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.

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Sep 2020

Science, MSc

1 Sep 199731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sep 1997

Applied Biology, BSc (Hons)

1 Sep 199331 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sep 1993


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