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Sorby Centre: Facility is currently closed. For training and access registration requests please email providing your full name and IT Services (CiCS) user ID. Attention: To remain Covid-Secure complient, authorised researchers working on approved projects must currently request equipment bookings by contacting the facility manager at  Please DO NOT attempt to book equipment yourself at this time.

XRD Research Facility: The Bruker D2 Phaser is operational; all other machines are in the process of moving to the RDC. Email with queries. To report issues, complete this form.

Quarrell: The Quarrell lab has reopened allowing a maximum of 20 users in the lab for approved projects only.  Please ensure that a user space (or gas space) has been booked before booking equipment in the area.  No admittance to the lab if a space has not been booked.  If you think you should have access to the Quarrell lab, please contact

Micropreparation Please note that access to chemicals for etching will require you to have completed a new CoSHH form.  For training or queries, please contact and fill out the registration form (if not done already) available hereAttention: The Microprep lab is now open. Please contact about returning to the lab.

Characterisation Research Facility: For training or queries please contact Registration forms required before using the Facility can be found hereThe Characterisation lab is reopening under limited capacity for approved projects only. 

NanoCharaterisation (G5a/C9d):   Dawn Bussey has left her post at the University. Whilst the lab is open to approved projects, there is limited support available.

Arc Melting: In accordance with the Covid-19 control measures max 1 is allowed to work in the Arc Melting Facility at any one time.  Please ensure that you've booked the 'Arc Melting Area'. You may find 'Arc Melting Area', 'Arc Melter MAM 1', and 'Arc Melter AM 0.5' under the 'Adv Metal Processing (QL)' site. Arcast 200 is listed under 'Adv Metal Processing' site. Please contact for queries.

For booking system queries, please contact staff at the facility you wish to use or are having issues with. If your access to a facility has expired, please email the appropriate contact above giving (i) your name, (ii) your uCard expiry date (for students) or contract expiry date (for staff), and (iii) your new charge code, or username if applicable. This booking system is not affiliated with any online TUOS systems, and so will not update anything unless you take action at such t

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