15th October 2003

 

NEW MAN IN CHARGE OF FORENSIC SCIENCE

 

The new professor in charge of Forensic Science at the University of Lincoln aims to put the university on the map as a centre of excellence in forensic teaching and research.

 

Professor Peter White has moved to Lincoln from the University of Strathclyde to become only the second Chair of Forensic Science in the UK.

 

He’s aiming to tap the potential of Forensic Science at Lincoln by raising the research profile and developing a masters course in crime scene investigation.

 

“There’s tremendous potential here,” says Professor White, who worked for 15 years for the Metropolitan Police Forensic Laboratory in London before moving to Strathclyde University.

 

“What was required was a person with the right background to take Lincoln forward to become a UK centre of excellence for teaching forensic science.

 

“The quality of the resources here is really quite outstanding – better than at many forensic science labs in the country. I taught on a masters degree at a university with a worldwide reputation but I didn’t have anything like the resources that we’ve got in Lincoln.

 

“We also have a dedicated scene of crime house at Riseholme Park with extensive grounds, woodland and a lake, so all in all we’ve got the perfect scenario for setting up a masters course in crime scene investigation.”

 

A Chartered Chemist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Professor White began work for Glaxo at the age of 18 and subsequently studied for his PhD at Brunel University while working at the Metropolitan Police laboratory.

 

Having published 22 research papers while working in London he joined Strathclyde University in 1990, where he became Director of the Forensic Science Unit.

 

Among Professor White’s areas of expertise are document analysis, explosives detection at airports and Raman spectroscopy – a new technique which uses a laser fired through a microscope to get molecular information from a given substance.

 

He also edits ‘Crime Scene to Court’, a course book for Forensic Science degree students.

 

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