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Visitor requirements

All visitors are to contact Sheffield Facility Manager Dr Deborah Dawson before their arrival to arrange a mutually convenient start date.

Visitors are also required to provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae, including date of birth, nationality and home address ahead of your arrival, for our department to authorise your visit.


The NERC Environmental Omics Visitor Facility is located in the Molecular Ecology Laboratory at the University of Sheffield. The laboratory is in the Alfred Denny Building, located on Western Bank Road. The Alfred Denny Building is number 111 on this map (PDF, 580kB).

Upon your arrival, a porter may be present in the lobby on the ground floor. If available, please request the porter to telephone for Dr Deborah Dawson (Facility Manager - x20106) to collect you.

If the porter is not available, please call Deborah on +44 114 222 0106, or take the lift to the Departmental office which is signposted (D floor) and request a member of the office team to telephone Deborah.

You can find up-to-date information about transport advice, maps and directions on the University of Sheffield's Visitors webpages.

If you have arrived in Sheffield by train:

The Supertram provides a reliable and good service, running every 10 minutes from the Railway station to the University between 07.30 and 19.30 on weekdays (service is every 20 mins outside these times, finishing at midnight and starting at 5.30am). Take the blue route (in the direction of 'Malin Bridge') and get off the tram at the 'University' tram stop. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes. To get back to the station, take the blue route again in the direction of 'Halfway' - the tram will go all the way to the Railway station.

The Supertram website contains routes, timetables and other useful information.

Travelling by car:

The nearest parking is at the Q-Park car park (Durham Road, S10 2JA) which is a 5-minute walk from the Alfred Denny Building: cross Durham Road, follow the footpath between the Octagon Centre and the Students' Union building, walk alongside the Students' Union, turn left and head under the underpass which goes under Western Bank road - the red-bricked Alfred Denny Building will be facing you. Head to the right corner of the building to enter the foyer.

You can find detailed maps of the University and campus at our Information for Visitors webpages.


Finding accommodation in Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is situated in the S10 postcode area (S10 2TN), to the north-west of the city.

The following websites may be useful if you are trying to find accommodation for your stay in Sheffield:

Accommodation, usually in shared houses, is also often advertised on the Molecular Ecology Laboratory Blog or Gumtree-Sheffield.

Please be aware of your own personal safety when hunting for rooms - see these safety tips.

The NERC Environmental Omics Facility (NEOF)

Making state-of-the-art molecular genetics facilities and training available to the UK science community.