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Serco runs the world-renowned National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for the UK's Department of Trade and Industry
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Serco is a world leader in managing and supporting public sector research organisations that address economic, social and environmental challenges through science and innovation.

Operating leading research and development organisations

Serco manages the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) as part of a consortium with Lockheed Martin and Jacobs. AWE is one of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world, developing the sophisticated materials, quantum physics and computer modelling vital to the safe and effective maintenance of the UK's nuclear deterrent. AWE experts also play a leading role in nuclear non-proliferation and international nuclear security.

We are partnered with Manchester University and Battelle to manage the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) the leading nuclear technology services provider in the UK. NNL has expertise across the full range of nuclear technology, including waste management, nuclear security and non-proliferation, materials and corrosion and plant inspection.

Serco also provides infrastructure and ICT support services to the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Dstl provides the Ministry of Defence with the science and technology response to their current and future needs by maximising the impact of research and development for defence and security requirements.

'Innovate' from NNL

The National Nuclear Laboratory releases a newsletter on their latest work. Read here.

Last Updated: 30 January 2015