Location

Visiting the Manchester X-ray Imaging Facilities

  • Introduction
  • Henry Moseley
  • Harwell

The University of Manchester has embarked upon a bold investment aimed at creating the most comprehensive and capable 3D X-ray imaging capability anywhere in the world. This is founded around two major pillars.

  • MXIF at Henry Moseley (laboratory based)

  • MXIF at Diamond (synchrotron based)

The MXIF is split over these two sites and together provide a window into structures from as 1m to 10's of microns in size, with resolutions from 100's microns all the way down 50nm with the highest resolution machines in the UK.

We welcome visitors to use or tour our facilities at both sites, the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility is based at the University of Manchester and access to the synchrontron beamline I13 at Diamond Light Source is via the Research Complex at Harwell.

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Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Laboratory
Photon Science Institute
Alan Turing building,
The University of Manchester,
Manchester,
M13 9PL

Tel: 0161 306 4282
email: paulina.hoyos@manchester.ac.uk

The Henry Moseley facility is located in the main campus of the University of Manchester, on the third floor of the Alan Turing building (Building 46 on the University Campus Map).  All visitors to the Henry Moseley laboratory should report to the Alan Turing building reception on arrival.

Arriving by Car

Post code for sat nav is M13 9PY, for more details instructions and information regarding parking on campus please see these directions.

Arriving by public transport

Oxford Road train station The main campus is easily accessible from Oxford Road train station. To get to the Oxford Road area of the campus, go down the station approach to Oxford Road and turn right. The campus is a 10- to 15-minute walk. Alternatively, buses stop outside the Palace Hotel.

Manchester Piccadilly train station There is a regular bus service (147 Oxford Road link bus), between Manchester Piccadilly train station and main campus. This service runs on weekdays between 7.15am and 6.45pm, at ten-minute intervals, and can be caught from the Fairfield Street entrance to Piccadilly Station.A taxi from Piccadilly Station to the Oxford Road area of the campus will cost you about £5.

Victoria train station Victoria station is about a mile from the Sackville Street area of the campus. The easiest way is to take a Metrolink tram to Piccadilly station and follow the route described above.

Chorlton Street coach station National Express coaches serve over 1,200 destinations across the UK from the Chorlton Street Coach Station, which is near Piccadilly railway station and a short walk from both University campuses. Turn right out of Chorlton Street Coach Station onto Chorlton Street and walk to the junction with Whitworth Street and catch the 147 Oxford Road link bus to the Oxford Road area of the campus.

Travel by air

If you plan to travel by air the nearest airport is Manchester Airport.Manchester Airport is one of the largest and busiest in the country. It is located about 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, about 30 minutes from the University.The airport has a number of transport links to the city:

Train The airport's two terminals are linked directly to the city centre by a fast, frequent 24-hour train link to both Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations.

Taxi A taxi from the airport to the University will cost approximately £20.

Bus Local buses also run to the Oxford Road and Sackville Street areas of the campus.

For more information please visit the Manchester Airport website.

Accommodation

There are a wide range of hotels and Bed & Breakfast accommodation available in the area surrounding the University.  Please ask if you require more information.

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Research Complex at Harwell,
Rutherford Appleton Laboratories,
Harwell,
Didcot,
Oxfordshire
OX11 0FA

Tel: 01235 567852
email: sarah.batts@manchester.ac.uk

Arriving by Public Transport

The nearest rail station is at Didcot Parkway.  Regular bus services (X32, 32 and 96) run between the railway station and the bus station on the Harwell campus.  Timetable information

There are also services running between Newbury (6 and 9) and the Harwell campus (ask for IBC Bus Station) Timetable information

Arriving by Car

From the A34 (northbound):  Approximately 8 miles on from the A34 junction with the M4 at Newbury, take the A4185 (A417) exit, signposted for Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and Wantage. Turn left onto the A4185 and then turn left at the roundabout approximately half a mile from the exit.  Go straight across the 2 mini roundabouts and continue down Fermi Avenue until you see the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory main gate on the left, which is the main entrance for Research Complex visitors.

Pass the UKAEA Harwell Laboratory on your right after approximately two miles, then turn right at the next roundabout, taking the exit signposted Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and MRC. Go straight across the 2 mini roundabouts and continue down Fermi Avenue until you see the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory main gate on the left, which is the main entrance for Research Complex visitors. The Complex has limited parking available next to the building. Parking is also available in the bus station opposite the entrance to the RAL site.

From the A34 (southbound): Take the A4130 (A417) exit signposted Milton, Chilton, Didcot and Wantage. At the roundabout take the fourth exit signposted A4130 Wantage, Steventon, Drayton, Harwell. Follow this road up the hill for one and a half miles, going straight ahead at the traffic lights. Continue straight on to the Rowstock Roundabout and take the second exit onto the A4185.

Pass the UKAEA Harwell Laboratory on your right after approximately two miles, then turn right at the next roundabout, taking the exit signposted Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and MRC. Go straight across the 2 mini roundabouts and continue down Fermi Avenue until you see the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory main gate on the left, which is the main entrance for Research Complex visitors. The Complex has limited parking available next to the building. Parking is also available in the bus station opposite the entrance to the RAL site.

Accommodation

There are a limited number of hotels and Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the villages surrounding the Harwell campus, and accommodation can sometimes be arranged on the campus at Ridgeway House or in Abingdon at The Cosener's House. Please contact us if you need more information about accommodation.

Restaurant

Restaurant facilities are available all day on the Harwell campus site, and for those with transport there are a number of local pubs that serve good food.

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