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Prof Denise Syndercombe Court and Natsumi review the course.
Well, Natsumi, you’ve been here for a few weeks now. Tell me something about what you’ve seen. Well, it was an extraordinary experience. I went to the crime scene with a crime scene investigator and collected evidence. I brought this evidence to the forensic biology laboratory and chemistry laboratory to analyse them. And finally, I went to the court to see forensic scientists giving testimony there. Was there anything particular about this experience that you found interesting? Well, the entire experience was a bit different from what I was expecting from watching TV shows, detective series or something. For example, in TV show, crime scene investigator would arrive at the scene with a smart suit.
The reality was I had to wear protective suit before arriving at the crime scene, and preserving evidence was much more complicated and detailed. I was surprised by the variety of roles of forensic scientist, such as giving testimony in the court was - I was surprised because I didn’t know that before. I felt forensic science is not just cool, but it’s a necessary part of bringing criminals to justice. It’s hard work, and of course, meaningful for society, and it’s very interesting for me. What we weren’t trying to do here was to show you exactly what happens in a court case, we wanted to also show you some of the research that we do at King’s.
So, we hope you’ve really enjoyed your time here. Yes, I did, and I feel the need of further study in forensic science. Thank you very much for this opportunity. Lovely to meet you. Thank you. Bye-bye.
All forensic techniques are subject to stringent validation and accreditation before they can be used in court. Even though we’ve got two accredited laboratories here at King’s, we can’t just use any technique within them in the criminal justice system. Our students are taught the basics of research and development, and finally, implementation of a particular technique for forensic uses. Whether you’re on our summer school, part of our undergraduate module or come to King’s to do a Master’s in forensic science or Master’s in research, or want to stay longer and do a PhD with us.
This MOOC has been developed by the academics, scientists and professional staff at King’s Forensics, as well as King’s Online, and we hope you have really enjoyed the process. I particularly like to thank our external collaborators, who
have given their time and space: the City of London police, Blackfriars Crown Court, Corker Binning Solicitors, Dr Ann Priston, our barristers, Lisa Mountford and Kristiina Reed, and of course, King’s Online. Thank you.

Congratulations! You have almost reached the end of the course. In this video, you will review what you have learned across the course and hear about what you could do next, with Professor Denise Syndercombe Court.

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