Gail Elliot - BSc Forensic Anthropology

"The course itself went far beyond my expectations, and the training has held me in excellent stead since my graduation in 2009."

"The decision to complete my undergraduate degree at Dundee went hand-in-hand with my choice of forensic anthropology. I researched undergraduate degrees in forensic anthropology and found the course at Dundee to be of the highest educational standard. The university itself is also very highly ranked but the quality of the course and consequently, my training was most important. The course itself went far beyond my expectations, and the training has held me in excellent stead since my graduation in 2009.

"After graduating, I spent six months in The Hague, interning for the forensic team of a criminal tribunal. It was a great opportunity to learn from and work with highly experienced professionals in an international setting. I then moved to the Commonwealth of Dominica to work for Ross University School of Medicine as an Anatomy Demonstrator. The school has three semesters per year, each involving full cadaveric dissection. Thus we supervise three full body dissections each year, which was possible, as I had already completed a very detailed dissection program at Dundee.

"I have also completed a Master’s degree in forensic anthropology at the University of Central Lancashire and I spent two weeks interning for the Commission for Missing Persons in Cyprus. One important aspect of the work experience since graduation in 2009 has been in understanding the versatility of my undergraduate degree; I have been able to work in a tribunal, for a forensic anthropology team, and as an anatomy demonstrator. All of which have been made possible because of this degree. I am still working at Ross University while I will start a Ph.D. at the University of Otago in New Zealand in June.

"My aim is to practice and teach forensic anthropology. It is a highly competitive field but I know the most valuable start came from Dundee and every experience since then has added to this fundamental training. Additionally, I cannot speak highly enough of the support I received from the professors at Dundee, throughout my degree, or since graduation, and the advice I have received has been vital in a number of professional decisions."