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Research facilities

Our research excellence is supported by state-of the art major research facilities.

Centre for Advanced Microscopy

The Centre for Advanced Microscopy provides state of-the-art microscopy facilities for research, diagnostics and analysis in biological, medical and physical sciences and engineering. These advanced microscopes enable scientists and engineers to reveal details of structures at the atomic level through the nano scale rup to the macroscopic level.

MRI Facility

The University of Reading MRI Facility is an independent part of the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN). The Facility is designed so that it can take full advantage of the research and IT expertise of CINN, but can also be closed off to provide privacy and security as a medical scanning suite or for industry research.

Chemical Analysis Facility

Our Chemical Analytical Facility provides the highest quality support for our research in chemistry, pharmacy, food biosciences, soil sciences and agriculture. The facility includes the latest technology for nuclear magnetic resonance, thermal analysis, molecular spectroscopy, X-ray analysis and mass spectrometry equipment.


The CAVE is a £2 million virtual environment that allows users to walk into a computer-generated world. It is part of the School of Systems Engineering's Visualisation and Interactive Technology Centre. The CAVE enables users to experience, see and interact with large built environments, visualise complex data sets, such as MRI images, or provide immersive medical training or treatment in a controlled, safe setting.

Infrared Multilayer Laboratory

The laboratory is exclusively engaged in the research, development and supply of specialist high-quality infrared optics; ranging from coatings for single optical components, to the complete spectral design and manufacture of coatings for complex infrared space-flight atmospheric sensing and ground-based astronomical instruments.

International Cocoa Quarantine Centre (ICQC)

The ICQC handles all international movement of cocoa breeding material and is the only facility of its kind in the world. It is playing a pivotal role in stopping the spread of pests and disease on cocoa, whilst ensuring that research centres worldwide have access to new and interesting types of cocoa.


The Herbarium is a research and teaching facility, containing around 300,000 specimens of flowering plants, conifers, cycads, ferns, lycophytes and non-vascular plants. The centre is a major research resource, receiving visitors and requests for identification help from all over the world.

The Flavour Centre

The Flavour Centre provides the food industry with an understanding of the fundamental chemistry that lies beneath the flavours in the products it creates. This understanding is the foundation from which new products can be developed, and flavours enhanced and controlled. The challenge of maintaining and maximising flavour is becoming increasingly important as consumers seek healthy, convenient products which must also taste good.

Process Research Centre

The Process Research Centre in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences is the largest food processing pilot plant in the UK. The Centre is equipped with a wide range of equipment and machinery, with a value of over £4million. Internationally renowned scientists and technologists within the Department specialise in food processing.

ICMA Centre

Our dealing rooms are an integral part of the ICMA Centre, and the Centre was the first business school in Europe to have a dealing room facility of its kind and is still the only university with a facility on such a scale. Our three dealing rooms are an integral part of our teaching and learning - the technology and facilities allow students to put theory into practice. They experience the thrill and pressures of a live market.


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