Contact Dr Sarah Morris

Areas of expertise

  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling


2018 - Present: Senior Lecturer in Digital Investigation, Digital Investigation Unit

2016 - Present: Head of Group and Course Director within the Digital Forensics Unit, Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information, and Cyber

Previously Sarah has completed a PhD in Digital Forensics, and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. Sarah has also run the Digital Forensic laboratories for over 12 years. 

Current activities

Sarah is the Head of the Digital Investigation Unit, part of the Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber. She is also the Course Director for MSc Digital Forensics. Having only just formally taken over leading the Digital Forensics course in 2016, she took the MSc through a major course review and successfully obtained full GCHQ accreditation – making the Cranfield Digital Forensics course the first Digital Forensics MSc to gain the full accreditation.

Her interests include: 
  • Data recovery
  • File fragment identification and reassembly
  • Contextual analysis in Digital Forensics
  • Legal aspects of computing and digital forensics.

Sarah is casework active, focusing on Digital Investigation casework, but also performs complex data/document recovery, and general consultancy including ISO accreditation reviewers for organisations on request. She has worked on both civil and criminal investigations across a wide sphere of devices and operations. Her most famous case involved the recovery of data from a smart washing machine. 

Sarah is a well known Digital Investigation practitioner and academic. She has given multiple interviews across TV, radio, and print formats. Her media engagements have included: BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, HR Knowledge Bank, The Engineer, and BCS Now. 

Sarah gave oral evidence at the House of Lords as part of a Select Committee enquiry into Forensic Science (2018). In 2018 she was also the only academic shortlisted for the Women in Defence Awards. Sarah has also won 4 teaching awards in her time at Cranfield University.


  • Various Private Clients for Data Recovery & Digital Forensic Analysis
  • Covert Digital Investigation and Incident Response Requests
  • Law Enforcement
  • Civil Investigations


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