Are you the kind of person who always asks, “why do we do things this way?” Perhaps you have ideas about how working practices could be smarter or more efficient but don’t know how to put them into practice? We’re looking for Research Champions to help drive improvement and we need people like you!

If you like to consider new ways, new practices, or frequently ask ‘why do we do it this way, surely there is an alternative’ you are just the kind of person we’re looking for to support the research agenda. You’ll be joining a like-minded group of forward- thinking professionals and we’ll support you in getting things moving in your workplace.

The Forensic Science Network (FCN) is a new network for forensic science in England and Wales, supporting more than 4,000 specialists with critical technology, advice and training. Created by the Home Office, under the Transforming Forensics programme, the aim is to drive continued improvement in police forensics.

As a Research Champion you’ll be connected to the FCN R&D Manager, Carolyn Lovell.

What we need from you

  • Motivation, enthusiasm and a willingness to challenge current working practices
  • Experience as a forensic practitioner

What you need to do

  • Engage with your workplace & colleagues to discuss ideas & share information
  • Support research projects and local academic networks

What are we trying to achieve?

  • Improved collaboration between academia, policing partnerships and related stakeholders.
  • More effective and efficient technology, methods and techniques
  • Collaborative information sharing, broadening access to knowledge and partnerships across the criminal justice system.

How to become a Champion

To volunteer as a Champion or for an informal chat about the role, please contact us and we will put you in touch directly with Carolyn.