The Forensic Studies programme is well equipped to undertake both fieldwork and laboratory-based projects. Our facilities comprise a teaching/analytical laboratory and storage/preparation facilities. We have excellent laboratory equipment, such as high-end microscopes, a range of high-quality cameras, temperature and humidity data loggers, a forensic tactical body, a large quantity of standard crime scene equipment, and other standard laboratory equipment.
We are able to undertake many analytical experiments and forensic techniques including finger printing, footwear marks, forensic entomology and diatoms, forensic archaeology/anthropology, forensic photography, crime scene analysis and evidence recovery and documentary analysis, as well as other forensic techniques. Our facilities for processing data include GIS (ArcGIS), XRF (NDT and NDTr), microscopy (CellSens), data loggers (Tinytag Explorer) and forensic anthropology (Fordisc) software.
In addition we have access to laboratory and fieldwork equipment owned by the University’s Department of Archaeology, and access to crime scene training facilities at Portsmouth’s College for Policing and Guarding.
The Geography programme is well equipped to undertake both fieldwork and laboratory projects. All laboratory, computing and teaching facilities are recently refurbished and of a high standard, and are shared with the Department of Archaeology. Our facilities comprise a computer laboratory, an analytical laboratory, a teaching laboratory and a wet sample processing laboratory. We also have storage facilities for sample material.
We have Bartington magnetic susceptibility meters, a muffle furnace, drying cabinets, photometers, fume cupboard, centrifuge, Niton X-Ray Florescence (XRF) benchtop analyser, laboratory grade sieves and sieve shaker, microscopes, an extensive range of glassware and other standard laboratory equipment. We are able to undertake many analytical experiments such as grain size, mineralogy, sample magnetics, loss on ignition, Palintests, humification, wet sieving and flotation (photo), as well as mollusc and diatom analysis.
We have two Geoscan resistivity meters, two Geoscan magnetometers and a Bartington magnetic susceptibility meter. We also have two total stations, three differential GPS's and several recreational GPS's, manual and powered augers, a range of pulse EKKO Pro Ground-Penetrating Radar equipment, Niton X-Ray Florescence (XRF) analyser and flow gauges (including an electromagnetic OTT meter). We also have an onsite weather station.
For the processing of field data we have the following software: GIS (ArcGIS), geological (RockWorks, C2), geophysical (GeoPlot, EKKO Mapper, Bartsoft and Voxler), XRF (NDT and NDTr), survey (Geoffice) and weather station (Weather Link). In addition we possess a molluscan reference collection for the post-fieldwork study of these classes of remains.
Crime & Justice Research Centre workspace
The CJRC boasts its own workspace. It has secure storage facilities for materials pertaining to live cases of miscarriages of justice that staff and students connected with the Centre work on as part of the Innocence Network UK (INUK). (Photo: Criminology student working on a live case)