The National Measurement Laboratory is to establish a hub at Nexus, the University’s innovation hub, and has signed a new strategic partnership agreement.
As the UK’s designated institute for chemical and bio-measurement, the National Measurement Laboratory (NML) plays a leading role in developing best practice and harmonising measurements across the world.
It spans a range of sectors including advanced therapeutics, diagnostics, safety and security, for example, standardising measurements so that medical test results obtained in the UK can be compared directly with test results from hospitals all over the globe.
It is also home to the Government Chemist, responsible for resolving scientific disputes, mainly in the food and feed sectors, and giving advice to regulators and industry.
Visiting Nexus this week, the UK Government Chemist and Director of NML, Professor Julian Braybrook, signed a Memorandum of Understanding as part of a new, long-term strategic partnership with the University and Nexus.
As well as establishing a hub at Nexus, the agreement sets out plans to create a centre of excellence for metrology in clinical sciences for the North of England, based at the University.
“The partnership will also provide an opportunity to develop the next generation of metrologists in the North.”
Professor Braybrook said: “The new partnership will grow and develop opportunities for academics, students and industry across the Leeds City Region and promote the incorporation of high quality measurement science in research and innovation.”
Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Innovation, added: “I am very excited about partnering with the National Measurement Laboratory to strengthen and expand research potential within the wider region.
“The partnership will also provide an opportunity to develop the next generation of metrologists in the North, through establishing specialist training qualifications and increased connectivity to industry partners.”
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Picture shows, from left, Dr Martin Stow - Nexus Director, Harry Barraza - Relationship Development Director at LGC, which hosts the National Measurement Laboratory, Professor Lisa Roberts - Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Innovation at the University of Leeds and Professor Julian Braybrook - UK Government Chemist and Director of Measurement Science at the National Measurement Laboratory.