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University of Bristol opens hub for nuclear energy research and education

Published: Tuesday, 20 September 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Bristol has opened a new hub for nuclear energy that will become a leading centre in the South West for academic innovation, education and research.

Following on from the success of the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre (NRC) – which was formed in partnership with the University of Oxford in 2011 – the new hub will be open to both the international and UK nuclear energy community.

The hub will also provide a research network that supports the safe operation of both current and future generation nuclear systems in the UK, as well as around the world.

According to Professor Tom Scott, co-director of the South West Nuclear Hub at the University of Bristol, the aim for the hub is to become an internationally recognised centre for nuclear education and research.

Skills required within the industry

Through the use of a master's teaching programme, the hub will be able to deliver the next generation with the skills required to operate nuclear plants, become regulators or be a part of the supply chain.

Whilst the new centre has been founded by the NRC, it has expanded its membership to include a host of other regional universities and industrial partners, acting as a link for the consolidation and coordination of activities and investment.

In order to develop research and education within the nuclear industry, the hub will form partnerships between academia, industry and government.

As a result, it will provide innovative underpinning science, engineering solutions and technologies that will have a positive impact on both society and the economy by playing a significant part in the safety and security of energy.

Significant support

A major area of focus for the hub will be within areas of the next generation nuclear technologies, as well as waste management and decommission.

The hub has received significant support from a range of those within the industry, with just a few including EDF Energy, Horizon Nuclear Power as well the Local Enterprise Partnerships and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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