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Facilities and equipment

Your business can benefit from our specialist facilities, equipment and expertise with a host of services on offer.

We've invested in the latest equipment to give our students the edge in the workplace which we're happy to put into productive use. You can hire our specialist services when you need them and at highly competitive rates. To enquire about any of our facilities and equipment, contact Employer Partnerships.

Analytical Centre

If you need expert support in the analysis of objects and substances, we can offer expertise in a wide range of materials, using the latest equipment:

  • Gas (GC) and liquid (HPLC) chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD
  • Atomic absorption, both flame (FAAS) and graphite furnace (GFAAS)
  • Scanning electron microscope (SEM) with qualitative X-ray analysis (EDX)

We work with government departments, small businesses and health and safety consultants. For example, we've analysed COSHH monitoring samples for the construction industry.

Crime Scene House

If you’re an organisation involved in forensics, we can offer a unique opportunity for your staff to practice their skills and develop knowledge in crime scene investigations.

Our Crime Scene House provides a true-to-life setting for forensic investigation. It has seven rooms that resemble a typical domestic home. There’s also an observation room to monitor CCTV throughout the house. The recorded footage can be used to discuss and develop good practice.

The Crime Scene House can also be hired exclusively for team building exercises as part of corporate training days.

Environment Chamber

If you need to test and analyse the effects of the weather on new materials or products, our Environment Chamber can simulate a range of environmental conditions in controlled-settings. You’ll be able to replicate dramatic temperature fluctuations, rainfall, acid rain and humidity or accelerate the weathering process – producing five years’ worth of weather in only five days.

This can be used to test the quality of a new building material, to see how a new type of sign might stand up to the elements, or even test how long a new paint finish may last.

Film Theatre

You can visit the Film Theatre for arthouse and mainstream movies. It's run entirely run by volunteers. The Film Theatre is run independently of the University but is situated on Staffordshire University’s College Road site. Films are screened using high quality digital projection and audio equipment.

Our accessible theatre is equipped with an audio loop system for use with appropriately fitted hearing aids. We regularly show films with audio description (when available) and there are three wheelchair spaces at the front of the theatre.

For tickets, programmes and enquiries, visit the Stoke Film Theatre website.

Green screen

For your special effects in film we have a green screen (chroma key compositing). This is a technique used in TV and film to separate actors and presenters from a background and adding a different background electronically. Our green screen facility has an infinity curve and is coloured to support green screen photography and filmmaking.

You can hire this facility with the option to include dedicated technical support.

Laser cutter

Our laser cutter can be used to cut or etch a variety of materials including MDF, acrylics, paper, card, fabrics, leather and rubber.

The thickness of material the laser can cut varies from material to material, for instance, MDF is 6mm and acrylic is 12mm up to maximum measurements of 640mm x 460mm x 160mm high.

Media Centre

Our professionally equipped Media Centre includes the latest industry standard technology for TV and radio production and is available for hire.

Production and post production facilities

We’ve 40 dedicated HD edit suites with audio, video and compositing software. Our shoot studio can host medium-scale set build and lighting set-ups, whilst our sound studio has a control room and soundproofed voice over booth with talkback system. We use Digidesign audio hardware for voice and music recording.

Newsroom, broadcast newsroom and radio studios

The broadcast newsroom has a multi-purpose iMac production area and high definition television news set. Our iMacs run both Windows and Mac OS and offer dedicated television and radio production software (Burli, Autocue Newsroom, Premier Pro, Audition). Our three-camera television news set has a Newtek TriCaster 460 integrated production switcher.

Radio studios

Our three professionally equipped radio studios have dedicated studio monitoring areas. They’re equipped with specialist news production and music scheduling software (Burli, Myriad) and professional hardware (Sonifex S2 mixing desks, ISDN units).

Photo studio

If you want a professional photo shoot, we’ve all the equipment you’ll need. Our white infinity curve has a High Glide lighting rig equipped with professional Bowens lighting equipment. Images can be shot straight into the computer or downloaded via a USB cable with our 24″ iMac computer with Adobe CS5.5, Leaf capture and Aperture 3. A private dressing room can be accessed from the studio space, perfect for costume changes and make-up.

Our hire rates include use of the lighting rig with five flash heads and modifiers. You can add additional lighting, modifiers and 12 ft Colorama backgrounds.

The minimum booking time is two hours. This will include a brief health & safety and studio introduction. Please allow set-up and breakdown time when planning your shoot. Please note these studios are for photographic work only and not appropriate for film.

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