Work With Us

The Centre for Photonics Expertise (CPE) works with companies in Wales to improve, or develop, new products and processes to benefit their businesses. It is a partnership of four Welsh Universities, and is funded by WEFO. CPE is designed to provide easy access to academic resource and facilities at no cash cost to the company.

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” Photonics is the technology of light. It is integral to our daily lives through technology like smartphones, screens, telecommunications and LED lighting.

Photonics technology is found in a wide range of industry sectors such as: manufacturing, automotive, food, life sciences and energy. “

Setting up a CPE collaboration: Step-by-Step Guide

Our Business Development team will take you through the various stages of the CPE process to set up a collaboration.  This process typically takes a few weeks, mainly due to coordination of meetings, agreeing a project plan, and time to request authorised signatories of NDAs and Agreements within a company. On request, we have completed this process within a week.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Business address within the West Wales and the Valleys (WWV) region.
  2. Project focusses on a product or process that will impact business growth and development.
  3. No displacement risk.

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For our commitment to sustainability at CPE, please see our Eco-Code Statement.

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