Nuclear energy offers a low carbon and dependable flow of energy, while posing some highly complex challenges.
Energy research beacon
Our researchers are heavily involved with the University's Energy research beacon - showcasing examples of pioneering discoveries and partnerships that are tackling our planet's great challenges.
Nuclear research at the University covers the full nuclear fuel cycle and addresses the major challenges associated with nuclear power: plant life extension, new nuclear build, decommissioning and radioactive waste management.
In addition, our researchers investigate materials for fusion power, as well as the health impacts and medical applications of radiation.
Our experts also employ social research approaches to investigate wider societal and organisational issues around nuclear power and the civil nuclear industry.
We work to develop and improve the performance of nuclear fuels associated with reactors.
Helping the industry develop the next generation of reactor plants and assure their performance.
The UK is a leader in reprocessing spent nuclear fuel given its experience in operating reprocessing plants.
Finding robust ways to safely clean-up the nuclear legacy is a global grand challenge.
Decommissioning and clean-up of the UK’s public sector nuclear facilities is a multi-billion pound programme.
Much of our research activity takes place through nuclear and social research network, The Beam.