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Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre

A cross-discipline collaboration

Department of Earth Sciences

Our goal is to carry out fundamental innovative research to make major advances in the Earth Sciences. Our strategy is to promote a broad ranging interdisciplinary approach, with research extending from geophysics to palaeontology to mineral physics. We have an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art experimental facilities. The research transcends traditional scientific boundaries by the combination of staff with backgrounds from quantum physics to marine biology, and by strong collaboration within Cambridge, nationally and internationally. In the area of Nuclear Research we have strengths in understanding the subsurface geophysics of repository site, as well as near field geochemistry in high level containment areas. We combine quantum mechanical and classical atomistic modelling with fundamental experimental methods to elucidate the behaviour of solids and fluids in repository settings. For example, we have used experiment, simulation and ab-initio computational studies to quantify the number of atoms displaced by the alpha-decay of pollutants e.g. plutonium, uranium and thorium in minerals and provided a detailed understanding of the related damage and the dissolution of the minerals. This work is critical for safe storage of nuclear waste. 

Department of Engineering

The Department of Engineering seeks to benefit society by creating world-leading engineering knowledge that fosters sustainability, prosperity and resilience. We share this knowledge and transfer it to industry through publication, teaching, collaboration, licensing and entrepreneurship. By integrating engineering disciplines in one department, we can address major challenges and develop complete solutions, serving as an international hub for engineering excellence.

Since its foundation in 1875, the Department of Engineering has grown to become the largest department in the University and the largest integrated engineering department in the UK, with over 130 faculty, 200 contract research staff and research fellows, nearly 600 research students, and over 1000 undergraduates. Growth throughout its history has been consistently strong. For instance, between 2000 and 2007, research expenditure doubled, the number of contract research staff nearly doubled, and the number of research students increased by over 40%. Rapid growth has been coupled with greater integration through the development of cross-linking themes and stronger connections with other disciplines, as demonstrated by a six-fold rise in the Department's share of expenditure on grants jointly held with other departments. In 2009, two world university rankings placed Cambridge as the best outside the USA: the Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking in the broad field of engineering / technology and computer sciences; and the THES ranking in the field of technology. In the national Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the Department of Engineering at Cambridge came far ahead of any other institution in General Engineering and its result was not surpassed by any institution in any other engineering or scientific discipline.

Judge Business School

The mission of the School is to be a great business school at the heart of Cambridge, advancing knowledge and leadership through people who leave a mark on the world.

Research & Teaching

The world-class faculty of the School comprises around 55 members. They represent all continents and likewise their research interests span the globe and the full spectrum of business issues. Many are leaders in their field directing cutting-edge research, consulting for top businesses, advising governments, and most of all, bringing their experiences and new found knowledge into the classroom.

A Top Business School

Originally created as the Judge Institute of Management Studies it changed its name to Cambridge Judge Business School in 2005.

The School is one of the top business schools in the world, offering a variety of teaching programmes including the Cambridge MBAthe Cambridge Master of FinancePhDMPhil and undergraduate degrees together with a suite of Executive Education courses.

The School has a strong Energy and Environment Research Group bringing together faculty researchers and students with a broad range of energy and environment research experience.

Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

The Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy has active research in the areas of Structural Materials, Device Materials, Materials Chemistry, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Materials and Structural Characterization (Electron Microscopy). In RAE 2008, the fraction of its research activity rated 'world-leading' was 40%, far higher than any other UK materials department. The Department has a major research initiative on Clean Energy and Sustainability within which its nuclear-related activities sit.

Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory is at the forefront of discovery in physics. The core of the Laboratory's programme has been, and continues to be, experimental physics, supported by excellence in theory. The policy of the Department is to maintain a very powerful core of fundamental physics in all its diversity. For more information please click on the following link: