Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Forensic Innovation Centre

The Forensic Innovation Centre (FIC) is an innovative and unique partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, through which students and academics from the University of Portsmouth can work alongside practitioners in all areas of forensic investigative practice and associated service delivery.

The centre is the first of its kind, merging operational activities with research and education on a university campus. The FIC aims to become a centre of excellence in forensic investigation research, practice and education.

Our research and professional relationships inform the relevant taught courses at undergraduate and Master's levels. Through our collaborative teaching programmes students may, for example, learn to effectively assess and interpret evidence, learning accredited processes and how it fits with the broader investigative requirements. Students work alongside specialist practitioners through internship opportunities and placements on a sandwich course. Police experts have taken up mentoring roles, guiding students, and they have honorary lectureship positions within the University through the FIC, while the university offers mentor training to these staff members.

The support from the staff has been amazing and very much helped me achieve my dream job as a Crime Scene Investigator.

- Millie Buckland-Evers, BSc (Hons) Criminology and Forensic Studies 2017. Read more from Millie at the Faculty blog.