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The University of Winchester has been investing heavily in state-of-the-art facilities. From teaching and research to innovation, outreach and consultancy, we are excellently equipped to meet the needs of academics and students, external partners and researchers, community groups and individuals.

Our research facilities per specialism

Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography

The Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Geography has significant expertise in archaeological science and physical anthropology, in particular human bioarchaeology, environmental archaeology, geoarchaeology/geomorphology and geomatics, and is excellently equipped for analytical work in these subdisciplines. In Physial Geography, we have significant expertise in hydrology, in particular flow gauging and water quality analysis, the environmental impacts of climate change, and conservation/biodiversity. We also collect local meteorological data.

Over recent years, the University has invested heavily in new and improved laboratory facilities and equipment, including a purpose-built artefact and human bone store that meets the guidelines of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. We have a dedicated laboratory technician who, as well as supporting all academic staff and students, is actively involved in STEM outreach.

In line with our values of sustainability and social justice, we are currently working towards achieving Green Lab status. My Green Lab is considered the global standard for best practice in laboratory sustainability. Find out more about My Green Lab. Our application is a joint initiative between our laboratory technician and the University's Centre for Student Engagement.

We have a teaching lab and a research lab; the latter is used by staff and students for research projects as well as by our commercial arm ARCA Geoarchaeology.

Geoarchaeology at Winchester: Geoarchaeological Consultant Nick Watson photographing a soil sample in the laboratory

ARCA Geoarchaeology Consultant Nick Watson in the research laboratory

We currently have the following equipment and software for our academic, undergraduate, postgraduate and commercial research.

Equipment

  • wet chemistry facilities, including two fume cupboards, laser granulometer, combustion furnace, calcimeter
  • wet sieving/flotation facilities
  • pulse EKKO Pro ground-penetrating radar system (50, 100, 250 and 500 MHz antennae)
  • two Geoscan magnetometers
  • two Geoscan resistivity meters
  • Leica System 1200 RTK, a GS16 Smartnet (rover), an R200 (with base station) and two Zeno dGPS GPS
  • two Leica total stations
  • a Leica multistation
  • Bartington MS2 magnetic susceptibility meter (with two field and two laboratory sensors)
  • An Atlas Cobra/Eijkelkamp mechanical auger ('vibra corers'), two sets of manual Eijkelkamp augers and a Russian auger
  • Drone
  • Petrographic micrscope, for thin section analysis
  • XRF
  • Weather station
  • Human evolution skull casts
  • sufficient excavation equipment to equip a team of 70

Specialist software

  • ArcGIS 10.4 (deployed on all staff, laboratory and research student computers, as well as in teaching and open access rooms elsewhere on campus)
  • GeoPlot (on dedicated research laptops)
  • RockWorks geological utilities software (six licences)
  • SCC (Survey Control Centre) for the processing of 3D point cloud data

Facilities and equipment hire

Our Archaeology, Geography and Anthropology laboratory facilities and collections are available for use by external researchers such as Master's and PhD students. The rate is £20 per day +VAT. To book, please use our online store.

During weekends and outside the academic year, our laboratory facilities are also available for hire by external organisations and community groups who wish to run training courses or events within a laboratory environment. For enquires, please contact the Laboratory Technician, David Ashby.

Fieldwork equipment is also available to be hired by external organisations, community groups and commercial companies, including excavation and survey equipment. For enquiries, please contact the Laboratory Technician, David Ashby. Please note, you must supply a valid insurance certificate demonstrating the equipment you are hiring from us is covered for the duration of the booking period.

Find out more

Find out more about our research

Find out more about our consultancy and contract research

Criminology and Forensics

Criminology and Forensics is based in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and PoliticsWe are excellently equipped to undertake both fieldwork and laboratory-based projects in Forensic Biology, including botany and entomology, as well as CSI and soil analysis, and forensic linguistics. We are licensed by DEFRA to run a taphonomic facility using pig carcasses. We have a dedicated laboratory technician supporting all academic staff and students. The Forensics laboratory was opened by David Suchet, a.k.a. Hercule Poirot - watch the video.

In line with our values of sustainability and social justice, we are currently working towards achieving Green Lab status. My Green Lab is considered the global standard for best practice in laboratory sustainability. Find out more about My Green Lab. Our application is a joint initiative between our laboratory technician  and the University's Centre for Student Engagement.

January 2020 saw the launch of a new Crime Scene House (CSH). The CSH can be used for briefings, undertaking crime scene photography, packaging of evidence and as a Blood Pattern Analysis (BPA) space.

Forensic investigation at Winchester: image of the Crime Scene House

The new Crime Scene House - image by student Emma Copley

We regularly invite young inquisitive minds such as scout groups into our laboratories to be a forensic investigator for the evening and solve a crime. Find out more.

Forensics Top Image

Dr Carolin Esser-Miles (left), Senior Lecturer in English and Forensic Linguistics, with scouts during one of our regular Whodunnit events

Main equipment and analysis types

  • Stereo and biological microscopes
  • Wet chemistry facilities (for geoforensics)
  • General CSI equipment, e.g. evidence recovery, evidence markers, dummies
  • Fingerprinting equipment
  • Multispectral light sources, to reveal evidence beyond the range of human vision
  • Forensic Entomology, particularly blow flies and larvae, and temperature and humidity data logging
  • Electro-Static Detection Apparatus (ESDA), for forensic linguistics
  • High-Spec DSLR camera for forensic photography

Facilities and equipment hire

Our Forensics laboratory facilities and collections are available for use by external researchers such as Master's and PhD students. The rate is £20 per day +VAT. To book, please use our online store.

During weekends and outside the academic year, our laboratory facilities are also available for hire by external organisations and community groups who wish to run training courses or events within a laboratory environment. For enquiries, please contact the Laboratory Technician, David Ashby.

Some specialist Forensics equipment is also available to be hired by external organisations, community groups and commercial companies. For enquiries, please contact the Laboratory Technician, David Ashby. Please note, you must supply a valid insurance certificate demonstrating the equipment you are hiring from us is covered for the duration of the booking period.

See below for Forensic Psychology facilities.

Computer Science and Cyber Security

The University has been investing heavily in dedicated new facilities for these growing and important subject areas. In addition to teaching and research, the laboratories below will be used to support Knowledge Exchange activities, working with external clients.

  • A Cyber Security and Digital Forensics lab
  • An Enterprise Networks lab
  • A Software Development and Artificial Intelligence lab

Digital Technologies and Digital Media

The University's Centre for Enterprise, Design and Innovation (CEDI)based in the Department of Digital Technologies, is a Knowledge Exchange centre focussed on the Digital Creative sector. The Centre links University activities with creative, innovative and design-led organisations in the private, public and third sectors, with a focus on building Knowledge Exchange and Consultancy-based collaborations.

CEDI boasts a brand new Digital Innovation Hub, featuring:

  • A VR/AR Suite, with headsets, software, cameras, high-end PC’s, programming tools and display/analysis screens, to support engagement with local creative businesses
  • 3D printers & Laser Scanner, to support engagement with local creative businesses  
  • iLabs, used for innovation development and management support, in support of local creative businesses 
  • iPcreate Diagnostics, used for Intellectual Property assessment in support of local creative businesses

To find out more about CEDI, its services and facilities, contact Debs Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Digital MediaDesign/Practice, or Dr John Richardson, Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management.

 

Film and Media

Our School of Media and Film is supported by outstanding purpose-built, industry-standard facilities. These comprise a professional newsroom, sound recording/post-production studios and control galleries, and a multimedia centre.

The newsroom was opened by ITV journalist/broadcaster Alastair Steward in 2018. Read the news release. This is also the hub for WINOL (Winchester News OnLine), the news website produced by students of the BJCT-accredited BA in Journalism.

The state-of-the-art sound recording and post-production studios - designed by specialist acoustic architects - were launched by the Mercury Prize-winning group alt-J in 2018. Read the news release.

The multimedia centre incorporates a computerised radio station/studio; two HD TV studios and galleries, with green screens and state-of-the-art cameras, and facilities for multi-track audio recording.

Find out more about our School of Media and Film

Take a virtual tour of our facilities

Media and Film image of cinematography

Libraries

Martial Rose Library

The University's Martial Rose Library houses over 300,000 books, including key course textbook, as well as a huge online library of academic journals, e-books and databases. The Library welcomes members of the public, staff, students and researchers from other institutions and anyone wishing to use the Sybil Campbell and Thorold & Lyttelton Collections. It also has an Education Resource Room.

Find out more about the Martial Rose Library

Take a virtual tour of the Martial Rose Library

West Downs Library

Located adjacent to the Business School, our West Downs Library, based in the brand new West Downs development, has dedicated resources for the various subject areas in the Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies, including Fashion and Mathematics.

Find out more about the new West Downs development

 

Psychology

Psychology Research Laboratory

The Psychology Research Laboratory accommodates a range of research, for example it contains a play area with comfortable seating for children and parents/guardians, a one-way mirror for observations, and general-purpose PCs suitable for running various kinds of computerised studies.

Forensic Psychology Laboratory

We have invested in VR PC – HTC Vice Eye Pro. Capable of eye tracking, this equipment is currently used to explore realistic environments and induce paranoia; in future it will also be used for research about generating creativity in different spaces. Another strand of research for which this equipment is suitable is viewing a crime from a first-person perspective and reporting back the details measuring eye witness testimony. Our Alcohol Intoxication Lab is primarily used in eyewitness testimony research. After measuring participants' levels of intoxication, they are presented with a video of a crime and take part in a video line-up to pick out the perpetrator.

Social Research Laboratory

The Social Research Laboratory comprises two rooms. The observation room is equipped with comfortable seating and tables, a plasma screen, microphones and remote control video cameras, and is suitable for conducting focus groups or interviews. Adjacent to this is a control room which allows for complete monitoring and remote control video and audio recording from the observation room.

EEG Laboratory

The EEG laboratory houses a BIOSEMI EEG system capable of running electroencephalogram (EEG) experiments on research participants. Typically, EEG research measures the brain activity of participants when performing a variety of additional tasks or perceiving experimental stimuli. The EEG lab is also equipped with a research PC for the presentation of computer-based tasks.

Experimental Cubicles

The Psychology Department possesses eight research cubicles suitable for cognitive/experimental research. All are equipped with modern PCs, some with touch-screens, with experiment-generating software (such as E-Prime or Superlab). One cubicle is equipped with an artificial daylight illuminant suitable for research into colour vision. There is also a Human Performance and Perception laboratory and a Colour & Vision laboratory where auditory and visual perception experiments can be carried out.

Psychometric Test Library

We have a well-stocked psychometric test library with a range of cognitive, educational and developmental test batteries as well as aptitude, ability and personality tests.

Software

The Department has an extensive range of software available for student and staff use, both for teaching and research. The Department uses SPSS extensively, as well as software such as PsychoPy, R, E-Prime and Matlab.

Additional facilities

BIOPACs which support a number of electrophysiological measures, including EEG, GSR and heart-rate monitoring, a Psychology Computer Suite and a Psychology Resource Room.

Find out more

Visit the Psychology department webpages to find out more about our research and to meet our laboratory technicians and researchers

See below for Sport Psychology facilities.

Sport, Exercise and Health

We are excellently equipped for Biomechanics, Physiology, Strength & Conditioning, and Sport Psychology. 

Biomechanics:

Delsys Electromyography (EMG) Sensors (Trigno Avanti System)
Woodway Treadmill (PPS MED)
Wattbike Cycle Ergometer (Pro)
Kistler Force Plate (9281ea)
BTS Bioengineering G-Walk (G-Walk)
Qualisys Motion Capture Cameras (Oqus 300, 310 & 600)
Microgate Gyko
Lafayette hand-held Dynamometer

Physiology:

The Altitude Centre Hypoxicator (Everest Summit II Hypoxic Generator)
Baty International Skinfold Calipers (Harpenden Skinfold Caliper)
Body Stat Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) Devices (Body Stat 1500)
EKF Diagnostics Blood Glucose/Lactate Analyser(Biosen C-Line Sport)
EKF Diagnostics Lactate Analyser (Lactate Scout)
Hawksley Haematocrit Centrifuge (Haematospin 1300)
Vitech Scientific Refractometer (Osmocheck)
Schiller 12-Lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) (Cardiovit CS-200 Touch)
Polar Heart Rate Monitors (A300)
Monark Cycle Ergometers (874E & 894E)
SRM Cycle Ergometer (SRM Training System)
Woodway Treadmill
Harvard Apparatus Dry Gas Meter
Cranlea Douglas Bags
Servomex Gas Analyser (5200 Servoflex miniHF)
Cortex Gas Analyser (Metalyzer 3B)
Brower Timing Gates (TC-Timing System)
ADInstruments PowerLab (PowerLab 15T)
AtCor Medical SphygomoCor (SphygmoCOr XCEL)
Terason Ultrasound (uSmart 3300)
Artinis Medical Systems Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) (PortaLite)
Fitech CardioChek (CardioChek)
SMT-Medical Vicorder
Concept II Rowing Ergometer

Strength & Conditioning:

ESP Fitness Power Racks (TotalPower)
Eleiko Powerlifting Barbell (IPF Powerlifting Competition Bar)
BlkBox Weightlifting Barbells (15kg & 20kg Belfast Bar)
Microgate OptoJump (OptoJump Next)
PUSH Inc. PUSH Bands (PUSH Band 2.0)
Kinetic Performance GymAware

Sports Psychology:

SensoMotoric Instruments Eye-Tracking Glasses
ANT Neuro Electroencephalogram (ECG) (Eego Sports 32)
Batak (Professional)
Oculus Rift
Garmin 360° Camera (Virb)

Find out more

Visit the Sport, Exercise and Health departmental webpages to find out more about our research and to meet our laboratory technicians and researchers.