Our researchers have access to a wide range of specialist laboratories and research facilities that are ranked among the best in Australia and the world.

VU research students also have access to dedicated study and computing facilities in the form of a Research Student Lounge and Research Room located in two of our campus Libraries (Footscray Park library and Werribee library).

Fire testing facilities

We have facilities at at our Werribee Campus for fire safety engineering research and testing. Facilities include:

  • fire test furnaces
  • cone calorimeter
  • 3MW calorimeter and ISO room
  • large fire test facilities
  • four-storey building scale model.

These facilities were formerly used for research by Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE), which from 2018 is within the Institute of Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities.

Health research facilities

We have partnered with Western Health and the University of Melbourne to develop the Western Centre for Health Research and Education.

This $51.6 million five-level building at Sunshine Hospital provides current and future health care professionals with cutting-edge education, research and training facilities.

These facilities are regularly used by the Institute for Health and Sport, one of Victoria University's flagship research institutes.

 Researcher at the Western Centre for Health Research and Education

Sleep laboratory

Our two-bedroom sleep laboratory at our St Albans Campus is equipped with a range of devices for measuring sleep. It houses three portable Compumedics "Somte" systems for sleep recordings, and software for staging and scoring sleep studies. Researchers have access to:

  • Respironics Actiware watches and software
  • SleepImage cardiopulmonary coupling devices for assessing sleep stability
  • Palm Psychomotor Vigilance Tests
  • BMedical Pro-diaries for recording daytime assessments of sleepiness and mood.

Special collections & archives

The VU Library holds several special collections and archives that are available to assist graduate students and staff in their research. These collections have been funded by bequests and developed to support special research areas. They include:

Sport & exercise science research facilities

Our state-of-the-art sport and exercise science research facilities include:

These facilities are regularly used by the Institute for Health & Sport, one of Victoria University's flagship research institutes.

VU Whitten Oval

The $8 million VU education research centre for sport and exercise science is located at Victoria University Whitten Oval. The facility offers unique opportunities for research in elite sports, including coaching, player development, strength and conditioning.

The stadium is located at Victoria University Whitten Oval which is home to our partners, the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

Water research

The Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI) offers a range of water research laboratories at our Werribee Campus. These include:

  • fully equipped fluid mechanics and hydraulics laboratory incorporating pluviometers, flowmeters and water quality monitoring equipment
  • laboratory and pilot plant membrane facilities for flat sheet, hollow fibre and ceramic membranes
  • membrane autopsy facilities.

Researchers also have access to a range of hydrological software packages, including geographic information systems (GIS) and REsource ALlocation Model (REALM).

Victorian Platform Technologies Network (VPTN)

The Victorian Platform Technologies Network (VPTN) houses high quality facilities for research in:

  • biotechnology
  • informatics
  • mathematics
  • materials science
  • computation
  • manufacturing.