15
MAR
2017

New £35m proton therapy centre will offer advanced life-saving cancer therapy in Liverpool

Cancer is a major social problem and it is the main cause of death between the ages 45-65 years. In the treatment of cancer, radio therapy (RT) plays an essential role. RT with protons, due to their unique physical and radiobiological properties, offers several advantages over photons
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13
MAR
2017

British Science Week accelerates Cockcroft outreach activities

British Science Week is back to dazzle and enlighten children with the wonders of exploring what makes our Universe tick To celebrate it this year, the Cockcroft Institute has partnered up with Beamont Collegiate Academy (BCA) and will deliver hands-on activities on particle physics f
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10
MAR
2017

Sharing the Fascination for Accelerators

After the success of the interactive accelerator workshops for teenagers organised by the Quasar group, the STFC has featured an article about the events in its latest issue of the magazine ‘Fascination’, including instructions on how to perform the experiments at home as well as link
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06
FEB
2017

The PM Visits VELA and CLARA

As part of her recent visit to Daresbury Laboratory, the Prime Minister Theresa May was shown the VELA and CLARA accelerator R&D facilities by senior members of the Cockcroft Institute, highlighting the key technological and scientific developments being undertaken with industrial
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03
FEB
2017

Accelerators – Size Matters

A beam of electrons was first observed to be accelerated with a ‘gradient’ – or energy transfer rate – of 300 MV/m, which is very high for present-day accelerators, in a device rather like a microchip. This was made of silica glass and powered by a commercial laser beam, at the
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25
JAN
2017

Accelerator experience days for teenagers at Daresbury Laboratory

Building up on the great success of the interactive accelerator workshops for teenagers held last summer at the Cockcroft Institute located at Daresbury Laboratory, the QUASAR Group invited two further schools to join them for workshops in January. This gave even more children the opp
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16
JAN
2017

European Antimatter R&D network launched

The Accelerators Validating Antimatter physics (AVA) project started officially on the 1 January 2017. AVA is an international collaboration of currently 25 institutions. Benefiting from almost 4 M€ of funding from the European Union, AVA will train no less than 15 early stage researc
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14
DEC
2016
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AWAKE Experiment reaches important milestone

AWAKE is a unique experiment at CERN using the high power SPS proton beam to drive large electric fields in a plasma in order to accelerate an externally injected electron beam. The Cockcroft Institute through the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester has contributed to
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29
NOV
2016

20 years of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The European Union is celebrating 20 years of its Research Fellowship Programme. Since 1996, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) have provided grants to train excellent researchers at all stages of their careers – be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researche
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23
NOV
2016

Lancaster PhD student wins IET award

Samantha Pitman a 4th year PhD student at Lancaster University Engineering department and the Cockcroft Institute has won the IET best student poster prize at the joint IET/IMechE/IoP Particle Accelerator Engineering Network meeting at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on the 9th Oct
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