Author Archive | James Barker

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EDF Energy Joins the South West Nuclear Hub

The South West Nuclear Hub welcomes EDF Energy as a member Following a successful opening in September 2016, the South West Nuclear Hub started welcoming its members. Out of these, earlier this month EDF Energy has joined the South West Nuclear Hub. This is a significant step in the implementation of the Hub’s delivery model, […]

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Radiation Mapping With Bodmin College

Bodmin College together with Professor Tom Scott recently took part in a ground-breaking project to map the background radiation around Bodmin Hub Director Professor Tom Scott visited Bodmin College for an outreach project with students in years 11-13. Why Cornwall? The background radiation in Cornwall is slightly higher than the national average. Much of the […]

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Ongoing Research Collaboration with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency

Between the 7th and 14th November 2017, four members of the Interface Analysis Centre (IAC) visited the Fukushima Prefecture region of eastern Japan.  This was led by our Director for Science Professor Tom Scott, and generously funded through donations by a University of Bristol Alumnus alongside the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The goals […]

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Rapid Media Impact of Nuclear Accident Research

Since being published on Monday 20th November, the NREFS project results have attracted international media attention. The Nuclear Risk Issues: Environmental, Financial and Safety (NREFS) project research results were released this week, which found that few people, if any, should be asked to leave their homes after a big nuclear accident. The public policy implications of […]

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Homes should not be abandoned after a big nuclear accident

New research suggests that few people, if any, should be asked to leave their homes after a big nuclear accident, which is what happened in March 2011 following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. This is the main finding of a multi-university research study led by Philip Thomas, Professor of Risk Management at the University of […]

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Diamond Batteries Show Practical Uses for Nuclear Waste

Bristol research shows the potential value of using nuclear waste to generate energy using diamond batteries. Last night we hosted a public lecture showcasing the diamond battery technology developed at the University of Bristol. This was presented by our Director for Science Professor Tom Scott, who had just returned from fieldwork in Fukushima. The lecture was […]

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Spotlight on Hub Director in UK Parliament Week

Professor Tom Scott, Hub Director for Science, has been highlighted by PolicyBristol as part of UK Parliament week In May 2017 Professor Scott presented to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, and advised on a report entitled ‘Nuclear research and technology: Breaking the cycle of indecision’. This is a recent example of how Bristol academics […]

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Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

6th-10th November was the fifth Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, an initiative to inspire young people into engineering. This is lead by Engineering UK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, supported by several large companies and professional bodies. The nuclear industry is represented by the NNL and EDF Energy. Get into Nuclear The National Nuclear Industrial Strategy […]

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Bristol awarded EPSRC Funding For Nuclear Robotics

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) today announced four national research hubs for the latest ground-breaking research and innovation projects in robotics and artificial intelligence systems. The University of Bristol will be a partner in two of these Hubs, in the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics and The Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for […]

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