Contact Melissa Hadgkiss


2016 - Present:  Electrical and Computing Apprentice,  Lab Manager in the Digital Forensics Unit, Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information, and Cyber. 

2017 - Finalist in the Cotswold Apprentice of the Year Awards

2014 - 2016: Work Experience and Protege in Digital Forensics at the Digital Forensics Unit, Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information, and Cyber, Cranfield University. Role included shadowing lecturers, assisting with labs, and research

2014 - 2016:  Melissa was a police cadet with Wiltshire Police for 3 years. In 2015 Melissa won the Wiltshire Police High Sheriff Cadet Of The Year award. 


2016 - Short Course: Forensic Computing Foundations, Cranfield University. The combined exam mark achieved was the highest in the class. 

2017 - 2018 (in progress): BTEC in Engineering  

2016 - 2017: BTEC in Computing, NVQ in Computing 

2014 - 2016: BTEC Forensic Science

Current activities

Research Interests:

  • Mobile device and application forensics 
  • Chip Off
  • MacOS forensics 


  • Finding and adapting code (Programming for Digital Forensics)
  • Imaging and acquisition (Digital Crime and Investigation)
  • Open Source Intelligence (Advanced Forensic Computing)
  • Social Media Forensics (Internet Forensics)
  • Router Forensics (Network Forensics)

Lab Management:

  • 5 Bespoke Digital Forensic Laboratories
  • Crime Scene room
  • Data Recovery
  • Digital Forensic Examinations
  • Chip Off Acquisition

Other Duties:

  • Assisting with project supervision
  • Building Digital forensic disk images
  • Creation of exam and teaching data


A range of clients for data recovery


Conference Papers