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DEI Public Lecture: The Nuclear Element

27th February 2019, 18:00 to 19:00, Hogan Lovell's Lecture Theatre, Brian Matthews

The world's first commercial nuclear power station, Calder Hall at Windscale, England, was opened in 1956 and now 20% of the UK’s electricity comes from Nuclear power, many countries around the world are building new nuclear plants, should nuclear power be part of a balanced energy mix in the future?

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The talk focuses – why nuclear power plays an important role as a power generator in the current energy mix, an overview and update on Hinkley Point C new nuclear build and possible follow up projects at Sizewell, Bradwell, Anglesey (Wylfa) and West Cumbria (Moorside). What is the rest of the world doing with existing Nuclear power generation and future policy and plans. What are the other future options (including life extension of existing plants and new nuclear technology). We have the technology and a strong nuclear history in the UK, but a nuclear future will be dictated by public and political support, key to this is: how do we learn from the past, ensure our safety culture underpins our aspirations and what are we doing to change public perception and understanding.

Brian has been working in the nuclear industry for 20 years, joining EDF Energy in 2004 as an Emergency Preparedness Engineer after working for BAE systems (on the Astute class Submarine), Rolls Royce and Motherwell Bridge in Radiation Protection and Boiler Maintenance. Brian studied at Lancaster University gaining a BSc in Physics and MSc in Management Science. Since starting with EDF Energy Brian has held roles as Quality Management Group Head (Health, Safety, Quality, Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness) and Continuous Improvement Manager. He is a legally authorised Emergency Controller. Brian is a leadership tutor specialising in coaching, engagement, safety culture and engineering ethics. Brian has worked with schools, colleges and universities to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and careers.

There will also be a post lecture networking drinks reception from 19.00-19.45.

Parking on campus is open to non-staff after 5pm.

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