How to engage

Central to the Hub strategy is collaboration, building upon the success of the Bristol-Oxford NRC. This is driven by a membership structure that forges a productive alliance between academic and industrial institutions.

There are a number of ways your organisation can engage with us – please contact the South West Nuclear Hub Engagement Team for further information: enquiries@southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk

    

Hub Membership

Industrial

Top tier membership is tailored to large industrial operators with significant research challenges, who can contribute research funding to leverage it against other companies and sources.
This category aims to build long-term partnerships, providing a mechanism for collaboration, consortia building and leverage of research investments.
Benefits include:

  • On-demand access to a powerful network of research and training facilities and expertise
  • Access to pre-commercial funding opportunities
  • Co-location with other members and organisations in the South West region
  • Access to innovation, office or conference space
  • Exclusive discounts and access to events

SMEs

Smaller companies can join at a lower level of commitment and access the network but not the core research funding.
Benefits include:
• Access to tier 1 and 2 supply chain organisations
• Priority access to NUCLEATE innovation programme
• Access and support for funding applications
• Co-location with other members and organisations in the South West region with access to city centre office space
• Membership of Nuclear South West, a regional business cluster with dedicated SME assistance available

Academic

Universities and other educational institutions are able to connect to the Hub's network of industrial partners as well as its coordinated approach to public sector research and skills programmes.
This supports the strengthening and growth of relevant research and teaching activities that support the nuclear sector.

Government/Public Bodies

Government Membership extends to research institutions such as national nuclear research agencies in the UK and overseas.

Other ways to engage

Research

The Hub provides a single front door, for the government and industry to access skilled people and cutting-edge research infrastructure.
The opportunities are scalable, from small projects to multi-year programmes involving sponsored PhDs and postdoctoral researchers and with opportunities to leverage public and private sector funding.

Consultancy

Academics can help address a diverse range of challenges by providing you with expertise, costed at market rates on a daily or longer-term basis.
It is also possible to use university research laboratory facilities, which offer access to leading high-specification equipment such as the shaking table for seismic qualification.
See: southwestnuclearhub.ac.uk/research/

The Materials Analysis Portal is another mechanism to discuss challenges, providing access to expert facilities and people.
See: bristol.ac.uk/business/resources-facilities/materials-analysis/

Innovation

The Hub is partnering with industry and government to create a nuclear innovation factory called ‘NUCLEATE’. NUCLEATE will support access to the expertise, facilities and funding, as well as the industrial challenges, to enable a step change in take-up of innovation into the nuclear supply chain. This will include research space, incubation services and support for nuclear and
energy-related spin-outs, start-ups and micro-SMEs.

International Partnerships and Alliances

We establish longer-term agreements to pursue a large-scale collaborative programme of research and engagement, that can often extend beyond the Hub to the wider university.

These offer enormous potential benefit to both parties, built through in-depth involvement with research and education at all levels.

Examples include educational-based Memorandums of Understanding with Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) and the University of South China, and strategic industrial partnerships with EDF Group.

Public Outreach

The Hub coordinates regional and national outreach activities, focusing on STEM engagement in schools and promoting a clean energy message to the general public. Your organisation can engage by:

  • Deliver a public lecture or seminar
  • Provide support for developing and delivering events
  •  Partner at events and school visits

Hold a conference or event

The South West Nuclear Hub has the experience and facilities to host a wide range of events, from focused meetings to multi-day conferences.

Centred on the David Smith Building on the University of Bristol's city campus, the Hub offers an attractive venue to bring together partners from across the UK and around the world.

Student Recruitment

The Universities within the Hub are producing high-calibre scientists and engineers in a wide range of disciplines, including on the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering programme.

The Hub runs an annual nuclear careers event specifically for the industry open to students from all Hub university members.

Directly address your immediate recruitment needs; target some of the brightest graduates in your field.

Nuclear Skills

The Hub offers undergraduate or postgraduate students the opportunity to apply their skills to real-world challenges in the nuclear sector.

  • Group and individual projects - set students real challenges that your organisation needs solving
  • Guest lectures and industrial masterclasses
  • Mentoring of small groups of students to share expertise and identify talent

The Hub can facilitate engagement with students in many disciplines, including Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences.

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