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Biology Facilities

We have an outstanding range of biology facilities to support research and teaching.

Second floor Ridley teaching labs

Most of our biology undergraduate practicals happen in two purpose-built teaching labs. These labs hold 80 and 60 students respectively. Both labs have audio visual teaching facilities, including:

  • overhead data projectors
  • imaging and data points for laptops

Fourth floor Ridley labs

Our fourth floor labs in the Ridley Building are mainly for research projects. These can be undergraduate, Masters and PhD students' projects.

Projects can include:

  • identification and characterisation of bacteria, plants, algae and fungi
  • the identification of novel antimicrobial compounds

The techniques used can encompass molecular biology methods, including:

  • DNA
  • RNA
  • PCR
  • gel electrophorisis
  • protein analysis
  • microscopy
  • computing/data analysis
  • chemical analysis and HPLC

Ridley computer cluster

Recently created, the Ridley computer cluster is a quiet personal learning space. It's for third year undergraduates, MSc and PhD biology students. There are many other spaces like this one across the campus for all students to use.

Devonshire research office

Devonshire research office is an open plan area for our PhD students and research staff. The Devonshire is a modern multi-purpose building. Its has teaching and learning space, research labs and admin offices.