US students join annual Comparative Forensic Sciences programme

21 July 2015

US students take in Glasgow sights

US students take in Glasgow sights

GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment has welcomed students from the US to its annual Comparative Forensic Sciences programme.

Students from California State University, Long Beach; Middle Tennessee State University and Northern Kentucky University are at GCU for three weeks for a packed programme, which includes, for the first time, tackling a crime scene created in the School of Health and Life Science’s Clinical Simulation Suite.

Senior Lecturer Dr Mahesh Uttamlal said: “This is the fourth year of the programme and for the first time we will be asking students to solve a crime using the sampling and testing techniques they have learned.

“It is an incredibly enjoyable and fun programme during which they learn a great deal, not just about analysis but about our criminal justice system. In addition, they will be able to compare the Scottish system in detail with the US system as Professor John Wang of CSULB will be teaching on the programme, too. Working with our partners in this way is invaluable as it allows us to showcase GCU’s forensics work and offer US students a fantastic international experience.”

As well as investigating the crime scene, the students will explore fingerprinting and ‘white powder’, trace-evidence and footwear analysis, visit Glasgow’s courts, Cornton Vale Prison and the Police and Fire training centres. They will also take part in a packed programme of cultural activities including visiting a distillery, Stirling Castle, the Burrell Collection and Glasgow City Chambers. The programme is credit bearing so counts towards the students’ degree studies at home in the US.