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Dr Ruth Morgan
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Security and Crime Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Ruth is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Security and Crime Science, and the Director of the UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences.  The Centre seeks to facilitate a network of UCL academics from a wide range of different disciplines and departments to enable a strategic and multidisciplinary research programme in collaboration with external partners and forensic science stakeholders.

She is a member of a number of committees including the London Geological Society Forensic Geoscience Group, the UK Forensic Science Education Group and a member of the Advisory Board of Inside Justice. She was part of the group that put together the QAA benchmark statement for Forensic Science.  She is also a reviewer for forensic geoscience submissions for a number of internationally peer reviewed journals.

Research Groups
Research Summary

Ruth's research is focussed around the role of physical evidence in the detection of crime.  Her primary field of research is establishing methods for the use of soils and sediments for forensic purposes.  Recent work has concentrated on the developing forensic applications of Scanning Electron Microscopy in the analysis of quartz grain surface textures and establishing complementary suites of techniques for establishing provenance of soil/sediment materials of interest to a forensic investigation.  She is also active within the fields of establishing an empirical knowledge base for understanding the evidence dynamics of trace evidence (soil, sediment, pollen, GSR, Explosive residues etc) as well as developing our understanding and ability to interpret the analysis of forensic materials more effectively to generate valuable and robust intelligence and evidence.

Her research has been presented at a number of international conferences and appeared in New Scientist and the press. 

Teaching Summary

Ruth is the programme director for the MSc Crime and Forensic Science, and convenes four modules, 'Crime Scene Investigation', 'Forensic Geoscience', 'Investigation and Detection' and 'The Interpretation of Forensic Evidence'.  She teaches on the MSc Crime Science, MSc Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism, MRes Security Science.  She supervises PhD, MRes and MSc thesis research, is the departmental Research Graduate Tutor, departmental Tutor for Women and Tutor for Careers.

01-JUL-2010 Director   UCL JDI Centre for the Forensic Sciences, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2006 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Forensic Geoscience University of Oxford
2006 MA Oxon MA Oxon – Geography Hertford College Oxford
2002 BA Bachelor of Arts – Geography Hertford College Oxford
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