Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre

The Nuclear Research Centre (NRC) is a joint venture between the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford, creating a centre of national and international importance in Nuclear Research. Our purpose is to provide leading edge and innovative research to support the safe operation of current and future generation nuclear systems.

A Community of over 100 Key Research Personnel in Nuclear Research

The centre assembles underpinning research groups at Bristol and Oxford, involving the Safety Systems Research Centre in Civil Engineering at Bristol, Chemistry, Physics and Materials Research in the Oxford Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, the Oxford Martin School, and in the Bristol Faculty of Science and the Interface Analysis Centre, Mechanics of Materials and Structural Integrity, Seismic Research in the Departments of Engineering at Bristol and Oxford and expert groups in Social Science and Law examining social policy and public perceptions.

From Us

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

Dr Tom Scott NRC Co-director, University of BristolKey to the NRC’s contribution to Industry, Government and the Research Community, is how the two universities are working together to advance fundamental understanding and the applications of nuclear research.

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

Professor James Marrow,
NRC Co-director, University of Oxford

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.

NRC Themes

The centre focuses on work for both fundamental research and allow emergent topics to be addressed. The centre has the following themes:

Nuclear Futures

Modelling nuclear futures; new power systems; economic, social and environmental impact; sustainability and resilience; national and global policy; risk assessment; safety case management; nonproliferation strategies.

Advanced Research

Undertaking fundamental research in physics, materials including the nano-scale, chemistry, geo-sciences, engineering and exploring atomistic modelling, nuclear batteries, novel control and protection, smart sensors.

Applied Research

Focussed on current operational needs to ensure safe nuclear systems, lifetime extension, non-destructive testing, human factors and organisational safety, instrumentation obsolescence, waste disposal, new build digital systems assurance, system resilience, decommissioning, risk and uncertainty assessment.

Contacts, Visits and Partnerships

The NRC invites key stakeholders to arrange visits to its facilities and to meet the world class nuclear research community within the University of Oxford and the University of Bristol. The NRC adopts a partnership approach to the research it undertakes. There are always opportunities to discuss new partnerships.

The NRC is a research collaboration between the two Universities. It does not have any separate corporate identity or contractual capacity. It can be contacted through the following:

Professor Tom Scott

Director, NRC Bristol
University of Bristol
HH Wills Physics Laboratory
Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, BS8 1TL

Administrative contact: Estelle Talfan-Davies 

Professor James Marrow

Director, NRC Oxford
University of Oxford
Department of Materials
Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3PH UK

Administrative contact: Lorraine Laird