The South West Nuclear Hub is committed to promoting and supporting diversity within the Nuclear Industry
In March 2023, The South West Nuclear Hub signed the Women in Nuclear UK Industry Charter, solidifying its commitment to addressing the gender imbalance within the nuclear industry. Published alongside this is the Hub’s own pledge, with bespoke aims and actions central to the Hub’s strategy and ethos.
Using the University of Bristol’s Learn, Act, Measure model, the South West Nuclear Hub have pledged to:
- Understand how people access nuclear education and identify barriers to entry.
- Increase the diversity of students and board members in South West Nuclear Hub programmes.
- Raise awareness of opportunities, promote role models and career pathways, and support a community of female students and employees.
- Track and share key metrics.
Camilla Parkes, Co-Ordinator, South West Nuclear Hub said “We are delighted to boost our relationship with ‘Women in Nuclear’ by signing their Industry charter and more specifically by making these pledges. We are committed, in our ‘People and Skills’ and ‘Engagement’ strategic pillars, to encouraging diversity in nuclear education and communicating careers opportunities to underrepresented communities. Therefore, it’s crucial that we not only publicly support gender balance in the Nuclear Industry but also hold ourselves accountable closer to home.”
Professor Mahmoud Mostafavi, Co-Director of the South West Nuclear Hub has commented on the signing:
“This pledge has been long overdue but solidifies the Hub’s commitment to addressing the gender imbalance in the nuclear industry. The South West Nuclear Hub mission of promoting and nurturing innovation cannot be realised in its full potential if the lack of diversity within the nuclear workforce is not addressed. I am therefore delighted that we now have formalised our intention and practice through this Women in Nuclear Charter Pledge. The Hub is determined to improve through utilising this model, and I very much look forward to Learn, Act and Measure our successes as we actively confront what is a critical issue within the industry.”
Women in Nuclear UK (WiN UK) is one of over 30 international chapters that form Women in Nuclear Global. Formed in 2014, WiN is a Not-For-Profit company, run by volunteers, that aims to achieve gender balance within the nuclear workforce. WiN UK focuses on three key objectives of attraction, retention and dialogue and have also developed an Industry Charter. The Industry Charter allows companies to pledge their commitment to diversity across the nuclear sector.
To find out more about Women in Nuclear UK please go to Women in Nuclear UK | Encouraging women to pursue a career in nuclear (winuk.org.uk)
The South West Nuclear Hub provides a focus for civil nuclear research, innovation and skills in the South West of the UK, bringing together a strategic alliance of academic, industrial and governmental members actively pursuing a long-term research and innovation pipeline
To find out more about the South West Nuclear Hub please see South West Nuclear Hub