Lab and Testing Facilities
Our lab and testing facilities are key to our teaching, research and collaborative work with our industry and business partners.
Our ongoing investment in new labs and testing facilities gives our students an excellent experience. They benefit from hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment and techniques. Through investment, we're helping our researchers find new solutions to pressing issues facing society and the planet.
We're already seeing the benefits of investment. Our lab and testing facilities played a key role in recent research successes at the University, such as the ground-breaking development of a plastic-eating enzyme in our biophysical laboratories.
We've developed strong collaborative partnerships with business through our laboratories and testing facilities – such as our SAP Next Generation business software lab, our UPGEL network of science and technology laboratories, and our Institute of Marine Sciences, which offers sample gathering, testing, and consultancy services to industry and government clients.
Our close partnerships with research centres and businesses allows us to offer students and researchers access to several off-campus labs and testing facilities – including our Environmental Technology Field Station, the Harwell Science and Innovation Centre in Oxfordshire, and the particle accelerator at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France.
Featured laboratory and testing facilities
We use the extreme environments simulation laboratories to understand, evaluate and enhance the comfort, performance and survival of people in extreme environments such as high altitudes, humid jungles and rough seas.
We use multiple facilities in the Institute of Marine Sciences to monitor and test marine environments and seawater, including an offshore platform, several boats and an aquatic centre.
We identify and analyse chemicals and biochemicals in the air, soil and water in the Environmental Chemistry Analytical Laboratory. We also work with businesses to develop new solutions to their environmental challenges.
We analyse trace element and isotopes of geological, environmental, industrial and construction material in our Mass Spectrometry and Laser Ablation Laboratory.