About us

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The South West Nuclear Hub provides a focus for nuclear innovation, research and teaching in the south west of the UK. The Hub incorporates the existing collaboration between the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, the Nuclear Research Centre (NRC).

With a dedicated building, opened in summer 2016 at the University of Bristol, the Hub introduces a step-change across Higher Education in the region to accelerate and grow nuclear research and teaching activities. The Hub provides a common location for academia, industry and government to come together to meet the opportunities and challenges facing nuclear energy in the UK.

Within the Hub, the NRC continues to actively pursue collaborative research opportunities in the UK and internationally. New and existing industrial partners are committing support for the Centre’s long-term research vision by establishing strategic relationships.

From Us

Dr Tom Scott NRC Co-director, University of BristolDr Tom Scott Hub and NRC Co-director, University of Bristol

The history of the two universities in working to advance fundamental understanding and the applications of nuclear research is the key to the NRC contribution to Industry, Government and the Research Community.

It is based on the collective experience of a large, research active community at the two institutions with direct experience of the nuclear sector.

Professor Chris Grosvenor NRC Co-director,University of OxfordProfessor Chris Grosvenor NRC Co-director, University of Oxford

In the two years since its establishment, the NRC has generated some excellent interactions, some substantive new projects led by both institutions and a number of new projects that we are still pursuing.

We in Oxford also share the aspiration to work closely with industry on training a new generation of nuclear scientists and engineers, and now have more than 60 full time young researchers working in this area.

From Our Collaborators

Vincent de Rivaz Chief Executive, EDF EnergyVincent de Rivaz Chief Executive, EDF Energy

France and Britain have much to gain by sharing their strength and experience to boost the capability of their nuclear industries at home and around the world. That will be underpinned by their in-depth and growing expertise in nuclear research and development.

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Professor Graham Fairhall Chief Science and Technology Officer, NNLProfessor 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 proposed 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.

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David Sweeney, HEFCE Director for Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange

We 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.