Launched in September 2014, degree provides a route for people like Sellafield Ltd safety advisor, David Denwood, to progress within the field of radiation protection and the nuclear industry in particular.
David and 4 colleagues spent 2 years studying for the unique qualification at the University of Cumbria (UoC) while working full-time at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria.
As it was the first of its kind nationally, I had no idea what to expect from the degree. At times, I found it hard to balance study with work commitments and home life but all the hard work has been worth it.
Going forward, I believe the knowledge and skills gained will be beneficial to my job role as a safety adviser and will significantly contribute to the safe delivery of nuclear activities at Sellafield.
I am extremely proud to have taken part in this benchmarking degree course, which I hope will now pave the way for more people to develop their nuclear professionalism.
The course was the culmination of years of planning and collaboration between UoC, nuclear and non-nuclear sectors including industry, regulatory, medical, the Society for Radiological Protection and other academic partners.
Jim Bishop, head of radiological protection at Sellafield Ltd congratulated the graduates. He said:
Radiological protection is hugely important at Sellafield and our radiological safety staff play a key part in ensuring the safety of our people and our site.
The achievement of these 5 workers in obtaining their degrees is both a reflection of their hard work and demonstrates the development of local people to solve the challenges of clean up at Sellafield. I congratulate all of my colleagues on their success – a well-deserved reward, and a first for radiation protection in the UK.