Hannah Allen

Hannah Allen

Lecturer in Forensic and Applied Biology

School of Science and the Environment

Biological Sciences

Contact Details

email: hannah.allen2@worc.ac.uk

Since graduating from University Hannah has worked within the policing arena. She started her career as a Crime Analyst with the Metropolitan Police Service but quickly moved into Forensic Services, with her last position before joining the University of Worcester in 2022, being the Crime Scene Investigation Technical Manager for West Mercia Police.

She has worked on thousands of crime scenes – both for volume and major crime investigations. She is a Crime Scene Manager and Crime Scene Co-ordinator. Early in her career Hannah also spent time working for the Forensic Science Service, completing scene examinations nationwide for Serious and Organised Crime Investigations conducted by the then National Crime Squad.

Hannah has attended and given evidence in Court and has expensive practical and theoretical experience of all aspects of Crime Scene Investigation, development of Crime Scene Investigators and the requirements for Accreditation under ISO/IEC 17025 and 17020.

In 2002 Hannah was seconded to the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science where she has a paper published in the International Journal of Science and Police Management. Hannah has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology from Cranfield University. During her Undergraduate Degree her research project was supervised by Professor David Canter who developed the field of Investigative Psychology and introduced scientific psychology into “offender profiling”.

Hannah is looking forward to her work at the University of Worcester in equipping and motivating the next generation of Forensic Investigators whilst maintaining close links with West Mercia Police.

Teaching Interests

Hannah teaches on the following Undergraduate modules:

Year One

  • Health and Disease

Year Two

  • Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (Module Lead)
  • Crime Scene Investigation (Module Lead)

Year Three

  • Law and Order (Main Lecturer)

Hannah also provides Forensic Inputs on the Professional Policing Degree.

Research Interests

Hannah is particularly interested in the following areas:

  • Decision making at Major Crime Scenes
  • Disaster Victim Identification
  • Regulation within Crime Scene Examination
  • Wellbeing of Crime Scene Investigators and other Blue Light Workers

Additional Responsibilities

  • Critical Incident De-briefer for West Mercia Police on a Volunteer Basis
  • Member of West Mercia Police Ethics Committee
  • Trained as a Blue Light Peer Supporter and a Mental Health First Aider