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Helen Page

01642 384664
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Biology
School of Science, Engineering & Design
Science, Engineering and Design research

About Helen Page

Helen Page

Helen Page
Senior Lecturer in Forensic Biology, School of Science, Engineering & Design
T: 01642 384664
Research: Science, Engineering and Design research

Helen graduated from the University of York with a BSc Honours degree in Biology, and a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of Strathclyde. Before joining the University in October 2005, Helen worked at the Pirbright Institute, Surrey, in the Community Reference Laboratory (CRL) for Bluetongue virus (BTV), a viral disease in sheep. Her work focused upon the design, implementation and validation of a BTV specific PCR diagnostic test as well as heavy involvement in the quality assurance and control of the CRL.

Within the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) at Teesside, Helen lectures in cell biology and immunology as well as forensic biology and DNA analysis at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Helen was the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences degree and the BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology degree. In addition to this, Helen was a member of the workforce development team working with the Centre for Policing and the Metropolitan Police, and was Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Science in Forensic Practice (Fingerprint Identification). Helen is the current elected academic staff member for SSE on the University Academic Board and is the academic elected member on the Board of Governors.

In 2016, Helen was seconded to the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Team within Academic Registry working on a range of projects within the areas of group work assessment and feedback.   She was also responsible for the Enhancement and Evaluation Fund and was co-author of the QAA Audit Self-Evaluation Document.

She is currently part of the 'Campus Science' team examining ways in which gamification can be used to develop interest in science across the campus population ( 

Helen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.  Helen has worked on the Higher Education Academy funded project: “A Marked Improvement: Transforming Assessment in Higher Education” as well as being a collaborative member of the Higher Education Academy, The Biochemical Society and the Heads of University Biosciences research entitled “The Status of Practical Work in UK Undergraduate Bioscience Degrees”.

Research interests

Her research interests include the recovery of biological evidence from unusual samples.  Her pedagogic interests lie in developing employability skills within students, assessment and feedback mechanisms and student engagement through partnership working.


Page, H., Ralebitso-Senior, T.K. and Orr, C. (2016) Engaging students in the research environment. Presentation, RAISE2016 Conference.

Page, H. and James, T. (2016) Preventing plagiarism through assessment, Quick Guide to Learning and Teaching. Teesside University publication.

Page, H., Harris, L., Taylor, L., Bishop, T. and Newton, R. (2016) The recovery of semen from bath scrunchies. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. In press.

Page, H. (2015) Driving assessment change in group-working modules. Presentation, HUBS Spring Conference.

Page, H., Ralebitso-Senior, K., Orr, C. and Prior, S. (2015) Engaging students in the research environment. Presentation, Festival of Learning, Teesside University.

Page, H., James, T., O'Hare, L. and Hutchinson, S., (2015) Transforming Assessment Pilot Scheme (TAPS). Presentation, Festival of Learning, Teesside University.

Wright, D. and Page, H. (2014) Science Research Proposal and Science Research Project. Poster, Head of University BioScience (HUBS) Conference.

Page, H., James, T., O'Hare, L., Carney, H., Burrows, S. & Clements, L. (2014) Towards an individual mark that recognized group work. Conference "Show and Tell", 14th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Teesside University.

Page, H., Sarna, A., Watts, L., Ward, E., Hodgson, C. and McKenzie, M. (2014) The recovery of semen from bathwater using the Evidence Recovery system (ERS). Science and Justice. 54, Pp 89-94.

Newton, R. and Page, H., (2013) Personal cleaning instruments – a new area of evidence recovery after sexual assault? Poster presentation. FORREST conference.

Page, H., Barber, C., James. T. and Stockwell, S. (2012) Employment ready forensic graduates: a holistic approach. Workshop. FORREST conference.

Ludwig, A. and Page, H., (2012) An investigation into the dynamics of lip prints as a means of identification. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. 1-13. iFirst article.

Jones, H., (2009) Forensic DNA Analysis – 17th May 2008. Conference Report. Science and Justice. doi:10.1016/j.scijus.2009.04.002

Jones, H., (2007) Advances in Forensic DNA Analysis - Meeting Report. Science and Justice, 47 (4), Pp 174-177.

Anthony, S., Jones, H., Darpel, K., Elliott, H., Maan, S., Samuel, A., Mellor, P. and Mertens, P., (2007). A duplex RT-PCR assay for detection of genome segment 7 (VP7 gene) from 24 BTV serotypes. Journal of Virological Methods, 141 (1), Pp 188-197.

Shaw, A., Monaghan, P., Alpar, H., Anthony, S., Darpel, K., Batten, A., Guercio, A., Alimena, G., Vitale, M., Bankowska, K., Carpenter, S., Jones, H., Oura, C., King, D., Elliott, H., Mellor, P. and Mertens, P., (2007). Development and initial evaluation of a real-time RT-PCR assay to detect bluetongue virus genome segment 1. Journal of Virological Methods, 145 (2), Pp 115-126.

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