(Photo: Paul Stead).

The new facility is part of the University’s new BSC Criminology with Forensic Investigation course, which launched in September.

It’s designed to help students gain close hands-on experience.

Associate Professor Claire Rhodes, BSC Criminology with Forensic Investigation course leader from the University of Surrey, said:

“The course is 60% criminology and 40% forensic investigation. Crime scene methods and analysing how you can apply them in a controlled environment is an important part of the course and our new crime scene flat helps us put part of the course into a practical setting.

“Learning the art of forensic science means understanding how the theoretical skills can be applied in ‘real-life’ settings.”