What is Lab Optimisation?

The lab optimisation project has been set up to optimise existing lab space across the University campuses to ensure the best use of existing research and teaching lab space. Its vision for the future is to ensure that lab space is readily identifiable to allocate to incoming staff and /or research projects, to accommodate future teaching requirements and to support student research projects.

The project has three current areas of activity, current projects, future projects and data collection.

The lab optimisation project is looking to identify a pipeline of lab optimisation projects across the University campuses which meet the criteria below. These would be subject to review by the Lab Optimisation Steering Group and approval by the Capital Investment Group. If you are a member of University of staff and have any proposals of lab optimisation projects which would fit the criteria outlined we would welcome your initial ideas. Please email labopt@ex.ac.uk  with your idea which will be reviewed to see if your project idea is suitable.

Lab Optimisation project criteria

Each lab optimisation project is subject to meeting the following criteria;

• £400k maximum total cost for implementation
• Short turnaround time for completion. Because these are optimisation projects and not large scale refurbishment, it is therefore the expectation that there is a 6-8 week on site turnaround.

Tangible Return on Investment identified as one of the following;

• Identified opportunity for increased research income
• Space bought back into action
• Increased teaching capacity
• Identified increase in student experience


Current Projects


Future Projects


Data Collection