New Look for Electronics

During this summer, the Department of Electronics is undergoing a major refurbishment of its teaching laboratories. The ground floor is being restructured to provide a more logical layout of the teaching areas; from September, the Engineering and Digital Media subject areas will each have their own focus. The Multimedia C and Digital Systems laboratories will be relocated into enlarged areas, and new work benches and seats will add to the feeling of spaciousness.
A further major improvement is that all of our teaching laboratories are now air-conditioned. We are also getting a new, modern lift to replace the old manual-door model, which was installed some 40 years ago.
On top of all this building work, we are also purchasing a substantial amount of new equipment. The new Engineering laboratory will benefit from state-of-the-art test equipment, thanks to generous sponsorship from National Instruments; and new, high-speed, 19”, flat-panels monitors will complement the high-spec computers in our Multimedia and Audio-Visual laboratories.
Our computing infrastructure is also being dramatically upgraded, with a new 30 Terabyte file store, accessed via a one Gigabit network connection, running throughout the teaching laboratories.
In all, around half a million pounds is being spent.