What are Core Facilities?
A Core Facility is where a piece, or group of specialised equipment is made available for anyone to use under fee-per-use terms. The equipment receives central management with standardised training and administration of the equipment. The fees collected are used in the maintenance/repair/upgrade/replacement of the core equipment.
What are the benefits of a Core Facility?
Core Facilities have multiple benefits to researchers. These include:
- Making highly specialised and usually very expensive equipment available to researchers at a fraction of the cost of purchasing the equipment.
- Access to a large variety of equipment means research projects can develop further and faster.
- Standardised training meaning everyone gets trained to the same high standard.
- Maximising the use of the equipment thus, minimising idle time.
- Time management in the use of equipment gives equal opportunity to everyone.
Core Facility Services
Core facility services are available to industry and researchers outside of the University of Lethbridge. Oftentimes, companies/universities, subcontract analytical/processing services to universities that possess suitable equipment and expertise as it is a much more cost effective option than having the service onsite.