The Government has announced a £75 million investment in the University of Cambridge Cavendish laboratories. This will be matched with a further £75 million from the University to transform the Cavendish, helping maintain Britain’s position at the forefront of physical sciences research.
The Vice-Chancellor, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, said: “This is fantastic news. The Cavendish is and will serve as a national asset, to the benefit of research both in Cambridge and across the UK.
“This announcement demonstrates the Government’s commitment to regional and national scientific growth and innovation. It presents a major opportunity for us to create a world-leading facility in the heart of the greater Cambridge high-tech cluster and deliver a step-change in physical science research capability in the UK.”
Professor Andy Parker, Head of the Physics Department: “Thanks to this welcome announcement we look forward to working with partners in Government and industry and other universities to further the globally important research which this department undertakes.
“The Cavendish Laboratory has an extraordinary history of discovery and innovation in physics since its opening in 1874, including the determination of the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule by Francis Crick and James Watson. This funding allows us to continue the tradition of innovation and originality that has been at the heart of the laboratory's programme since its foundation.”