Central Science Laboratory

The state-of-the-art Central Science Laboratory (CSL) building opens to students in 2019 and provides a student focused learning environment designed to offer new ways to learn and collaborate. The new laboratories will provide Keele with additional world-class facilities, and underpin the ambitious growth plans in science teaching and research.

Our investment in our students' future

This £34m investment will provide 5,300m2 of modern, co-located science laboratories and will greatly enhance the teaching provision and develop the next generation of highly employable science graduates.

When the building is open to students in September 2019 it will provide chemistry and pharmacy wet labs, flexible dry labs for geography, geology, environment and forensic science, physics and astrophysics labs and IT labs. It will bring together practical teaching across a range of disciplines.

Dry Lab in Central Science Laboratory

render of the dry labs in CSL

The Central Sciences Laboratory facility, along with the recently opened Huxley Life Sciences laboratory will enable us to rethink the way science subjects are taught. Students will benefit from transformational teaching in a space designed to encourage and enable collaborative and inter-disciplinary working. Keele is already known for its innovation in teaching and learning and these labs will facilitate the reinvention of practical classes and student learning.

Curriculum development and the latest educational technologies will allow students to undertake pre-laboratory preparation so they can maximise the learning gain from experiments by already being familiar with the theoretical concepts and practical techniques.

Access to state-of-the-art facilities and high specification equipment will ensure students are well prepared for scientific or industrial employment post-graduation. The environment will mirror the multi-faceted nature of working life and the shared space will allow group working and collaboration between disciplines building the skills and experience much valued by employers. The skills acquired through independent inquiry and informal learning will be an excellent preparation for the world of work.

Jonathan Wastling “Keele is already No. 1 in England for student satisfaction [broad-based universities, NSS 2018], but these new facilities will provide even better spaces and equipment for our undergraduates and postgraduates, giving them access to some of the best laboratories and science teaching spaces in this country and beyond, and allowing the University to further develop its word-class research activities.”

Professor Jonathan Wastling, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Postgraduate Studies) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences