Policing, Criminology and Forensics

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Welcome to the Department of Policing, Criminology and Forensics

Our Department is home to a range of high-quality programmes covering a range of subject areas within: 

  • Policing 
  • Criminology 
  • Forensic Investigation 
  • Forensic Science 
  • Cyber Crime 

As a nation we cannot help but become obsessed with true crime podcasts, police drama shows or forensic investigation programmes. It is an area that fascinates the human mind and offers an exhilarating and rewarding area of study. 

We offer an exciting and welcoming environment, designed to give students interactive and practical experience to build the knowledge and skills that will allow them to make a real-world difference, whilst being at the forefront of the study of a range of contemporary issues such as identity, investigation, and insecurity. 

Our expert teaching team have a wealth of first-hand experience and use this to bring their subjects to life, as well as drawing on the expertise of specialists from across the University such as from Philosophy, Law, Psychology and beyond. 

The Department of Policing, Criminology and Forensics hosts state of the art facilities, combined with real-world experiences and examples, developed through strong external relationships to allow students to work a develop collaboratively for positive change in the local, national, and global community. 

The department has specialist facilities and a dedicated Laboratory Manager. Explore our facilities. 

Our Cold Case Unit helps Forensic Investigation students to understand the challenges of cold case investigation and trains the next generation of leading investigators.

At postgraduate level we offer an MSc in Applied Criminology, and we warmly welcome enquiries about postgraduate research. Find out more about doing a postgraduate research degree at Winchester.

Our courses are designed to equip students with all the skills, knowledge, and confidence they will need to pursue successful and fulfilling careers in the future. 

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Meet the team

Acting Head of Department

Academic team

  • Anna Chaussee, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Studies 
  • Dr Julio de Carvalho Ponce, Lecturer in Forensic Science
  • Prof. Tim Hall, Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Studies 
  • Natacha Harding, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • Dr Michelle Jolley, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Criminology Pathways
  • Dr Daryl Kenny, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Professional Policing 
  • Dr Liam Leonard, Lecturer in Criminology 
  • Dr Ester Massa, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Programme Leader for Applied Criminology
  • Dr Carolin Esser-Miles, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics 
  • Gopala Sasie Rekha, Lecturer in Criminology (academic profile forthcoming) 
  • Dr Nancy Scheidt, Lecturer in Policing (academic profile forthcoming) 
  • Darren Rawlings, Lecturer in Professional Policing (academic profile forthcoming) 
  • Dr Vladimir Rizov, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • Selina Robinson, Lecturer in Forensic Investigation  
  • Nikki Woods, Lecturer in Criminology
  • Dr Amoret Whitaker, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Entomology and Programme Leader for Forensic Programmes

Visiting Lecturers

 Luca Manelli, Lecturer in Forensic Investigation

Technical staff

Dr David Ashby, Laboratory Manager

Eleanor James, Forensics Laboratory Technician