Access our research facilities

The University has a range of specialist research facilities and equipment available for external organisations to access. These range from our theatre complex and driving simulator through to our electron beam lithography system and national robotics capability.

Below are some of the key facilities available at the University: 

Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre

The Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre houses a large proportion of the electron microscopy and analysis facilities at the University of Leeds. It is internationally renowned as a leading research centre in microscopic and spectroscopic characterization of solid materials. The centre aims to develop and underpin materials characterization techniques in the University and to also offer external services to outside higher education institutions and industry. This centre complements the state-of-the-art facilities in the ‘atoms to devices’ theme at Leeds, funded by Royce.

Next Generation Sequencing Facility

The next generation sequencing facility is equipped with Illumina HiSeq and MiSeq sequencers, which can be used for sequencing DNA or RNA samples. Depending on requirements, the team can sequence user-prepared libraries or provide a limited library preparation service. The facility is a partnership between the University of Leeds and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.


The University has a public-licenced theatre complex featuring Stage One (a 180-seat main auditorium) and the Alec Clegg Studio (an 52-seat ‘black box’ studio). All of our venues are equipped with lighting and audio/video support. If you want to find out more about putting on your work or hiring one of our venues visit the Stage@Leeds website.

Special Collections

Our Special Collections include hundreds of thousands of rare books, manuscripts, archives and art. The collection is free and open to members of the public. Find out more about our Special Collections and plan your visit

Dental Translational and Clinical Research Unit

The Dental Translational and Clinical Research Unit supports all aspects of clinical trials research from concept through to completion and is able to support both academic and commercial studies. It offers a wide portfolio of clinical trial activities, depending on needs and requirements.

Activities can range from utilisation of the clinical facilities for recruitment and follow-up of patients, through to a full academic partnership involving collaborative grant applications, trial implementation, analysis and publication.

Electron Beam Lithography Facility

This is one of the most high-resolution electron-beam lithography systems in Europe. It can fabricate new generations of high frequency electronics, spintronic devices and novel magnetic materials.

Bio-imaging Facility

The University's bio-imaging facility gives you access to state-of-the-art light microscopy equipment, such as the Delta Vision Widefield Deconvolution microscope and the Microinjection and Phase Contrast Microscope, and image analysis software.

Driving Simulator

The University of Leeds driving simulator is one of the most advanced driving research environments in the world; and allows research into driver behaviour to be performed in accurately controlled and repeatable laboratory conditions.

Cryo-electron microscopy

Cryo-electron microscopy is a cutting edge tool for modern structural biology, allowing the structures of large macromolecular complexes to be calculated in native-like conditions, trapped in a layer of vitreous ice.

National Centre for Robotics

The National Centre for Robotics gives our researchers and industrial partners access to a suite of technologies for robot design and construction that is among the most advanced in the world.

High Performance Computing

The University has a strong long-term strategy for high performance computing. We host and are a key stakeholder in the £2.6M regional N8 high performance computing facility of 110 teraflops. These facilities are supported by a specialist team offering advice to researchers and industrial collaborators on how they can leverage the facility to meet their challenge.

Institute of Process Research and Development

This £4.3 million laboratory provides facilities for chemical processing and small scale manufacture of chemicals to order.

A Multifunctional Materials Growth Facility

This equipment, funded by Royce, will enable organic, ferromagnetic, piezoelectric, superconducting, and exotic topologically insulating materials to be combined with atomic resolution in a bespoke set of ultra-high vacuum chambers. This will enable electronic and opto-electronic devices to be designed in which the properties are controlled by manipulation of the atomic interfaces.

Versatile X-ray Spectroscopy Facility for Materials Characterisation in Controlled Environments

This equipment, funded by Royce, will establish the world’s first multi-technique X-ray core level spectroscopy facility designed to provide an integrated service for the characterisation of materials under control of environmental conditions.

Leeds Nanotechnology Cleanroom

The cleanroom is a leading fabrication centre, supporting cutting edge research activities across the physical and life sciences. The facility includes 200 m2 of ISO 5 (class 100) cleanroom containing a range of state-of-the art equipment to suit most micro- and nano-fabrication requirements, including photo- and e-beam lithography, deposition, wet and dry etching, post-processing and characterisation. This cleanroom complements the state-of-the-art facilities in the ‘atoms to devices’ (A2D) theme at Leeds, funded by Royce.

If you are interested in accessing the University's facilities or a particular item of research equipment you can search the N8 database, which holds details of all the equipment and facilities across the N8 university partnership.