Equipment Sharing

Sharing research facilities and equipment to promote efficiency and economic growth.

Together, SES explores how shared infrastructure and training can be used to stimulate further international, national and regional synergies whilst simultaneously engaging with industry to promote economic growth. The SES partners have established a database of research facilities and equipment identifying, those facilities which are available for sharing across the consortium. By encouraging greater collaborative activity, SES is identifying opportunities to provide greater efficiencies in equipment procurement and utilisation and strengthening the UK’s international competitiveness in research.

Our core Goals for more efficient investment and return on research equipment are in:

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Collaboration

Seek to collaborate on procurement as appropriate

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Sharing

Seek to identify opportunities to share in collaborative bids

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Strategy

Share institutional strategies & roadmaps for investment and refresh

Search for Equipment

The equipment.data search engine is funded by EPSRC, and though a relatively simple technology, allows our researchers to locate equipment, which are internally available at one of our institutions. The search bar is a key outcome of the Uniquip project (see below).

Open Data Standards

The Uniquip project was established at the University of Southampton, which partnered institutions across the UK, to define standards for the publication of research facilities and equipment data.  The project was informed by the early work of the SES consortium which helped to define the scope of the Uniquip project.  This project provided the foundations for the development of the equipment.data project, which aggregates data from published research equipment databases which conform to the Uniquip Data Publishing Specification with the aim to provide a national searchable equipment database.  This national database will use the linked open data techniques developed by the University of Southampton and partners and presents opportunities for the exploitation of the infrastructure along with the future potential to align with and enhance data published through the RCUK Gateway to Research initiative offering access to the wider academic and business communities.

A Spotlight On Shared Equipment

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Spotlight On: UV-Vis Spectrometer

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. A unique set up, this UV Vis accessory at The University of Oxford is used to carry out diffuse reflective UV-Vis measurement of powder samples. The accessory is fitted with a cell that can be used under vacuum or with hydrogen, inert or other non-corrosive gases and is temperature controlled from -150 to +500 °C. The instrument can be used in fixed wavelength or wavelength scanning modes (Wavelength range...
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Spotlight On: Clinical Imaging Facility at Imperial College London

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. The Imperial College Clinical Imaging Facility (CIF) provides support for interdisciplinary research activities using MRI and/or PET imaging, integrating the physical, biological and medical sciences. The facility caters for research imaging needs in volunteer subjects and features two key pieces of equipment: An MRI scanner, which comprises a 70cm diameter open-bore, short-axis magnet. It has been equipped with a comprehensive range of transmit/receive coils suitable for many body regions...
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Spotlight On: Nanosight

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Each month we post a new edition to the SES 'Spotlight On...' series, showcasing equipment at our institutions, providing information and case studies for interested researchers/industries, and promoting better use of already available equipment. Nanosight is based on a technology called ‘nanoparticle tracking analysis’ (NTA) where a camera tracks the Brownian motion of each individual nanoparticle of interest in a flow cell. By using the Stokes-Einstein equation and based on the recorded nanoparticle tracks, the software then calculates the hydrodynamic diameter of each detected nanoparticle. These data, in turn, are used to plot the particle population distribution histogram which can be used to...
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