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AWE: Research

Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which universities receive funding for research commissioned by the Atomic Weapons Establishment; and what the nature is of such funded research.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

I will write to the hon. Member once the information has been collated.

Substantive answer from Gerald Howarth to Angus Robertson:

In his written answer to your Parliamentary Question on 10 July 2012 (Official Report, column 199W), Peter Luff promised to write to you confirming which universities receive funding for research commissioned by the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE); and what the nature is of such funded research. I am now in a position to provide you with a substantive answer.

The following universities received funding for research commissioned by AWE in the financial year 2011-2012:

Cranfield University;

Heriot-Watt University;

Imperial College (including Imperial College Consultants Ltd);

Keele University;

Loughborough University;

Queens University Belfast;

University College London;

University of Bath;

University of Bristol;

University of Cambridge;

University of Edinburgh;

University of Leeds;

University of Leicester;

University of Liverpool;

University of Manchester;

University of Oxford;

University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation;

University of Reading;

University of Salford;

University of Southampton;

University of Strathclyde;

University of Surrey;

University of Warwick;

University of York; and

University Court of the University Of St Andrews.

The nature of the research undertaken by the universities falls within the following areas:

Physics, which includes numerical modelling, uncertainty analysis, computational fluid dynamics, shock physics, plasma physics and solid mechanics;

Materials science, ranging from chemical synthesis of polymers and adhesives through to properties of energetics (explosives), metallurgy, computational chemistry and nuclear materials;

High performance computing focusing on the development of computer algorithms and future energy efficient computing platforms; and

Engineering and manufacturing, which includes developing sensor technologies, electronic components and integrated circuits both for experimental and project use.

In addition, AWE also commission academic involvement in the areas of nuclear detection techniques and nuclear forensics.

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