BioArCh is relocating to new facilities

Posted on 6 March 2014

Department gains new laboratories

will soon be relocating to spectacular new teaching, office and laboratory facilities. In a £12 million investment by the University, these new bespoke lakeside facilities are scheduled for completion in 2015. Dr Ol Craig, Director of BioArCh, said: 'These wonderful new facilities present new opportunities for us. Our co-location with Environment marks a new and exciting phase of teaching and research in archaeological science at the University of York.'
 
Some history

Housed in temporary Portakabins next to the Biology Department, BioArCh was established in 2003 to deliver research and training in bioarchaeology and the study of ancient biomolecules. Since then the group has grown to become one of the leading international research centres in this field and is home to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

New facilities

The success of BioArCh, the growth in the numbers of staff and students as well as new analytical facilities, has meant that we have out-grown our current accommodation. The £12 million expansion plan will create a new, purpose-built building, with laboratories dedicated to archaeological chemistry, protein and DNA sequencing and the study of human and animal bone. It will also incorporate new teaching and innovative social spaces, all designed to enhance teaching, learning and research. The lakeside building remains close to Biology, ensuring our combined research and teaching are unaffected. 

The new building will also house the Environment Department, the Stockholm Environmental Institute York and the York Environmental Sustainability Institute.
 
Dr John Schofield, Head of Archaeology says: 'This new building and the co-location with Environment will provide new opportunities to study human - environment interactions  and to use knowledge of the historic environment to inform future environmental policies. This is wonderful news for us as a Department. We can further develop research into archaeological science and the historic environment, and it is great for the students who will benefit from these excellent facilities from 2015.'
 
Matthew Collins (founder of BioArCh): 'After 10 years it is great that the University has recognised the contribution we have made to the research environment here at York. I am looking forward to moving into a state-of-the art building on my favourite part of campus.'