Manchester’s award-winning nuclear energy sector takes the spotlight - MIDAS

Manchester’s award-winning nuclear energy sector takes the spotlight

Manchester’s nuclear energy sector is in the spotlight this month following the announcement that The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute, comprising around 100 academic staff and more than 300 research staff and students, has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education.

The announcement was made by the Royal Anniversary Trust, by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen, at a reception at St James’s Palace on the 24 November. 

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor of The University of Manchester, said: “Winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize is a huge honour for The University of Manchester.  It is a fantastic testament to the world-leading research carried out under the direction of The Dalton Nuclear Institute and the expertise and professionalism of all staff associated with this award.”

Earlier this month, MIDAS hosted a formal networking dinner for the region’s nuclear sector which brought together some of the key representatives from the industry, including Andrew Sherry, director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute at The University of Manchester. 

Representatives were also present from Addleshaw Goddard, AMEC, Balfour Beatty, Costain, Deloitte, Jacobs Engineering, Nuclear Network North, the University of Manchester and Westinghouse

Sherry said: “Greater Manchester can provide the gateway to the UK’s nuclear capability which is centred in the North West of England.  The city’s nuclear heritage, its strength in nuclear research and education at the University, combined with the unparalleled breadth of the region’s industrial capability, make Manchester an ideal location to foster nuclear skills and career development combined with business growth in supporting the international nuclear renaissance.”

The dinner included round-table discussions and an open debate about the growth of the nuclear sector in the UK; concerning its associated job creation, skills development and Manchester as a key investment location. 

Roger Clayson, legal director of Addleshaw Goddard LLP, said: “The MIDAS nuclear dinner was a great opportunity to make new contacts, especially with representatives from the larger contractors.  It was especially useful to hear other views on current matters in the industry.     

Speaking of the services which Addleshaw Goddard provide, he added: “Our message is that you really don’t need to go to London for professional advice, we’ve got excellent advisors based up here in Manchester, covering legal, accountancy and financial, amongst other areas.” 

Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, added: “Manchester is perfectly placed to lead future developments in nuclear energy with a history of excellence in nuclear developments, combined with high quality connectivity to the wider nuclear sector across the North West.

“Nuclear and in particular nuclear research, is an important component of the city’s energy sector with the University of Manchester and the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the forefront of the city’s innovation. 

“To that end, the city is hosting a number of nuclear related conferences next year including The European Nuclear Society’s five-day Top Fuel Conference and the European Nuclear Conference. These aim to capitalise on the city’s strengths and highlight further opportunities for development.”    

The European Nuclear Society’s Top Fuel Conference takes place at the Marriott Renaissance Manchester Hotel between 2-6 September 2012.  It will bring together specialists to analyse advances in nuclear fuel management technology.  To find out more, click here       

The society’s three-day annual conference and networking event will take place from 9 -12 December 2012 at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Another major energy-themed European conference takes place in Manchester this December – Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Europe 2011 will be at Manchester Central from 5-7 December 2011.  To find out more, click here

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