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University’s ‘Crime Scene Flat’ Opened by Actor Brenda Blethyn

Published on: 23 Feb, 2024
Updated on: 25 Feb, 2024

A flat on the University of Surrey’s campus has been mocked up as a crime scene to help students apply their knowledge of forensic science and investigation in a controlled environment.

Actress Brenda Blethyn takes a look around the new ‘mocked up’ flat at the University of Surrey that will used by students studying its criminology with forensic investigation course.

And it has been officially declared open by actress Brenda Blethyn, who stars as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in the long-running crime TV drama Vera.

The flat is part of the university’s new criminology with forensic investigation course, which was launched in September.

The course is designed to help students gain as close as possible hands-on experience of navigating and processing issues as commonly found during crime scene investigations.

The course leader, associate professor Claire Rhodes, said: “The course is 60% criminology and 40% forensic investigation.

“Crime scene methods and analysing how you can apply them in a controlled environment is an important part of the course and our new crime scene flat helps us put part of the course into a practical setting.

“Learning the art of forensic science means understanding how the theoretical skills can be applied in ‘real-life’ settings.”

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