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Amy Rattenbury

Lecturer in Applied Science

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Amy Rattenbury

Room: C13H


+44 (0) 1978 293129


Amy holds a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Biology from Staffordshire University and an MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation from Bradford University. Her previous research has looked in to ‘How time and pressure can cause distortion in overlapping fingerprints’, ‘Modified weapons trafficking’ and ‘An investigation into identification from light air crashes on the Russian-Finnish border’.

Prior to joining Wrexham Glyndwr University in 2016 she was a Programme Leader on a BSc (Hons) in Criminology & Forensic Investigation at the University Centre Southend as well as having previously worked in a number of other colleges and UKAS accredited laboratories. Amy’s specialism is in the technique of search, recovery and identification and she has substantive experience working with human skeletal remains.

She has also recently taken on a consultancy position with Kenyon International Emergency Services working in search, location and disaster victim identification and has recently deployed to a Mass Fatality incident as a Database Manager. Amy is an active member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the Chartered Institute for Archaeologist, the British Association of Forensic Anthropologists and the British Association of Human Identification as well as various other professional and regulatory bodies

She works closely with local and national teams specialising in the training of forensic search dogs and has also supported in the delivery of programmes focusing on human remains both nationally and internationally. Her current focus is in the area of forensic taphonomy and more specifically the impact of decomposition on identification techniques and the use of drone technology in forensic search and recording. She also has broader interests in cold case review, buried and concealed evidence and forensic pathology. 

MSc Forensic Archaeology & Crime Scene Investigation

BSc (Hons) Forensic Biology

NVQ Level 5. Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector

NVQ Level 4. Internal Verification & Quality Assurance Award

NVQ Level 3. Assessing Vocational Achievement

NVQ Level 3. Assessing Competence in the Work Environment

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status

Level 4 Award in Advanced BSL

Level 4 Award in Advanced First Aid for Dogs

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work

Certificate in Human Remains

Certificate in Mortuary Sciences

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

BSc Hons Chemistry


  • Forensic Evidence and Criminal Justice
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Research Methods: Theory & Practice
  • Forensic Biology
  • Anatomy, Pathology & the Forensic Examination of Human Remains
  • Forensic Taphonomy
  • Science in Court
  • The Forensic Investigation of Mass Fatalities



-          Rattenbury, A.E. (2018) FORENSIC TAPHONOMY. Ralebitso-Senior, T.K. (Eds) Forensic Ecogenomics: The application of microbial ecology analyses in forensic contexts. Elsevier Academic Press






-          Ellis, D. Rattenbury, A.E. & Jones, D. (2018) RELIABILITY OF CADAVER DETECTION DOGS IN SALTWATER SEARCH. INTREPID: Collaboration and Innovation. Chartered Society of Forensics Conference. 1st & 2nd March 2018

-          Rattenbury, A.E. (2017) DNA ANALYSIS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE. Genetics and Genomics for the 3rd Generation, Wales Gene Park Conference.  24th October 2017

-          Rattenbury, A.E. (2017) FORENSIC RESEARCH & COLLABORATION. Search & Identification, Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University Forensic Investigation Conference. 13th May 2017

Body Recovery

Cold Case Review

Crime Scene Search

Forensic Anthropology

Forensic Archaeology

Forensic Pathology

Forensic Taphonomy

Human Identification

Recording Crime Scenes