Laura teaches a variety of topics in forensic science to final year BSc/MChem Forensic and Analytical Chemistry undergraduates, and to MSc Forensic Science postgraduate students.
Principally focussing on her expertise in forensic biology and forensic practice, she lectures on a wide range of topics from International Law and Quality, to Case Assessment & Interpretation of evidence in sexual offence cases. As a multi-discipline forensic scientist she also teaches the recovery and analysis of gunshot residue.
In the laboratory Laura is responsible for the associated practical sessions, assisting students to develop their skills and confidence in core forensic laboratory techniques, including contemporaneous note-taking, microscopy, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and presumptive/confirmatory bodyfluid testing.
Laura is the module coordinator for the core theory modules in Semester 1 and 2 of the MSc Programme and also holds the role of the Forensic Biology Discipline Lead.
Laura sits on the Staff Student Liaison Committee, fairly and objectively providing an opportunity for students to put forward their voice and receive timely feedback and support on matters raised. She is also a strong advocate for implement innovative teaching practices and ensuring forensic education at Strathclyde is reflective of industry needs.
Laura's research interests are in policy, compliance and stability in the forensic market.
Creating, designing and supervising short impact projects with the MSc forensics students and more recently, as part of the Scottish Independent Forensics Review Service, she is leading a review of the contribution of second opinion Forensic Casework over the past 50 years and has a growing portfolio of practical based research at the University in the area of sexual offence casework.
- In-house Validation of STK Sperm Tracker Products
- "Use of SpermTracker in Teaching, Research and Casework"
- Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science Annual Lecture 2022
- Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science Annual Lecture
- MSc Research Projects
- Case Reference CFS/2022/013