A ‘Statement of Intent’ has been signed to work more closely to explore opportunities in joint research, R&D and training, which will provide support to industry aligned with the Government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy.
A key NNL role is to support Government and industry in strategic nuclear programmes. A major part of the NNL mission is to work closely with academia in nuclear research and training.
The University and NNL have a strong history of collaboration and have previously worked together to study corrosion and ageing effects on materials relating to nuclear energy in the UK, such as uranium, graphite and steels.
Both NNL and the University believe that broader and closer collaboration in the future will be beneficial in a number of areas, including current nuclear generation and plant life extension, new build, waste management and decommissioning and next generation civil nuclear power plant.
Professor Graham Fairhall, NNL Chief Science and Technology Officer said: “NNL and the University of Bristol have both committed to growing their existing relationship.
“The intent is to provide internationally leading research and teaching, which will help to underpin the safety of current and future UK nuclear operations, including the new build programme, beginning with the proposed Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset.
“This will mark a significant expansion of nuclear research and teaching activities in the south west of the UK.”
Dr Tom Scott, Director of the University’s Interface Analysis Centre added: “The University is delighted to be formalising and expanding its relationship with the National Nuclear Laboratory through the Nuclear Research Centre.
“Closer integration of our research to more effectively support the safe delivery of the UK civil nuclear programme will be of great national benefit.”
The Nuclear Research Centre (NRC), formed by the University in partnership with Oxford University in 2011, aims to strengthen nuclear energy related research and teaching in the region to support the delivery of the Government’s strategy on low-carbon, secure energy.
Recently, the University has been re-establishing its existing relationships with a number of strategic industrial partners. This includes the signing of the ‘Statement of Intent’ with NNL to support the growing need for a physical research hub in the South West.