An Elland forensics student has been selected on the first academic placement with West Yorkshire Police’s Regional Scientific Support Services department.
Huddersfield University’s forensic and analytical sciences student Miranda Blackburn was picked for the position over dozens of her peers and after a rigorous selection process.
For ten months, Miranda will work with RSSS staff on research projects in one of the most advanced scientific police units in the country.
The placement is the brainchild of CSI training manager Louise Morgan who hopes the pilot scheme will be the start of many placements offered to Yorkshire students.
“I’m looking forward to working with Miranda, I think she will be a real asset to the department,” she said.
Head of Operations at RSSS at West Yorkshire Police, John Gilbody, said there are hundreds, if not thousands, of extremely bright and talented young science university students and that the RSSS wants to give such students an opportunity to work and study with them.
“Miranda will be able to develop her life skills, as well as her scientific knowledge and techniques through work-based trials. In the future we hope to widen our scope and give the opportunity to other students from universities further afield,” said Mr Gilbody.
He said the scheme will allow the RSSS to also learn from the students.
Miranda said: “This is a great opportunity for me, or any student from the University of Huddersfield, to gain a real insight into the everyday lives of crime scene investigators and forensic staff at Scientific Support, and receive the relevant skills and experience required.”
Dr Graham Williams, senior lecturer in forensic genetics at the University of Huddersfield, said: “I am delighted for Miranda. This is an extraordinary opportunity for her. We work hard to ensure that our students learn relevant skills and gain suitable knowledge. This placement will substantially enhance Miranda’s employability when she graduates.”