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School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Excellent facilities for all subject areas

New state-of-the-art laboratories and excellent teaching spaces means we offer students and researchers world-class facilities.

We have a whole range of specialist facilities depending on your area of study.

Our forensics students and staff can use:

  • Geophysics equipment for exploring burial contexts
  • An osteology lab with anthropometric instruments, casting devices, digital X-ray and 3D laser scanning equipment

Geography students are learning on the instrumentation that professionals use with the latest geographic information systems (GIS) software and state-of-the-art analytical equipment.

In the £26 million Tom Reilly Building, you’ll find Psychology students recording brain activity with EEG and fNIRS and using virtual reality systems and a driving simulator to test out simulated activities.

Plus Psychology students and research staff use:

  • Psychophysiology Lab: eye tracking and facial recognition software, game consoles, fNIR system (which monitors changes in cortical oxygenation and deoxygenation in the brain), GSR transducer sets, electro-oculogram amplifier (to record eye movements), evoked response equipment
  • Sensory and Affective Neuroscience Lab: Medoc Pathway Thermal Sensory Analyser used in pain studies, a Robotic Tactile Stimulator for research into affective touch, an olfactometer for smell research, microneurography capabilities used to record and microstimulate single sensory nerves innervating the skin
  • Driving Simulator: driver console with steering wheel, brake, clutch and accelerator pedals, and a tester console with programming monitor
  • Appetite Research Lab: fully equipped food preparation kitchen and testing area
  • Human Performance Testing Lab: a dedicated general purpose laboratory for physiological measurements with associated software (EMG, EEG, ECG, GSR, blood flow, air flow, breathing rate, Chart 4.0 Analysis)

The James Parsons building is where you’ll find our biological sciences, geography, animal behaviour and zoology students and researchers at work in our labs and teaching areas. They’ll also be collecting data and observing the natural world out in the field.

Basic scientific practices picked up in practical assessments gave me a head start in my training. I never knew learning how to stain tissue slides and use a Neubauer chamber to count cells would come in so useful!

Lauren Wallace -
LJMU graduate of BSc Biology works as a Trainee Clinical Embryologist, Liverpool Womens Hospital