“Current students & recent grads of the University are now able to apply for the Huddersfield Employability Fund.”

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial aid to any student / graduate who needs it to develop their career and employability skills.

Huddersfield Employability Fund – Workshop in Poland

Introduce yourself- please include your name, what you study, your year group and your nationality

Jennifer – “Hi, my name is Jennifer Pradelli, my course is Forensic Science MSc (specialising in Forensic Entomology) in the class of 2016/2017 and I am Italian”

Paul – “Hello, I’m Paul Brett, I study Forensic Science MSc too, and I also specialise in Forensic Entomology. I am in the graduation class of 2016/2017 and I am Irish”

Paul and Jennifer at the workshop hosted at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland in collaboration with the European Association for Forensic Entomology

What did you use the Huddersfield Employability Fund (HEF) for?

We used the HEF to attend ‘the Forensically important Diptera: identification workshop’ organised by the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland and the European Association for Forensic Entomology. The course was held from the 11th to the 15th of September in Toruń, Poland.


What was the value in this activity?

This is the only course in the world which is concerned with this subject matter. Previous students have come from places such as Brazil, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, India, Australia, Venezuela, the United States of America and throughout Europe to attend this course. The authors of the keys are experts in the subject matter and it is a fantastic opportunity to be taught by them. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we couldn’t pass up.


How did this workshop help your personal or professional development?

During the course, we went through a number of difficult families of insects which require precise criteria to identify them. Being shown how to do these things has helped immensely and has widened our confidence in a wider range of families of insects.

To be a Forensic Entomologist, you must be able to identify insects to a species level. This is important as it allows you to make a minimum post mortem interval estimation (minimum time since death) which in turn can be used for forensic purposes. Without this skill , any reports that follow have no validity.


How did it affect your future employment opportunities or ideas?

By the completion of the course, we received a certificate which proves that we can identify insects of forensic interest. The skills learned will shape future studies / research and it shows our ability within the field of Forensic Entomology.


What will you do as a result of this activity?

Jennifer – “This experience will be useful for further studies as part of my PhD in Funerary Archaeoentomology at the University of Huddersfield.”

Paul – “This experience will be useful as a talking point along with the certificate, for future employment in the Forensic field.”

Both: “By doing this course, it has given us ideas for future work and work in Taxonomy”

The Huddersfield Employability Fund

If you’re wanting to find out more about the HEF, please feel free to visit our webpage on it- click here, on this page we detail what the fund could be used for and how to apply for it!