Some of the biggest companies and organisations in the nuclear industry are providing support to the MPhil in Nuclear Energy.
Who is involved?
Organisations providing the top tier of support are:
Nick Tyas says - "This is a really exciting time for the global nuclear industry, creating great opportunities for people with the right skills. With EDF Energy's plans to build four new nuclear plants in the UK, having staff with a strong technical background, but also with an understanding of what it means to work in the nuclear industry, is critical to the future of our business, and to helping the UK to achieve its low-carbon goals. Therefore, as an alumnus of the university, I am delighted to be involved, and look forward to developing strong links between the course and EDF Energy."
"This course reflects the exciting challenge ahead for all involved with the resurgent nuclear sector and will produce the top-flight scientists of the future, with all-round technical, business and political skills. The Industry Club provides an excellent vehicle for like-minded nuclear businesses to influence the expertise of our future talent pool, to share good practice and drive forward a world-class nuclear industry.
Well-qualified staff are critical to the decommissioning and clean-up mission and, the NDA together with our partner organisations, have already put in place a range of strategies to encourage skills training at all levels." Adrian Simper, Strategy Director, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Recognising the importance of new talent, other companies supporting the course as Industry Club members are AREVA, Atkins, AWE, Thor Energy and Westinghouse.
"The nuclear industry needs the brightest engineering and scientific minds and it also needs first-class management and leadership skills in order to deliver the necessary changes needed in the global energy market. Cambridge University has established a course that meets all these educational needs and Atkins welcomes the opportunity to work alongside the University in ensuring its future success, as well as contributing to the students' experience by providing an industrial perspective." Chris Ball, Managing Director, Energy UK & Europe, Atkins.
“The UK is one of the most important nuclear countries world-wide – both in the past and also in the future with its decision to build a whole new fleet of nuclear plants over the next decade. Addressing the nuclear legacy issue in combination with the need for electricity is both a challenge and an opportunity. The University of Cambridge is recognising the nation’s need for expertise in the nuclear field in the years to come by offering the MPhil in Nuclear Energy. Here the students have the opportunity to study various aspects of the nuclear industry, from the reactor and fuel perspective to the management and business side. As a fuel technology company, Thor Energy is proud of being amongst the supporters to this MPhil course and is looking forward to a long and fruitful cooperation both with the university and the students in the years to come”. Øystein Asphjell, CEO, Thor Energy
Specialist lectures and practical assistance to the course will be provided by the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, The Welding Institute, Rolls-Royce Nuclear and the National Nuclear Laboratory.
What will the Industry Club provide?
- Advice in the design of the Nuclear Energy MPhil course;
- Input to the nuclear energy research strategy;
- Specialist lectures and projects which place the course content firmly within the practical experience and concerns of the nuclear industry;
- Attachments and practical experience;
- Opportunity for career development for students;
- Funding of the course.