From hands-on experience in our specialist laboratories, to unmissable opportunities and expert, research-active tutors. This page will give you a real insight into your department.
Plant Science facilities
Our Plant Science laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art LED growth light systems, which can recreate any light environment within the visible, IR and UV spectrum. The lab is also well equipped with sensory equipment including turgor sensors, a thermal imagery system, a leaf area meter, an AP4 porometer, soil sensory equipment and atmospheric sensors. A climate controlled growth chamber and plant microscopy equipment is also available.
The department is fitted with state-of-art labs and equipment which include dedicated facilities for microbiology, molecular biology, cell and tissue culture, microscopy and vector biology. Available equipment and techniques include anaerobic microbiology chambers, gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), laboratory-size parallel bioreactor system for plant and mammalian applications including drug development, fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS), several types of microscopy, DNA extraction and sequencing, qPCR and PCR facilities and mosquito-rearing facilities.
Biomedical Science facilities
Access our state-of-the art cell culture facility dedicated to undergraduate student teaching and research. This facility encompasses class-II safety cabinets, various humidified incubators, a fully automated inverted fluorescence microscope to monitor cell growth and study advanced cell culture experiments. You’ll have access to modern biomedical research equipment, including cooled centrifuges for small and large tubes, fine-scales, pH-meters, water-bathes, hot-plates, various shakers, consumables and material for Western-blotting, toxicity and hormone level analyses.
On the genetics programme you will have access to the Biotech laboratory which houses a DNA sequencer, DNA/RNA/Protein Bioanalyser, PCR machines and quantitative PCR machines capable of measuring gene expression, methylation studies and genotyping applications.
Ecology and Conservation facilities
Our ecology teaching and research takes advantage of the outstanding countryside in the vicinity. This includes one of the best coastlines in Europe, ancient woodlands and distinctive rare habitats. The department has the use of a private local woodland for research. We also have excellent lab facilities including soil labs and microscopy facilities, dedicated labs for invertebrate ecology and plant science, including reference collections and bookable labs open to all students.
Biology facilities are wide-ranging with access to equipment such as a Scanning Electron Microscope, biotechnology labs and insectaries where we rear the world’s most deadly organism, the mosquito.
You’ll will be taught within a short travelling distance of some of the country’s leading nature reserves. Impressive field sites such as one of the finest saltmarsh and dune systems in Europe, restored mires of international importance, hay meadows and limestone woodlands are also right on our doorstep.
Almost adjacent to the University is a farm sympathetically managed for biodiversity and a mixed woodland. We provide a mixture of practical and fieldwork teaching along with opportunities to participate in residential trips around the UK and abroad at no extra cost.
Fieldwork is an engaging and important aspect of all our programmes, giving the degrees real-world value and developing teamwork skills. Each excursion provides the opportunity to learn and apply a range of fieldwork techniques and methodologies in a field environment.
What’s going on in the department?
Green fingered student receives funding
An Ecology and Conservation student received his second scholarship from Edge Hill University after receiving multiple nominations for his outstanding dedication to maintaining the University’s allotment.
Ben Jones, 23, has gone above and beyond while maintaining the allotment. He visited most days during the first national lockdown, ensuring the plants were watered, weeds were taken out, and the bird feeders were full.Read more about Ben
Life Thru a Lens by Dr Thom Dallimore
Dr Thom Dallimore shows us around the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) facilities. He points to pictures scattered around the walls: there’s the mouth of a small beetle; that’s a mite; here’s a mosquito. All fractions of centimetres in reality, blown up in hugely impressive detail. To give you an idea of the power of these things, a traditional microscope you would find in school labs will give you around 1000x magnification. These will give you nearer to 100,000x magnification.Read more about Dr Thom Dallimore