Unique Facilities

At GCU, we can offer your organisation access to unique facilities including:

Human Performance Laboratories

State-of-the-art human performance laboratories with capability to measure functional performance and activities of living in controlled and free-living conditions, including 3-D motion capture, ultrasound techniques, force and pressure analysis, muscle function and strength, metabolic and physical activity monitoring. Additionally, we have capacity for computer-aided design and manufacture (rapid prototyping) of novel orthotic devices.

Biological and Biomedical Sciences Analysis

Laboratory facilities offering access to the latest technology in DNA sequencing. Capacity for cell and molecular biology to investigate a number of common diseases and toxic responses to drug and other xenobiotics. Additionally, there is capacity to develop zebra-fish models of human disease condition and as screening tools for potential therapeutic agents.

Food Sciences Laboratory

GCU is the only university in the UK to have a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited laboratory. Specialist equipment includes dedicated instrumentation which allows for the rapid detection and classification of bacteria relevant to food safety. The University’s food analysis services are used by blue chip companies and SMEs which rely on effective and efficient sampling and analysis.

Eye Clinic

The Eye Clinic trains Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and Orthoptists – the only institution in the UK to do so. GCU has the facilities for specialised testing that is otherwise available only in hospitals in Scotland. During teaching semesters patients are examined by students under the direct supervision of experienced and qualified clinical staff. In addition, the Clinical Optometrist provides a full range of eye examination services throughout the year.

Clinical Simulation Suite

Our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Laboratory is used to develop the clinical skills of nurses and ambulance staff. It can also be used to test and develop new medical procedures and assessment techniques. The ward includes a nurses’ station and intensive care suite, while audio-visual recorders can monitor proceedings in real time and students can learn by watching recordings of their techniques.

Digital Visualisation Laboratory

GCU has developed a unique lab to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.