Study and training

On the fringes of the Lake District National Park, close the coast, with friendly communities and a low cost of living, West Cumbria is a stunning and very special environment in which to work and study.

Basing yourself at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility enables you to conduct research in a world-leading academic environment with proximity to industry whilst enjoying this unique and beautiful setting

PhD Opportunities

The Dalton Cumbrian Facility hosts postgraduate students and provides access to unique nuclear facilities for their research. Access is also available, for relevant research, to National Nuclear Laboratory’s most modern nuclear technology research facility in the world, the Central Laboratory. 

Projects open for application:

Placements and outreach

One of The University’s key objectives is to be socially responsible; to engage with our community, to add value and inspire young minds. This extends to West Cumbria through the Dalton Cumbrian Facility’s programme of placements and outreach activity.

Please note that these opportunities are offered subject to resource availability.

Undergraduate summer projects

We offer a limited number of 6-12 week paid summer work experience placements for Undergraduate  students with an interest in radiation science or nuclear decommissioning engineering.

Students are invited to apply for specific projects, usually advertised in early spring. Selection is based on a range of criteria, usually including but not limited to:

  • Best fit between the student’s interest, experience and projects available
  • Performance to date on degree programme
  • The right soft skills and transferable skills to work effectively in our research environment
  • A written application and CV
  • Interview

These placements are designed to fulfil The University’s key objective of providing maximum socio-economic impact and widening participation in our local area. We therefore prioritise students who are originally from Cumbria or have family roots in the area. We are unable to provide accommodation with these placements so students need to live (or be willing to live) within commuting distance of Dalton Cumbrian Facility for the duration of their placement.

Science Summer School (Year 9-10)

A collaborative project coming soon for 2017.

Science Week (Year 12)

Each July we welcome a small group of Year 12 science students to experience a week in the life of a nuclear science researcher. We currently work with our four  local secondary schools. Students are those who it is felt will benefit most from the programme, and are currently selected by the schools.

Nuffield Projects (Year 12)

We work with the Nuffield Foundation and STEM Cumbria to provide 4-6 week summer work experience programmes for local pupils. These are tangible research projects working closely with our researchers. Students have the opportunity to gain a CREST Gold Award.

Facility management visits (apprentices)

Providing local apprenticeship students with an insight into managing a science facility, we offer tours and talks covering the challenges we face and the processes we use.

Work experience

We are currently unable to accommodate requests for individual or tailored work experience where it does not fit within our existing programme of outreach.

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