UWE and Cavendish Nuclear join the South West Nuclear Hub

The South West Nuclear Hub, based at the University of Bristol, has welcomed two new members: the University of the West of England (UWE) and Cavendish Nuclear.

The Hub, which opened in September 2016, brings together academia, industry and the whole of the nuclear supply chain to act as the focal point for the regional nuclear community and address technical challenges faced by the industry. The Hub will play an ever more important role as the construction and development of Hinkley Point C in North Somerset gathers pace.

Professor David Knowles, Co-Director of the South West Nuclear Hub said: “Having a key player from the nuclear supply chain and a major local University join the SW Nuclear Hub continues to broaden both our expertise and engagement with the industry, particularly as the new build programme gains momentum.

“The new members bring a varied skill set which will lead both to diverse areas of innovation and real impact in the sector at a national level”.

Dr John Lanham, Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Director of Strategic Regional Partnerships at UWE said: “I am delighted that UWE has built on its relationship and collaboration with the University of Bristol and joined the South West Nuclear Hub. The nuclear sector is a significant regional, national and international industry that offers a range of challenges and opportunities beyond the obvious technologies relating directly to reactor systems.

“At UWE Bristol we are excited to bring the expertise of our staff and research teams to complement the capability of the existing hub members.”

The working relationship between the University of Bristol and UWE includes the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, which is situated on the principal UWE site in north Bristol. Professor Tony Pipe, Deputy Director of BRL, said: "Membership of the Hub will be pivotal in enabling the research staff in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory to strengthen their substantial activities in helping to transform levels of intelligent automation in the decommissioning sector and deepen it to include new-build and existing asset maintenance."

Cavendish Nuclear is engaged on the majority of licensed nuclear sites in the UK, from the construction of new nuclear power plant through to the lifetime extensions of the existing fleet and the decommissioning of redundant sites such as Dounreay and remediation of historic facilities in places such as Sellafield.

Mark Dearden, Engineering and Assurance Director for Cavendish Nuclear, said: “Cavendish Nuclear brings the widest portfolio of work of any supplier in the UK and I’m looking forward to developing a partnership that will help transform the industry and make a significant contribution to the UK Government’s industrial strategy.”