Open Lab is a human-computer interaction, social and ubiquitous computing research group in the School of Computing at Newcastle University. 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.


James McCoull
Research Group Operations Assistant
+44 191 20  84630
Open Lab
Urban Sciences Building
Newcastle University
1 Science Square
Science Central
Newcastle upon Tyne

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By Car

From the A1 motorway, take the A184 exit signed Newcastle/Gateshead, followed by the A189 exit to cross over the River Tyne. Follow the signs for Newcastle city centre until you reach Science Central. Then take a left turn onto Wellington Street, where the Urban Sciences Building is located.

By Public Transport

The closest Metro station to our building is St James. Turn left after exiting the station, cross over the road and take the path between the Sandman Signature hotel and The View accommodation. This leads directly to our building.

Newcastle Central railway station provides links to UK rail network.

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 minutes.