Alongside analytical services we also provide training courses on Shimadzu Nexera XP HPLC and Shimadzu LCMS-8040, these include:

  • 3 day HPLC analysis
  • 5 day LCMS analysis
  • 1 day HPLC refresher course
  • 1 day general laboratory skills

To get an understanding of the benefits of our courses, we asked those who had been previously trained questions about their experience here. Some answers where extracted from previously submits surveys, shown with Anonymous (Anon).

  1. Which training course did you follow?

E: I came in on a summer internship to gain some relevant experience for my degree and was trained up to run all the instruments in the lab.

M: LC-MS 5 day course.

  1. Why did you choose the Bio Analysis Centre for training?

E: It is a small team so I knew I would get good 1 on 1 training in a quiet setting where I could learn.

M: Course content and excellent reviews.

  1. How did the training received compare to what knowledge you previously had?

E: I had very little previous knowledge, maybe some basics of the principles behind the techniques but no idea how to run the machines or how to set up a practical on them.
In that sense I was taught everything from scratch, even my basic lab skills where greatly improved during this training.

M: It was an intensive 5-day course that covered all aspects of MS thoroughly and in great depth.

  1. What did you hope to gain from your training course?

E: Some new skills to be able to add to my CV, they are such unusual skills to have for someone my age and I was very grateful for the opportunity to learn new things.

M: My aim was to gain hands-on experience in Mass Spectrometry. I wanted to be able to run analysis independently.

  1. Was there anything else you would’ve liked to have learnt?

E: No Comment

M: The course covered everything I needed.

Anon: More on the Mass Spectrometer if had more time and more method development on LC + LCMS

Anon 2: General lab practice such as pipettes and weights calibration

  1. Were there any areas that could’ve been improved?

E: No not that I can think of.

M: No comment.

Anon: Some basic theory at the beginning of the course to cater for beginners, however it was addressed as we went along

  1. Would you recommend our training programmes to a colleague?

E: Definitely, if anyone said they need this sort of work doing I would encourage them to come learn how to do it themselves, it’s a great thing to know how to do.

M: I would highly recommend this course to colleagues and other PhD students who would want to gain experience in Mass Spectrometry.

For the Following statements:

Q8 Services Provided,
Q9 Quality of training,
Q10 Interaction with trainer,
Q11 Understanding of the topic,

we asked the participants in the survey to rate on a scale from 1 – 5, 1 being very bad and 5 very good, how their training was. All results, which can be seen in Graph 1 below, came back with very good (5) as the answer to all.

Graph 1


Graph 2


Graph 2 above shows previously gathered information along side the new data of the participant’s overall enjoyment of training at the BAC, with an average of 4.5 / 5 between 10 participants.

Alongside the overall enjoyment these comments where left:

Great training course in a great facility, enjoyed my time being trained there by Cali and Amy. Thank you!

Thanks to Cali and the team for a great training course. It has been really informative and useful for our research, Cali’s expertise allowed us to tailor the training to our specific need.

Our experience with Cali at the Bio Analysis Centre was really constructive, she provided us with a lot of insight and tips for our type of experiment. Highly recommended.

Dr Carolyn Hyde is very experienced teaching expert on this programme and a great manager too! We will talk more on all possible collaborations. Many thanks for sharing all the information and knowledge!

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