The imaging resource is considered to be a laboratory working area and so IGMM good lab practice procedures apply to workers here. The facility resource, including microscopes, computers and staff members represents an investment of several million pounds and so for good stewarding of this resource we ask our users to abide by the following guidelines, a more full statement can be read by following the header link

Health and safety:

We require all users to be trained on new equipment by AIR technical staff. Users must have their own risk assessments for work in the facility and have read the facility risk assessments found on Q-Pulse or here: \\\igmm\Imaging-Users\Health and Safety\

Please use the IGMM cafe for eating and report all incidents, including equipment breakdown, spills, broken glass to the AIR team.

Access charges:

The IGMM executive agreed in October 2017 that following the 2017 QQR the AIR would be rechargable hourly. Please see the charge pages for this.

Fair usage procedures:

The IGMM have provided the AIR equipment for all researchers to use. Everyone's work is important and the equipment needs to be stewarded accordingly. Please report any concerns or issues with the equipment to the facility staff. They are eager to provide good service.

Training Requests

The AIR works core hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Out of hours assistance is available upon request in advance

Facility users need to be trained on each new modality they use. E.g. if already are already trained to use an upright microscope (e.g. Britemac) you don't need training to use another one (e.g. Macred) but you would need training to use a confocal. Please request training via PPMS. The AIR staff are employed to support AIR equipment. We can, at our discretion advise about non AIR equipment but are not obliged to provide support. The workshop are able to provide support for equipment repairs and can be contacted here.

If you are new to the AIR please submit a PPMS Account Creation Request, then either fill in the Microscope training request form if you know which microscopes you require or email us to discuss your requirements further:

igmm-imaginghelpdesk at

For those new to the PPMS system, please read our user manual which explains how to register and make bookings.

Data - The facility can't store research data. As per the IGMM data governance policy data must be stored in PI named Datastore folders. Please contact or speak to the IT team to arrange this. All files older than 6 months are cleared from the imaging systems. Data may need to be removed sooner at the Managers discretion if this is preventing research use of the equipment.