15 May 2017

New £3.5m science labs to be unveiled

New £3.5m science labs to be unveiled

A £3.5m investment to create cutting edge science laboratories at Abertay University will place students at the forefront of food, forensics and biomedical sciences.

The official opening of the new facilities in Dundee will take place on May 30, attended by guests from the worlds of science, industry, business and academia.

Distinguished biologist Dame Anne Glover will formally unveil the suite of labs, which boast four different areas to support the teaching and research of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, as well as external business projects.

The Consumer Experience Laboratory is unique in Scotland and comprises 12 climatically controlled booths designed for the sensory analysis of food.

It has a preparation and serving room linked to a kitchen as well as a waiting room which can be used for consumer experience testing, student tutorials and small group working.

The New Product Development Laboratory will be used for pilot scale food manufacture schemes across a range of food processes and industries.

Designed to food manufacturing and environmental health standards, the zone features a controlled barrier, change area, walk-in cold room and store.

A teaching area featuring two new labs will be used by the forensic science and biomedical science divisions.

Both are linked, equipped with two high-tech fume cupboards, and designed specifically to accommodate 30 students each.

Features include a controllable camera, independent monitors and a total of 15 display screens which can be operated collectively or independently by teaching staff and students.

The final space – a learning/social area – is multi-purpose and includes an 84-inch screen and seating.

A link corridor around all of the labs has seating and lockers.

Students had a major hand in the design of all areas, inputting valuable user comment that helped to shape layout and decorative features.

Professor Carl Schaschke, Head of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, said the new facilities will provide a major boost to learning and research.

He added: “This project forms part of the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

“Not only will the new labs benefit Abertay students for years to come, the facilities have huge potential for business and we already have a significant engagement with a number of local companies who are keen to work with us.”

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