The nuclear industry's prospects are the brightest for a generation, according to Lord Hutton, one of the country’s most prominent experts on nuclear energy policy.
Lord Hutton gave a public lecture at the University of Bristol as part of the annual Colston Research Society events, where he gave a broad view of the nuclear industry and its role in our energy mix. He also gave his own insights into the future of nuclear in the UK, in light of Brexit and new technologies being developed.
This was the second time Lord Hutton has spoken in Bristol in recent months, after he addressed the Nuclear South West Conference in September. He emphasised again the huge opportunities for jobs and investment in the South West with the construction of Hinkley Point C currently running to schedule, as well as skills and research investment continuing to expand in the region.
As co-chairman of the Nuclear Industry Council and Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, Lord Hutton has played a key role in developing the new Nuclear Sector Deal which will define the future strategic relationship between the UK Government and nuclear businesses. He was also invited by the coalition government to Chair a Commission on public service pensions, with its final report being published in 2011.
The opening welcome was given by Ms Sonia Mills of the Colston Research Society and the vote of thanks from Vice-Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady.
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Colston Research Society
The Colston Research Society is a body made up of academic and external members who are committed to sponsoring and supporting an annual academic symposium. The Society was founded in 1899 as the ‘University College Colston Society’, by a body of Bristol citizens who wished to assist the University College. From 1908 to 1948 it applied its resources in grants towards specific research projects in various departments of the University. The Society has been supporting symposia since 1948.
Each year a different Faculty from the University leads on a research theme. In 2018 the Faculty of Engineering led on the theme of Nuclear Energy.