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The School is proud of its industry relevant facilities that it can offer to students and researchers. 


The area of engineering boasts a wide range of specialist equipment and facilities which enable students and researchers to test and develop scenarios and working environments. 

At the Plas Coch Campus there is a state-of-the-art Merlin Flight Simulator which enables students to design and test their own aircraft using engineering theory. There are also subsonic and supersonic wind tunnel facilities and flight simulation packages such as FLITE, RANT navaids trainer and Boeing 747. Students also have the opportunity to work on jet engine aircraft in the aircraft hangar on campus and a well-equipped thermo-fluid dynamics lab including a fully operational pelton wheel and francis turbine. 

There is an industry standard Rapid Prototyping facility (fused deposition method) which enables designs to come to life and cutting edge computer-aided design, analysis and simulation software, including ANSYS, AutoCAD, Pro Engineer, Abaqus, MATLAB and Simulink. 

Students have access to a specialist motorsport workshop as well as an industry standard production workshop to gain experience of using machinery. 

There are a number of computer-aided design labs, modern electronics labs, specialist manufacturing systems simulation software, industry-standard instrumentation labs. There is also a dedicated mathematics support centre for students. 

Computing facilities

The computing area has a number of newly refurbished IT labs including a specialist laboratory dedicated to computer networking on the Plas Coch Campus as well as a specialist computer game development studio dedicated to design and production. Students have access to a wide range of hardware and software technologies relating to human-computer interaction and simulation where they can develop intelligent interfaces for games and virtual reality with particular emphasis on products for people with physical or learning disabilities. 

The department is proud to have an Immersive Dome, an environment also commonly known as a ‘full-dome’, which is a 360 degree projected space that through the unification of other technologies provides the template to deploy a range of unique training scenarios. The electronic prototyping platform (Arduino) is used to incorporate new and innovative ways of engaging and enhancing surroundings to create sensory rich environments (similar to a 4D cinema experience). 

Industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk Suite are available for the creation of 2D and 3D projection and auditory content

 The Centre for the Creative Industries, also on the Plas Coch Campus has a fully integrated media suite, television production studio and Apple accredited facilities. 


One of the highlights for students is the University’s very own Forensic Science Lab, based on the Plas Coch Campus. This allows mock crime scenes to be set up to test the students’ skills and put them at the heart of scenarios.

The University also has the only body farm in Wales for taphonomic study and research (the study of decaying organisms and how they become fossilized).

Students have access to dedicated chemical and instrumental analysis labs giving them hands-on practical experience of modern laboratory equipment. 

Built Environment

There is a dedicated studio space for the design elements of built environment courses including architectural design technology and students have access to the latest Computer Aided Design software like AutoCAD Revit and SketcUp, as well as digital information resources.