A Senior Lecturer from the University’s Division of Natural Sciences has played a key role in setting new standards for equality and diversity in the teaching of Forensic Science across the UK.
Forensic Science was one of 14 subjects reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) this year with a new focus on innovation and enterprise, equality and diversity, sustainability and the requirements of students with disabilities.
Dr Stefano Biagini was invited to sit on the QAA benchmark statement advisory group for Forensic Science by Chair Brian Rankin because of his long-standing commitment to accessibility in the sciences and expertise in digital accessibility and adjustments to laboratory equipment in particular; and he drafted the EDI sections of the new statement. Dr Biagini established the university’s popular Forensic Science programme in 2003 and acted as Programme Director when it was accredited by the Forensic Science Society and ranked no 1 in the country on the NSS score.
Dr Biagini said: ‘It was a great experience to be part of this prestigious grouping and to interact with people who are so fully engaged in both Forensic Science and the issues and ideas surrounding accessibility and inclusion.’
Brian Rankin, of Teesside University, said: ‘I was delighted that Stefano had considerable experience in these areas and was able to lead on one of our work groups. The final published version contains excellent sections on EDI and sustainability.’
Vicki Stott, QAA Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘The work is hugely important and will have a wide impact for colleagues and their students’
The Forensic Science Benchmark Statement was published this week Subject Benchmark Statement – Forensic Science (including Master’s) (qaa.ac.uk)