Sophie Carr


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Sophie Carr is Head of Department for Applied Science and the academic lead for employability within the University.  As Head of Department she leads the research, teaching and academic staff of this large department, covering a range of scientific disciplines including bioscience, chemistry, forensic science, food science and nutrition.  Sophie's research and teaching is centred on forensic science and expert evidence, with a particular focus on demonstrating reliability.  

Sophie has held several posts within Northumbria, leading the BSc Forensic Science programme before taking on the post of Programme Director for Chemistry and Forensic Science, overseeing the quality and direction of provision.  This was followed by appointment as Associate Head, before accepting her current position as Head of Department.

Before joing Northumbria, Sophie was a Senior Forensic Scientist with the Foernsic Science Service (FSS).  Her role was that of a scene attending scientist with expertise in the analysis and interpretation of bodyfluids and DNA, including blood pattern analysis.  The majority of her daily caseload involved the investigation of sexual, violent and major crimes from assaults to undetected murders. During that time she amassed experience providing statements and expert witnessevidence for criminal investigations at crown court.


Research interests

Demonstrating transparency and reliability of expert evidence.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Doctorate - Expert Evidence, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2020

Science, MSc

1 Sept 199731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 1997

Applied Biology, BSc (Hons)

1 Sept 199331 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 1993


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