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Focused research is important to driving innovation into everything we do at AWE. It also supports national growth and technological advancement on a global scale.
We believe that the most effective approach is to partner with the best minds in the country through the UK’s research councils – they invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines.
Working with the research councils is a major part of our ‘outreach strategy’, which aims to formulate and fund academic research, especially when it has direct relevance to the work we do.
We engage with Research Councils UK – the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven research councils – and in particular with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
Our outreach programme also supports EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training. In nuclear areas these include 'Nuclear Energy: Building UK Civil Nuclear Skills for Global Markets', led by Imperial College London and 'Nuclear Fission- Next Generation Nuclear' led by the University of Manchester; AWE sits on the management boards of both Centres for Doctoral Training. At Masters level AWE supports the Physics & Technology of Nuclear Reactors (PTNR) MSc at the University of Birmingham, and the MPhil in Nuclear Engineering at Cambridge University. As a member of the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC) External Advisory Board, AWE provides advice on Masters level training in the wider nuclear industry.
We also work closely with the Government-owned Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)– ensuring innovative science and technology contributes to the defence and security of the UK. A charter, signed by the Chief Executives of both organisations, governs our collaborative arrangement and outlines the principles of how we work together to drive savings for our customer – the Ministry of Defence.
There are also a number of organisations we interact with as part of the broader UK nuclear community – namely the Nuclear Research Coordination Group, the Nuclear Academics Industrial Liaison Society, the Nuclear Waste Research Forum and the UK’s National Nuclear Users Facility. Such a network helps us with the recruitment and development of employees and strategic alliances.