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Research Facilities


Our Facilities

Our research facilities and equipment underpin our research excellence. We also work collaboratively with businesses to hire our facilities to enhance innovation.

Acoustic Research Facilities

With over 40 years experience in acoustics, we are home to some of the most specialised facilities in the country, including large (200 m³) and small (52 m³) reverberation rooms, anechoic chamber (16m³) and an audiometry room for hearing measurements.

Our equipment includes, sound power levels using ISO 3740, reverberation and other room acoustic parameters, field measurements of airborne and structure-borne sound insulation, and structural and human vibration.

Our facilities and equipment are available for external users to hire to run courses or conduct testing. Contact Tim South, Senior Lecturer: T.M.South@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Biomedical Sciences

We have state-of-the-art biomedical and environmental laboratories, as well as facilities for physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, sport and exercise therapy and nursing.

We house rooms for the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardio vascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid.

Our laboratory and equipment is available for external users to hire for their use. Contact Dr Biddy Unsworth, Head of School: B.Unsworth@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Civil Engineering Research

We have two dedicated laboratory facilities, approximately 535 m2 of floor space in total. One is based at Northern Terrace Building at our City Campus, the other is solely for research and development projects (particularly for large-scale bespoke testing equipment) and is located at Roundhay Trade Park. We use specialised software that includes FLAC, PFC2D, Clay Masonry Walling, and Infoworks Drainage.

A full inventory of equipment is available on our website, along with more detailed information on certain specific equipment. Our testing facilities are available for industrial consultancy projects and testing and we welcome being contacted to explore how we may be of assistance.

Clinical Skills Suite

All rooms in our Suite are available for external users to hire to run courses. Contact Ann Sunderland, Head of Clinical Skills: A.Sunderland@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Creative Technologies

We have five fully equipped music studios with live and control rooms for recording and acoustic experiments. Our first class motion capture room has a vicon motion capture system with 10 cameras allowing for real-time live tracking of human movement used for animation and motion studies.

For video production we have blue-screen chroma keying allowing the merging of studio recordings with background scenery from different places. Our technical facilities also contain virtual reality systems for immersive 3D graphics, rendition and visualisation, and five computer laboratories for developing software systems and technologies.

Sports Research Facilities

We have state-of-the-art sport science facilities including physiology, biochemistry and biomechanics laboratories which monitor physical activity and assess sporting performance. This consists of measuring heart rate, oxygen consumption and blood lactate responses during exercise to establish VO2max as well as analysing muscle strength and movement patterns.

Some of our more specialist laboratory facilities include a DXA scanner measuring bone health and body composition and an environmental chamber which can simulate conditions of extreme humidity, heat, cold and altitude.