University’s new state-of-the-art Biology labs go top of the class

Posted on 26th May 2017

Future Biological Scientists studying at the University of Chester are the first to benefit from a suite of state-of-the-art science labs.

Large teaching lab 1: The large state-of-the-art teaching lab.
Large teaching lab 1: The large state-of-the-art teaching lab.
The new facilities are a very welcome addition to our laboratory provision and allow us to provide an excellent student experience
Professor Andrew Lawrence, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences

Three brand new laboratories in the University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences have recently been completed, and are now being used for the first time for teaching and research activities. 

Funding of £750,000 was received from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the project, which saw the rooms stripped back to their shell and adapted to modern state of the art laboratories. 

One large teaching lab with a capacity for around 80 students is now being used for larger taught modules at undergraduate level, including data handling; project design; and research methods. The most up-to-date computerised equipment has been added to provide a leading edge environment. Each of the benches in the lab has a number of mini iPads installed, so that students can search for information, collect/ record data and, just as importantly, lecturers can screencast their PC to the iPads. 

Two new smaller labs are now being used for research and project work in the areas of Animal Behaviour and Conservation Biology. The facilities also include a preparation room for the lab technicians. 

Professor Andrew Lawrence, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences said: “The new facilities are a very welcome addition to our laboratory provision and allow us to provide an excellent student experience. The large teaching laboratory provides the opportunity to conduct fundamental experimental work with our students and the smaller laboratories will be utilised for student research projects. Technical and academic staff within the Faculty have worked closely with professional and support services in the University to develop this teaching provision. Feedback from our students has been extremely positive and we are looking forward to making the most of these facilities in the future.”