UCL Department of Geography



The UCL Department of Geography has its own scientific labs, available for use by staff and students upon request.

Before commencing work in the laboratory you should read the Lab Manual. Lab users are also expected to have completed the UCL Moodle course on lab safety (Principles of Laboratory Safety) Methods currently used in the laboratory and their associated risk assessments which can be found below. 

Please ensure that you have read both the method and the risk assessment before coming to the lab to start work. Due to the demand for lab space, there is a booking system in operation. Existing bookings can be viewed on the lab bookings calendar available through Outlook. 

Before booking time in the lab, it is important to discuss your requirements with the lab supervisor. To make a booking or for any other enquiry, please email the team at geog.lab@ucl.ac.uk.

Services available


Field Equipment requests must be submitted on the forms found in this section.

Laboratory Methods

Please ensure that you have read and signed the appropriate risk assessment for any method that you wish to carry out in the laboratory

Light Microscopy

Visible light is focused through a specimen by a condenser lens and then it is passed through two more lenses placed at either end of a light-tight tube. The latter two lenses each magnify the image. Limitations to what can be seen in bright field microscopy are not so much related to magnification as they are to resolution, illumination, and contrast. Resolution can be improved using oil immersion lenses, and lighting and contrast can be dramatically improved using modifications such as dark field and phase contrast.

Lab Manual

The lab manual must be read by all lab users before commencing work. It contains important safety information as well as information on which areas of the lab are suitable for specific types of work.

SediGraph particle size analyser

Risk Assessments

This page contains the risk assessments for current laboratory methods. Copies of these risk assessments are posted on the lab notice board and these must be signed before commencing work in the labs. Please note that the guide to the COSHH assessments contained within these files can be found in the file "Key to COSHH"

Waste disposal

Laboratory waste must be disposed of in accordance with health and safety guidelines. Some of the waste can be sent for recycling. Please read this section before starting work in the labs.

Cold Stores and Freezers

If you intend to store or remove anything in or from the cold rooms or freezers, please contact the lab team. Ensure all material is clearly labelled before storage.

Lab consumables request form

Please download the form and enter details of all consumables used. A current project code will be needed to cover the costs of your work.

Download the form (.doc)