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13th December 2010, 11:59am
New kitemark is proof that Lincoln’s Forensic Science students are ready for work
Forensic science students at a mock crime scene The University of Lincoln’s BSc (Hons) Forensic Science programme has been awarded another national kitemark in recognition of its success in preparing students for the workplace.

The course has become one of just a handful of Forensic Science undergraduate degree programmes around the UK to win Skillsmark Endorsement from Skills for Justice.

Skillsmark Endorsement recognises the role Forensic Science practitioners and employers have played in developing and delivering the programme at Lincoln. It also indicates that graduates regularly progress onto related employment in this highly competitive field.

Lincoln’s BSc (Hons) Forensic Science programme can now boast Skillsmark Endorsement, full Forensic Science Society accreditation and Royal Society of Chemistry recognition – all of which add to the employment prospects of graduates.

Dr Mark Baron, Principal Lecturer in the School of Natural and Applied Science at the University of Lincoln, said: "We’re extremely proud to receive this rare distinction for our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science programme, which continues to strengthen its links with employers and increase emphasis on employability. A new employability module will start this academic year, funded by a grant from the UK Physical Sciences Centre of the Higher Education Academy and an employers’ forum will now contribute to programme evaluation."

Amanda Ryalls, Director of Research, Products and Services at Skills for Justice, said: "Employers have told us that when they look to recruit graduates for certain roles, they find that specific skills and knowledge they need are often missing. So, we worked with employers to develop a rigorous assessment process for all types of learning programmes which includes a focus on the needs of employers. If assessment is successful this results in Skillsmark endorsement of the programme. Essentially, we have created a system to kitemark those learning programmes where students develop the specific skills and knowledge that employers are looking for."

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