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Sorby Centre: Facility operating normally. For training and access registration requests please email providing your full name and CICS user ID. Christmas Closure: Please note the Sorby Centre will close at 5.00pm on Friday 20th December and reopen on Monday 6th January 2020. We wish all our users a very Happy Christmas break and a prosperous New Year!

XRD Research Facility: Most facilities are operating normally. Raman: the 785nm laser has been returned after repairs, reinstalled, and is awaiting testing. For training or queries, email To report issues, complete this form. Please note that the XRD Research Facility will close at 10am on the 23rd December 2019, and reopen at noon on the 9th January 2020.

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 here.   Christmas Closure: The microprep lab will be closed from 23/12/2019 and will reopen 13/01/2020.

Characterisation Research Facility: For training or queries please contact Registration forms required before using the Facility can be found here.

NanoCharaterisation (G5a/C9d):  Christmas Closure: Please note the labs will be closed from 5:00pm on Friday 20th December and will reopen 10am on Monday 6th January 2020. All instruments are operational.  For training or queries on these instruments, please contact Dawn Bussey: 

Arc Melting: The Buhler Am 0,0.5 is currently in-operational and no new users can be trained on it at the moment - sorry. 

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 times.

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