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Mr Dennis Gentles

Role: Lecturer

Division: Division of Science

School/Department: School of Science, Engineering & Tech

Telephone Number: +44 (0)1382 308110



A former scenes of crime officer, crime scene manager and authorised forensic scientist with Tayside Police.  Has been delivering crime scene investigation techniques on the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science course since 2003.  A professional photographer he also teaches photography on the course.  He succeeded in making Abertay the first Scottish university to teach photography as part of its Forensic Science course.


Responsible for delivering the second year Forensic Science course double module of crime scene investigation, collection and analysis;  Fire investigation and explosions to the third year;  The case study and student projects for the honours year.


Liaised with the Home Office Scientific Development Branch, fingerprint section to have Forensic Science honours students undertake projects relating to research on fingerprint techniques.  Fingerprint research into acquiring fingerprints from certain foodstuffs and on recovering fingerprints from the eggs and feathers of birds of prey.  Currently liaising with Computing staff to design and build a virtual fire scene for use in teaching. 


McMorris, H., Farrugia, K.J., Gentles, D. An investigation into the detection of latent marks on the feathers and eggs of birds of prey, Science & Justice, 2015, 55 (2), 90-96

Rae, L., Gentles, D., Farrugia, K.J. An investigation into the enhancement of fingermarks in blood on fruit and vegetables, Science & Justice, 2013, 53 (3) 321-327

Ferguson, S., Nicholson, L., Farrugia, K.J., Bremner, D., Gentles, D. A preliminary investigation into the acquisition of fingerprints on food, Science & Justice, 2013, 53 (1), 67-72


Knowledge Exchange

Currently liaising with Computing staff at Abertay to design and build a virtual fire scene for use in teaching. Other interested parties in this venture include SprinklerSafe Europe Ltd via Keith MacGillivray, Scottish Police Services Authority and Tayside Fire and Rescue Service.