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Feel at home, away from home...

Welcome to the Ridgeway House

A little bit of history...

A laboratory has existed on the Chilton site since 1957. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) 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 is one of six sites in the UK operated by STFC which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).


UKRI brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. It aims to maximise the contribution of each component part, working individually and collectively and works with many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.


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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