Using the University as a Living Lab means using your own academic and student research facilities to solve social responsibility and sustainability issues relating to Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s infrastructure and practices.

Living Lab – Latest projects 2022

A Renewable & Sustainable Engineering student was successful in their living lab application for funding to research into a direct solar water heating project.

The project aimed to consider the commercial viability of trial direct solar water heating technology which is installed at the main university campus. If successful, the project aims to prove that direct heating of water to supply hot water either direct to tap or using as a pre-heating mechanism within a boiler could be an effective low carbon alternative to gas heating. The project has great Funding was awarded for purchase and calibration of a data logger to capture the results of the trial.

Living Lab - a research concept

Do you want to use the University as a case study or ‘testing ground’ for your final year research, dissertation or thesis?

Do you have a sustainability idea or project that you want to start that will benefit the University and its students?

If the answer is yes, then we would love to hear from you….

The Living Lab project fund provides WGU students with the opportunity to improve environmental sustainability on the University estates by offering funds of up to £300. The money can be used to support topics such as waste, transport, biodiversity, food, culture, energy, behavioural change, wellbeing etc.

Sustainability in Forensic Anthropology - 2023 projects

The aim of this project was to introduce an easy and sustainable way to clean animal bones, rather than using chemicals to clean the bones. This project assisted me when conducting my pilot study during my MRES. We got some demisted beetles and have housed them in the forensics laboratory. they are thriving and multiplying in hopes of making this resource available to more students, as they have uses within the forensic field to look at such as tool mark analysis. They are still being looked after by myself and our Lab technician, and we are planning on expanding the number of enclosures that we currently have. 

To apply, visit WgSU Living lab.