Langstaff, Helen


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I am currently employed in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee as a Lecturer in Physical/Forensic Anthropology. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervise their research projects as well as manage the Forensic Anthropology undergraduate programme. Prior to this I was employed by the University of Edinburgh as a Tutor/Demonstrator in Forensic Anthropology and Human Osteology.

I hold a BSc in Forensic Science, MSc in Forensic Anthropology and a PhD in Archaeology (Forensic Anthropology). I have a PGCAPHE and am a fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

I am a practising forensic anthropologist and have given expert evidence in t he Scottish High court. Iam a consultant on the Virtual Anthropology Service run by the University of Dundee providing coverage for police forces in Scotland and Northern Ireland on a daily basis. I am professionally accredited at FAII Level and am a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI).



I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students in the disipline of Forensic Anthropology. I lead modules in Forensic Osteology, Forensic Human Identification and the Forensic Anthropology Honours Projects. In addition to these I also teach on Peri and Post Mortem Processes and Forensic Science and the Law. These are all taught in a variety of mediums including lectures, labs, seminars, workshops and encompass an array of assessment methods. I also supervise BSc and MSc research projects.

I have attended and continue to attend, a number of training courses on an assortment of teaching related subjects and have recently completed a PGCAPHE and become a fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

Research interests

  • Stature estimation
  • 3D modeling of bone (CT scans, Surface scans, 3D printing)
  • Commingled remains
  • Fingerprints and other biometrics
  • Pattern matching
  • Cognetive and contextual bias in Forensic Anthropology

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 1 Jul 2019

Doctor of Philosophy, The heritability of facial morphology, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Master in Science, Forensic Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010

Bachelor of Science, Forensic Science , University of Central Lancashire

Award Date: 31 Jul 2008


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