We have state of the art laboratories to facilitate the study of classical mechanics, dynamics and and thermo-fluids. Other specialised areas include:
- a large darkroom designed to accommodate the study of optics and waves
- electrical and electronic experimental facilities for general electronics and assembly, digital electronics, power electronics, control systems and communications
- a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage, for experimentation in electromagnetics
- digital design suite, equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms
The newly refurbished computing laboratories in Gateway House provides 80 computer workstations (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux and 60 Apple iMac computers running OS X and Windows). All laboratories have printing facilities, internet access, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching.
Equipment and media loans
To ensure you can complete your projects to the highest possible level, we have a comprehensive range of portable equipment and materials available for loan. These include audio recorders, cameras and video cameras, lighting and reflectors, laptops, mixing desks, professional microphones, outside broadcasting equipment, tripods and various software packages. An index of equipment available to loan for each course is available from subject tutors.
Library and Learning Zones
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals.
During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.
Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.