Just as engineering practice is changing at an ever increasing pace, so are out students. They are no longer content to sit as one among a faceless crowd at set times in set places. The pressures of work commitments, as well as different learning styles means that a different approach is required. The hardest aspect of this are the laboratories required as part of the accreditation process. This paper discusses the use of flexible remote laboratories to help meet this challenge, particularly with labs that require consumables.