About Harwell

'It’s got an intensity of activity that’s really exciting and it’s generating new ideas and new opportunities all the time' Dr Tim Bestwick, Director of Business & Innovation, STFC

Credit: MRC Harwell

Harwell is a leading science, innovation, technology and business campus, located just south of Oxford. It is host to an array of over £1 billion of world leading research infrastructure.

The 710 acre site boasts over 60 years of world-changing innovation, from the foundation of the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in 1946 to the opening of the Diamond Synchrotron in 2007.

Over 5000 people are part of this vibrant, fast-growing community, working in some 200 organisations including key UK Research Councils, start-ups and multinational organisations that focus on a range of commercial applications including healthcare, medical devices, space, detector systems, computing, green enterprise and new materials.

A joint venture between Harwell Oxford Developments Ltd, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority owns and manages the campus.

At the core of Harwell is collaboration. Its occupants and visitors have access to world-class scientific facilities, leading-edge research and an exceptional talent pool. 

Networking, events and communal areas facilitate valuable interaction between technology, innovation, science and potential customers. 

There is extensive development potential for organisations looking to become part of this globally significant community.

Twenty minutes from Oxford, with London and Heathrow less than an hour away, The Harwell campus is ideally positioned for local, national and international science and enterprise, and is an integral part of Oxfordshire’s high value economic infrastructure. 

Be part of it.

Our Vision

Our vision is to grow Harwell into one of the world’s largest and most important Science & Innovation Campuses, with even stronger links to many leading academic Universities within a broad R&D based community.

Read more