Scholars given insight into Nuclear Industry

16 August 2017

The Nuclear Institute supports a significant number of current Arkwright Engineering Scholars in partnership with employer-sponsors the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), NuGen and National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).   In late July, the Nuclear Institute ran a five-day residential summer school in Manchester for Arkwright Scholars, to give them a taste of the nuclear industry.

The school was packed with: expert lectures; team activities; site visits; a social programme.

Lectures were provided on a variety of nuclear topics by speakers from GE Power, National Nuclear Laboratory, Gen2 and the University of York.  


The scholars toured Heysham Power Station, Westinghouse Springfields Fuel Ltd. and the University of Manchester's nuclear research labs.

The course culminated in a presentation from ex-President of the Nuclear Institute, Rear-Admiral Tim Chittenden (retired) who explained the role of the NI and also answered questions on the UK’s nuclear submarine programme.

John Robertson,  a Trustee of the Nuclear Institute and Chair of the Institute's Education and Training Committee said "The scholars were completely engaged with the subject matter and asked really challenging questions of the presenters. The site visits proved to be very popular with one scholar saying ‘Amazing! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand on top of a nuclear reactor!’ ".