Laboratory 101
Duration 0.5 days
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience: Postgraduate doctoral students and Research-only staff (ECRs) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences that are new or early to laboratory based research only.


Hands-on laboratory applications

Tutor led problem solving

Course Description

To be able to understand basic lab practices and to provide a foundation for new laboratory based students to enable an easier start to laboratory based research

The course will address the following techniques through directed problems:

  • Pipette handling, including calibration
  • Proper use of weighing and balancing, including balancing of solutions for centrifugation
  • Creating solutions, including measuring of liquid volumes using measuring cylinders, the use of magnetic stirrers and fleas and basic mathematical calculations, i.e Molarity and Simple Proportion
  • Creating ‘hot’ solutions (proper use of a microwave), including melting powders in liquids (agarose) and melting solids in containers (agar)

Students will be taken through each technique by being presented with a related problem, via a central presentation slide, such as ‘Aliqot Solution A into 18µl, 220µl and 1200µl aliquots’ and ‘Create a 2 Molar solution of NaCl’. The processes involved and the techniques used will be discussed by the room, with students actively encouraged to develop the method and solution as a group. The students will then have the opportunity to have individual hands on experience  actively carrying out the process, supported by tutors (Mike, Chris, Alison) and other supporting staff (as required by student numbers).

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.


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