Schuster Laboratory
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Schuster Laboratory

The Schuster Laboratory (also known as the Schuster Building) houses the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester and named after Sir Franz Arthur Friedrich Schuster. It is located on Brunswick Street, Manchester, within the Engineering and Physical Sciences faculty of the University.[1] The building was designed by Fairhurst, Harry S. & Sons, of the Fairhurst Design Group,[2] and was completed in 1967.[1] The roof of the largest Lecture Theatre in the building has an abstract sculpture by Michael Piper on it.[3] The building was refurbished in 2007.[4]


The Schuster Laboratory was built during a time of expansion for the University, with the construction of a new Science Quadrangle. The Schuster Building was one of the later buildings constructed on this Quadrangle. The Electrical Engineering Laboratory, on the south side, was completed by 1954.[5] This was followed by the Simon Engineering Laboratories on the southwest of the quadrangle, finished in mid-1962, and the Chemistry building on the southeast which was completed by October 1964. The Schuster Laboratories had been approved, and planning was nearly completed, by the end of August 1962.[6]


The Schuster annex near completion in 2017

The building houses four large lecture rooms around the foyer on the ground floor,[7] named after people who taught or carried out research in the department: Rutherford, Bragg, Blackett and Moseley.[1] The rooms are centrally allocated by the University, rather than being solely used by the School. Rutherford is the largest of the lecture theatres, holding 258, while Bragg holds 150, Blackett holds 145 and Moseley holds 148.[8] There is also a meeting room on the roof of one of the wings, called the Niels Bohr Common Room.[1] The building also houses workshop facilities and teaching laboratories,[9] and a small cafe on the ground floor, named "Error Bar" (previously known as "Eros Café").[10]


The building was purpose-built for the School of Physics and Astronomy. It currently contains the following groups:[9]

  • Biological Physics Group (3rd floor)
  • Condensed Matter Physics Group (2nd floor)[11]
  • Nonlinear Dynamics and Liquid Crystal Physics Group (0th floor)
  • Particle Accelerator Group (6th and 7th floor)[12]
  • Particle Physics Group (5th and 6th floor)[13]
  • Nuclear Physics Group (4th floor)[14]
  • Theoretical Physics Group (7th floor)[15]

The building used to house part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics group, as well as the Photon Physics Group, but these were relocated to the Alan Turing Building in September 2007.[4]


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  2. ^ a b Moss, John (6 January 2006). "Manchester Buildings and the Architects who built Manchester?". Retrieved .
  3. ^ Wyke, Terry (2004). Public Sculpture of Greater Manchester. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 0-85323-567-8.
  4. ^ a b "School of Physics and Astronomy Newsletter, December 2006, Issue 1" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  5. ^ Pullan, Brian; Michele Abendstern. "Section 1: 1950s expansion, Chapter 4: Buildings and social relations". A History of the University of Manchester 1951-1973. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-5670-5.
  6. ^ Manchester Local Executive Committee of the British Association (1962). "Chapter 18: The University of the Future". Manchester and its Region: A Survey prepared for The British Association. Manchester University Press.
  7. ^ "meeting.manchester -- Main Campus Oxford Road". University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Catalogue of Central Teaching and Meeting Rooms". The Directorate of Estates, University of Manchester. Retrieved .
  9. ^ a b "School of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-24. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Schuster Building (Error Bar) (FoodOnCampus)". University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 31 January 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  11. ^ "People, Condensed Matter Physics, University of Manchester". Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Manchester Accelerator Group". Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Who's Who in the Manchester Particle Physics Group". Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Nuclear Physics Group -- Contact details". Archived from the original on 1 December 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  15. ^ "Staff List -- Theoretical Physics Group". Archived from the original on 11 February 2008. Retrieved 2008.

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