New £7 million state-of-the-art science labs open

Media Relations Team, 09 May 2019

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New and enhanced science laboratories at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have been officially opened following a £7 million redevelopment project.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Harrington formally opened the state-of-the-art labs in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at an event for staff and students held yesterday (8th May).

Known as the 'Lab Zone' and made up of a connected series of research labs and teaching spaces, the area is used by over 1,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students studying forensic, biological, biomedical, environmental and conservation science. A post-graduate research centre has also been created, providing improved facilities for masters and PhD research students.

Dr Lyn Newton, Head of the Department of Applied Sciences, said: “We've always had a vision of bringing the labs together and making them better connected, more open in layout and with much greater visibility for students and staff. These new labs are vastly improved, with better lighting, flooring and surfaces, all resulting in an improved teaching and learning experience.

“This is significant investment for our students and I'm pleased the work is now complete. Our students will benefit from the enhanced facilities and develop the lab skills needed for the latest jobs in industry.”

Professor Steven Neill, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, said: “I'm delighted we're celebrating the completion of the final phase of internal refurbishment works to our labs. This has been a complex multi-million pound investment by the University which will attract and support future students, staff and research investment for years to come.

“I'd like to congratulate our dedicated staff for the excellent team work across the University that made this project possible and successful.”

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