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Campus partner offers free remote lab service to schools and colleges

University campus partner RLC Lab - based in the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre - is offering remote online access to laboratory equipment to enable science teachers and their students to conduct experiments in real time.

The organisation is able to provide all resources needed including lesson plans. Lab-class also offers short training courses for teachers to try out the experiments before running a class with their students.

This includes performing organic reactions and monitoring the reaction and measuring reaction rates using automated HPLC analysis protocols. Lab-class is not a simulation or a pre-recorded session; teachers login and directly control the equipment to conduct real experiments in real time.

Mark Jones, founder of RLC Lab and established member of the LUSEP innovation community has offered several successful initiatives to support schools over the years, and this latest venture has also received excellent feedback from those who have tried it already, including the below from an A-Level Chemistry teacher:

“Lab-class has given our students the fantastic opportunity to use HPLC equipment they are not able to use in school, and carry out experiments during the pandemic when opportunities for practical work have been limited. The training slot and support from Mark has been first class, and he provides resources for the students to work through to understand the experiment and analyse their results. The system he has set up is easy to use and quickly generates good quality results for analysis - we will definitely be using lab-class again in the future!" 

Teachers can sign up here. The service will be running until the end of October.

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