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South West Nuclear Hub celebrates research and skills growth on two year anniversary

The South West Nuclear Hub has recently celebrated the second anniversary of its doors opening and colleagues gathered in the David Smith Building to reflect on the success in addressing nuclear skills, research and innovation challenges so far. Download a copy of the infographic here Building on the success of the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre […]

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Bristol University Engineer Awarded Two EPSRC Grants

Dr Nico Larrosa of the University of Bristol has been awarded a prestigious RCUK Catapult Researcher in Residence fellowship, as well as a significant research grant to research structural behaviour in collaboration with industry and academic partners. This work will have applications to life extension programmes for in-service nuclear power plants, as well as for other […]

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£9.4m Research Funding Announced for Collaborative Decommissioning Research

A large programme of projects looking into nuclear decommissioning has been announced, that will see a consortium of 11 universities collaborate with industry on over 40 projects with funding totalling over £9m. This includes Hub members the universities of Bristol and Southampton, as well as Cavendish Nuclear. Building on a core grant of £4.6 million […]

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Latest Nuclear Research Publications & Awards

The South West Nuclear Hub brings together a network of multi-disciplinary academics spanning numerous universities and departments. Here are some of the latest research papers published by this community. Awards Dr Sophie Rennie of the School of Physics at the University of Bristol recently won an award whilst at a meeting of the DISTINCTIVE research […]

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Lord Hutton: South West can spark huge growth in nuclear activity across the UK

The success of the South West’s nuclear industry can play a pivotal role in sustaining the government’s growth ambitions, according to Lord Hutton, chair of the  Nuclear Industry Association. Former Business Secretary John Hutton outlined opportunities and challenges facing the sector at Nuclear South West’s annual conference in Bristol this week. He told delegates that […]

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Nuclear Institute Host Innovation and Integration Conference in Bristol

The University of Bristol recently hosted another high-profile conference, building on the success of the NIA International Group Meeting in July.  The topic of security was on the agenda as the Nuclear Institute assembled around 90 civil and defence professionals to discuss the key themes of innovation and integration. There was also a small exhibition […]

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Engineering company capitalises on ‘huge’ nuclear opportunities in South West

A smart shift in focus to capitalise on nuclear industry growth has boosted business and increased exposure for a South West-based engineering company. Nuclear sector growth across the region has seen SC Innovation, a specialist engineering company, secure work on new projects, win new clients and create jobs. The company has recently completed tests on […]

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Lava from the Stromboli volcano flows into the sea, on August 9, 2014. Stromboli, one of Europe's most active volcanoes, is part of the seven-island Eolian Archipelago just off Sicily in southern Italy. AFP PHOTO/GIOVANNI ISOLINO        (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Dragon eggs’ hatched to monitor volcanic activity

The University of Bristol is pioneering the monitoring of volcanic activity by developing a cutting-edge early warning system that is able to withstand the harsh conditions around the heart of an active volcano. Such extreme, hazardous and unpredictable environments present a very difficult challenge to reliably record volcanic behaviour for analytical models. For some volcanoes […]

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