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The winner is… 

AWE is pleased to announce the first AWE Defence Industry Early Careers in Engineering Prize, in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Engineers and The Engineers Trust.  Congratulations to James Read of Cranfield University, a leading researcher in defence engineering.   The award recognises and celebrates a wide variety of defence engineering innovations and achievements across […]


New collaboration to empower future innovators

AWE is delighted to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) as both organisations seek to drive innovation in UK defence and security.


AWE appoints Nick Elliott as CEO

Sir John Manzoni, Chair of AWE Plc, said: “An extensive and rigorous recruitment process identified Nick as a leader with unique capabilities and experience who will drive our transformation and allow us to deliver our mission – to keep the country safe.”


Creating High Pressures is No Mean Feat

Sponsored through the highly acclaimed Chief Scientist Short Project Scheme, which was designed to promote collaboration between AWE and UCL, Toby describes how the modelling of thermal transfer is done using the industry standard software Abaqus.


AWE William Penney Fellow wins international honour

ANS William Penney Fellowships are named after Sir William Penney, Director of the former Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE). William Penney Fellows are key academics, typically leading research at centres of technical excellence or in similar roles. /about-us/our-partners/?q=william+penney+fellows OxCHEDS researchers study the behaviour of matter at the kinds of extraordinary temperatures and pressures usually […]


AWE Primary Science Challenge proves popular

AWE has held its most popular Primary Science Challenge to date, with over 400 students from eight primary schools in West Berkshire joining in the eco-themed learning and competition. The annual event inspires young learners into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and this year’s Challenge aligned to the World Environment Day’s theme of ‘Solutions […]


AWE expert honoured for exceptional achievement

AWE’s Steve Fisher has received an Award of Excellence from the United States National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of Defence Programmes (DP) for his contribution to the U.S./UK Mutual Defence Agreement. Currently a Senior Manager, International Liaison, Steve will be retiring later this year, after 26 years of service to the UK at AWE. His […]


AWE explores robotics opportunities with the National Robotarium

AWE representatives had a treat when recently visiting academic partner, Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. The visit provided a sneak preview of the National Robotarium, a multi-million-pound facility and the UK’s leading centre for robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), along with a chance to discuss future opportunities. The National Robotarium is due to open in the […]


Double first for AWE graduate apprentice

It’s a double achievement for one AWE apprentice, as not only was Liam Jones our first degree apprentice, but he has also graduated with first class honours. Liam became AWE’s first degree apprentice in 2018, studying for a BSc in Nuclear Engineering. Over the next four years, in addition to studying at AWE’s apprentice academy […]


A Stonewall silver award for AWE’s commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion

AWE is incredibly proud to announce that it has achieved a prestigious silver award and been ranked within the top 200 companies for the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2022.The Stonewall WEI is a benchmarking tool that assesses a company’s achievements and progress on LGBTQ+ equality. AWE is com​mitted to equality at work and to […]


Paula Rosen appointed Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics

We are delighted to announce that Paula Rosen has been awarded Fellow status by the UK Institute of Physics (IOP). This is their highest category of membership and is awarded following a rigorous application process involving an external sponsor and an independent review panel. Paula is a Team Leader in Material Physics where she manages […]

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AWE PLC Board Announced

AWE is delighted to announce the new AWE PLC Board which will be in place from 1 July 2021 when AWE becomes an arms’ length body owned by the Ministry of Defence. The Board will be comprised of: Sir John Manzoni as Chair, Alison Atkinson as AWE Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Nicole Kett […]