Georgina Belsham

Lecturer in Crime and Investigative Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Georgina joined Anglia Ruskin University in October 2019. She worked as a laboratory demonstrator for a variety of modules across the BSc Crime and Investigative Studies course. She became an associate lecturer in December 2020. Finally, Georgina joined ARU in March 2021 as a full-time lecturer. 

Georgina.belsham@aru.ac.uk

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/georgina-belsham-bsc-msc-753b1414b

Twitter: twitter.com/georgiie11

Background

Whilst studying Forensic Investigation at Staffordshire University, Georgina developed a fascination with forensic anthropology through her final year project: “An evaluation of burning patterns of pre-existing drill and screwdriver lesions in porcine rib bones”. She decided to expand her knowledge by attending the University of Dundee to study a master’s in Forensic Anthropology. Her final project was entitled “A comparison of accidental and non-accidental skeletal trauma in vulnerable groups”. This focused on children and the elderly.

Working as a lab demonstrator Georgina gained experience teaching crime scene analysis, lab-based skills and skeletal anatomy across modules such as: Forensic Anthropology, Mass Fatality Incidents and Introduction to Forensic Photography and Methodologies. She also worked briefly as a professional mentor to help students at Staffordshire University with their professional development.

Research interests

  • Skeletal pathology and trauma
  • Juvenile osteology
  • Decomposition
  • Taphonomy

Teaching

BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

Module leader for the following modules:

  • Forensic Scene Examination

Assist on the following modules:

  • Biological and Trace Evidence Analysis
  • Mass Fatality Incidents
  • Management of Major Investigations

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) – Anglia Ruskin University – 2021-2022
  • MSc Forensic Anthropology with Merit– University of Dundee – 2018-2019
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation (First class) – Staffordshire University – 2015-2018

Memberships, editorial boards

Affiliate member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Recent presentations and conferences

2022. Poster: Belsham, G., Squires, K. A study into burning patterns of trauma in porcine rib bone. Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Autumn Conference, Leeds, UK.