Nadiya Ahammed- DNA Technical Analyst, LGC Forensics
It was a great privilege to be accepted into the oldest Forensic Science Masters programme in the UK, and the course not only lived up to my expectations but exceeded them. We had access to world-class facilities and scientists of academic excellence and I was very excited to be given the opportunity to conduct my research project with the Metropolitan Police. The course provided us with a great depth and breadth of forensic knowledge as well as access to the Drug Control Centre, an internationally-recognised institution in itself.
Studying on this course, combined with the support and commitment of the academic staff, has allowed me to pursue my dream career in forensics. I now work at LGC Forensics, the largest private provider of forensic science in the world, in a job which I love that makes great use of the skills and knowledge I gained on the Programme.
Tracey Alexander - Currently Director of Forensic Services, City of London Police
Tracy Alexander graduated from King's College London with an MSc in Forensic Science: a council member of the British Academy of Forensic Scientists, a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a board member of Inside Justice. She has worked in forensic science for over 20 years, spending 17 years within the Directorate of Forensic Services at New Scotland Yard as Crime Scene Manager for the Homicide Command and latterly as Head of Forensic Intelligence. As case review specialist at LGC Forensics she headed the cold case investigation unit working on many high profile cases. Tracy is currently is Director of Forensic Services at City of London Police and continues to be a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College London and University College London.
Jamie Miller - Laboratory Team Leader
I left a full-time job specifically to attend the Forensic Science MSc course at KCL. This was for two main reasons. Firstly, the course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and so I knew it would be excellent quality and highly regarded by potential employers. Secondly, the contacts that KCL has both in the UK and around the world would provide me with the opportunity to do a 14 week industry placement working with cutting edge forensic technology. I wasn’t disappointed on either count, and was able to move into a job in Forensic Science straight after finishing the course. As an added bonus, I got to live in London for a year with the whole world at my doorstep and had a fantastic time living in such an eclectic city.
Joana Moreira - Currently Supervisor Anatomical Pathology (Histopathology & Morgue), Sidra Medical & Research Center, Doha, Qatar
My main responsibilities at the moment are supervising the Histopathology and Mortuary sections (within the Anatomical Pathology Department) at Sidra Medical and Research Center (http://www.sidra.org/) in preparation for opening. Our main focuses at the moment are: the AP Module of Cerner Millennium; Procurement of Consumables and Reagents; Procurement of Equipment; Establishment of Policies and Procedures…to name a few.
Juliet Dukes - Current post: Senior Scientific Officer - (Tertiary Education), Research Animals Dept of the Science Group of the RSPCA
I'm working with RSPCA Education to promote teaching of the humane treatment of all animals in Universities and Colleges throughout the UK. I'm developing free educational resources in both ethics and animal welfare for use by both tutors and students, to encourage them to challenge the use of animals (ethically & scientifically) in all aspects of human-animal interactions. Although I am based in the Research Animals Department, my remit extends to companion animals, farm animals & wildlife.
I hold very fond memories of my time at Kings (although it now seems a lifetime ago!), and I've been fortunate to stay in contact with my then supervisor Bryan Turner, who recently came along to lecture my students when I was still at Kingston University with Mariko Kudo, another Alumnus.
Dr Elizabeth Gilchrist - Former Research Associate at King's, now Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University College Cork.
As a Research Associate at King’s I was involved in the development of a fluorescence-based method for locating latent fingermarks after submitting my PhD thesis in the analysis of low-order explosives using ion chromatography technologies. I have recently joined the Department of Chemistry at University College Cork as a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher.
Katherine Bache - DNA Intelligence Analyst, Research and Development, Metroplitan Police
I studied the MSc Forensic Science Course from 2008-2009. I found the course challenging but I really enjoyed the mix of theory and practicals and the external visitors really motivated me to pursue a career in forensic science. The course provided a thorough insight into both forensic chemistry and biology and a number of my peers have progressed successfully into both disciplines. The practicals were really well organised and they were always conducted with real life scenarios in mind. During my subsequent job interview and associated practical competency tests, I successfully drew on the theory and practical experience I received during the MSc course.
The highlight of the MSc course for me was the world renowned focus on research and development and being offered a place to complete my MSc project in conjunction with LGC Forensics. As a result of this, at the end of the course I was offered a contract position to work in the Specialised DNA department and was subsequently employed permanently by the Scene of Crime DNA Team. In 2012, I joined the Metropolitan Police Service as a DNA Intelligence Analyst and am enjoying the responsibility and challenges associated with this role.