conducted some paracetamol analysis and calculations .

Law applicants on a mixture of our Law courses, including the new BA Criminal Justice with Offender Management, got involved in two interactive sessions.

Louis Martin and Anna Garland used real life case studies and encouraged interactive discussions. Louis focused on serial killers and Criminal Law and Anna discussed the core areas of Legal study that students can expect to learn about (Contract Law, Tort Law, Constitutional Law, Property Law, Equitable Remedies, EU Law and Criminal Law), using a few of the following examples:

Donoghue v Stevenson (1932)
The Conjoined Twins: Surgical Separation (2001)
Jolly v Sutton LBC (2000).

Former Senior Investigating Officer for Staffordshire Police and Course Leader of our Policing and Criminal Investigation courses, Phil Lee, briefed our applicants and then took them to the crime scene house; they took the role of Senior Investigating Officers, where they used body cameras and recorded evidence.

 

Professor James Treadwell encouraged our Sociology and Criminology applicants to think like a Sociologist and Criminologist when discussing topical images. Applicants were then given the opportunity to speak to one of our current Sociology students and ask questions.

Forensic Science and Forensic Investigation applicants were suited in protective clothing and had practical experience of crime scene processing and evidence analysis – at our crime scene house and labs.

Our next Offer Holder Day will take place on Wednesday 14th March. Find out more on our website.