Kate Unwin


Principal Lecturer in Forensic and Applied Biology

Biological Sciences

Contact Details

email: kate.unwin@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 54 2211

Since February 2002 I have been a Forensic Biologist and have worked in this area and role since that time first with the Forensic Science Service as a Reporting Officer and then with Cellmark Forensic Services (to date).

During my time as a Forensic Scientist I have worked on hundreds of criminal cases, including offences such as sexual offences, serious assaults, murder, burglary, fraud and hit and run. Throughout my time as a Forensic Scientist I have examined evidence, both within a laboratory environment and at scenes of crimes. I have been classified as an expert witness and my areas of expertise include body fluid evidence, damage assessment and DNA profiling. I have given evidence in both Crown and Magistrates courts (my first court appearance being at the Old Bailey!).

I have worked alongside the Police, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service), Defence Scientists, CSI (Crime Scene Investigators) and a wide range of specialists and world leaders in the field of Forensic Science.

I am currently also involved in training and awareness sessions for three local police forces.

During my time at the University of Worcester I have used my extensive case work experience to develop a course which gives students a true insight into the world of Forensic Science. Furthermore, the course is enhanced by the use of real case examples and my passion for enabling students to carry out as much practical work as possible to enhance the theory delivered on the course and maximize their employability opportunities.

Teaching & Research

My areas of expertise include:

  • Blood pattern analysis
  • Forensic DNA profiling and interpretation
  • Expert testimony
  • Body fluid examination and interpretation
  • Interpretation of evidence including Bayesian statistics and probabilities
  • Crime scene interpretation

In addition to those areas detailed above I also teach:

  • Disaster victim identification
  • Forensic anthropology and archaeology
  • Forensic dentistry
  • Methods of post-mortem interval estimation

My research interests include:

  • Methods of evidence detection
  • Interpretation of evidence

Professional Bodies

Professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Member of the Higher Education Academy

Accreditor for the accrediting body – the Chartered society of Forensic Science

External Examiner for two external universities


Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Worcester)

Diploma in Professional Studies (University of Loughborough and Birmingham Women's Hospital Genetics Diagnostics Unit)

BSc (Hons) Human Biology (University of Loughborough)

Additional Responsibilities

External responsibilities:

  • Forensic scientist with Cellmark Forensic Services since February 2015
  • Forensic Scientist with the Forensic Science Service February 2002 July 2010
  • Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences PEAC (Pre-employment assessment centre) delivery manager
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador
  • A member of the consultancy register for the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Internal responsibilities:

  • Admissions tutor for Forensic and Applied Biology and Biology awards
  • Academic Integrity Tutor for Biology and Environmental courses
  • Independent study tutor for forensic disciplines