Some of Our Projects

Research Projects

Imprint Project
Since January 2016 we have been working in partnership with Professor Philippa Hoskin, University of Lincoln and Dr Elizabeth New, Aberystwyth University on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project fusing forensic science with history.

The three year project is examining the un-investigated and incidental physical evidence of finger marks found on the reverse of medieval wax seals dating 1150 to 1350 in conjunction with information obtained from the seal and the written document to which it is attached.

The project looks at the perfomative act of document sealing, considering what information could be obtained about medieval social networks and the development of documents and sealing during this period. It also seeks to investigate from a Forensic Science perspective, the persistence and distortion of finger marks on the seals as well as investigating fingerprint uniqueness and new imaging techniques.

The pilot study conducted in 2014 showed there was significant information to be derived from the seals and the associated documents from both the historical and forensic perspectives which resulted in the successful application for funding from the AHRC.

For more information on the project please go to:

Our first scientific paper from this project was published in Fingerprint Whorld, the Journal of the Fingerprint Society in April 2016 (Volume 41, No. 160, pp5 – 14)

Training & Teaching

Employability Short Courses

2012 to Present


Delivered to Undergraduate Students at De Montfort University, Leicester and Nottingham Trent University, Norringham 


  • Lecture
  • Tutorials
  • Job Application Practice & Feedback
  • Advice & Feedback on CVs
  • Job Interview Practice

Forensic Science, Forensic Mark Visualisation and Identification Courses


Provide teaching and assessment services for a number of Foundation, Undergraduate and Post Graduate Forensic Courses at;


  • Nottingham Trent University 2012 to Present
  • Lincoln University 2015
  • Staffordshire University 2015 
  • Wolverhampton University 2015 to Present



South Wales Police



April 2012


Acted as Forensic Consultants, assisting South Wales Police to procure Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) for their Forensic Laboratory


Accommodation Review

July 2012


Acted as Forensic Consultants in an accommodation review of the Joint Scientific Investigation Identification Unit


Section Resource Review

April 2013


Acted as Forensic Consultants in a full resource and process review of a section of the Joint Scientific Investigarion Department

University Projects


Currently providing the following services to a number of Universities

  • External Adviser Services 
  • PhD Assessment
  • Short Courses
  • Research Assistance

Proficiency Testing


Working in partnership with Nottingham Trent University to deliver proficiency testing to all providers of forensic mark enhancement and mark identification services

Simultaneous Impressions Course


In partnership with Fingerprint Expert, David Fairhurst, Forensic Focus delivered a one day course in Simultaneous Impressions at the University of Derby which was attended by a number of Fingerprint Experts from a variety of Police Forces. The day was a huge success and further courses are planned for later in the year.


To enquire about future courses or to arrange a course to be delivered in your area please email or telephone 07816 168759

Forensic Focus Win Place on Two Further Training & Development Frameworks

In 2017 we successfully won places on a further two training and development frameworks; one for councils and emegency services in Yorkshire and the other for all councils in Scotland.

Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended for Fingerprint Comparison

In 2017 Forensic Focus extended their accredited Proficiency Testing Portfolio by successfully extending our scope to encompas fingerprint comparison

For more information about our Proficiency Test Schemes please click the following link.

Proficiency Testing

UK Research Council Grant Awarded

Forensic Focus in partnership with the University of Lincoln and Aberystwyth University has been awarded a UK Research Council (AHRC) grant to conduct a three year resaerch project involving finger and palm marks recovered from medieval documents. For more information regarding the project please access Imprint or

Forensic Focus Limited Win Place on another Training Framework

Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Framework

In May 2016 we won a place on yet another training procurement framework. The Cumbria County Council Learning & Development Framework consists of several Lots for the training delivery to a number of County Council and Emergency Service customers. Forensic Focus Limited can bid for work in Lot 4 = Fire & Rescue Services & Lot 8 = Finance, HR and Law each consisting of a number of subject areas matching our specialisms.

FMAT Proficiency Testing Accreditation Extended

In April 2016 we successfully extended the scope of our ISO17043 Proficiency Testing Accreditation. Our FMAT Finger Mark Visualisation PT Scheme  is now accredited for Powder Suspensions, Physical Developer and Acid Dyes as well as the previously accredited DFO, Ninhydrin, Superglue, BY40 and light sources.

Forensic Focus Limited Win a Major Contract

Forensic Focus Limited as the lead organisation has been awarded a place on a UK wide Framework for the provision of Leadership Development Services. The Framework hosted by Devon & Cornwall Police, runs for 4 years and can be used by all Emergency Services.

We have been awarded places on 4 of the 6 Framework Lots as follows;

LOT 1 – Executive Leadership Programme

LOT 2 – Executive Development Programme (Individual)

LOT 4 – Leadership Team Development (Executive & Middle Management)

LOT 6 – Specialist Support for Learning Programmes

More details can be found by clicking here or by going to or through Contracts Finder

If you wish to procure any of the above services you can do so without the need for further competitive tendering by contacting Dr Karen Stow at or by calling 07816 168759.

Forensic Focus Limited Gain ISO17043 Accreditation for Proficiency Testing

On 1st October 2014 Forensic Focus Limited was awarded ISO17043 accreditation for the provision of Proficiency Testing for finger and palm mark enhancement / visualisation using DFO, Ninhydrin, Superglue, Basic Yellow 40 (BY40) and Light Sources.


We would like to thank those at Nottingham Trent University who helped to make this possible.











Contact and Appointments

Please contact us on the following phone number with any questions or to make an appointment:


07816 168759 (Dr Karen Stow)


or if calling us from overseas:  +44 07816 168759


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