Forensic Science student takes up post with SPSA
Caroline Stewart graduated with an honours degree in Forensic Science from RGU in July 2008. She recently took up post with the Scene Examination Branch of the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA), as a Fingerprint Development Officer and spends her days searching for, and developing fingerprints to help tackle crime in the North-east of Scotland alongside Grampian Police.
Caroline is really pleased with the way her degree course, one of the few accredited courses in the country, has helped her to prepare for forensics work in practice. She said: "The course had great practical aspects to it as well as theory. We gained a lot of experience in scene of crime work, looking at the chain of evidence and making sure we had everything covered, and even went as far as providing evidence in a mock court room."
Caroline acknowledges that forensics isn't the easiest field to get into but is very positive about encouraging others to study forensic science. She recently took part in a work experience session for local school pupils back at RGU's crime scene facility and explained: "If someone really wants to get into forensics they shouldn't be put off by the competitive field it poses after graduation. I'm living proof that you can do it if you're really determined and there are lots of specialist areas you can get into with the degree, as well as getting a good grounding in analytical science in preparation for work within industry."