Anatomy Facilities

A key feature of the David Weatherall Building (Medical School) which opened on the Keele University campus in September 2003 is a state of the art Anatomy Suite for learning, teaching and training in human anatomy.
A major extension in 2013 added surgical training, wet lab and 3D audiovisual facilities.

Anatomy dry room

Find out more about our new state-of-the-art Keele Anatomy and Surgical Training Centre

Anatomy Training at Keele

This facility and its staff not only provides increased anatomical resources for health and science education in Staffordshire, but also a centre for anatomical research and a focus for the dissemination of anatomical information, training, and exchange of ideas between professional groups requiring and utilising anatomy teaching. Its first major users were medical, physiotherapy, nursing and midwifery students and the facilities have also been used for teaching and training to surgeons, pharmacists, podiatrists, osteopaths, forensic scientists, operating theatre technicians and bioscientists including postgraduate courses .

Anatomical Laboratories

The premises are licensed under the Human Tissue Act of 2004, governed by the Human Tissue Authority, under the local responsibility of the Designated Individual (formerly Licensed Teacher of Anatomy). They comprise a large dissecting room, surgical training suite, wet lab, mortuary, embalming facilities and several adjoining laboratories, resource room and clinical examination cubicles, all under the care of the Anatomy Manager, Anatomy Technicians, Assistant Technicians and Prosector.

Dissecting Room

This modern and spacious laboratory has room for 16 student groups to carry out anatomical examinations simultaneously and also provides facilities for the display of pre-prepared material, models, and posters, as well as areas for teaching and teaching preparation. It also has a live digital video feed and projection so that visiting surgeons or our in-house prosector can demonstrate more intricate areas of human anatomy. This is where time-tabled anatomy practical classes take place. Each group of students is allocated a cadaver which they examine under the guidance of the anatomy teaching staff and relate their findings to areas of clinical importance. A key facility is the ability for students to compare their information and note areas of anatomical variation and anomalies. A small pathology museum, touchscreen computers and videoconferencing facilities are also available.

Resource Room

Adjoining the dissecting room is a large well-lit resource room where exhibits are displayed to help students study anatomy and its clinical relevance. Although most of the material is anatomical, other disciplines such as pathology, radiology, and immunology are included. There are dissected specimens (prosections), life-sized accurate anatomical models, bones, radiographic images including plain X-rays, CT, MRI and ultrasound scans, microscopes with histology and pathology slides, pathology pots, posters and several networked computer workstations, LCD projectors, video and DVD players providing electronic delivery of 3D and interactive material on the human body. Resources include four cubicles, couches and equipment to conduct living anatomy examinations on volunteer subjects including ultrasound imaging. The exhibits are changed each week in unison with the medical problem-based learning cases or for special practicals. However, very few classes are timetabled to occupy the resource rooms since the intention is that students will visit them in their spare time, singly or in small groups, for private study.

Anatomy, Skills & Surgical Training Suites

Opened in 2013 as part of a major extension to the anatomy facility, this second dissecting room is equipped with 6 operating theatre standard training stations providing state of the art audiovisual and 3D computer simulations linked to a 3 station wet laboratory, seminar room and lecture theatre. This allows for anatomical and surgical training, review and assessment using frozen bodies or body parts. The facility can also accommodate laparoscopic and C-arm imaging as required.



When not in use for operating techniques the suite is used for other postgraduate courses including Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, and Sports Science and doubles up the capacity for undergraduate anatomy course. The additional wet lab also increases the research capacity for our new Intercalated MMedSci course in Anatomy. Read more about our Keele Anatomy and Surgical Training Centre.