18th July 2003




Twins with a morbid fascination for forensics will be among the first cohort of Forensic Science students to graduate from the University of Lincoln later this month.


Lorna and Katrina Hanley from Pennywell Gardens, Edinburgh will be among nine students graduating with first-class honours degrees in the new programme.


The twins (30) both followed different paths until they decided to study Forensic Science. Katrina had spent 10 years as a bar manager and Lorna had completed a degree in Biological Sciences in Edinburgh, but now they are both hooked on forensics.


“Unfortunately, it’s not possible to study forensic science at undergraduate level in Scotland, so we came to England,” said Lorna.


“At first I was studying at another university but after the first two weeks I realised that the programme in Lincoln was very different from the one I was studying, so I transferred over.”


Lorna is now planning to take an MSc in Forensic Anthropology and Katrina is hoping to take up a career in the field of intelligence.


Dr Ron Dixon, Principal lecturer on the programme is delighted with the results of his students.


“Students have to achieve excellent marks throughout the course to gain a first- class degree,” he said. “This is not an easy task in an award subject where you need good science knowledge, practical and analytical skills and the ability to present information.


“Despite the large number of similar programmes available now, we have still received a tremendous number of applications. 


“We have state-of-the-art laboratories, we’ve had a huge investment in equipment and we have experienced staff who are developing innovative ways to teach and study forensic science.”


Many of the graduates have already gained positions in forensic-related subjects, have joined the police force or plan to continue their studies with a masters’ degree.


The 49 Forensic Science students will graduate with colleagues from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Lincoln Cathedral next Wednesday 30th July at 11.30am.




For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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