Laura Reaney

Laura Reaney


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Laura graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and the University of Strathclyde with an MSc in Forensic Science, specialising in Biology.

With over ten years’ experience as a Forensic Practitioner in the UK, at one of the largest private providers of Forensic Services, she has worked on a large number of high profile cases throughout the UK, USA, Australia, Afghanistan and South Africa including sexual offences, murders, disaster victim identification cases and terrorism offences.

In addition, Laura has worked as a course developer for Oxford Royale Academy and as a guest lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, before taking up her current position at the University of Strathclyde in 2019.

As the Casework Manager of the Scottish Independent Forensics Review Service, here at Strathclyde, Laura is responsible for overseeing the casework consultancy services and enforcing their Codes of Conduct. In addition, she is competent in all body fluid examinations, Blood Pattern Analysis, DNA analysis and interpretation, recovery and identification of trace evidence (including hairs/fibres and glass) and the analysis of gunshot residue by Scanning Electron Microscopy. She acts as an expert witness, provide independent second opinion casework, producing written statements and giving oral evidence in court.

Her research interests are in policy, compliance and stability in the forensic market.   

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • forensic science
  • Biology
  • expert evidence
  • gunshot residue