The Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) is royally chartered organisation which is responsible for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental geosciences in the UK. NERC fund my current research project at the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoScience. In addition to funding research for many of my colleagues, NERC funds a significant proportion of research within the department here and at other universities.
The Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) in East Kilbride is a collaborative centre for research set up by the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The facility there is host to many NERC-owned facilities as well as in-house SUERC-managed facilities.
I have the privilege of using their in-house ICP facility to gather trace element data on my Norwegian Eclogites. The director of research at SUERC is Prof. Rob Ellam, and the ICP facility is largely operated by Dr. Valerie Olive. Both Rob and Valerie have been immensely welcoming and accommodating with me and my research. They have shown immense interest in not only gathering exceptional geochemical data on my samples, but have also been incredibly keen to better their analytical procedures to handle these quite problematic samples (see my old post on this).
I highly recommend both the facility and staff at SUERC. SUERC along with Rob and Valerie will hopefully part of published work of mine expected mid-late 2013.