The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Birmingham that will see scientists from both institutions working collaboratively to develop new and exciting research capabilities. This builds on the active and established strong collaboration between the institutions within the Quantum Technology (QT) space.


The signing of the MoU represents an important milestone in the ongoing relationship between NPL and the University, and provides a platform for new jointly devised research programmes.

Both institutes will collaborate through a range of initiatives such as joint appointments, research projects, translational activities and knowledge transfer. The collaboration will focus on a number of core areas of mutual interest including: quantum technology, radioactivity, radiation dosimetry, advanced manufacturing and sensors.

NPL and the University of Birmingham already have an active and nationally recognised collaboration in place through quantum technologies. Both organisations share a vision for undertaking excellent research, translating outcomes to create world class innovation and developing the next generation of science and technology for the benefit of society and the UK economy.

Dr Brian R Bowsher, Managing Director, National Physical Laboratory (NPL) said:

This is a fantastic opportunity for NPL, strengthening our strategic links with the University of Birmingham as well as building on our successes in the quantum technology domain. At NPL we have always valued collaboration and to be able to work much closer with the University of Birmingham should open up some major new opportunities for both parties.

Professor Richard Williams, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, said:

Following on from our highly successful collaboration in quantum technology I am delighted to have this opportunity to broaden our engagement with NPL. Our shared vision provides the opportunity for great research collaborations that will bring benefits to the UK economy and wider society.