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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's (RAL) pioneering work in areas such as particle physics, scientific computing, laser development, space research, and technology addresses some of the important challenges facing society.


A laboratory has existed on the Chilton site since 1957. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is named after the physicists Ernest Rutherford and Edward Appleton. Today, approximately 1,200 staff work on site.

RAL is located on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, and is funded and managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

RAL offers a range of diverse training schemes, including engineering apprenticeships and summer student placements. These schemes help attract young people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), which is vital for the future of the UK economy.

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