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    Multipurpose facilities under one roof


As one of the largest Food and Nutritional Sciences departments in the UK, we give home to an extensive range of facilities that enable us to engage in uniquely diverse teaching and research.

"The facilities on offer at Reading are fantastic, and are major assets to the Department. On my course, I may be making ice cream in the pilot plant one day, measuring blood pressure in the Hugh Sinclair Unit the next day, and conducting sensory panels or visiting the University farm the day after that!"

Elinor Read

BSc Nutrition and Food Science with Professional Training

Food processing Centre

With a floor space of 1100 square metres, our Food Pilot Plant is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK. Able to simulate and recreate the conditions of industry, our pilot plant is an exciting place to develop and analyse food products.

The Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition

Built to be a leading facility for research into the effect of diet on vascular and body composition, the Hugh Sinclair Unit makes Reading a leading centre for human clinical nutrition studies.

The Flavour centre

Understanding the chemistry of flavour is crucial to developing successful new products. Our Flavour Centre helps to ensure that both new and existing products are as appealing as possible. 

Sensory Science Centre

Sensory evaluation is vital in gaining an understanding of how we perceive flavour, taste and texture in food. The Sensory Science Centre provides high quality sensory evaluation data for industry as well as the University's research and teaching programmes.

Flow Cytometry Suite

The Flow Cytometry Suite offers bespoke project design and implementation to assess pharmaceuticals and dietary supplement activity, including probiotics, antibiotics, prebiotics and proteins/fibres/carbohydrates.

Laboratory Facilities

The Department's laboratory facilities include a Chemical Analysis Facility with several NMR spectrometers, mass spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction facilities, and extensive laboratories.

Come on a virtual tour

Reading has some of the most diverse facilities of any Food and Nutritional Sciences departments in the UK. Come on a virtual tour to see what we offer.

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