January 31, 2017, by Emma Lowry

New-look super laboratory to benefit Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine students

Teaching space within North Laboratory Building at Sutton Bonington has been refurbished and named in honour of a world-leading Nottingham academic to acknowledge his contribution to animal science. The new laboratory was opened in a celebratory ceremony that took place on Friday 27 January.

The Peter Buttery Teaching Laboratory will be a multidisciplinary, open-plan facility that can be centrally booked but will primarily be used by the School of Biosciences and School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

The state-of-the-art space will accommodate large group teaching of up to 200 students and can be split into three zones to run classes in a range of subjects from soil science to molecular biology – all taking place simultaneously under one roof.

Students working in this innovative paperless environment will be issued with tablets to access information on-line, download presentations & log their findings; they will also receive dedicated, continuous support from technical teams linked to both Schools.

The lab is designed specifically to operate at containment Level 2 to accommodate microbiology and vet school practical sessions and benefits from new high-powered microscopes & dissecting microscopes and associated camera systems for teaching histology, pathology & microscopy.

Professor Buttery was an internationally-recognised expert in nutritional and hormonal regulation of growth in animals, with a prodigious output of more than 200 research papers and reviews. Speaking at the reopening ceremony, Professor Simon Langley-Evans, from the School of Biosciences, described Peter as having a “peerless standing in the field” and a “reputation rightly recognised when he became President of the British Society for Animal Science”.

In his career at The University of Nottingham, spanning more than 40 years, Peter held significant and wide-ranging posts including Head of School, Dean of Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Provost at China Campus. He worked tirelessly to promote the University internationally and was vastly influential to the long-term transformation of Sutton Bonington campus.

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