Next Generation Nuclear- A New Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy

The successor to the Nuclear First CDT, ‘Next Generation Nuclear’, has been funded by EPSRC . It is a £ 5.8 M partnership between the Universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield and will provide research training across the UK’s present and future strategic nuclear programmes- cleaning up the nuclear legacy, building new nuclear power stations, and defence and security. It will work with all the UK’s major industrial and regulatory stakeholders, including Amec, Areva, AWE, EDF, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, and Sellafield Ltd, and with leading overseas institutions. 

Thanks to strong support from industry and the partner universities, Next Generation Nuclear will be recruiting 16-20 students into each cohort. We are now working to define the scope of the first call for students, for a September 2014 start, and to develop the training programme which will occupy much of the first year. Next Generation Nuclear is led by the University of Manchester, and Sarah Heath and Francis Livens from the School of Chemistry are the Manchester representatives on the CDT core team. 

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