The University Of Manchester has exceptional, ultra-modern facilities which provide an ideal learning environment for the study of anatomy. A dedicated team of anatomists, supported by GMC registered doctors, deliver a high standard of teaching. An integrated approach to teaching and learning is facilitated by:
- whole body dissection
- skeletal material
- anatomical models
- histological resources
- imaging techniques
- living anatomy classes
The anatomy facilities at Manchester are licensed under the Human Tissue Act 2004. Our facilities are used by a diverse range of students from across the University.
About us ¦ CAL lab ¦ Dissecting room ¦ Histology room ¦ Resources areas ¦
The anatomy laboratory is licensed under the Human Tissue Act 2004. Cadavers held in the anatomy dissecting room are the embalmed bodies of public-spirited individuals who have left their remains to the University for medical and scientific teaching and research. Access to the dissecting room is regulated under the Human Tissue Act 2004.
The laboratory comprises of a large dissecting room, resource areas, dedicated anatomy classrooms, a self-study area with 24 hour access, a mortuary, and an embalming room. Our facilities incorporate The Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre which is used for surgical skills training courses.
Students that take anatomy as a taught component of their course are granted access to the anatomy laboratory. Students must first attend an introductory talk and sign a strict code of conduct.
Dissection and use of anatomical materials
The dissecting room at The University of Manchester is a large, spacious facility where 10 groups of 12 students may work side-by-side to explore human anatomy.
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This large classroom holds various microscopes for students to investigate histology.
Each week histological slides and posters on current topics are put out for students to examine. Expert help and advice is always present to guide the students, in the form of trained anatomists and medics.
There are two dedicated areas within our dissecting room for students to come and look at cadaveric specimens, models or posters to aid understanding of the topics being studied that week. Students are encouraged to do this in their own time in small groups or as part of self-study.
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A blended approach to learning is adopted here; therefore we provide access for our students to a number of high quality eLearning resources.
The ability to identify the position of structures on the body surface is an essential skill required by all anatomists. We therefore run dedicated, specially designed classes where body paints are used to demonstrate the surface markings of organs and bones.
Anatomy tutorial rooms
The facility includes 3 dedicated classrooms for the teaching of anatomical sciences. These rooms are well-equipped and contain computing facilities, an LCD projector, and white boards to aid teaching. There are book cases in each room containing a range of anatomical textbooks. First, second, and third year anatomical science tutorials are held here on a weekly basis. Our anatomy students use these facilities to deliver second and third year project presentations to their peers.
Anatomical models and textbooks are available 24 hours a day in the self-study room. Students registered for medicine, dentistry and anatomical sciences have swipe card access to this facility.