CTL wins Best Facilities in Guardian University Awards


Steve Dickson, Director of Facilities Management accepts the award from Guardian education correspondent, Reeta Chakrabarti

The University of Liverpool’s new £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL) have  won `Best Facilities’ at the 2013 Guardian University Awards.

The CTL’s innovative design in bringing together all scientific teaching provision for the physical sciences under one roof was described by judges as “truly groundbreaking”.

The award was announced at a ceremony in London hosted by BBC education correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti .

Significant investment

Steve Dickson, Director of Facilities Management who accepted the award, said: “We are delighted that CTL has been recognised in this way at the Guardian University Awards.

“The University has invested significantly in facilities as part of its commitment to providing world-class student experience and research facilities.  The CTL ensures that Liverpool’s teaching provision in the physical sciences is first-rate and will meet the needs of the next generation of scientists in the country. ”


The CTL brings together students from a variety of science-based degree programmes in one state-of-the art facility

The CTL, which opened in September 2012, is built around a central atrium and has seven laboratories that can accommodate 1,000 students.  It includes £5.6 million of state-of-the art laboratory equipment and supports teaching modules and a variety of degree programmes  including physics, environmental sciences, chemistry and archaeology  as well as promoting interdisciplinary science.

Best of British Universities

The Guardian University Awards, running for the first time this year, celebrate the best of Britain’s universities and act as a benchmark for excellence across the higher education sector.

Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media, said: “The Guardian University Awards honour the outstanding contributions of the UK’s best universities and individuals who are driving innovation and delivering outstanding results in the face of radical reform and budget cuts.

“Our ten award categories were keenly fought and in this first year we have seen outstanding competition. All of our winners have shown that they are among the best in the education business.”


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