University of Portsmouth shortlisted for top higher education award

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The University of Portsmouth is in line for an award for its partnership with Hampshire Constabulary in setting 
up the UK’s first Forensic Innovation Centre.

The university has been shortlisted in the outstanding employer engagement initiative category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, in November.

The Forensic Innovation Centre is the first operational police forensic research facility in the country to be based on a university campus.

The centre brings together police forensic science and digital crime-fighting investigators with a state-of-the-art learning facility for researchers, students and serving police staff.

The centre opened in January this year and sees police and academics from the University’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies working side by side to help detect and reduce crime.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith described the centre as ‘an important and exciting step for the university’.

He said: ‘It is excellent to see the long-standing relationship between the university and Hampshire Constabulary go from strength to strength.’

The centre also houses a purpose-designed two-bedroom flat for students to practise analysing mock crime scenes such as assaults and murders.