Laboratory access, training and bookings

 Do you need to access the William Smith Laboratories as part of your research project? Whether you need laboratory space to perform sample preparation, routine analysis, or access to some of our specialist analytical instrumentation, this page will get you where you need to be. Just follow the instructions below and you will be up and running in no time.

If you want to work in the laboratories without a staff member supervising you at all times, you will need to become a Registered Lab User. This will allow you to access the laboratories with your Keele card and book time with the various analytical instruments that are available for you to use.

To start, just complete the following steps:

1)      Please download a copy of the William Smith Labs Code of Practice.

2)      Once you have read the Code of Practice and are familiar with the general layout and rules of the laboratories, please complete the registration form.

3)      Sign yourself up for a Lab Induction session using the booking system below. An induction will take approximately 30 minutes and will give you the opportunity to discuss your project with the laboratory manager.

When you have completed the above steps, you are a Registered Lab User. You will now be able to access the laboratories using your Keele card. Most of the lab spaces are available for general use, but for many of the analytical instruments (e.g. SEM, XRF), you will need to attend an appropriate training session and then book instrument time first.

If you have any problems, please ask! You can contact the technical team.

If you are a registered lab user, then you are free to come in and undertake your work in any of the appropriate laboratories. It is your responsibility to ensure that you adhere to the laboratory health and safety policies given in the Code of Practice. Users found to be compromising their safety, or that of other lab users, will be reported to the laboratory committee and may have their laboratory access revoked. If you have any concerns regarding your work, please ask your supervisor or the technical team.

Lab inductions, training sessions, and instrument sessions can be booked using the booking calendar below. Please ensure you have attended the relevant training session before booking an instrument session. All instruments can be booked in 2 hour slots. If you require more time, please book multiple slots. We reserve the right to cancel multiple bookings to maximize equal access opportunities during busy times. In the event of a cancelled booking, you will be informed as soon as possible.    

Please note that, due to COVID restrictions, we will temporarily be permitting access to laboratory spaces via the automated booking system, as for analytical instrumentation. If you require access to an instrument, please book a session with that instrument as normal. If you require access to a laboratory space for chemical or preparation work (e.g. sample preparation or analysis via pH probe), please use the Laboratory booking services given in the booking system. There will be labelled based on the room numbers (e.g. Geochemistry Laboratory [WS 0.27] session).

These measures are temporary and will be removed when the COVID SOP permits.

Bookings for labs, equipment or training can be made here.

Please ensure you have attended the relevant training session before booking an instrument session. All instruments can be booked in 2 hour slots. If you require more time, please book multiple slots. We reserve the right to cancel multiple bookings to maximize equal access opportunities during busy times. In the event of a cancelled booking, you will be informed as soon as possible. If you are booking on behalf of a group, please ensure that the names and e-mail addresses of all individuals who will attend are given in the 'Special Requests' section of the booking. Individuals who are not included may not be permitted access.

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