School demonstrates its dedication to continued growth and excellence with further investment in facilities

New Building for the School of Physical Sciences will give students fantastic new facilities by the summer of 2020

School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent

Having access to high-quality equipment is crucial for students, and after having recently invested almost £2 million on a wide range of modern facilities, The School of Physical Sciences will be opening a new building in the summer of 2020, giving students access to new and improved facilities.

The new building will benefit all SPS students, from across our range of courses, and add to the already excellent facilities which include wet and dry labs, an observatory and our new crime scene house. Our students already use industry-standard equipment and work in state-of-the-art surroundings from the very beginning of their studies, but the new building will mean we can continue to support our students to excel and realise their potential.  

Chemistry: The new building will mean that the school has one of the largest dedicated chemistry teaching facility in the South East. Giving our Chemistry students a committed space to study and put in practice the skills they have learnt will be vital for helping them excel in their studies and future careers. 

Forensics: Specialist forensics labs will complement the fantastic West Oast Crime Scene House, where students get the opportunity to find out what is involved in working at a crime scene. West Oast House is a bespoke on-campus training facility where students put their academic studies into practice and develop transferable skills. The building will include a ballistics suite which will accompany the dedicated ballistics and firearms kit and bring several modules to life for Forensics students. 

Physics: The brand new building will home flexible dedicated teaching labs to expand the range of available experiments and projects for Physics students. The new labs will be in addition to the Beacon Observatory, which provides a fully automised system with both optical telescope and radio telescope capability and is motorised and connected to the internet, meaning that observations can be carried out remotely.

These new facilities will be available from Summer 2020, meaning students contemplating starting this year or next year will be able to benefit from the considerable investment in the School. The building is another step in the journey to making Kent the best Physical Science school in the country.