Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science

Rory Simmons

Rory is a PhD student at NUCFS where he is conducting his research under the supervision of Dr Kelly Sheridan. His project will centre on the use of multivariate statistical analysis to assist in the interpretation of fibre evidence within forensic science.

Rory received his BSc (Hons) degree in Forensic Sciences from Abertay University, Dundee where he obtained First Class Honours. As well as this, he was awarded the “Wright Health Group Prize” for best overall student in his final year. During his undergraduate degree, Rory had his first piece of work published; comparing processing methods for the enhancement of fingermarks on wetted, porous surfaces.

In his final year, Rory carried out an investigation into the effect of fingermark enhancement techniques on the subsequent detection of semen/spermatozoa. This work was awarded the “Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Prize” for most meritorious forensic science honours project, and was also subsequently published shortly after he graduated from Abertay University.


For a summary of Rory’s recent publications, click here.


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Dr Victoria Barlow

Lecturer in Forensic Science

Dr. Tim Clayton

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Dr. Victor Toom

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