Aims and objectives

The South West Nuclear Hub is a vital part of the region’s thriving energy sector.  We bring together universities, government and industry to support the sector’s growth ambitions with world-leading academic, research and education facilities.  We are proud of our track record of excellence, which has seen us recognised as one of the UK’s top nuclear research destinations.

The South West Nuclear Hub, funded by a HEFCE Catalyst Fund grant, facilitates the University of Bristol’s leading role in co-ordinating and growing regional nuclear energy activities, in support of the Government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy.  The Hub is an umbrella for civil nuclear energy related research, innovation and teaching activities at the University of Bristol (UoB) and is an evolution of the Nuclear Research Centre (NRC), in partnership with the University of Oxford.

Launched in September 2016, the Hub acts as a focal point for nuclear energy research and teaching at Bristol, providing a common collaboration space for academics across the University. Externally, it draws together academic, industrial and government institutions to provide an efficient interface for research and development capability across the south west region.

Via the Hub, the University has developed a nuclear energy research, innovation and teaching strategy which includes ambitious plans for growth both in terms of activity and new facilities.  Since 2015 the Hub has been home to a unique interdisciplinary MSc programme in Nuclear Science and Engineering which is a rich, research-focused postgraduate programme with significant industry input.

Our objectives include:

  • Providing a link between the Higher Education, Nuclear Industry and Government sectors
  • Creating a single door for the nuclear industry to access and form partnerships in academic research and teaching in the region
  • Joining capability, activity and resource
  • Fostering an integrated mixture of multidisciplinary students, staff and experts
  • Increasing the number and quality of people trained in nuclear energy and related fields
  • Increasing industrial investment in research and teaching
  • Shaping the direction of regional and national nuclear energy-related research and teaching to ensure it best meets industry needs
  • Delivering highly skilled people ready for employment in the nuclear energy industry through tailored training programmes such as the MSc courses
  • Establishing a joint knowledge base between academia and industry
  • Facilitating the transfer of relevant skills and knowledge
  • Delivering innovative underpinning science, engineering solutions and technologies that have a positive impact on the economy and society by contributing to energy safety and security, particularly in the areas of decommissioning and waste management
  • Providing public benefit by supporting the safety and cost-effectiveness of nuclear energy operation, construction and legacy clean-up