Reporter 422, 8 June 1998

Major capital grant will update chemistry labs

Chemistry laboratories built in the 1930s and 1950s will be totally refurbished over the next two years, after the University secured £2.55 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The University has matched the funding, and work on the £5.1 million state-of-the-art project will start this summer.

"It's marvellous, and it will have a major impact on our work," says Professor Michael Pilling, head of the School of Chemistry. "Some of our laboratories are very old, and we really do need investment because of the changes in safety regulations. These will be high-quality labs."

The refurbishment was one of 122 awards FROM HEFCE to enable laboratory-based research of the highest quality to continue to be carried out and to support the physical infrastructure in HE institutions for basic research.

Professor Pilling said that although the building work would inevitably be disruptive, it would be "well worth it in the end". The refurbished laboratories will be used for research into synthetic, organic and inorganic chemistry.

The scheme is one of a number approved by Senate as part of the annual capital programme.

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