About us

The South West Nuclear Hub provides a focus for civil nuclear research, innovation and skills in the south west of the UK.

From its home at the University of Bristol the Hub is driving a step-change in Higher Education across the region by accelerating and growing nuclear research and teaching activities. The Hub provides a unique location for academia, industry and government to come together to meet the opportunities and challenges facing nuclear energy in the UK and around the world, providing an effective route to engagement with local, national and international stakeholders.

The Hub incorporates the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre (NRC), established in 2011, and since 2016 has welcomed a new academic and industrial members. Together this alliance is actively pursuing collaborative opportunities in the UK and internationally and securing a long-term research and innovation pipeline by continuing to grow its strategic relationships.

From Our Collaborators

NNL logoProfessor Graham Fairhall,
Former Chief Science and Technology Officer, NNL

Professor Graham Fairhall Chief Science and Technology Officer, NNL NNL and the University of Bristol have both committed to growing their existing relationship. The intent is to provide internationally leading research and teaching, which will help to underpin the safety of current and future UK nuclear operations, including the new build programme, beginning with the Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset. This will mark a significant expansion of nuclear research and teaching activities in the South West of the UK.

David Sweeney,
Executive Chair of Research England (formerly HEFCE)

David SweeneyWe are delighted to support the training of the next generation of nuclear
Engineers who will develop our future energy supply, address environmental clean-up and other concerns, and help to extend the life of our existing power stations. HEFCE funding will catalyse the establishment of this Hub and facilitate inwards industrial investment to ensure long-term sustainability and growth to the benefit of the UK.

EDF Energy logoIonel Nistor, Head of R&D Nuclear , EDF Energy

The University of Bristol and the South West Nuclear Hub are at the forefront of a growing international network, involving EDF Energy and the Group along with leading French Engineering schools. Recent initiatives have seen Bristol, ENSTA ParisTech, Ecole Centrale de Paris, the CEA and the EDF group working collaboratively on soils-structures interactions and seismic monitoring.

Two Years of Collaborative Research and Innovation

In 2018 the Hub marked two years of it doors opening, and the infographic below shows some of the successes to date.

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