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Winter issue of Connect out now!

The latest issue of Connect contains details of AWE’s Responsible Business Report that sets out how we operate as a business and manage our long-term impacts on society and the environment. The full report can be seen here. You can also read about our work with education and charity partners and achievements during 2020.

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AWE to partner with University of Surrey in new Centre of Excellence

AWE is entering into a partnership with the University of Surrey, which is launching a new Centre of Excellence in Materials Ageing, Performance and Life Prediction The University’s long-standing expertise in materials science and engineering and its strengths in advanced characterisation of materials in demanding environments, underpin the partnership. Professor Norman Godfrey, AWE Deputy Chief […]

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AWE gives a gift for Christmas

A Covid-compliant Christmas charity collection at AWE produced hundreds of kilos of food, plus toys and toiletries. Altogether, 560 kilos of food, 15 boxes of toiletries and clothes and 150 toys were donated by staff. The food was packed into hampers and will go to Basingstoke Trussell Food Bank, the toiletries and clothes to Nishkam […]

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AWE accepts fine following conclusion of the ONR prosecution

AWE plc has been fined following a guilty plea to a charge brought by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. This was in relation to an incident at AWE’s Aldermaston site in June 2019, comprising a flash-over of electricity when a contractor’s […]

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AWE scientist receives Institute of Physics award

AWE scientist, Kirk Duroe has been recognised with the 2020 Clifford Paterson medal and prize from the renowned Institute of Physics. Kirk’s award is a Bronze Early Career medal which recognises exceptional physicists in the early stages of their careers. The Institute of Physics’ medal was in recognition of Kirk’s expert technical advice to the […]

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MOD appoints Sir John Manzoni as Chair Designate

Following the announcement that the AWE plc will become an Arms-Length Body of the MOD, the Department has decided to appoint Sir John Manzoni as Chair Designate. The existing AWE Management Limited (AWE ML) Board will hand over to John and the new Board of the Arms-Length Body following termination on 30th June 2021; the […]

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AWE wins regional National Apprenticeship Award

We are delighted to announce that AWE’s Skills Academy has been named as Macro Employer of the Year winner for the South East region at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards. It is a further accolade for AWE’s highly regarded apprenticeship scheme this year. The National Apprenticeship Awards highlight business and individual success in apprenticeships and […]

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Road Safety Week 2020 16-22 November

AWE is supporting Road Safety Week, the UK’s biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity. It involves millions of people around the UK taking action for safer roads. Road Safety Week aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages. […]

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Chief Nuclear Inspector’s Annual Report 2019/20

AWE welcomes the Chief Nuclear Inspector’s Annual Report 2019/20 published today (11 November) by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). We have continued to make safety improvements in many areas over the past year by delivering a more ‘holistic approach’ to safety management and welcome the news that with sustained improvement, our sites at Aldermaston […]

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AWE’s first Responsible Business Report

We have published our first Responsible Business Report. It explains exactly what a ‘responsible business’ is and why it is so important. The report covers AWE’s commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030, linking our sustainability and development goals to the 2015 Paris agreement and the United Nations; Sustainable Development Goals and achievements in employee […]

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Management & Operations Contract

Statement from AWE Management Limited AWE Management Limited has received notification from the Ministry of Defence of the termination of its Management and Operations contract from 30 June 2021. AWE Management Limited has supported the AWE mission, central to the UK’s defence, for two decades and is wholly committed to the smooth transition of its […]

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AWE donates PPE to charity partner Thrive

AWE has made a £5,000 donation to its charity partner Thrive. The funding is going towards personal protective equipment (PPE) allowing staff and clients to safely return to its Reading centre and continue its work as one of the leading gardening for health charities. This is AWE’s third year supporting Thrive and the donation has […]

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AWE makes donation to Citizens Advice Tadley

AWE’s Charity Fund has made a £1,000 donation to Citizens Advice in Tadley. The funding is going towards PPE allowing staff and volunteers to safely return to the Citizens Advice office so they can continue to provide advice, support and information to local people. AWE’s donation has helped purchase screen dividers for use at desks, […]

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ONR has advised AWE plc of its intention to prosecute

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has advised AWE plc of its intention to prosecute the company under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in relation to an electrical incident which occurred on 20 June 2019. AWE has indicated a guilty plea to the Court and to ONR, with […]

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AWE makes RateMyApprenticeship Top 100

AWE is proud to announce its nationally-recognised Skills Academy has been honoured at a recent awards ceremony celebrating outstanding achievements in the apprenticeship market. At a virtual ceremony, AWE was named as one of the Top 100 employers by RateMyApprenticeship – a review-based platform to help those seeking apprenticeships. This online platform is based on […]

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AWE makes donation to Greenham and Crookham Conservation Volunteers

The AWE Charity Fund has made a £550 donation to Greenham and Crookham Conservation Volunteers (GCCV) allowing the purchase of various tools to help the group’s conservation work. Greenham and Crookham Commons, near Newbury, are an area of open grassland and heathland forming the largest continuous tract of open heath in Berkshire. The area is […]

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AWE receives Silver Award for Diversity and Inclusion benchmarking

 In recognition of AWE’s improved Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) activity through benchmarking with the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei), AWE is proud to announce that this year it’s reached the Silver Award Standard. The Talent, Inclusion and Diversity Evaluation (TIDE) is an annual self-evaluation against best practice across all Diversity and Inclusion categories, […]

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AWE makes donation to Basingstoke Foodbank

AWE’s Charity Fund has made a £1,000 donation to Basingstoke Foodbank to support the local community. Basingstoke Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. The donation will go towards Basingstoke Foodbank providing local emergency food and support to those […]

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Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

On 23rd June, AWE and many other organisations celebrate International Women in Engineering Day – an international awareness campaign which raises the profile of women in engineering and celebrates the good things women engineers do. The day also serves to inspire others to embark on a career in engineering. This year’s theme is ‘Shape The […]

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Celebrating World Environment Day at AWE

AWE prides itself on its standards of environmental management and in conserving and enhancing the AWE estate. This week, coinciding with World Environment Day, we are publishing our commitments to improving our wildlife habitats in a five-year Biodiversity Action Plan, the first to be published externally. Biodiversity is a key theme of our wider Environmental […]

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