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CFS Bulletin Issue 5 February 2013 w: e: @UCLForensicSci in this issue: • QAA publishes Forensic Science Benchmark Statement • New forensic research by UCL Computer Science visual recognition of handwriting • Forensic Horizons and the Forensic Science Special Interest Group (SIG) • International forensic science conferences 2012 • SECReT programme - applications open for 2013 • Research seminar series • UCL Museums & Public Engagement - the Galton Collection • UCL Academy - outreach through collaboration • Upcoming events including the SECReT open evening QAA Forensic Science Benchmark statement published In December 2012 the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) published a subject benchmark statement for the forensic sciences. Subject benchmarks statements are a way for the academic community to describe the nature and characteristics of programmes in a subject such as forensic science. They represent general expectations about the standards for the award of qualifications at a given level in terms of the attributes and capabilities that those possessing such qualifications should be able to demonstrate. The publication provides a helpful standard for universities to aim for and achieve. The Director of the JDI Centre for the Forensic Sciences, Dr Ruth Morgan, was a member of the benchmarking group, along with representatives from other higher education institutions, providers of forensic science services, professional and learned bodies, and training providers. In his foreword to the publication, Brian Rankin (Head of Centre for Forensic Investigation, Teeside University) says: “This subject benchmark statement is firmly based in science and therefore has drawn on other benchmark state- ments for science subjects, such as chemistry and biosciences. We have focused on learning outcomes, rather than a repetition of content or curricula from other science subjects. The benchmarking group has worked hard to capture the unique and distinctive nature of forensic science, its setting within the investigative process as an academic subject, and its application for a forensic practitioner. The knowledge and transferable skills developed in a forensic science degree course are also valuable preparation for many other careers.” You can download the benchmark statement from the QAA website: w:

CFS Bulletin February 2013

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