Nuclear Energy

The University of Manchester has set out ambitious plans, encapsulated in its 2020 Vision, to become one of the world’s top 25 leading academic institutions.

Nuclear research has been identified as one of the University’s major growth disciplines against a global backdrop of rising energy demands and CO2 emissions, related concerns about global warming and the ensuing need for energy policies that deliver secure, affordable and low carbon supplies.

In the UK the target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2050 requires a massive increase in low carbon energy generation, which nuclear power stations can help to achieve alongside energy efficiency measures. 

The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute delivers the UK’s largest and most connected academic capability in nuclear R&D and high-level skills development.  Established in 2005, the Institute was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in the Diamond Jubilee round for its “internationally renowned research and skills training for the nuclear industry”.  Research activities support the competitive growth of the UK nuclear industry and help to provide new knowledge and skills to support the UK's future nuclear energy strategy. Strong research partnerships with the nuclear industry and regulator ensure the rapid transfer of research output into the sector and a large number of Manchester alumni enter the nuclear industry. 

The Institute has established a range of nuclear skills development programmes to educate the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers – programmes encompass undergraduate teaching, postgraduate research and professional development that accelerates career development in the nuclear industry.

Nuclear R&D facilities
Nuclear R&D facilities
The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute has established an extensive range of specialist nuclear R&D facilities.
Nuclear research areas
Nuclear research areas
The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute has a broad nuclear research capability that is addressing the major issues associated with nuclear energy.
Educational programmes
Educational programmes
The Dalton Nuclear Institute offers a broad range of nuclear skills training programmes across a range of qualification levels.
NNUMAN
Project highlight: NNUMAN
Innovative manufacturing techniques developed by the New Nuclear Manufacturing (NNUMAN) programme will help reduce the costs and increase the operational lives of major components in nuclear generation plants.
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