The faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing is one of the UK’s top providers of engineering, computing and environmental teaching, matched with global impact for our research.
The faculty has invested £50 million in a multifunctional teaching and research building that supports hands-on learning. Laboratories and workshops are equipped to commercial and industrial standards and are available to students both in and out of class time.
Teaching and learning facilities include:
- Dynamic lecture theatres, including one ‘in the round’ where lecturers present from the centre of the audience
- Classrooms and IT rooms set up for collaborative working, with group work spaces equipped with retractable computer screens
- High-specification audio visual technology enabling lecturers to present using multiple display screens
- Industry-standard software for student use
- Informal study areas including an atrium with a café and bookable learning booths and IT workspaces
Computing, Electronics and Mathematics
The Games Technology Lab is specifically designed to support the BSc Games Technology course. Our students benefit from high-end gaming PCs which have the capacity to run industry standard software, including games engines, programming environments and 3D design packages. The laboratory also supports Virtual Reality (VR) game development, with students having access to VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift.
The Mac Lab is complete with Apple Mac desktops and our newly constructed recording studio. Our students use this room to do a variety of multimedia work from editing videos to creating computer animations. The studio allows students to record videos in a quiet environment and also has a green screen setup. There is also an equipment booking system allowing students to borrow a range of cameras and multimedia production equipment.
The Cybersecurity Lab environment, used by our BSc Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity and MSc Forensic Science students, is a mix of physical and virtual environments. The physical lab has 36 workstations with tools such as Kali Linux, FTK and Wireshark pre-installed, racks of networking equipment and computing devices from small embedded systems to enterprise-grade server hardware that is used for experimentation and development.
The Ethical Hacking Lab contains 42 workstations, equipped with full licenses for Forensic Toolkit 4 as well as Encase 6, both industry standard programs in the field of Digital Forensics, in addition to a variety of software commonly used by many businesses around the world including Wireshark, VMWare and Nmap.
Our Virtual Labs provide us with a cutting edge virtualisation environment that can be used to create entire virtual networks, complete with services, users and even attackers. Using a virtual private network (VPN), we can allow students to access this environment from anywhere on or off campus.
The CISCO Lab is developed and maintained by CISCO certified staff. The lab is used for working with general networking as well as working towards accreditation by CISCO. Optional modules allow students to work in the lab with CISCO material in order to develop their skills in preparation for the CISCO certification exam.
The Electronics Labs are equipped with a full range of test and measurement equipment. There are various development boards for embedded electronics and a variety of interface applications such as different microcontrollers, GSM, Ethernet and numerous communications and motor solutions.
We provide excellent facilities for the design, simulation verification and prototyping of circuits and software. The Lab has PCB milling facilities, a 3D printer, educational DC machines for different types of motors and generators and a range of test equipment.
Energy, Construction and Environment
Civil Engineering and Construction
Our John Laing Building houses a Civil Engineering Laboratory facility equipped with a huge range of structural testing equipment. This equipment offers full computer control and data logging, various material testing apparatus and concrete mixing and model manufacture facilities. The structural testing facilities range up to 5,000kN capability in axial compression, and include a strong floor that can be arranged to suit a wide range of test set-ups with a load limit of 1,000kN.
The University’s £8.7 million Simulation Centre is used to create a ‘virtual’ construction site in which our students undertake role play exercises that help prepare them for situations in the workplace. To make the training experience as realistic as possible, our students work from fully-equipped building site cabins with staff able to monitor activity and provide feedback from a separate observation deck.
We also have CAD studios equipped with industry-standard software for analysis, design and project/cost management as well as a number of specialist lab facilities.
The Hydraulics Lab is equipped with three different hydraulic flumes, and an innovative canal lock design. The lab also contains model bed channels, hydraulic benches and a large scale surge shaft model.
The Materials Lab includes industrial standard timber and steel workshops, a concrete mixing area with 3 pan mixers, a programmable environmental chamber capable of temperature or freeze-thaw cycles, a range of ovens and curing tanks and various materials testing apparatus.
The Building Services Labs house a variety of specific equipment including thermal conductivity test rigs, a refrigerant cycle rig, a cooling tower rig, pipe to pipe heat exchanger rig and a Hagner luminance/illuminace meter.
The Geotechnics Lab contains triaxial cells, direct shear box apparatus, a dimensional compression oedometer, California Bearing Ratio apparatus, soil classification equipment and Marshall test apparatus for asphalt mixes.
Geography, Disaster Management and Oil and Gas
Our George Eliot Building has a high-specification Computer Lab equipped with access to ArcGIS for mapping and geographical information systems and Petrel/Eclipse software for oil and gas reservoir simulation and calculation. It also has a map and information room where students can undertake group work with access to GIS software and other materials.
The faculty also shares Labs with the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences which are used for water, environmental, sedimentological and geochemical analysis, including environmental science teaching and preparation laboratories.
Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive
Facilities in the High Performance Engineering Centre
A 2,000 square metre High Performance Engineering Centre is located on the lower ground floor of the building. It houses a Harrier Jump Jet aircraft, four flight simulators, a chassis design assembly and test facility, and engine test cells for petrol and electric power trains. The centre is also home to a fleet of CNC manufacturing machines used to manufacture components for both student projects and local businesses, a full size vehicle shaker rig and a composite material laboratory.
Our Harrier aircraft is fitted with a simulation integration unit in the cockpit, enabling students to take to the skies and record their flights. The three additional simulators can be flown in the same air resulting in multi-simulator integration. These simulators create an exciting way to learn, as students can use their own designs before being given a flight profile to take off, climb to a certain height and carry out a manoeuvre. 61 channels of flight data, such as flight speed, can be analysed to assess the accuracy of each design. The flight simulators are incorporated into an air traffic control environment enabling students to see the complex management involved to handle several aircraft at once.
In addition to the High Performance Engineering Centre, the building houses a wind tunnel suitable for students and commercial use. Built and tested by the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One team, the open jet single return wind tunnel has be designed to accommodate a 20% scale open-wheel racing car models with a maximum air velocity of 45 m/s. Equipped with a Temperature Control system using water cooled to ± 2°C by a cooling coil, it uses the same technology as the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One team.
The Engineering and Computing building is equipped extensively with computer labs. These resources are accompanied by a suite of industry specific software, allowing students to tailor their skills to best suit their career progression choice.
Our faculty is a recognised leader for independent measurement expertise and services within the field of metrology. In addition, the faculty’s expertise is regularly sought by both academics in the field and multi-national companies in the manufacturing industry. Facilities include temperature and vibration controlled Metrology Labs, housing an impressive range of dimensional metrology equipment including:
- A range of portable high precision co-ordinate measuring systems
- 3D scanning
- Optical measurement systems
- Surface finish, roundness and profile measurement
- CMM with touch probing and touch scanning
- Hand held measurement tools