Forensic analysis: Bringing cutting edge science into the classroom RB471 / E01

Start date
17 Mar 16
1 Day
Science Learning Centre Yorkshire and the Humber, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB View on Google Map


Forensic Analysis:  Fingerprinting for the FutureReserach Councils UK


In 1892 two Argentinian children were murdered and their mother had her throat cut.  She survived and accused a neighbour of the crime, but she was lying: she had murdered her children and cut her own throat to avert suspicion.  Unmasking her as the killer was the first recorded use of fingerprint identification in crime detection. 

Now, fingerprinting is widely used and understood, but how is the science developing?  Research by the Fingerprint Research Group at Sheffield Hallam University is focusing on techniques that can provide additional forensic intelligence from the chemical content of a finger mark left at a crime scene.  A person's sex, external contaminants such as deodorant, and ingested substances such as caffeine are all detectable from a fingerprint, using highly sensitive laser ionisation and mass spectrometry. 

Teachers attending this course will gain a rich insight into the use of cutting edge science in crime detection.  Featuring a visit to the university's 'Crime Scene House', participants will gain hands-on experience of forensic techniques, as well as learning about the history and future of fingerprinting, and the work of a forensic scientist.

Course Presenters

Dr Rosalind Wolstenholme: Forensic Science Course Leader, Fingerprint Research Group
John Walker: Science Education Consultant



Arrival, registration, tea and coffee


Welcome and Introductions


The history, current state and future of forensic science


Exploration of a Scene of Crime




What information can we get from fingerprints?




Modern instrumentation used in fingerprint analysis


What does a forensic scientist really do, and how do you become one?


Action Planning and Plenary





Participants will be able to: 

  • develop and update their knowledge by engaging with scientists involved in cutting edge research
  • use authentic contexts for enriching their teaching of the science curriculum
  • incorporate ideas for active and inspiring teaching approaches in school


Forensic analysis: Bringing cutting edge science into the classroom17 March 201609:00-16:00Science Learning Centre Yorkshire & the Humber

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£210.00 +VATSubsidy available*£180.00
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£435.00 +VAT

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