STEM Centre

Our STEM Extension to Markeaton Street provides the latest computer studios and specialist facilities for engineering, technology and computing students.

The 4,200 square metre facility has been specially designed to enhance applied practical teaching in mechanical, motorsport, manufacturing and civil engineering, while upgrading and extending facilities for electrical and electronics engineering and computer networking.

An accessible roof space provides new opportunities for teaching communications technology and sustainable engineering such as renewable energy system and water harvesting.

The building has been constructed to meet Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) ‘Very Good’ standard, and the architectural design enhances and complements the landscape between the two buildings. 

The STEM extension was part-funded by a £5 million grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Virtual Tour of the STEM Centre.

Specialist facilities

The extension provides a wide range of high-quality industry-standard facilities including:

  • A composites manufacturing and materials characterisation centre
  • Additive manufacturing with stereolithographic printer, object manufacturing and multi-jet printing
  • Fluid dynamics facility including a wind tunnel, turbojet, dynomometer, vibration and hydraulic equipment
  • Production centre with integrated platforms to support smart factory design
  • Materials test and microscopy centre including testing facilities in fatigue, NDT (non-destructive testing) and surface technology
  • Advanced manufacturing with a range of CNC machine tools and robotics
  • Mechanical testing with engineering science workstations, pneumatics equipment and PLC (Programmable Logic Control) training equipment
  • Geotechnics and fluids lab incorporating flumes and soil testing facilities
  • Heavy civil engineering structures lab, extensive building materials and concrete testing facilities and land surveying equipment centre
  • Hemi-anechoic chamber with full control and monitoring equipment
  • Electronics, computer networking and electrical engineering labs including a manufacturing unit for printed circuit board design and production
  • Modern specialised computer facilities with the latest industry-standard software
  • A 270°VR CAVE system allowing multiple users to share a directed 3D visual and audio surround sound environment
  • A state of the art VR/AR lab containing a range of equipment and two dedicated VR pods