By Ruth M Morgan, on 4 October 2016
I am writing from Auckland after the ANZFSS 2016 conference and its a moment to reflect. The University of Auckland held its graduation ceremonies a few days ago and it was brilliant to see so many new graduates celebrating significant achievements with their family and friends. We won’t have our graduation ceremonies until next summer, but it has been a pleasure to have our MSc Crime and Forensic Science cohort of 2015/16 with us this year and it is both sad to see them leave UCL, but also exciting to find out where their next destination is going to be. We hope it’s been a valuable year, and we wish each of our students every success in all their future endeavours – do keep us posted!
As this last academic year draws to a close, we are also excited to be looking forward. We have a new MSc cohort arriving as I write, and we hope they have a brilliant and successful year at UCL. The MSc programme is a rigorous one, but we hope that we give our students the opportunities to learn new things, develop their ways of thinking and communicating, and above all develop that critical thinking that will ensure that forensic science grows and meets the significant challenges we are facing.
The upcoming generation has a pivotal role in shaping how forensic science develops as a field, and is enabled to contribute to the justice system all over the world. My hope is that in the months and years to come we will be seeing the contributions our graduates are making in forensic science in all the different spheres of education, policy, practice and research, and for our graduates to be among those changemakers that ask the most salient questions and develop nuanced problem solving approaches. So a very warm welcome to the 2016/17 MSc Crime and Forensic Science cohort – we are excited to be working with you this year and to seeing what the future holds!