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University launches postgraduate nuclear courses

The University of Central Lancashire has launched a series of nuclear postgraduate courses to aid filling the UK’s skills gap in the sector.

The four new courses, which include an MSc in Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards as well as postgraduate certificates in Nuclear Safety; Nuclear Security; and Nuclear Safety and Security, have been developed in line with recent government plans for higher education institutions to work closely with niche industries, developing customised programmes and building relationships with employers.

The courses offer employees already working within the sector a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector, wanting to retrain and enter the nuclear industry, is also being encouraged. The programmes will be available to new students from January 2011.

In the coming years the Government expects nuclear energy to provide at least 30% of the UK’s electricity needs. It currently generates less than 20%.

“Our aim is to establish UCLan as a world-leader in nuclear skills training and development by 2017,” said the university’s senior lecturer in Nuclear Engineering & Smart Grid Technology Javad Yazdani who is also director of Postgraduate Provision for its John Tyndall Institute for Nuclear Research.

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