Wednesday 20 June 2012

Book news

Hello again Lovely Readers! Long time no hear! I have emerged unscathed from a mound of exam-script marking, to be greeted by a pile of supervision feedback that won't write itself. While trying to keep all my other projects afloat.
The good news is that my favourite project at the moment - the new, indispensable book for Forensic Science Educators - has just been given the green light by Wiley! If all goes well, the book should hit shelves by the end of next year. In the meantime, all of you who call yourselves 'Forensic Educators', or simply 'educators with an interest in forensics', or even just 'slightly interested'; please have a look and contribute to our new hub of all things to do with Forensic Science Education. We are trying to find out about the real issues that affect real life people who are dealing with/coping with/battling/striding out in every day teaching, research and training in forensics. If you have an issue, and you'd like to share it (after all, 'a problem shared is a problem halved'), then please post a comment.

Wednesday 6 June 2012

Busy, busy, busy!

Hello there readers! I apologise for the long delay in posting. My only excuse is that I have been rather busy over the last few months, marking exam scripts; setting up more pig decomposition experiments; running short courses; a little more TV consultancy, launching new book projects; and going on holiday. Oh, and I have got engaged too! Woo-hoo!

In the middle of May, I ran an Higher Education Academy-funded workshop in improving learner experience in forensic science education, open to all lecturers, teaching assistants, practitioner trainers and interested lay people, which was really well received. We used the workshop to launch a new 20 chapter volume dedicated to giving forensic educators and practitioner trainers a useful "tool-kit" for keeping their courses lively, relevant, high quality, and within budget.  If you're involved in forensic science education or training of any sort, or science education that includes a forensic element, have a look at the book project website. The book will be published by Wiley and will be out next year. I will keep you posted about its progress, never fear!

If you're interested in science communication and public outreach (and lets face it, who isn't?), then check out this event that I'll be chairing in July.