Open Lab is a human-computer interaction, social and ubiquitous computing research group in the School of Computing Science. The academics, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students who make up the group come from a wide range of academic disciplines, including computer science, electrical engineering, fine arts, psychology, sociology, education, clinical sciences and design. We have a particular expertise in the configuration and conduct of cross-disciplinary research and application of digital technologies to real-world problems ranging from health and social care, to the creative industries, education, and local democracy. At the heart of all our research, though, is a commitment to the experience-centred and participatory design of digital technologies that enhance rather than diminish our experience of the world.


Fion Hay
(Research Group Administrator)
+44 191 208 4642
Open Lab
Floor 3
89 Sandyford Road
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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By Car

From the A1 motorway, take the A184 exit signed Newcastle/Gateshead. Follow these signs until Newcastle Central Hall is signed and take the exit. We are located just round the corner from here.

By Public Transport

The closest Metro station to our building is Jesmond. Exit straight ahead from the station past the church, take the small path left to Jesmond Road West and head towards the University campus, our building is on the right opposite the roundabout.

Newcastle Central Railway station provides links to both the East Coast Mainline, and services to the Midlands and further.

By Air

Newcastle International Airport is located just 4 miles away from the city centre. A Metro line and taxi services run directly from the centre of the city, taking around 20 mins.