NDA Research Manager Rick Short reflects on a two-day technical conference that brought together 100-plus industry representatives, PhD researchers, academics from the UK and overseas scientists – all committed to shedding new light on some long-standing complexities associated with nuclear decommissioning.
Joe Orrell’s company Red Engineering Ltd are exploring how their global experience in a range of industries can be applied to challenges in nuclear decommissioning. Last year, he exhibited in the innovation zone at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event, and more recently he’s been looking into bidding as part of a consortium, for a share of £3 million innovation funding available for research projects.
The funding is being made available through the Integrated Innovation in Nuclear Decommissioning competition run by the NDA and Innovate UK via a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).
Beccy Pleasant, NDA's Head of Talent and Skills, celebrates the value of apprenticeships across the UK and highlights imminent reforms for employers. She describes how schemes are helping more apprentices gain placements in the supply chain for nuclear decommissioning. A long-running scheme, funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, in Cumbria is developing valuable business administration skills for those taking their first career steps in the nuclear industry.
Arun Khuttan enthuses about Cumbrian students who recently joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for a week as part of the Dream Placement scheme. They welcomed spending their half-term week learning about different opportunities within the nuclear industry.
Michelle Cowley, Research Manager at NDA, shares details from the latest NDA PhD Bursary Seminar. The purpose of the seminar is to communicate the valuable work being carried out within our University research and development portfolio and real progress in generating solutions to complex problems in the area of nuclear decommissioning.
How do we improve the gender balance in the nuclear industry? The conversation around this topic was kick-started at a recent conference. Nikos Adamidis shares his thoughts on the day’s discussions and how we can all make change happen.
Beccy Pleasant, Head of Skills and Talent at NDA, recently chaired the judging panel for the National Apprenticeship Awards. She celebrates the value of on-the-job training and welcomes views on what more could be done to increase opportunities for individuals and organisations?
Martin Grey, the NDA’s National Programme Delivery Manager Assurance, explains how an award-winning fun board game is helping Sellafield Ltd teams to understand the importance of asset management – and appreciate what it’s actually about.
Guest author Professor Kym Jarvis, managing director of a micro-business that has received NDA R&D funding for an innovative research project, shares her delight at the company’s recent success in securing further support and at personally being named the first business leader to win a prestigious national award for female entrepreneurs.
Steph Flynn enthuses about her recent experience of speed mentoring for Women in Nuclear and recognises the value of the work underway to improve the gender balance across the nuclear industry.