Access our research facilities

The University has a number of state-of-the-art research facilities that are 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.

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

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

Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre

Internationally renowned as a leading research centre in microscopic and spectroscopic characterization of solid materials, the Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre houses a large proportion of the electron microscopy and analysis facilities at the University of Leeds. It aims to develop and underpin materials characterization techniques in the University and to also offer external services to outside higher education institutions and industry.

Leeds EPSRC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Facility

The Leeds Nanoequipment Facility aims to provide external researchers who are eligible for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding with free access at the point of use to a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation and appropriate academic and technical expertise. The facility aims to specialise in both inorganic and hybrid inorganic/organic nanosystems.

Accessible facilities include a combination of inter-related techniques for both characterisation and structural and device fabrication and highlights include atomic force microscopy, X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy and the nonprobe.

Next Generation Sequencing Facility

A partnership between the University of Leeds and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the next generation sequencing facility is currently 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 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

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, with planned capital investments of £500,000 a year. This has established the 45 teraflops ARC1 facility, with an expansion of 60 teraflops in 2013. The University hosts and is 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

Opened in 2009 following an investment of £4.3 million, this laboratory provides facilities for chemical processing and small scale manufacture of chemicals to order.