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A research community capable of tackling our challenges in nuclear decommissioning

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Michelle Cowley, Research Manager

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.

Nuclear decommissioning project in Cumbria: over 4 years ahead of schedule and set to save £30 million

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PCM Programme at Low Level Waste Repository, near Drigg in Cumbria, over 4 years ahead of schedule and set to save £30 million

Carl Smith, PCM Decommissioning Senior Project Manager at Low Level Waste Repository Ltd, describes how hard work, dedication and commitment has led to a demolition project being at least 4 years ahead of schedule and forecast to save £30 million compared to its original cost forecast.

Learning from experience helps shift radioactive waste at Hunterston A site in Scotland

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Hunterston Bunker 4 and 5 from Bunker 5 entrance

Stuart Blair, Higher Activity Waste Production Manager at Magnox Ltd, describes how lessons learned have meant that the second of Hunterston’s five concrete waste bunkers has now been successfully emptied of its hazardous contents – using 23 less containers than the first bunker clearance, and completing 6 weeks ahead of schedule.

Understanding the context for PhDs in nuclear decommissioning

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Rick Short, NDA's Research Manager, with PhD students Claudia Gasparrini and Sophie Rennie who collected awards for their top-quality contributions at DISTINCTIVE conference 2016

Rick Short, NDA’s Research Manager, reports from the second DISTINCTIVE conference attended by PhD students and around 70 representatives from industry, regulators and international organisations. He outlines the importance of students understanding the context for their work to solve decommissioning challenges and how solutions can be applied on the ground.