The primary mission of the National Facility for Ultra-Precision Surfaces is to act as the UK’s national focus for R&D and manufacture, as related to ultra-precision surfaces.

The Facility provides advanced capabilities for the design, fabrication, metrology and use of surfaces, especially optics. This is complemented by expertise in associated technologies such as opto-mechanical design, controls and software, and systems-design for instrumentation.

The mission of the Facility also encompasses training at Apprentice, Masters and Doctoral levels, and public dissemination.