Detective Dale has a passion for science

A young scientist with lawful ambitions has successfully completed his studies into a degree that combines his personal passion with is dream job, after graduating from RGU.

Dale BradfordDale Bradford (23) graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Forensic and Analytical Science at a ceremony at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre on Thursday 13 July.

Dale, who is originally from Orkney and attended Kirkwall Grammar School, has held a lifelong desire to join the police and set out to find a degree choice that would set him on that path while broadening his horizons.

He said: “I’ve always believed that a university degree is a valuable asset that can open up many doors career-wise, while experiencing new and exciting things.

“Chemistry and biology were my favourite subjects at school and I have wanted to join the police force ever since I was a child, so studying Forensic and Analytical Science was the perfect amalgamation of law enforcement and science.

“Also, being from Orkney, I’ve not been used to city life, so moving to RGU was a great way of studying while maturing and seeing what bustling city life is like.”

Over the course of his degree, Dale would study a variety of specialisms, with the practical crime scenes and court cases standing out as his personal highlights.

These activities would see students examining mocked-up crime scenes and analysing the evidence in the laboratory, before being tasked with testifying in a court scenario with cross-examination from the prosecution and defence solicitors.

Aside from his academic pursuits at RGU, Dale became a committee member of the university’s kickboxing team, ending his final year with success.

Dale said: “It was an honour to be a part of the kickboxing team and to work alongside so many fun people. I entered the WUMA Arbroath Open Championships this year, competing against kickboxing clubs across the country and ended up winning silver in the beginner middleweight class.

“The social side of being a committee member was always enjoyable and attending the Blues Ball was a standout moment. It was great to see so many students having a good time, looking smart and enjoying sport.”

Dale remains committed to his dream of becoming a police officer and has already applied to begin the process. In the meantime, he can look back on his time at RGU with fondness and appreciation for several reasons.

Dale said: “My time at university was very maturing and I always knew it would be a good way to meet new and interesting people who share a similar passion for science. Not only have I made some lifelong friends, but I met a woman on my course who changed my life.

“I would honestly recommend university and to anyone. Not only for improving your education, but for the life experiences you’ll have that are second to none.”


Release by Jonathon Milne
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