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New for 2017

"STEMLab allows us to develop new courses to train future scientists and engineers in the disciplines of tomorrow." (Professor Rachel Thomson)

Opening this year, STEMLab will act as a hub for Science and Engineering students, providing a truly student-focused laboratory learning environment.

Today, Loughborough University is one of the UK's leading centres of excellence for teaching STEM subjects - with a proven track record in supplying industry with high-calibre, highly motivated graduates. The demand for STEM skills across sectors is huge, and only expected to grow. STEMLab represents a £17m investment in ensuring Loughborough University can meet the demands of industries and the demand from students for innovative courses in STEM subjects.

Physics students starting in 2017 will enjoy using the brand new, state-of-the-art Physical Sciences laboratory designed to enable the exploration of the fundamentals of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum phenomena, waves, solid state and thermal physics. It will also provide a Physics and Optics laboratory designed for allowing the practical examination of the underlying physics of many everyday phenomena, including the study of optics and the behaviour of light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and mechanics.

In addition to STEMLab, a further projected investment of over £4m to create Physics laboratories in the refurbished Sir David Davies Building will bring further expansive teaching space for students in 2018.

For more information about this exciting development visit:

Take a virtual tour of some of our labs for physics, chemistry and biochemistry.