International Women’s Day shed focus on the strengths and achievements of women around the world. And to showcase women in the nuclear industry, Clare Fuller hears from two women: Dorothy Gradden OBE, who started her career more than 20 years ago, and Heather Patterson, who only began working in the industry last October. Together, they highlight the differences in the sector.
Women in Nuclear
You are never too young to start learning about engineering – that’s the view of Martin Morgan at LLWR (Low Level Waste Repository Ltd), sharing how they teamed up with Seascale Brownies to enable the girls to take their first fun steps into the discipline.
Nikos Adamidis shares his views on the 4th national Women in Nuclear Conference after receiving the accolade of Ally of the Year 2018 at the event.
Fiona Bruce, Executive Support Manager at Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, has been shortlisted for Women In Nuclear’s Champion of the Year Award 2018. She shares her views on the importance of gender diversity in the nuclear industry and talks about how she and others are addressing issues in the workplace that affect women at Dounreay nuclear site and in the industry generally.
On International Women in Engineering Day, Alyson Armett, a chartered electrical engineer and physicist, talks about how she transferred her engineering skills and experience from different industries to work in nuclear decommissioning.
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.
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.
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.
Carole Jones, as an Executive Member of Women in Nuclear (WiN), outlines what the WiN group offers people so that they can develop their knowledge, personal network and ultimately raise their profile in the nuclear industry. She also encourages employers to join WiN and review and remove potential barriers to the recruitment and retention of women and under-represented groups in their company.