We have a range of specialist facilities that are available to researchers,
businesses and individuals to use in the research and development of new products
and services. Use of the labs and resources is often combined with
consultancy from our experts enabling you
to get the greatest benefit from your time in our state-of-the-art facilities.
First-class facilities showcase
The Essex Research Facilities website
is a useful guide to all our research facilities and the many other services and
support that external organisations may want to use or hire.
ESSEXLab - hosting social science experiments
ESSEXLab is a purpose-built facility to host social
science experiments. Housed in our Social Science Research Centre it enables
researchers to run experiments to gain insight into issues such as how people
make decisions, how they interact with a survey tool and how different presentations
of stimuli affect response rate and form. The lab is available for hire to commercial
and charitable organisations. ESSEXLab Mobile
is also available, enabling experiments and information-gathering in natural settings such
as workplaces or on the street.
Digital Lifestyles Centre - interactions between people and technology
Our Digital Lifestyles Centre carries out research within the framework of
a Living Lab. It aims to aid the development of innovative technologies by enabling you
to monitor and record how people interact with new technologies within natural living
spaces. The range of intelligent environments the DLC hosts includes the iSpace,
iClassroom and iCampus which are available to hire to assist your business in the
research and development of new products.
Human Performance Unit
The Human Performance Unit
looks after the training needs of athletes and has
worked with sportsmen and women from all levels, including Olympic and Paralympic
medallists, professional sportsmen and teams and numerous endurance athletes. The
unit's labs and facilities are world class and a range of sports testing and coaching
services are offered to help you achieve peak performance.
Centre for Brain Science
Our Centre for Brain Science
opened in 2009 and is purpose-built to house state-of-the-art equipment that allows
researchers to directly observe, measure and modulate brain activity. It also hosts
a range of equipment to measure eye movements and various indices of physiological
response. Our Department of Psychology also has a variety
of other labs for psychological research available.