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Innovation funding for ‘Re-evaluating Chernobyl’ researchers

An international group of researchers led by the University of Bristol have won support from the Cabot Institute Innovation Fund to improve our knowledge and understanding of the global radiological hazard associated with the 1986 nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Scientists and Engineers from Bristol have developed and deployed a range of […]

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Interface Analysis Centre marks 30 years at the University of Bristol

    The Interface Analysis Centre (IAC) is celebrating 30 years at the University of Bristol, having been ‘spun-in’ from Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories in 1990. Today it is one of ten research groups within the School of Physics and works on a range of materials science-based problems, primarily nuclear energy-related, focusing on industry-driven challenges and […]

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South West employment growth in NIA 2020 Jobs Map

The Nuclear Industry Association has published its annual jobs map of the UK for 2020, that shows nearly 60,000 people are employed in the civil nuclear sector across the UK. The South West is noted as an employment hotspot for the industry, with 12, 476 people employed in the region. This is bettered only by […]

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Bristol team named joint winners of the IAEA Crowdsourcing Challenge

A research team from the University of Bristol was selected as one of the five best entries of the International Atomic Energy Agency Crowdsourcing Challenge that sought original concepts for advancing the decommissioning of nuclear facilities or environmental remediation of radiologically contaminated sites. The team’s submission was entitled characterization toolkit to enable accelerated decommissioning activities […]

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New NDA Direct Research Portfolio framework announced

Industrial and academic members of the South West Nuclear Hub have been successful in the recent announcement of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Direct Research Portfolio framework. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) mission is to clean up the UK’s earliest nuclear sites safely, securely and cost-effectively with care for people and the environment. The Universities of […]

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August nuclear research round-up

Several new research outputs relating to nuclear energy have been published from the University in August. Here is a summary of these publications with links to the full papers. Radiocarbon dating A team of researchers at the Universities of Belfast, Sheffield, Bristol, Glasgow, Oxford, St. Andrews and Historic England, among many other international institutions, used […]

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New environmental radiation protection research paper

A new international research paper presents and discusses issues involved in developing an ecosystem approach for environmental radiation protection. This is an output that presents the results of discussions at a workshop held as part of the International Congress of Radiation Research (Environmental Health stream) in Manchester in 2019. This workshop aimed to provide a […]

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New research: Modelling AGR core behaviour in seismic conditions

A new research paper presents a unique, highly innovative and technically challenging earthquake engineering project that has provided vital evidence to underpin the seismic safety assessments of the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors. This is an output based on the long-standing collaborative research project between the University of Bristol, EDF and Atkins on plant-life extension of AGR […]

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