Scientists from the University of Wolverhampton have
been given the opportunity to work at some of Europe’s top forensic
institutes through a new internship scheme.
The School of Applied Sciences has
secured more than £75,000 (€95,500) for the graduate internship
scheme from the Leonardo da Vinci Mobility Programme.
The aim is to provide 18 Forensic Science graduates with real
work experience in a forensic institute to improve their
The scheme enables 2011 and 2012 graduates from the University
who are seeking employment to apply for a three or six month
internship in one of five forensic science institutes in the
The partner institutes are in the Netherlands and Poland, and
specialise in areas such as analysis of fingerprints, toxicology
Dr Iza Radecka, the project coordinator, said: “The interns will
have the opportunity to work in some the best forensic laboratories
in Europe. All the EU partners perform research in the field of the
forensic science and are involved in drawing up expert reports for
courts and prosecutor’s offices and barristers in penal and civil
cases on a national and international level.
“The scheme is intended to offer EU graduates who are seeking
employment the opportunity to undertake vocationally relevant
forensic experience within a partner EU country.
" Dr Raul Sutton, Head of the Department of Forensic and
Molecular Science, said: “Although the placement is intended for
all University of Wolverhampton Forensic Science graduates, recent
recruitment data shows that over two thirds of the University’s
forensic science graduates live within the West Midlands region and
therefore this scheme will directly benefit regional graduate
The vacancies will be advertised during this month (June 2012)
and in June 2013. Nine graduates will complete the placements from
October 2012 to March 2013 and a further nine from October 2013 to
UK universities produce currently 6,000 forensic graduates each
year according to the Higher Education Statistic Agency (HESA), but
the Forensic Science sector recruits about 200 graduates a year, so
there is strong competition for jobs.
University of Wolverhampton forensic science students and
graduates can contact Dr Sutton R.Sutton@wlv.ac.uk for more
Date Issued: Wednesday, 13 June 2012
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