Year 12 forensic pathway students recently had the exciting opportunity to visit the forensic science department at Liverpool John Moores University.
As a handful of keen students headed over to LJMU campus, their first stop was to explore the building’s facilities that included a selection of electron microscopes and crime scene houses used for recording and recovering evidence.
Students got to grips with tonnes of professional equipment including visiting the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) labs for chemical analysis, and checking out the fingerprint lab where the students took their own footprint.
Amongst the apparatus was a gel block which a bullet had been fired into to show impact, and students even got up close with an electrostatic footprint lifter used to lift dust footprints!
Whilst visiting the anthropology room, students enjoyed interacting with life-like skeleton props and also witnessed a partially decomposed and burnt crime scene dummy with broken bones for examining.
To end the day, UTC students were escorted through a tour around the rest of the building and had the chance to engage with current undergraduates about university life and the application process. Our hosts for the day opened the floor to questions while providing information about their current courses, work experience and progression opportunities.
The day was a fascinating and informative experience for all UTC students involved, one we hope to repeat in the future. Thanks, LJMU and all participants for an insightful trip!