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 and new for December 2018, a purpose-built 18 m catamaran-class survey vessel equipped with state-of-the-art survey and research equipment.
Our Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) looks at the sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources at all trophic levels, from microorganisms such as algae to commercially important shellfish and finfish, using experimental, modelling and field approaches. Our research informs aquatic resource management (freshwater, coastal and open water ecosystems; fisheries), sustainable aquaculture, biotechnology, biomedical and translational research, and low carbon futures in support of the circular economy. CSAR’s facilities include state-of-the art water recirculation systems for freshwater, marine, tropical and temperate species, as well as several algal photo-bioreactors.
Our new Teaching Laboratory is a significantly upgraded facility to teach a higher level of transferable laboratory techniques and skills, with a capacity to hold 150 students; it includes a full range of AV facilities able to transmit to several plasma screens output from a variety of sources including microscopes, PCs, DVD/Video players and visualise/camera units.
Find out more about the facilities used by Biosciences students at Swansea University.