BOX 2. STFC-OWNED SITES
There are three particularly relevant STFC-owned
The Daresbury Laboratory,
near Warrington in Cheshire, is home to a scientific library,
SRS and ERLP/ALICE (see Box 1), the Medium Energy Ion Scattering
Facility (MEIS), the National Centre for Electron Spectroscopy
and Surface Analysis (NCESS) and the Cockcroft Institute.
The latter is the UK's national centre for accelerator science
and technology; it is a joint venture between the Universities
of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester, the NorthWest Development
Agency (NWDA) and STFC.
The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL),
which is on the Harwell Campus near Didcot in Oxfordshire, is
home to the Central Laser Facility (CLF), Diamond and ISIS (see
Box 1), the Molecular Spectroscopy Facility and Space Test Facilities.
The Space Science and Technology Department (SSTD) at RAL is the
largest space department in Europe comprising of 230 staff and
186 instruments (larger than the rest of the UK put together).
It hosts 3,600 users and has a £20 million turnover annually.
Customers of SSTD include the Government, NASA, ESA, intelligence
agencies, industry and universities.
The Astronomy Technology Centre (ATC),
based at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. It is the UK's national
centre of astronomical technology, which designs and builds instruments
for many of the world's major telescopes.
The remaining STFC sites are the Chilbolton Observatory
(near Stockbridge in Hampshire), the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes
(in La Palma, Spain) and the Joint Astronomy Centre (in Hawaii).