Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Mrs Claire Rhodes

  • Qualifications: Msc, BSc (Hons), CSE Dipl (DUNELM), PGCLTHE
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer, and Programme Area Leader undergraduate campus
  • Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5551
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am currently a Principal Lecturer and the Programme Area Leader for the Full Time Undergraduate Programmes at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.  I have worked for the University since 2010 starting as a Teaching Fellow in Forensic Investigation, moving on to Senior Teaching Fellow and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies Programme, before taking up my current position in April 2017.  During my time at Portsmouth I have completed an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice with distinction and have also received a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and I am currently undertaking a PhD in Firearms Investigation.  I am also a member of the University Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team and the Aurora Steering Group, having completed the Leadership Foundation Aurora Programme in 2015. 

Prior to working at the University I worked for Surrey Police as a Scenes of Crime Officer from 2006 – 2010. Whilst in this position I completed the National Policing Improvement Agency Volume Crime Scene Investigator, Conversion and Development courses.  I also completed the Durham University professional diploma in Crime Scene Examination with Merit. 

Before taking up my position at Surrey Police I was an Administrative Assistant for the Police Service of Northern Ireland 2005-2006, working in the Criminal Investigation Department, preparing case files for court.

In 2006 I graduated from Teesside University with a First Class (Hons) in Crime Scene Science.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am unit coordinator for a level 5 optional unit in Firearms Investigation and two level 6 optional units in Forensic Photography and Fire Investigation. Through my interest in Fire Investigation I was also instrumental in setting up a formal partnership between the University and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. This partnership allows trained Fire Investigators to deliver teaching across our forensic courses, including a practical fire day at their Headquarters. The Partnership also allows students across all of our courses the opportunity to apply for placement and work experience opportunities.

As well as my unit coordinator responsibilities I teach seminar classes on a number of units at various levels, including Postgraduate and Distance Learning. In 2016 I developed the MRes Forensic Investigation stream to our faculty wide MRes programme.

I am a personal tutor for level 4 and 5 students and I am responsible for a number of level 6 dissertation students each year. I also supervise a range of post graduate students.


I have a number of research interests in :

  • Crime scene examination
  • Fire Investigation
  • Firearms Investigation

I have recently set up a Firearms Research hub for students within the department to develop their research ideas within this area. 

I am currently involved in a number of research projects in relation to our teaching methods and curriculum at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.


Research profile

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