Glyntaff | Health, Sport and Science Campus

The £15m refurbishment of our Glyntaff campus opened in September 2009, providing a vibrant, state-of-the-art learning environment to enhance teaching and support facilities for Science and Sport courses.

Image of Science Labs Glyntaf The Upper Glyntaff site now features a brand new purpose built laboratory block, the George Knox Building, for sports, chemistry, biology, medical and forensic science students, as well as for students on geography and environmental-related courses. Among the facilities, the laboratories house an environmental chamber to simulate high altitude, low-pressure and low-oxygen scenarios. The refurbished grade II listed former grammar school, the Alfred Russel Wallace Building, features earth science laboratories, sports facilities, including physiology labs, IT suites, and a social learning environment. The building also houses specialist crime scene suites, including forensic odontology and crime scene labs which overlook a dedicated Scenes of Crime house, the Professor Bernard Knight Building, a real domestic house set up for crime scene scenarios.

Modern research facilities include bioreactor laboratories looking at alternative fuel production, advanced analytical laboratories with state-of-the art instrumentation for examining environmental contaminants and dedicated laboratories for molecular and forensic biology. The new science block will also house an environmental chamber to simulate high altitude, low pressure and low oxygen scenarios.

Our Police Science students and staff have now relocated to newly refurbished premises in the Elaine Morgan Building on the lower Glyntaff campus, which also now houses the Faculty’s student advice shop, brand-new catering facilities, students’ union, and a social learning space with open access computer terminals.

Image of Alfred-Russel-Wallace-Building


Ground floor (existing building 1):

  • Academic/administration office space
  • Laboratory space (including forensic science scene of crime area, biomechanical, body composition, sports science and physiology laboratories)
  • Multi-functional training area
  • Social learning space

First floor (existing building 1):

  • Meeting/interview rooms
  • Computer laboratories
  • Teaching rooms
  • Laboratory space (including microscopy and biology laboratories)

Ground floor (existing building 2):

  • Student Union shop
  • Café
  • Social learning space

First floor (existing building 2):

  • South Wales Police Studies Centre
  • Teaching rooms
  • Computing laboratories

Ground and first floors (new building):

  • Laboratory space (including organic, chemistry, instrument, microscope and X-ray, DNA trace analysis, bio molecular laboratories)
  • Dedicated research space
  • Greenhouse

Artists Impression of new facilities