• STV
  • MySTV

Forensic team that helped reconstruct face of Richard III honoured

Dundee university's centre for anatomy and human identification awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Reconstruction of  King Richard III's face done by Dundee University team

A team of forensic scientists that reconstructed the face of Richard III and helped to identify victims of the Asian Tsunami have won a prestigious award.

The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) in Dundee has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education.

Presented in recognition of world class excellence the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are among the most highly-regarded awards for the UK’s universities and colleges.

CAHID, which is headed by Professor Sue Black, is one of the world’s foremost institutions for the study and application of human anatomy, forensic human identification, disaster victim identification and forensic and medical art.

Professor Black said: “This is a tremendous honour and testament to the hard work of all the staff, and indeed the students, who have worked in the Centre.

“Ours is a relatively short history, but in that time we have made great strides forward and the work that comes out of this Centre has significant local, national and international impact.

“We have also been fortunate to enjoy great support both from within the University and from external partners and agencies.”

Professor Sue Black.
SWNS

The centre is one of the best internationally for its work in forensic human identification, where staff have worked on high profile cases both at home and abroad. It has developed new techniques, including identifying perpetrators from images of their hands in photographs, that have led to successful prosecution in a significant number of cases of child sexual abuse.

The scientists have also devised and implemented the world’s first training programme for police officers and professional experts in Disaster Victim Identification (DVI).

This was established in response to major events such as the Asian Tsunami, the London and Sharm-El-Sheikh bombings. The training programme has helped build a crucial response capability to major disasters. CAHID is also a partner in the creation of the FASTid system that has been adopted by Interpol.

In Addition the centre is recognised as an international leader in craniofacial identification and forensic facial reconstruction for the identification of the living and the dead, the latter more recently including King Richard III.

The centre’s work has also rejuvenated the study of human anatomy and its application in teaching, training and research.

Professor Pete Downes, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said: "The range of CAHID’s impact, from the face of Richard III to the victims of the Asian tsunami and to the work to help gain convictions of sex offenders, is truly amazing.

"The bold introduction of Thiel embalming of human bodies will revolutionise surgical training and pioneer new surgical techniques. This award is deserved recognition for Sue Black and each and every member of CAHID’s staff.”

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.