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Creating next gen of nuclear leaders one of biggest challenges - Lord Hutton

A former government minister says creating west Cumbria’s next generation of nuclear leaders is a key national issue.

Dalton facility photo
From left, Prof Colin Bailey, of the University of Manchester, Dr Adrian Simper, of the NDA, Prof Andrew Sherry, University of Manchester, Lord Hutton and Prof Simon Pimblott, of Dalton Cumbrian Facility

And The University of Manchester’s “world class” £20m Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF), at Westlakes Science Park, near Whitehaven, will play an “indispensable” part in the UK’s low-carbon future, the launch event heard.

Lord John Hutton, a former Cumbrian MP who was at the forefront of UK energy policy, officially opened the facility, a joint investment between the university and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

The politician, an energy minister in the last Labour government, said: “Creating the next generation of nuclear leaders is one of the most urgent challenges we face, and universities play a key role in this. Nuclear energy is going to be an indispensable of a low-carbon future, and a highly-skilled workforce and successful research can deliver this.

“I congratulate The University of Manchester and the NDA for their foresight, vision and commitment in creating this world-class facility.”

The DCF – which has created between 40 and 50 jobs – forms part of the new National Nuclear User Facility, announced as part of the Government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy.

It adds to the growing research, education and skills infrastructure in West Cumbria. Research at DCF will focus mainly on radiation science and nuclear engineering decommissioning, with a number of the pioneering facilities not found anywhere else in the UK.

Colin Bailey, the university’s vice-president and dean of faculty of engineering and physical sciences, said the facility “re-emphasises Manchester’s commitment to nuclear skills and to West Cumbria”.

The NDA’s director of strategy and technology, Adrian Simper, said: “The inception of this facility by the NDA and The University of Manchester is a great example of partnership working. And in its operation it will bring in other players – for example from NNL, Britain’s Energy Coast and Sellafield Ltd.”

Simon Pimblott, the director of DCF, concluded the opening of the “iconic” building by outlining its scientific, research and development capabilities and the expertise of the team that works there.

The facility is fully equipped following delivery and commissioning of a particle accelerator. It also has detailed computer-modelling capability and large-scale experimental laboratories, including irradiation facilities and associated analytical and inspection equipment.

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community benefits? The nuclear industry has given good livelihoods to Cumbrians for over 60 years, with wages being spent in the County, local taxes paid, houses bought, children in schools.
Health? See results of long term studies of over 10,000 children by Childhood Cancer Research Group, from Oxford and Manchester Universities http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24063286

Posted by Ellie on 15 September 2013 at 06:51

YES THE SUSTENANCE OF NUCLEAR POWER DEPENDS ON LEADERS WHO BELIEVE STRONGLY IN NUCLEAR. IT IS DOUBTFUL WHETHER WE HAVE ENOUGH OF SUCH LEADERS TODAY.

Posted by G VAIDYANATHAN on 9 September 2013 at 11:53

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