Matt Cullen

Diary of a General Election from DECC - May 18, 2010

Some time in the distant past – Purdah begins The election is called and excitement is in the air. The prospect of having little ‘real’ work to do and instead having to write countless briefings for every possible election scenario (except a Tory/Lib Dem coalition it seems), does little to dampen election fever. 6 May, [...]

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Fame and Fortune - April 9, 2010

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First weeks at DECC - February 12, 2010

For my 3rd placement I’m working at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in central London. It’s been 2 months now (hard to believe) so I thought it was time for an update on what I’ve been up to. When I started I was told I could basically get involved with whatever I [...]

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Milk Bottles and a Bare Fence - November 15, 2009

My footprints placement in Secondment 2 has been helping the Howgill Family Centre with their work at Greenbank Community Centre in Whitehaven. A lot of the input we’ve had has been helping out at community nights, where Howgill put on a differnt type of  ‘art and craft’ type activity each week. We’ve made ceramic ‘severed [...]

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In at the Deep End - September 11, 2009

Today was meant to be a standard day at the office. A very senior American guy from the US Department of Energy was heading up to Cumbria for a tour of Sellafield and to spend a couple of days of workshops with the NDA executive team. He was meant to be arriving  just in time to head straight [...]

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Royal Geography Society Annual General Meeting - June 10, 2009

I travelled down to London on June 1st to attend my Institute’s (the Royal Geographical Society) AGM and Annual Reception. The NDA Chairman, Stephen Henwood, is also the Honourary Treasurer for the RGS and was speaking at the AGM. It was therefore a great networking opportunity, with Stephen and also all the important people he [...]

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Welcome to the North -

It’s a few months later than some others, but I am now a Southerner who lives in the North! Cumbria is a beautiful part of the world, and I’m missing the glitz and glamour of life in Oxfordshire much less than expected.  I’ve been spending much of my time sorting out the new house which, [...]

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Learning from my mistakes: Matt Cullen - April 7, 2009

My first nucleargraduates secondment has been spent working for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, in the Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD). My work has helped with plans to run the RWMD as a separate company from the end of this year. I’ve prepared research to create a contract between NDA and RWMD as well as managed the project documentation, [...]

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A Thank-you from Cholsey - March 13, 2009

Hello Matt, Lizzie and Johnny, Just a short note to express our thanks on behalf of Cholsey, especially the children, to the three of you for all your efforts on Friday. I don’t work Friday afternoons so was unable to thank you personally. I hope the afternoon was as succesful as the morning with all the models [...]

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All the Fun of the Fair: K’nex and Control Technology - March 10, 2009

Three Harwell-based nucleargraduates, Matt C, Lizzie and Jon, ran their first Fairground Engineering and Control Technology workshop on behalf of Science Oxford. It blew away any fears that the workshop might not be interesting as the children were engaged throughout, even returning early from play time and going stright to their seats to carry on with [...]

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