About our facilities
The Department of Biosciences provides access to an extensive range of specialist facilities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These include: Research and IT laboratories; Constant temperature rooms; Growth rooms; Aquaria; Greenhouses; Zoology Museum; A custom-designed 12.5m coastal research vessel, RV Noctiluca.
A new £2.5M Biology laboratory with a capacity of 150 it complies with all DDA requirements and includes Induction Loops (for students with hearing difficulties) and adjustable benches (for disabled students); a full range of AV facilities able to transmit output from a variety of sources including microscopes, PCs, DVD/Video players and visualise/camera units to several plasma screens. As a result there is now a significantly upgraded facility to teach a higher level of transferable laboratory techniques and skills, making our graduates more employable.
Postgraduate students also benefit from the research facilities in the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR).These include: 750m2 controlled environment building, plus separate primary quarantine facility, ozone-sterilised water intake and discharge, centralised air- and water temperature control: programmable 12-27oC, freshwater to full strength seawater, programmable lighting – light intensity, photoperiod, electronic security control to all areas, all life support systems monitored and alarmed, full electrical backup via 500 kVa generator and three tubular photobioreactors, capable of producing 1600L microalgal culture.
*Photography by James Kenning