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S-Lab 2015 Awards


The 2015 S-Lab Award scheme are now open for applications, details about the Awards and a stage 1 application form can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

Awards categories will be based around the 2014 categories.

Categories for applications are:

1. New or Refurbished Laboratories

2. Laboratory Effectiveness

3. Laboratory Environmental Improvement

4. Best New or Improved Product

5. Laboratory Informatics

6. Making a Differrence

7. Laboratory Based Teaching and Learning

More details about the categories can be found in the '2015 S-Lab Awards Details' document downloadable from the bottom of this page.

Winners and highly commeded entries of the 2014 Awards were announced at a Gala Dinner, and can be viewed below. Videos about some of the entries can be found here.

Details of our 2012 and 2013 Awards can be found on our Resources page.

WINNERSof the 2014 Awards

Coventry University, The Engineering and Computing Building - An innovative, holistic, technology led environment that fully supports the delivery of the Faculty’s Activity Led Learning approach to teaching whilst also working in tandem with its research and commercial activities and actively supporting its substantial outreach programme of work (New Building – Teaching and Mixed Use category)

La Trobe University, Australia, Supporting Remote Laboratory Learning - A nationwide delivery of practical teaching resources--enabling secondary schools across Australia to remotely control University based laboratory equipment (Virtual Laboratory – Teaching and Learning category)

MRC, Laboratory of Molecular Biology - Designed to provide highly effective and efficient facilities to some of the world’s leading scientists (UK Winner, New Building – Research category)

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, USA, Research Tower - An investigational research facility that houses research labs, core labs, a clinic, vivarium and shared public spaces (International Winner, New Building – Research Category)

University of Auckland, New Zealand, Chemistry Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories - Creating learning environments that challenge students to become actively engaged, independent, lifelong learners inside and outside of formal learning spaces (Refurbished Laboratory category)

University of Leeds, Environmental Improvements in the Priestley Teaching Laboratory - Reducing the energy use of the laboratory through modified ventilation requirements, using variable air volume cupboards, separation of solvent cupboard extracts, passive infra-red sash prompts, a poster campaign and a central monitoring system (Laboratory Environmental Improvement category)

University of Nottingham, Technical Focus Group - A group of technical staff across multiple subject disciplines who came together in 2013 to enhance the recognition and professionalisation of the University's 600+ technicians, through provision of professional development opportunities, networking and other means (Making a Difference category)

University of Sheffield, Professional Technician Training Programme - Developing multi-skilled technical staff for four areas - Electronics, IT Support, Mechanical Workshop, and Departmental laboratories (Laboratory Effectiveness category)

University of Southampton, StarStream Technology - An ultrasonic attachment to a water tap, which improves the cleaning power of cold water with few (often zero) additives, by generating ultrasound and bubbles (Best New Product category)

University of York, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence - Training graduate and senior undergraduate students from all over the world and from a variety of backgrounds in practicing sustainability in modern chemistry laboratories (Laboratory Based Teaching and Learning category)

West Middlesex University Hospital, An Integrated Approach to Clinical Data - Interfacing POCT (Point of Care Testing) devices to a clinical order communications system (Sunquest ICE) to improve clinical data integrity and reduce patient waiting times in an Accident and Emergency Department (Virtual Laboratory - Data & Informatics category)


HIGHLY COMMENDED for the 2014 Awards

Centre for Disease Control, USA, Laboratory Freezer Challenge - A competition that engaged lab personnel in energy saving best practices for freezer maintenance and management at these Department of Health and Human Services Facilities, in Atlanta, GA and Anchorage, AK (Laboratory Effectiveness category)

Open University of Catalonia, Spain, Practical Experimentation in Online Learning - The acquisition of the needed practical competences for the degrees of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunication Studies are achieved using real hardware and software in an online learning environment (Virtual Laboratory – Teaching and Learning category)

University College London , Chemical and Equipment Database - Facilitating the sharing of chemicals and equipment within the Department, across departments and with other institutions (Laboratory Effectiveness category)

University of Bradford, STEM Centre - A very flexible, and Passivhaus compliant, building focused on Outreach activity and providing a high quality and space efficient environment for multiple modes of learning (New Building – Teaching and Mixed Use category)

University of Derby, Ceri Heldrich - Ceri has achieved success in several different technical areas within the University for over 20 years and is currently a Sport and Exercise Technician who provides invaluable support to research and teaching, including a major role in supporting student’s Independent Study projects (Making a Difference category)

University of Edinburgh, Roslin Institute - Uniting scientists working in complimentary research, introducing new ways of working and encouraging flexibility in approaches to science (New Building – Research category)

University of Southampton, Wind Responsive Fume Extract - The UK’s first WRFE system is integrated with University-wide ‘real time’ automatic metering, allowing continuous monitoring of fan speeds and average sash position in 17 laboratories, driving behaviour change and avoiding 250 tonnes CO2e and £47,000 of energy in the first year (Laboratory Environmental Improvement category)




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