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What we do

Discover how we support the defence and security of the UK.

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Our history

Learn about our proud history and what makes up our DNA.

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Site safety and security

Read about how our sites are regulated and monitored.

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Connecting communities

Keeping you connected to what is happening at AWE

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About us

Learn more about our company and how we support the defence and security of the UK.

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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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A unique national asset

We have unique nuclear expertise. We have a clear purpose and goals that set our direction.

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World-class expertise

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Working ethically

Learn about how we promote an ethical working environment.

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Freedom of Information

Find out how to make a Freedom of Information Act request.

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AWEsome education

Discover how we are supporting future generations.

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Local Liaison Committee

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Our regulators

Read about how are sites are regulated and monitored.

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Supply chain

The supply chain is crucial to the delivery of our programme. What does it take to be a supplier.

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Local Liaison Committee

Find out more about the Local Liaison Committee and how they represent community interests.

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International partners

We seek to drive better value and efficiencies through collaborative international relationships.

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Working at AWE

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Before you apply

Things to know before applying for a job.

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How to apply

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Current vacancies

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Making a Freedom of Information Act request

The Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations were established to enable transparency, openness and accountability of the work of public authorities.

AWE Plc is not a public authority and is not therefore subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). 

However, AWE sites and facilities are Ministry of Defence (MOD) owned and all of the information held and generated by AWE Plc in respect of management and operation of AWE sites is owned by the MOD. The work undertaken at AWE in respect of the UK’s nuclear warhead programme is therefore subject to the FOIA and EIR through the MOD. 

As custodian of MOD public authority information, AWE Plc does have a role to play in identifying information in scope of FOI and EIR requests and ensuring the MOD is provided with the information requested. 

As AWE is not a Public Authority and does not own the information, we cannot respond directly to requests. Anyone requesting information will be asked to re-submit their request direct to the MOD. 

Any FOI and EIR requests regarding AWE business should be made in writing and addressed to the MOD at the following address: 

MOD Information Rights Team
1st Floor, Zone N,
Main Building,
Whitehall,
London, SW1A 2HB
E-mail: CIO-foi@mod.uk  

Making an enquiry

Submitting a request for information under Freedom of Information (FOI) or Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) to a public authority such as the MOD is a legal right. Anyone can make an application for information under the FOIA or EIR, but it has to be in writing. Any application for information about AWE’s work needs to be sent to the MOD. 

Further guidance on how to make an FOI or EIR enquiry can be found at the Information Commissioner’s web-site.  

Other enquiries 

General enquiries: If your enquiry is not being made under the FOI or EIR legislation, please go to the contact us section  

Data Protection Act: If you have a request for information on yourself or living individual and it involves their personal information, Please see our section on the Data Protection Act for the relevant information and contact details.

Where to go for information

As well as making enquiries to MOD directly there are other sources, such as The National Archives, Records of the Ministry of Defence and other publications that can be explored for information on AWE’s work.

Historical records