The NDA seeks to achieve leveraging through our University R&D investments. As well as funding PhD research through the bursary scheme, the NDA also co-funds decommissioning-related PhD projects with other partners. With the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) we typically achieve a 2:1 funding leverage.
We also commit a significant amount of in-kind support to various postgraduate nuclear research programmes. Examples of these are:
the Next Generation Nuclear Centre for Doctoral Training
the Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage Solutions for Nuclear Waste Inventories (DISTINCTIVE) programme (see below for invitation to their 1st annual meeting)
All NDA-sponsored PhD students are assigned an industrial supervisor from the NDA estate or the National Nuclear Laboratory to ensure their projects remain focussed on relevant areas of study and to support knowledge-sharing between industry and academia.
As part of the process, we hold an annual event, the NDA Bursary Seminar, in Manchester. Industry and academia meet to hear the NDA-sponsored students present their latest findings. The most recent event in January featured presentations from 37 students. The event attracted 21 academics and 56 industry experts. It also included an informative keynote speech from Tom Sheldon, the Senior Press Manager at the Science Media Centre.
The PhD Bursary Scheme and wider support for University R&D play an important role in securing the future skill base for nuclear decommissioning.
For more information about NDA-funded PhD projects and the latest Bursary Seminar contact: