Benedetta Mammi, BSc Forensic Anthropology

"The first two years of the course you work on the biological sciences to give you a strong base for further study. When you get to third and fourth year then you’re glad that you’ve done this work.

From third year onwards you do dissection on cadavers, you do human anatomy, embryology. You’re hit with everything that you need to learn about Forensic Anthropology. It’s overwhelming but I really like it.

I knew that I always wanted to do something in this field. I thought about becoming a medical examiner, but then I thought studying bones would be a little bit more interesting, so I decided to go for that, discovered there was a course, applied and got in!

“I really enjoyed Forensic Osteology. You’re taught about all the bones in the human body and the roles they play. You’re taught how to sex an individual by age or stature. I enjoyed the practical aspect rather than only reading papers.

“I also really enjoyed the labs. The course organisers gave you the background that you needed and you were left on your own to learn. There was help if you needed it but also the trust that you should be able to figure some things out for yourself.

“When I email my friends back home in Italy I’m surprised by the difference between CAHID and the places they study. I email my tutors regularly - they know my name, and if I have any problems then I can just go and speak them. I’ve found that’s different from other universities. That helps your learning. You’re not afraid to ask questions if you’re not sure about something. The lecturers’ doors are always open.”