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Shirley Marshall

Principal Lecturer (Enterprise & Business Engagement)

About Shirley Marshall

Shirley Marshall has been a Forensic Scientist for over 20 years.  Beginning her career with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in 1990 and then moving to Lothian & Borders Police, Edinburgh Scotland, where she worked as a reporting officer in general biology before becoming the head of the DNA Profiling section. 

Shirley joined the academic staff at Teesside University in 2005 and is a Principal Lecturer leading the Forensic and Investigative Sciences subject area, although she still finds time to do some casework and UKAS quality assessments of forensic science laboratories. Shirley lectures at all levels on Forensic Biology, DNA Profiling and the professional aspects of being a Forensic Scientist and expert witness. She has actively contributed to national working groups on DNA, Forensic Science Education and the National DNA Database.

As a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society she currently acts as the Society’s representative on the Forensic Science Regulator’s (Home Office) DNA Specialist Group. Her involvement with the Forensic Science Society began as a member in 1992 and she served on Council from 2000 to 2008, the latter 6 years as Honorary Secretary. Shirley is actively involved in standard setting in forensic science education and regularly participates in accreditation assessments of University courses in the UK and Europe. Shirley is a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Institute of Biology.