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

EPSRC has just announced that our bid for a new Centre for Doctoral Training, Next Generation Nuclear (NGN), has been successful, so we are now working hard to put a programme in place for recruitment of the first cohort of students in September 2014.

In this first cohort, there will be 14-18 fully-funded four-year PhD studentships available across the partner universities and many of these will involve close collaboration with industry, including secondments into industrial nuclear research centres.

Next Generation Nuclear is a partnership between the Universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield. Its mission is to develop the next generation of research leaders to support the UK's present and future strategic nuclear programmes - cleaning up the nuclear legacy, building new nuclear power stations, and defence and security.

NGN will work with all the UK's major industrial and regulatory stakeholders, including Amec, Areva, EDF, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce, and Sellafield Ltd, and with leading overseas institutions.

A list of the specific Next Generation Nuclear PhD projects will be available by the end of January 2014. The reason these projects aren't available immediately is that we need to work with each other and our industry partners to get the right mix of projects across the breadth of nuclear energy, and this will take time. In the meantime if you want more information, please get in touch.

We will provide more details on NGN as soon as they become available.