28 June 2023

Abertay forensics students experience bomb scene investigation

Abertay links with armed forces bomb disposal experts

Students from Abertay’s Forensic Science programme got exclusive access to a lecture and live demonstration from the British Army’s Bomb Disposal Unit. 

Including a classroom lecture and live explosives disposal demonstration, the session from 11 EOD Regiment: Royal Logistic Corps took place at the Ministry of Defence range at Barry Buddon, near Carnoustie. 

A series of live detonations were carried out under the safe control of squadron members, followed by a forensic post bomb scene exercise where students were tasked with searching for and recovering evidence relevant to improvised explosive devices.    

Neil Coupar, a lecturer from Abertay's School of Applied Sciences said: “Abertay is the only university in Scotland with an established link to the Bomb Disposal Squadron based in Edinburgh and this offers our students an experience that money can’t buy.'' 

“We are immensely grateful to the Army for granting our students this unique experience. At Abertay, our core focus is on preparing our students for their future careers, and this exercise allowed us to bring the professional world directly to these students, offering an authentic glimpse into the multifaceted nature of this field." 

Abertay's Forensic Science course offers \ hands-on approach, providing students with invaluable opportunities to analyse various crime scenes within purpose-built facilities. Through state-of-the-art laboratories, aspiring forensic scientists gain expertise in physical, biological, and chemical analysis, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of the discipline. 

Designed with a strong vocational emphasis, the programme’s curriculum equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue diverse scientific careers. 

For more information on studying Forensic Science at Abertay University visit: https://www.abertay.ac.uk/course-search/undergraduate/forensic-sciences/ 

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