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Nuclear Careers Event 3: wider nuclear industry

Have you considered a career in the nuclear industry?

Want to contribute to low-carbon energy generation, new fusion technologies and advanced reactor development?

Hear about job opportunities for 2021 entry and network with major companies in the sector.

Open to students of South West Nuclear Hub member Universities (detailed in the Registration section), hear about opportunities for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers across science and engineering disciplin

Nuclear Careers Event 3: Government, decommissioning, research and professional bodies

This third of three careers sessions will showcase a diverse range of organisations involved in research, decommissioning and waste management, as well as the leading professional body for the sector.

They will each present about their early career opportunities, as well as giving insight into working in the nuclear industry.




These events will take place via Zoom webinar. Please register with your university email account so we can verify you are from a South West Nuclear Hub member university.

University of Bristol UWE University of Plymouth University of Southampton University of Oxford

We plan to record these sessions so if you cannot attend live, please still register to gain access to the recording.

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University of Bristol and NNL renew strategic partnership

University of Bristol and the National Nuclear Laboratory have renewed their long-standing strategic partnership. The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), an associate member of the South West Nuclear Hub,  is a significant research partner for the University who collaborate on nationally important projects for the nuclear industry. This is the latest step in a long relationship […]

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IOP Nuclear Industry Group webinar: Space Batteries

Nuclear power - in the form of radioisotope power systems (RPSs) - has been used to power many of the most significant space missions during the last 50 years. For almost all the missions to date the radioisotope has been Plutonium 238.

However Plutonium 238 is very expensive and difficult to make and the worldwide availability is so limited that missions using it can only be considered occasionally. There is an alternative, Americium 241. Whilst it is a waste to the nuclear industry, Americium 241 is also a heat producing radioisotope that has similar properties to the Plutonium 238 used in RPSs.


Tim Tinsley currently holds the role of Account Director for Special Nuclear Material at the National Nuclear Laboratory. In addition he manages the NNL’s portfolio of work related to space, including power and propulsion, and radioisotopes.


Please register for this talk via the Institute of Physics website.

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Institute of Physics Nuclear Industry Group Webinar Series

In collaboration with:

Further talks in this series will be held on:

  • Tuesday 26th May, 13:00 – Tom Wallace-Smith, University of Bristol (Diamond Batteries)
  • Tuesday 2nd June, 13:00 – Robbie Mackenzie, University of Bristol (Gamma Voltaics)
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SciTec 2019 will take place on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at Millennium Point in Birmingham.

SciTec 2019 Agenda

  • 10:00 - 10:45 OPENING PLENARY
  • 10:45 - 11:00 MORNING BREAK
  • 13:00 - 13:45 LUNCH
  • 16:00 - 16:45 CLOSING PLENARY
  • 16:45 - 18:00 DRINKS AND NETWORKING

Further information

Full details of the event can be found on the NNL SciTec website.

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Hub Members shortlisted for The Engineer awards

Hub members the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) has been shortlisted for a The Engineer Collaborate to Innovate award. This is for their Nuclear Innovation Programme projects SIMPLE and InFORM. These are collaborations between: Nuclear AMRC, University of Sheffield Physics Dept, University of Strathclyde, TWI, Peak NDT, Sheffield Forgemasters, Metlase, Cambridge Vacuum Engineering. InFORM […]

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National Nuclear Laboratory strengthen relationship with South West Nuclear Hub research network

The South West Nuclear Hub, based at the University of Bristol, is has strengthened its research network by welcoming the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) as its latest member. This is the latest step in a long relationship between the NNL and the University of Bristol that began with the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre and continued […]

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Nuclear Innovation UK Conference: R&D for the Next Generation

The UK government is investing in an ambitious multi-year research and development programme to develop the next generation of nuclear technologies. The Nuclear Innovation Programme covers a host of technology areas which will provide real commercial opportunities to companies in the supply chain for nuclear and other high-value sectors.

Join the Nuclear AMRC, National Nuclear Laboratory and international industry experts in nuclear, digital manufacturing and R&D to discover the research so far, and learn more about the opportunities to come.

The two-day conference combines plenary sessions featuring key speakers, with a series of optional technical presentations covering all areas of the Nuclear Innovation Programme. We are also hosting a conference dinner on the evening of Tuesday 2nd July.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Tim Stone, NIA chair
  • Dr Fiona Rayment, NIRO director
  • Professor Andrew Sherry, NNL chief scientist
  • Allan Cook, High Value Manufacturing Catapult chair

How to register

The conference includes an evening meal on Tuesday 2 July at Cutlers Hall. Places are limited and we advise that you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Ticket prices:

  • Two day conference £125.00 + vat per person
  • Two day conference with dinner £175.00 + vat per person

We offer discounted tickets for academic researchers (employed by a university or other educational institution). To take advantage of this rate, please contact the events team at niuk@namrc.co.uk with proof of status.


For the latest information, visit the Nuclear Innovation UK conference microsite.

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Guest Lecture: Small Modular Reactors

Kevin Hesketh - Senior Research Fellow, National Nuclear Laboratory, will give a guest lecture at the University of Bristol.


  • Date: Wednesday 2nd May
  • Time: 1pm -2pm
  • Location: Mott Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Laboratory


Small Modular Reactors

Construction of new power generating capacity has historically focused in scaling up electrical output capacity of individual generating plants, resulting in large start-up capital costs of such programmes and long lead times. With a drive to increase the availability of low carbon generating capacity quick as well as decentralising generating capacity, a new train of thought has arisen which has led to the idea of using Small Modular Reactors.

These plants focus on low output capacities, but come with lower start-up costs, increased deployment location flexibility and a capacity to install a number of units over a period of time to match power output to changing requirements.

This talk will provide an introduction to the idea of small modular reactors and will focus on the challenges to be overcome if small modular reactors are to take their place as part of a future energy mix. Construction cost reductions through factory build and advanced manufacturing techniques are the key enablers which will be required to ensure the overall generating costs are competitive.

External Visitors

This lecture is primarily for students and staff on the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering, but is open to all. If you are interested in attending please email sw-nuclearhub@bristol.ac.uk

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South West Nuclear Hub & Nuclear South West Conference

With the construction of Hinkley Point C now underway and projects worth £50 billion to our economy taking shape over the next two decades, there are many opportunities for businesses in the nuclear industry.

The joint South West Nuclear Hub and Nuclear South West conference is a great chance to hear the latest news, network with potential partners and find out more about openings for your business.


21st September

With a keynote from Paul Howarth, CEO of National Nuclear Laboratory, this conference will set the South West nuclear industry in a national and global context, followed by updates from Hinkley Point C and other projects around the region.

Hear from businesses who are operating in the nuclear supply chain about how they are experiencing success in the industry.

All delegates will have the opportunity to include a piece of literature in the packs for attendees. Other sponsorship opportunities are available.

Nuclear South West industry network members receive a discount on the ticket price and will have the opportunity to exhibit on the day for free, plus a discount on sponsorship packages.

Tickets are now available for the conference and exhibition space. Tickets are available via the following link: https://nuclearconference2017.eventbrite.co.uk

NSW Annual Conference Draft Agenda

08:30 Registration
09:30 Welcome – Matt Burley
Scene setting – UK and beyond
09:40 Paul Howarth – UK Sector deal and how the sector, across the UK, is going to rise to meet the challenges
10:00 Hergen Haye – implications of Brexit and leaving Euratom; opportunities for the future
10:20 WNA speaker TBC Greg Kaser– global nuclear scene
10:40 Paul McCaffrey – DIT’s engagement of sector globally
Panel Q&A
11:10 Coffee
11:40 Building a globally recognised centre of excellence – Tom Scott
12:00 Global view of EDF – Melanie Sachar
12:20 Challenges and opportunities identified by Nuclear Sector Skills Group – Simon Earp
12:40 Skills panel – Chris Y, Stefan Cecchini, Kaye Welfare, Ross Springell
13:00 Lunch
Project updates
13:45 HPC update - David Eccles, followed by Q&A
14:00 Magnox overview – SW sites – Elena Alcantara, Magnox, followed by Q&A
14:15 Defence update, followed by Q&A
Project case studies – view from the supply chain
14:45 Anglo French collaboration example – TBC
15:00 Panel on Local HPC supply chain engagement Jamie Driver, Chris Langdon – HPC
15:15 Case study Diversity in business – WiN example
15:30 Applying R&D expertise to tackle global challenges – Anthony Croxford
15:45 Innovation in nuclear security – Rikki Douglas, Ultra Electronics
16:00 View from an SME – Steve Vick international - TBC
16:15 Innovation in decommissioning - OC Robotics example – TBC
16:30 Last remarks and close – Matt Burley

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