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TV crime dramas help recruit science students

(Posted on 11/12/18)


A Suffolk college has credited TV crime dramas for a four-fold increase in demand for science subjects, Jason Noble reports in the Ipswich Star.

“Crime dramas and documentaries have always played a big role in making careers in forensic science, investigative agencies and the police seem more enticing,” explained Suffolk New College science teacher Harry John Smy (pictured centre with students Topaz Postma left and Tyreece Hunt right, photo by John Nice). 

“They act as a hook and, as far as I’m concerned, there is no right or wrong way to decide to study a subject, the most important thing is that a person is interested. It is then our role as educators to show them the reality of the subject.”

“I’d love to be involved in detective work,” added student Bethany Pollard, “I want to go to university and work in Australia. Science is a brilliant subject and since studying here it’s really helped the subject come alive.”

Research by the Education Policy Institute has highlighted the difficulties in both recruiting teachers in subjects like science and maths, and involving girls in engineering subjects.

“It is encouraging to hear about the increased take-up for science courses at the college,” a Suffolk County Council spokesman concurred. “There has been strong work in Suffolk schools to equip and inspire young people to engage in science. It is reassuring that students recognise the variety of careers that the subject can offer.”

Inside Justice’s Crime Live events aim to encourage young people to engage in forensic science and miscarriages of justice, and perhaps become the next generation of those striving to overturn wrongful convictions.