University of Manchester (Dalton Cumbrian Facility)
Westlakes Science Park, Moor Row, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA24 3HA
Telephone: 01946 508888

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University of Manchester (Dalton Cumbrian Facility)


The Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF) is a new state-of-the-art complex for the University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute where academics and industry will deliver world-leading research and dedicated skills development programmes.

DCF, situated on the Westlakes Science & Technology Park, provides West Cumbria with a scientific research base that is unique in the UK and Europe and has the aim of achieving global recognition as a trusted provider of world-leading fundamental and applied research and world class skills for industry


The DCF will provide a national user facility for radiation science for UK academia and industry.  At the heart of the DCF is an extensive irradiation capability, including a 5MV ion-beam accelerator and a self shielded Cobalt 60 irradiator.  This capability is underpinned by the requisite computer modelling and scientific laboratories.

DCF objectives are to:

  • Deliver research programmes at the forefront of the field of radiation science and radiation damage to materials
  • Provide world leading expertise to the nuclear industry in the areas of decontamination and decommissioning, and nuclear waste management and storage.
  • Prepare and deliver internationally recognised programmes of Continuing Professional Development
  • Strengthen collaboration between academia and industry in attracting research programmes supporting leading nuclear companies

The capability offered through DCF is further enhanced through agreed access to the National Nuclear Laboratory’s (NNL) extensive facilities at Sellafield and Workington.

The University of Manchester seeks to be a valued and respected neighbour to the community of West Cumbria and DCF will contribute to the area’s educational and economic development programmes.

The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK and has approximately 40,000 students registered. 

The University has an annual income of £788 million and is ranked in the top 3 universities in terms of research power; pioneering multidisciplinary research institutes have been established at the University to find solutions to some of today’s most challenging global issues. 

Contact Name: Rebecca Shepherd, DCF Building and Operations Manager

Telephone: 01946 508888


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