New labs officially opened in Portland Building

On Monday 5 March, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (HLS) celebrated the official opening of three new labs on the second floor of Portland Building.

Portland Lab main

Staff and students gathered together to enjoy food and drinks, and take a tour of one of the labs.

Before the ribbon was cut, PVC Dean of HLS, Dr. Simon Oldroyd said: “These new labs give our faculty greater capacity to teach and be able to enhance the student experience. Estates have helped us turn a big space in an old building, into an attractive, light and airy learning environment for students and an excellent teaching and working space for our staff.”

portland lab students mainForensic Science students at work in one of the new labs.

Part-time lecturer, Devki Parmar commented: "The new labs are fantastic. I love the open layout and the incorporation of glass, which allows visitors to look in at what we are doing - it makes the space much more interactive. The interactive TV monitors also allow us to bring more of a teaching element to the space, as well as practical work."

Students were also impressed. Third year Forensic Science student, Adrianna Czerepak said: "The new equipment really helps us with analysis and this is a good space to learn in as it's so light. It is also a more precise environment as there is a reduced risk of contamination when we are working."

Fellow third year Forensic Science student, Mark Drury-Bould added: "There's more screens for us to use, which is great because it means we can work on multiple projects at once. The open plan design of the space is really helpful too."

Posted on Thursday 8th March 2018

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