Opened in early 2016, the purpose of the South West Nuclear Hub is to facilitate leading-edge research in science and engineering, supporting the nuclear energy industry in the UK and around the world. This ranges from safe decommissioning and legacy clean-up to construction, operation and development of present and future nuclear energy systems.

The Hub draws together scientists, engineers and experts from across three sectors of Higher Education, Industry and Government to complement the UK’s research and teaching capability and support nuclear power’s contribution to a low-carbon, affordable and secure energy system for the UK. The Hub’s strategic location places it close to new build at Hinkley Point and Oldbury and within easy reach of the corporate headquarters of EDF Energy, Magnox and Horizon.

Industrial collaborations

Government agencies / funding bodies

Academic collaborations


The University of Bristol is also part of the GW4 initiative, which brings together the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter to collaborate through their research to address the key global challenges for the benefit of society and the economy.

The collaborative strength of the GW4 gives a new and competitive edge not only in the UK, but internationally. With a combined turnover well in excess of £1bn, GW4 has a research power of significant scale.

Building on existing collaborations, the Universities work together across all academic activity, opening up more opportunities to collaborate in common areas of shared facilities, learning, training, development and other resources.

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is the leading and largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK. It is a collaborative partnership between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol), and home to a vibrant community of over 100 academics and industry practitioners, who lead current thinking in service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering.

The BRL is also a UK Centre for Doctoral Training in robotics and autonomous systems. It is a unique collaboration that harnesses the collective strengths of its university partners, and brings together the best expertise from industry and the academic community to spearhead Britain’s efforts to be a world leader in modern advanced robotics.

Cabot Institute

The Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol carries out fundamental and responsive research on risks and uncertainty in a changing environment.

This includes climate change, natural hazards, food and energy security, resilience and governance, and human impacts on the environment.

Their aim is to engage wider society by listening to, exploring with, and challenging their stakeholders to develop a shared response to 21st Century challenges.