Biosciences centres and facilities 

Aquatic Resources Centre

The Aquatic Resources Centre (ARC) provides a world-class teaching and research facility containing 14 aquaria rooms, analytical labs and a dedicated Wolfson Foundation-funded imaging unit.
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Bioeconomy Centre

Under the guidance of the Director Professor John Love the BioEconomy Centre works collaboratively with industry to solve problems using biological approaches. The centre’s research employs a multidisciplinary combination of technologies including Synthetic Biology and Biocatalysis to investigate key questions associated with a wide range of industrial challenges.

Bioimaging Centre

The Bioimaging Centre is a research facility within the School of Biosciences that provides state-of-the-art optical, laser and electron microscopes to enable advanced cellular imaging techniques across the breadth of biological research.
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Biomechanics facilities

The biomechanics facilities offer researchers motion analysis and gait analysis cameras to investigate musculoskeletal injuries and develop footwear and materials which support more active lifestyles. They are often us by academics working on active ageing research.

Biomedical Informatics Hub

The Wellcome Trust Biomedical Informatics Hub is a dedicated team of data experts in bioinformatics, image analysis, computing and statistics, who provide analytical support for biomedical research and a range of training. 
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Controlled plant growth facilities

The Geoffrey Pope building is home to a total 54 M2 of controlled environment plant growth space which is used for the propagation and growth of high quality plant material for both teaching and research projects throughout Biosciences.

DNA Sequencing Service

The DNA Sequencing Service has top class facilities enabling them to carry out fast, accurate and reliable work to your requirements.

Greenhouse facilities

With a total footprint of 375m2, the greenhouse facilities meet a large variety of research needs. The greenhouse facilities supports research based around cellular and chemical biology, environmental biology and microbes and diseases.

Liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS)

Using well developed workflows the LC-MS facility team can provide a high quality service to help you meet your LC-MS analysis needs.

OmniLog Phenotype Microarray System

Our OmniLog Phenotype Microarray facility enables the simultaneous evaluation of thousands of phenotypes in microbial cell-based assays. 

Environmental monitoring and impact analysis 

Centre for Energy and Environment

The Centre for Energy and Environment (CEE) works in a range of interdisciplinary fields to help businesses become more sustainable.


The DroneLab conducts customised drone surveys with state-of-the-art image processing for a wide range of environmental and geographical research projects. The lab is led by Dr Karen Anderson and based within the Environment and Sustainability Institute.

Renewable Energy Facilities

Renewable Energy has access to significant specialist resources and equipment applicable to the renewable energy sector, in addition to the majority of conventional engineering laboratory facilities, the electric power systems lab and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). 

Energy storage and solar energy testing

We have  specialist testing and development facilities for solar and renewable energy, which are used by our Solar Energy Research group and Energy Storage Research group.


Archaeology Facilities

Our archaeology facilities are used by researchers and students to analyse findings and artefacts from all over the world. Spaces include a bioarchaeoology lab, wet lab, clean lab and microscope room. 
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Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is a unique research resource used by external researchers from the UK and abroad. Any researcher is able to look at holdings from the collection in our reading room.

Digital Humanities Lab

Our £1.2 million investment into Digital Humanities has created a new lab and research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts. The lab allows researchers to use high-tech equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage, examine in greater detail and share their discoveries with the public.

Special Collections

Special Collections manages unique and distinct collections of archives and rare books.

Marine and Offshore Energy facilities 

Dynamic Marine Component (DMaC) test facility

The Dynamic Marine Component (DMaC) test facility is a purpose built test rig that aims to replicate the forces and motions experienced by marine components in offshore applications. The test facility is based within the Renewable Energy Research Group of the University of Exeter at Penryn Campus, Cornwall.

Marine and offshore energy facilities

Our marine and offshore energy research facilities and equipment span a range of sectors and disciplines and allow us to carry out cutting-edge research. Facilities are available to staff and students, and include the Falmouth Bay test site (FaBTest), High Performance Computing cluster and our dedicated offshore research vessel.

Offshore Testing

The offshore renewable energy group can support marine operations, mooring applications and reliability assessments for ORE applications through research assessing the ocean environment.

They can also assist you in simulating and analysing the marine load conditions (numerically and physically) and in undertaking in-field measurements to support oceanographic resource, engineering load or environmental impact assessments.

Smart Sound Plymouth

The Smart Sound Plymouth partnership provides access to onshore facilities, including state-of-the-art laboratories and testing environments for small to large items of marine equipment. Specialist support in advanced materials and manufacturing is complemented by a suite of laboratories for electronics, fabrication, materials, structures and thermodynamics & fluid dynamics. 

Medical facilities 

Clinical Research Facility

The NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (NIHR Exeter CRF) improves patient care by increasing understanding of the causes of disease and improving diagnosis and treatment. The facility supports and conducts clinical research studies has highly trained ‘research dedicated’ nurses, scientists, doctors and support staff, plus outstanding research facilities including bespoke wards and consulting rooms, sample handling laboratories and specialist equipment for investigating exercise, physiology and metabolism.

The facility is run in partnership with the Royal Devon and Exeter Trust.

Clinical trials facilities

Our clinical trials facilities evaluate current treatments, driving change and improvements in medicine. Our researchers belong to leading research units and institutes based across the University and NHS. Our Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) works in collaboration with researchers and clinicians in the design and delivery of high quality and efficient controlled trials and other well-designed studies, addressing important health questions.

Medical Imaging Suite

Our medical imaging facilities at St Luke's campus are used for both teaching and research, and include a purpose-built X-ray room, laboratory space and demonstration room. 

Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre

Funded by part of a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation, the new Neuroimaging Centre will accelerate research and diagnosis of dementia and other neurological diseases.

Hatherly Laboratories

The two laboratories in Hatherly run by the Medical School are led by Professor Andrew Randall and Professor Robert Pawlak. These labs can also be used by businesses.
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Testing and characterisation of materials 

Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM)

Experienced in working in partnerships with companies, other universities and government agencies, the Centre offers consultancy on all aspects of ALM. It is particularly focussed on solving material issues in ALM, working together with research partners at the boundary edge of current knowledge.

Centre for Alternative Materials and Remanufacturing (CALMARE)

At CALMARE we carry out research into the sustainable use of polymers and composites, investigating concepts such as the circular economy, biomaterials, recycling and remanufacturing.

Chemical, imaging and mineralogical facility

The chemical, imaging and mineralogical facility focuses on the analysis of chemical elements in inorganic materials, and in particular is aimed at geological materials. The wide range of spot and bulk methods available allows for comprehensive compositional and structural analysis of a variety of natural and synthetic compounds.

Exeter Advanced Technologies (X-AT)

X-AT are a multi-talented team dedicated to commercially minded research in advanced manufacturing and materials development.
They work with industry to bring you the latest solutions from quick telephone referrals to long term project commitments to make your organisation more successful. X-AT partners include Airbus and BAE Systems. X-AT works closely with the Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM).

Imaging suite

The Imaging Suite offers a full consultation service, from the initial project concept through to final delivery, and will work closely with you throughout the process.

Materials laboratories

The Imaging Suite offers a full consultation service to internal, external and industrial clients in the field of materials characterisation for experimental applications at micro and nano scales. Includes materials testing, geotechnics testing, concrete testing and processing.

Multiphoton Imaging and Spectroscopy Lab

Our multiphoton microscopy facilities can be used across all fields of biophysics for stain-free molecular imaging.

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Fabrication facilities

Our fabrication facilities include two clean rooms covering a total of 150 square metres housing lithography, etching, dicing and deposition systems for nanofabrication. We have worked successfully with commercial and academic partners and are keen to continue with further projects and collaborations.

High Performance Computing

ISCA, the University of Exeter's advanced computing facility, is used for a wide range of environmental intelligence research including climate modelling, computational fluid dynamics and modelling global air quality. For more information on ISCA please email the ISCA team >>.

Structures laboratory

The most advanced facility in the UK for vibration testing and analysis of large civil engineering structures, biomechanics. The structures laboratory is also the birthplace of commercialised research company Full Scale Dynamics Ltd

VSimulators at Exeter

VSimulators is a joint venture between the University of Exeter, and Universities of Bath and Leicester, to develop facilities for multi-disciplinary research in human factors engineering. The VSimulators facility based at Exeter Science Park can recreate any environment either physically or virtually.

The collaboration is supported by an Engineering and Pysical Science Research Council (EPSRC) £4.8 million infrastructure grant.

wildFIRE Lab

The wildFIRE Lab team aims to revolutionise our ability to estimate the flammability of past and present ecosystems, toward building an understanding of how evolutionary innovations in plants link to changes in fire, shaping the life that we see on our planet today. The lab is led by Professor Claire Belcher.