Access to equipment and facilities
Many of our world-class facilities are available for use by industry and universities. All of our equipment is maintained and used by experts in their area, who are also available to help you get best value in solving your business problems, ranging from routine testing/analysis to advanced research questions.
Staff in our business gateways will be very happy to discuss your needs and to put you in contact with academics who can help. Please contact them for more information.
Here is sample of the wide range of world-class facilities here at the University.
The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing
The AMRC with Boeing is a £60m partnership with the world's leading aerospace company. At its purpose-built facility, over 200 experts are identifying, researching and resolving advanced manufacturing problems for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. Research discoveries are rapidly migrated into industry. It is a partnership between industry and academia, which has become a model for research centres worldwide.
Chemical Engineering at the Life Science Interface (ChELSI) institute
Opened in 2011, the state-of-the-art £4.3 million ChELSI institute was created to enhance interactions between chemical engineers and biologists across strategically important research themes, from wastewater to the treatment of disease. The institute will also help train a new generation of researchers in chemical and bioprocess techniques, working with other universities and industry contacts.
The AMRC Factory 2050
The AMRC Factory 2050 is the UK’s first state of the art factory, entirely dedicated to conducting collaborative research into reconfigurable digitally assisted assembly, component manufacturing and machining technologies and is capable of rapidly switching production between different high-value components and one-off parts. The 6,730 sq m landmark circular glass building and rectangular extension is home to the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG). IMG’s work spans robotics and automation, integrated large volume metrology, digitally assisted assembly and manufacturing informatics.
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Science (ICOSS)
A £5.7m centre, which opened in 2005, ICOSS was the first large scale dedicated facility for social science research in the UK. It accommodates more than a hundred researchers in multidisciplinary teams working on evidence-based research to inform social policy on Health and Social Care, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Exclusion and Spatial Inequality, Computational Data Analysis and Criminology.
The Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (ICAIR)
ICAIR is a national research facility which seeks to apply world leading research to the construction and infrastructure sectors, with the goal of delivering step changes in productivity and resilience. Funded jointly by the University of Sheffield, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), ICAIR brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers to accelerate innovation and develop long-term collaborations between academia and industry. A strong focus of ICAIR is translating disruptive technologies from sectors such as advanced manufacturing, robotics and autonomous systems to the construction and infrastructure sectors.
The Humanities Research Institute
This £1.6 million award-winning facility to support interdisciplinary research in the arts and humanities, which opened in 2006, is home to cutting-edge research projects using innovative digital technologies. For example, the HRI is home to the Proceedings of the Old Bailey and London Lives.
The £33m regeneration of the Portobello area of the city created the Soundhouse and Jessop West buildings and restored and renovated the Jessop building, originally the Jessop Hospital for Women, which now houses the Department of Music. The Soundhouse, a unique rubber-clad building, houses ultra-modern practice studios, rehearsal rooms and recording facilities. The Jessop West building is state-of-the-art and designed to maximise energy efficiency. It provides leading facilities for the University's departments of history, English and languages, which were previously spread over the campus.
Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV)
The Structural Dynamics Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV) is a major new acoustics and vibration testing facility funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the University of Sheffield. The facility provides a unique research offering to academia and industry. In addition to allowing dynamic testing of full-scale structures in ambient laboratory conditions, the LVV offers the opportunity to test substantial structures, sub-structures and components in realistic environments.
Opened in 2007, our £25m investment created what we believe to be the UK's largest dedicated multidisciplinary science and engineering research facility. North Campus, which includes the Kroto Research Institute, Kroto Innovation Centre, and the Nanoscience and Technology Centre, brings together over 200 researchers from across wide range scientific, engineering and medical disciplines to work together across a range of research themes. It provides 18,500m² of research facilities, as well as business incubators, commercial laboratories and cleanroom space for high-tech start-up companies.
Royce Translational Centre (RTC)
The Royce Translational Centre (RTC) has been set up to evolve novel materials and processing techniques developed by research teams and make them accessible for trial by industry, specifically in the field of Advanced Metals Processing, including lightweight solutions fortransport, new steels for nuclear, net shape aerospace components and materials tailored for orthopaedic applications. Companies have the opportunity to investigate the feasibility of investigating new technologies for their business without the need to invest in capital equipment.
Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future
The £15m state-of the-art Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future is the second phase of development of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing. The Factory applies scientific theory, environmentally sustainable solutions and manufacturing principles to solve advanced manufacturing problems for the aerospace industry. In addition to the existing capabilities of the AMRC, the machine tools in the Factory of the Future are arranged in production cells enabling companies to trial new processes before embedding them in their own production facilities. The Factory also has a Virtual Reality Suite, which allows complicated engineering solutions to be tested and practised in a virtual way. The carbon-neutral building with its distinctive wind turbines stands is an international exemplar of sustainable manufacturing and progressive research-led industry which seeks greener, more efficient ways of working.
Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN)
SITraN brings together scientists and medical specialists from around the globe who are dedicated to finding the causes and cure for motor neurone disease (MND), as well as other neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The state-of-the-art £12m research institute was opened by HM The Queen in 2010, and is the first dedicated MND research facility in Europe. The research facility covers 2,800 m² over two floors and includes research labs, offices and a library.
Sir David Read Controlled Environment Facility
The Arthur Willis Environment Centre, opened in May 2009, was the result of a £4.5m investment in environmental research. The centre provides state-of-the-art 'GroDome' plant growth facilities with the capacity to simulate a range of current environments as well as future climate scenarios.
Opened in 2004, the £10.4m Sir David Read Controlled Environment Facility is a world-leading climate controlled plant growth facility. It allows us to recreate extreme environments of light and temperature from the Arctic to the tropics, and even to create climates from the past and the future, for example, with altered concentrations of the greenhouse gas COm².
The facilities allow us to investigate the influence of climate on biodiversity and natural ecosystems, to understand how the environment has shaped evolution and to predict the impact of climate change on the main sources of energy and food for the planet.