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University leaders celebrate cutting-edge bioscience laboratory

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Professor John Joughin formally opens UEL's new bioscience laboratory facilities

UEL's Vice Chancellor, Professor John Joughin, cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony for the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience’s new laboratory facilities last week.

The ‘topping-out’ ceremony was also attended by Dean of HSB Neville Punchard, Head of Estates Peter Thompson, representatives from the building firm Peak Contractors and numerous members of HSB staff.

Last year UEL were awarded a £1.2 million match-funded grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for new teaching labs. This was match-funded by the University, making an overall investment of £2.4 million.

Professor Joughin said, "The learning experience of students enrolled on UEL’s Bioscience courses will be enhanced greatly thanks to these new facilities. This development confirms UEL’s commitment to investing in STEMM facilities of the highest standard. We are extremely grateful for the support of HEFCE in helping to fund this project."

Phase one of the redevelopment was completed at the start of this year when the new labs opened their doors to the first students. Phase two, which will be completed this month, will involve an adjoining room being knocked through to make a single giant lab.

As well as having a big impact on the student experience, the new lab will increase the University’s reputation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) subjects and enable links with industrial partners and employers.

It is also hoped that the new laboratory will benefit local people who are not enrolled at UEL. Events such as taster sessions for local schools and colleges will be held at the new space. There will also be sessions aimed at science teachers, designed to give them an opportunity to update their skills and better prepare their students for life in higher education