In addition to numerous lecture theatres, teaching laboratories and seminar rooms, our students are supported throughout their study by general and course-specific facilities dedicated to teaching purposes.
Biomedical Sciences Simulation Centre
The Biomedical Sciences Simulation Centre at the University of Bristol specialises in the application of high-fidelity human patient simulation to the teaching of fundamental principles that underpin biomedical and medical sciences.
Our primary activity is focused on the educational objectives of undergraduate courses, but we additionally provide simulation experiences for post-qualification courses and University outreach activities.
Founded in 2005 as part of the pioneering AIMS Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, we remain leaders in integration of human patient simulation into basic science and preclinical curricula.
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An interactive virtual microscope developed by the School of Physiology and Pharmacology is used extensively for histology teaching. It provides online access to an expanding digital archive of high resolution scanned images of the best examples of our tissue sections, prepared over the past 30 years using many different staining methods.
Many of the scanned images have been annotated by staff to highlight key learning points; students can also add their own notes using a personal user account. Online quizzes, with instant formative feedback, enable students to test their understanding of histology and the link between structure and function.
Students taking the professional programmes of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science can also access annotated images of histopathological material enabling them to compare normal and diseased tissue.
A live virtual microscope demonstration is available. Simply register as a 'New User' by entering the information requested and using the activation key 'uobvm'. If you come back to the site you would choose the 'Existing User' option in which case it will ask for the 'username' that the registration process requires you to choose.
eBiolabs is a set of integrated online tools that helps our students to prepare for laboratory classes. These tools combine interactive media with formative self-evaluation tests, allowing students to learn and practice the methods and techniques they will use in a laboratory without risking valuable time, equipment or materials. Experience has shown that better-prepared students get much more out of the time spent in laboratories, giving them the confidence and skills to concentrate fully on their scientific studies.
Online pre-lab quizzes test students' understanding of the techniques they will use in the laboratory, whilst post-lab quizzes and assignments enable them to upload and interpret their experimental data after the class. All quizzes deliver instant formative feedback that guides students' learning and consolidates their understanding.
eBiolabs materials are developed and used extensively by our schools of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and Physiology and Pharmacology. In developing this material we have interacted closely with staff who pioneered this approach to teaching at Bristol ChemLabS.
The concept of supporting lab-based teaching by developing such ‘Dynamic Laboratory Manuals’ is currently being extended to all practical teaching across the University and we are closely involved with this initiative.
Find out more at the eBiolabs website.
Vesalius Clinical Training Centre
Located in the Centre for Clinical & Comparative Anatomy (CCCA) in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Vesalius Clinical Training Centre incorporates an anatomy suite that has been designed to provide clinical anatomy teaching and surgical skills training for doctors, dentists and allied health professionals at all stages of their careers. Much of the equipment is unique and was developed specifically to support forthcoming changes to training and assessment within the NHS and the ongoing changes to undergraduate medical and dental education.
The suite features 12 specially designed workstations with innovative operating tables, overhead cameras and operating lights. Integral to each table is a rugged and waterproof touch-screen monitor to display images from the class instructor’s camera or endoscope, or our own database of medical images and tutorials.
The centre also houses a striking museum of pathology and anatomy specimens, one of the most comprehensive collections in the country. There are study spaces providing additional touch-screen access to the collection database, and three unique display units providing space for 400 specimens. These allow, for example, correlation of cross sectional anatomy with the latest forms of medical imaging.
Several of these key teaching facilities form part of our nationally-recognised Applied and Integrated Medical Sciences Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (AIMS CETL), and we also make extensive use of innovative e-learning tools.
Further independent study resources are available to our students. These include: