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New lab leads the way for University of Bradford

Published: Fri 12 Sep 2014

Students at the University of Bradford will experience cutting edge learning with the opening of a new £1.5m engineering laboratory.

The Multi-disciplinary Engineering Lab uses the latest technology and software to combine theory with practical work, reducing the need for separate, theory-based lectures.

The lab, housed in the School of Engineering and Informatics’ Horton Building at the University’s city campus, contains equipment that can be used across the engineering disciplines, including civil, mechanical, medical and chemical and so represents not only a more practical learning environment but also an efficient use of space.

Open plan with clearly defined areas, the lab allows students to move around with the equipment they’re using and use the space in a totally new way.

The University already has a national reputation for producing highly employable graduates and the lab will further strengthen links with industry. Leaders of regional business and industry will be among the guests at the official opening, and will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations of the state-of-the-art equipment.

Khalid Hussain, Head of the School of Engineering, said: “The Multi-disciplinary Lab will provide a much more practical way of teaching, allowing students to be immersed in the practical application of theory, getting a better feel for what a theory represents in reality. The lab is the result of both the University’s aim to be a leader in technology learning and a response to student feedback for more hands-on learning.”

Vice Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor said: “Cutting-edge hands-on work environments with state-of-the-art equipment are making the University of Bradford the technology University of the North, and the addition of the Multidisciplinary Engineering Lab reinforces our expertise.”

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