About the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory

The Collaborative Teaching Laboratory is a new approach to flexible, multi-use, multi-disciplinary laboratory teaching at the University of Birmingham.

Collaborative Teaching Laboratory

The CTL consists of five laboratories in three locations:

  • Three laboratories in the CTL main building (R31), a £45 million investment which opened in October 2018.
  • CTL Biolabs, the recently enhanced undergraduate laboratories in the School of Biosciences (R27).   
  • CTL Engineering, a multi-use technical laboratory in the School of Engineering building (Y3).

These can be found on the campus map.

The CTL operates teaching laboratories for undergraduates studying Chemical, Civil, Electrical related and Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Biosciences, Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Sport and Exercise Sciences. The student experience in each of these spaces is strongly enhanced by Educational Technology, including pre-lab materials that prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills before they physically enter the lab; in-lab assistance to ensure they make the most of their lab time; and post-lab analysis, reporting and assessment.

The CTL is a complete re-think of the way undergraduate STEM subjects are taught using new cutting edge, industry relevant experimental equipment and computational and analysis provision is of industrial standard, with the aim of producing graduates that are ready to work at forefront of their field. 

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