: ARCHIVE : 2023

Please see all archived news stories for 2023 below.

Meet The Winner Of The Oldest Clifton Water Bath Competition

The search for the oldest Clifton water bath ended this October, revealing a 30-year-old water bath dated from 25th June 1993.

A big congratulations to Helen Jones from Hampton High, our lucky winner! She is now the proud owner of a brand new Clifton water bath and she even got to enjoy an exclusive tour of the Clifton factory.

Find out more below.


Julie's Tech Guide on Buying Premium Products

Ever wondered if the saying "You get what you pay for" holds true in the world of school science equipment? Read Julie's guide on Buying Premium Products and discover the factors behind premium prices.

Find out what constitutes a premium product and make informed decisions for your science budget.

Read more below!



Next Week We Are Celebrating International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day, commemorated annually on 5th December, is a day dedicated to celebrating and recognising the invaluable contributions of volunteers worldwide.

To show our support, every year we offer our dedicated staff members a paid volunteering day to support a charity of their choice.

Find out more about our initiatives below.



Christmas Opening and Delivery Times

Here are details of our opening times over the Christmas period:  

We will operate as usual until Friday 22nd December - 8:45am – 6pm.

25th December - Closed

26th December - Closed  

27th, 28th, 29th December - 10am - 3pm  

1st January 2024 - Closed  

We will reopen as usual on Tuesday 2nd January 8:45am – 6pm (Regional offices may vary).   

Despatch & Delivery Dates: 

Deliveries: Next Day as normal until Wednesday 20th December.

Last Despatch of temperature-controlled items will be Tuesday 19th December.  

27th, 28th, 29th December– Critical Orders only (must be placed by 12 noon to be shipped same day).

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our customers.


Regulated Explosives Precursors - End User Declaration

Starting from 1st October 2023, organisations involved in the supply of regulated explosives precursors* to professional users and non-licensed organisations are required to implement additional verification measures to ensure legitimate use. 

Customers purchasing the following restricted materials will now have to fill out an End User Declaration (EUD).

Ammonium nitrate: 16% NPhosphoric acid: 30% w/w 
Hexamine Potassium chlorate: 40% w/w 
Hydrochloric acid: 10% w/wPotassium perchlorate: 40% w/w 
Hydrogen peroxide:12% w/w Sodium chlorate: 40% w/w 
Nitromethane: 30% w/wSodium perchlorate: 40% w/w
Nitric acid: 3% w/wSulfuric acid: 15% w/w


If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Our Black Friday Sale Is Now LIVE

Our Black Friday offers are officially live, and it's time to take advantage of unbeatable savings across our entire product range.

Starting today and until the 1st December 2023, enjoy 10% off EVERYTHING!

Simply use the code BLACKFRIDAY10 at the checkout.

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Christmas Fundraising for Rainbows

Every year instead of sending Christmas cards to customers, suppliers and colleagues, we make a donation to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. This is embraced by our fantastic family of colleagues, and we are proud to support the work of this incredible organisation with a corporate donation. Combined with staff donations, we will be able to contribute hundreds of pounds to help Rainbows continue their great work.

As the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, the charity brightens the short lives of the children and young people who come to Rainbows. Rainbows want them to have fun and make special memories. They are also there to support their loved ones through the most difficult times of their lives.

We at SLS Select Education wish everyone at Rainbows a Merry Christmas!❄️

Donate using the link below!

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Get Ready To Join The Fun. Our 12 Questions of Christmas Competition is Back

Get into the holiday spirit with our Christmas competition! Answer 12 Christmas-themed science questions correctly for a chance to win a luxurious Christmas hamper. We've got new surprises, exciting questions, and three lucky winners to be awarded. 

Don't miss out on the holiday fun! Join now and add a touch of curiosity to your festive celebrations!

More details below.

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Prep Room Management + Science Technician Tips

Explore our latest tech guide on preproom management for first-class advice on how to make the most of your space and resources. Plus, you will gain some invaluable insights from Jill, a seasoned science technician, that will save you time, money, and that will give you the peace of mind that the science activities will run smoothly.

Read more below.


Check Out Our New Curriculum Based Offers - Up to 15% OFF For A Limited Time Only!

For a limited time only, we are thrilled to offer exclusive discounts on a range of curriculum-based lab supplies designed to elevate your science classroom experience. From blood typing kits to PCR basics kits, and even essential tools such as voltmeters, ammeters, and joint clips, we have a diverse selection of laboratory supplies to cater to your teaching needs.

Act now and equip your students with the best tools for a hands-on learning experience and ensure their practicals success!

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Make Halloween Memorable This Year With A Fun Activity For Your Chemistry Lesson

In the Halloween spirit, we have prepared a captivating experiment tailored specifically for your science classroom. Picture your students stepping into the shoes of of wizards and witches, as they master the captivating art of altering flame colours through chemical reactions. Rest assured - this experiment is designed with safety as our top priority!

Read more below.


Martin's Tech Guide on Science Club Ideas

Explore the world of science with five engaging ideas for your school science club!

From organising a science fair to embarking on enlightening field trips, these activities provide hands-on learning experiences that will captivate your students.

Encourage independent exploration, stimulate critical thinking and bring real-world insights to your science club.

Click below to find out more.



Restock Your Laboratory Basics At Bargain Prices

Restock your laboratory with unbeatable prices on lab essentials. Choose from a wide selection of test tubes, flasks, cylinders, pipette fillers, and more. Offers available for a limited-time only.

Don't miss out! Stock up on your laboratory basics at discounted prices and make the most out of your budget.

Click here to view our latest offers.

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Celebrating Black Women in STEM: Our Tribute To Black History Month

This October, the UK commemorates once again Black History Month, a time to honour the diverse contributions of Black individuals to society. In 2023, the spotlight shines on highlighting the contributions of Black women, and we are joining the celebrations with a tribute towards black female figures in STEM.

Read more below.


Request a Rep and Win an Amazon Voucher!

Request an in-person or virtual visit from your local rep and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Additionally, in the honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every visit requested, we will be donating £5 to Breast Cancer Now.

Simply email with your name, your school name and your contact details.

Your local rep will then get in touch with you.

Terms and Conditions below.


We Have A Winner For The Oldest Ohaus Balance Competition

Huge congratulations to Yanette Biddle at Highfields School for finding the oldest Ohaus balance!

Yannete traded in a vintage 1980s Ohaus balance for a shiny BRAND NEW Adventurer Precision Balance!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our competition.

Don't be disheartened if you didn't win – there's always a next time!


Introducing New Lower Prices for Ohaus Scout Balances

We are excited to announce that Ohaus has dropped the prices for all the products in the Ohaus Scout Balances range.

Achieving precision in your lab measurements is now more affordable than ever.

Visit the link below to explore our new deals.


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Win a BRAND NEW Clifton Water Bath

We're on the hunt for the oldest Clifton water bath!

Do you have a hidden treasure in your lab? Send us a picture of the oldest Clifton water bath in your school for the chance to win a BRAND NEW Clifton Water Bath!

Email your picture, along with the serial number, to

Deadline: 31/10/2023

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Enjoy a whopping 10% OFF on ALL orders over £500 in September

We know you’re busy in September, and navigating through complex offers can be quite the task, but we’ve got you covered with straightforward discounts on our entire product range. No more confusion, just big savings.

Find out more below!


Martin's Tech Guide on Tips For New Science Technicians

Have you recently started a new role as a science technician?

If so, our colleague Martin Hinsley has put together a short guide with his top six tips on navigating this exciting venture.

Click below to learn more about how to navigate equipment, protocols, professional development, and workplace relationships.


Martin's Tech Guide to Open Evening Practical Demonstrations

Welcome to our guide to Open Evening practical demonstrations!

We have prepared a fantastic line-up of experiments and activities to enjoy, learn from and most importantly impress your audience.

Many of the products featured in our guide are currently on offer. Visit our Promotions page to find out more.


Impress at your next open evening!

Do you have an open evening coming up?

Check out our latest promotions for some seriously impressive kit to show off at your next event, including:

A distillation kit with 25% off

A solar energy kit with 10% off

Frozen cow hearts with 10% off

And much more!

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School’s Out for the Summer!

School’s Out for the Summer!

We hope all our customers have a wonderful summer break.  

If you need us, we’ll be here, simply get in touch:

Keep your eyes peeled for exciting new promotions coming in September!

Martin's Tech Guide on Securing Bursary Grants for School Science Programmes

Securing bursaries and grants for school science programmes can be a competitive process, but there are several steps you can take to increase your chances of success:


Happy PRIDE Month

Embrace Diversity, Ignite Discovery

At SLS Select Education, we believe in supporting and uplifting the communities we serve.

Therefore, we are thrilled to announce that we are making a £100 donation to the Notts LGBT+ Network, an organisation dedicated to supporting Nottinghamshire's vibrant LGBTQ+ community. Join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ scientists, promoting diversity, and embracing the power of scientific discovery!


Gary's Tech Guide on SLS Own Brand Products

Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS) are the parent company of SLS Select Education and first began trading in 1991, since then we have grown to become the UK’s largest  independent supplier of laboratory equipment, chemicals and consumables. 

SLS launched their own brand of equipment in 2001 after acquiring a plastic manufacturing company in the North-East of England.

Our first products were petri dishes and plastic measuring cylinders – but now we have over 700 products in this money saving product range!

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OHAUS Oldest Balance Competition

Get involved in our OHAUS Oldest Balance Competition and stand a chance to win a brand new OHAUS Adventurer Precision Balance!

To enter, all you need to do is snap a picture of your OHAUS balance, making sure to include the serial number (SN), and send it to This crucial information will enable OHAUS to verify its age and authenticity.

We're on the hunt for the oldest OHAUS balance in the UK. Share your snapshot, and you could be the lucky winner of the Adventurer Precision Balance!

Competition ends 30th June 2023.


Happy Birthday Maria Agensi

Today, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of a trailblazing mathematician and philosopher.

Her groundbreaking contributions to calculus and her profound understanding of mathematical concepts have left an indelible mark on the world.

Maria is credited with calculating the bell shaped curve known as the "Witch of Agnesi" a curve studied by Agnesi in 1748 in her book Instituzioni analitiche ad uso della gioventù italiana (the first surviving mathematical work written by a woman).

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Amazing Savings on Selected PYREX® and Quickfit® Items

PYREX® and Quickfit® special offers you don't want to miss!

From beakers to burettes, we have you covered.

Offers end 30th June 2023.

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New Catalogue Offers NOW LIVE

Our new catalogue offers are now live!

Don't forget to take advantage of these excellent giveaways when placing your order with us.

Quote: BISC Spend over £60/€60 - FREE Biscuits

Quote: SE10 Spend over £300/€300 - £10 Amazon Voucher + FREE Biscuits

Quote: SEOVER500 Spend over £500/€500 - Lascells Battery Eliminator + FREE Biscuits

Quote: SE40 Spend over £1000/€1000 - £40 Amazon Voucher + FREE Biscuits


Quote: SEOVER1000 Lascells Battery Eliminator +Temp. & Humidity Wall Clock + FREE Biscuits


Jill's Tech Guide on pH Electrode Guide Care and Maintenance

Are you struggling to choose the right pH electrode for your science department?

Or perhaps you have some but are unsure if they're working properly?

Our quick guide will help you get the most out of your pH electrodes.

With so many makes and models available, we understand the confusion that comes with selecting the right one.

Read on now!


NEW SLS Select Education Catalogue OUT NOW!

Copies will be landing in schools this week, so keep your eyes peeled!


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Happy 33rd Launch Anniversary to the Hubble Space Telescope!

Originally conceived in the 1940s as the Large Space Telescope, Hubble's launch on April 24, 1990 marked decades of planning and research.

Despite some initial setbacks and issues with the telescope's optics, Hubble has since become one of the most productive and influential scientific instruments of all time.

Over the past three decades, Hubble has made countless groundbreaking observations, revolutionising our understanding of the universe. From measuring the expansion rate of the universe to discovering dark energy, Hubble has contributed to some of the most significant scientific discoveries of the 21st century.

Hubble has also captured stunning images of galaxies, nebulae, and other celestial objects that have inspired people around the world. The telescope's ability to see deep into space has allowed us to witness incredible events such as the birth of stars and the collision of galaxies.

Check out NASA's Hubble page to scope out more information!

Martin's Tech Guide - Setting Up a New School Lab with a Small Budget

Setting up a school lab with a small budget can be a challenge, but it is possible to do so with careful planning and resourcefulness. Here are some tips to keep in mind!


Happy Birthday to Caroline Hershel

Caroline Herschel was a pioneering astronomer who achieved numerous notable accomplishments throughout her career.

Born in Germany in 1750, Herschel moved to England to live with her brother, William Herschel, who was also an astronomer. Together, they made many important discoveries, including the observation of several comets and the identification of many nebulae and star clusters.

Caroline Herschel was also the first woman to receive a salary for her scientific work, and the first woman to discover a comet, which she did in 1786.

Her contributions to astronomy were widely recognized in her lifetime, and she was awarded numerous honours, including a Gold Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society.

Caroline Herschel's achievements paved the way for future generations of women in science.

Martin's Tech Guide on Domestic vs Laboratory Glass Washers

What’s the difference between a laboratory glassware  washer and a domestic dishwasher? 

I’ve been asked this many times myself, usually by management, in my previous role as a science technician – and it’s a reasonable question to ask, when considering departmental budget allocations for the academic year.

A domestic dishwasher is designed specifically for domestic use (cutlery, crockery, etc) and is NOT corrosive resistant.

As soon as you use a domestic dishwasher for scientific equipment you void the warranty – and reduce its life expectancy and efficiency (in my experience 1–2 years of life).


Welcome to our NEW Physics Equipment offers!

Enjoy up to 20% off on our specially selected products!

Our promotions page is packed with new and exciting deals on items such as the Resistance Selector, Timing Ball, Density Block and many more!

Make sure you don't miss out as these offers are only available until April 30th, 2023.

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LGBT+ History Month - Dr. Stefan Hell and Dr. William Moerner

In 2014, two LGBT+ scientists, Dr William Moerner and Dr Stefan Hell, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work in developing the field of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

Dr Hell and Dr Moerner are both exceptional scientists who have made groundbreaking contributions to the field of chemistry.

However, they are not only remarkable for their scientific achievements, but also for their courage and commitment to promoting LGBT+ rights and equality.

Both Dr Hell and Dr Moerner have been open about their sexual orientation and have used their public profiles to advocate for the rights of the LGBT+ community.

Their leadership and activism have helped to create a more inlusive and accepting environment in the scientific community and have inspired many LGBT+ individuals to pursue careers in science.

As we celebrate their remarkable scientific achievements, we also celebrate their courage, resilience, and unwavering commitment to creating a more just and equal world for all.

Elevate your lab safety and efficiency with DURAN® Silicone Lids - smart coverage for every experiment

Smart and safe coverage

In order to prevent contamination during reactions and into the laboratory environment, DWK Life Sciences has developed a safety cover, the innovative DURAN® silicone lid. 

Five flexible sizes, three bright colours, versatile and simple to use!

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LGBT+ History Month - Dr Jack Drescher

Dr Jack Drescher is a remarkable figure in the field of LGBT+ mental health, whose work has made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals.

Through his research, advocacy, and clinical practice, Dr Drescher has been a staunch ally and supporter of the LGBT+ community. His contributions have helped to advance the understanding and acceptance of diverse gender and sexual identities, and to reduce the stigma and discrimination that many LGBT+ people face.

As we celebrate the diversity and resilience of the LGBT+ community, we honor Dr Jack Drescher for his invaluable contributions to improving the mental health and well-being of LGBT+ individuals, and for his unwavering dedication to the cause of equality and social justice.

LGBT+ History Month - Sally Ride

Sally Ride was a trailblazer as the first American woman to travel to space.

As a physicist and NASA astronaut, she inspired countless individuals in her field.

Ride was also a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and remains a source of inspiration for the LGBT+ community and beyond!

Ride's legacy continues to live on through the Sally Ride Science Center, which was established in her honor to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers.

Check out the Sally Ride photo gallery which shows Sally's adventure into space!

LGBT+ History Month - Alan Turing

Alan Turing is one of the most famous LGBT scientists in history.

He is best known for his work on artificial intelligence and code breaking in WWII, as well as his pioneering work in computer science. Turing was a brilliant mathematician, who made significant contributions to the development of computers.

His work was instrumental in the development of computer science and helped form the foundation of modern computing. During WWII, Turing worked at Bletchley Park, where he played a crucial role in cracking the German Enigma code.

This allowed the Allies to intercept and decipher secret messages, giving them a significant advantage in the war.

His work at Bletchley Park is widely considered to have shortened the war by several years and saved countless lives.

February Star Buy - SLS Lab Pro Reverse Osmosis PURA-Q

Our February Star Buy is the SLS Lab Pro Reverse Osmosis PURA-Q Range.

The PURA-Q is the perfect solution for your laboratory needs if you are looking for a low cost, low maintenance and easy to install water purification system.

The call for water from the integral reservoir via the dispense tap on the front of the machine, is there to obtain the concise water you need, when you need it, with fast dispense. 

Available in two water quality versions type 2 and type 3.

Buy now - From £2,853.80

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Happy LGBT+ History Month!

The contributions of LGBT+ scientists are an integral part of history.

In the coming month, we'll be highlighting some of the most famous and influential scientists who have left a lasting mark.

Let's pay tribute to their remarkable achievements and the impact they've made on our world.

In addition to this, we will also be donating to the Notts LGBT+ Network, a fantastic organisation set up in Nottinghamshire to provide support and information to thousands of people in the county.

Our Chemicals Offers Are LIVE NOW!

Get up to 10% off on all our chemicals until 31st March 2023!

Our chemicals web page gives you the chance to easily find the key laboratory chemicals you need, including our own SLS Select range and the most popular options from Sigma-Aldrich.

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12 Questions of Christmas Winners!

A big thank you to all our amazing customers who took part in our 12 questions of Christmas quiz.

We really appreciate your continued support and can't wait for the next one.

Using a random name generator to select the winners, we have ensured a fair and impartial selection process.

Thank you again to all who took part!

Read more for winners and answers.



Happy Birthday to Nobel Prize Winner Gertrude B. Elion: Celebrating a Pioneering Career in Biochemistry and Pharmacology

In Celebration of Gertrude B. Elion's Birthday!

Elion was a renowned biochemist and pharmacologist who made significant contributions to the development of drugs to treat leukemia and other diseases.

She spent much of her career working at the Burroughs Wellcome Company, where she developed a number of important drugs, including the first purine antagonist used to treat leukemia, 6-mercaptopurine, and the first immunosuppressive agent, azathioprine.

These drugs were used to treat leukemia and other cancers, as well as to prevent rejection of transplanted organs. Gertrude was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988, along with George Hitchings and Sir James Black, for their work on developing drugs that target specific enzymes and receptors.

Elion's work revolutionised the field of pharmacology and had a profound impact on the treatment of cancer and other diseases. She was also a dedicated mentor to young scientists and a strong advocate for women in science throughout her career.

Thank You for Visiting Us at the ASE Conference 2023

We would like to thank everyone who visited our stand at this years ASE annual conference.

It was a pleasure to meet so many dedicated educators and researchers from around the UK, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our ideas and products with you.

Your interest and engagement with our company is greatly appreciated, and we hope that you found our products and demonstrations informative and helpful.

Thank you again for your time and support.

Equipping Schools for the Future

Concept to completion

We understand that every school laboratory is unique, with its own set of curricula and budget requirements.

This recognition has guided us to take a personalised approach to laboratory refurbishments, where we have gained extensive experience by creating customised equipment packages tailored to meet the specific needs of each school laboratory!

Get in touch today to find out how we can get your laboratory up and running on time and on budget.


In memory of Professor Stephen Hawking's Birthday!

On January 8th, it is Professor Stephen Hawking's Birthday!

Stephen Hawking is one of the most influential scientists of the 21st century.

Hawking was born in Oxford, England, in 1942 and attended University College, Oxford, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in physics.

Hawking is best known for his work on the properties of black holes and demonstrated that a black hole could be completely described by its mass, electric charge, and angular momentum.

He also proposed the theoretical basis for Hawking radiation, the phenomenon that black holes can emit particles.


January Star Buy - Traceable Digital Relative Humidity/Temperature Meter

Our Star Buy for January is the Traceable Digital Relative Humidity/Temperature Meter

Ideal for routine measurements, monitoring round-the-clock, quality-control needs, and critical experimental requirements!

Minimum and maximum memories can be displayed or cleared at any time with the touch of a key.

Buy Now - £43.96

15% OFF

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Request a Rep Competition

Request a visit from your local rep and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Simply email with your name, your school name and your contact details to be in with a chance.

Your local rep will then get in touch with you.

Find out who your local rep is here.


15% off selected Traceable products!

Traceable is an Antylia Scientific Company – the same family as the ever-popular Stuart range of hot plates, melting apparatus and other staples of the school science department.

They are an industry leader, and the Traceable range is here to raise standards in measuring, monitoring, and recording products. These products can be found everywhere in all laboratory environments, and they all come with a NIST-traceable certification and are ILAC-MRA-approved.

Making this range not just affordable but reliable too.

You can benefit from the confidence of having the certification that comes with these products – giving you, and your students, the most accurate data for their experiment results.

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