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Dr Sarah Gardner

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

01752 636700

Sarah Gardner

Role Summary

My role as course lead for the Forensic Investigation Programme at Marjon University is to equip the students with the knowledge, expertise and experience they require for employment in the field, to keep abreast of new developments to ensure the provision of a competitive, quality programme and maintain the standards set out by the professional bodies.

I previously worked for the Home Office, doing research into fingerprint enhancement techniques, and as a Forensic Scientist with the UK Forensic Science Service, running cases in the violent and sexually motivated crime teams. I taught Forensic Science at Universities in London and Australia before joining the team at Marjon.


  • BSc (Hons) Applied and Analytical Chemistry, Staffordshire University
  • PhD Organic Chemistry, Keele University
  • Post Graduate Certificate - Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCHE) Kingston University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Forensic Biology
  • Blood Pattern Analysis
  • DNA Profiling
  • Fingerprints
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Reseach Methods
  • Mass Disaster Victim Identification
  • Forensic Trace Analysis


  • Body Fluid Analysis
  • Blood Pattern Anaylsis
  • Fingerprints


Gardner S.J. et al (2002), An Operational Trial of Ozone-Friendly DFO and 1,2 ā€“ Indanedione Formulations for Latent Fingerprints, J. For. Identification, 52(5) pp 595.

Gardner S.J., Hewlett D.F (2003), Optimization and Initial Evaluation of 1,2 ā€“ Indanedione as a Reagent for Fingerprint Detection, J. For. Sci, 48(6) pp 1288.

Goldstone, S.L., Francis, S., Gardner, S.J., (2015), An investigation into sea-spray exposed fingerprints on glass, Forensic Science International, 252, pp 33-28.

Gardner, S.J., Cordingley, T., Francis S.L., (2016) An investigation into effective methodologies for latent fingerprint enhancement on items recovered from fire, Science and Justice, 56, pp 241-246.

Expert Membership of professional bodies

Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS)

Roles on external bodies


Other Interests

I love all things 1960s and collect 45 vinyl. I am a DJ and a Radio Announcer.

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