Central Science Laboratory

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

Investing in our students' futures

Our £34m investment provides 5,300m2 of modern, co-located science laboratories.  It brings together practical teaching across a range of disciplines and greatly enhances the teaching provision.  The building will enable us to develop the next generation of highly employable science graduates. Over £2m has been spent on industrial research-grade analytical and laboratory equipment that will be used by students in their day-to-day laboratory teaching.

The Central Sciences Laboratory facility, along with the recently opened Huxley Life Sciences laboratory will facilitate the reinvention of practical classes and student learning.  Students will benefit from transformational teaching in a space designed to encourage and enable collaborative and interdisciplinary working.

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 experienced much valued by employers.  The skills acquired through independent inquiry and informal learning will be excellent preparation for the world of work.

Accessibility information for Central Sciences Laboratories can be found on its AccessAble page.

Central Science Laboratories

Professor Jonathan Wastling quote

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 students, 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