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Helo o’ Cymru! - January 25, 2011

In my best possible Blue Peter style, “Here’s one I prepared earlier!”….almost two and a half months earlier.   That’s the trouble when you ask a Site Licence Company if you can have IT access from work to post a blog. The red alert goes out and the question has to be asked half way [...]

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“Murray I need some help…” - January 17, 2011

“Murray I need some help…” 2pm on a Friday afternoon, I’m just finishing off for the week (the joy of flexi-time) a few weeks into my secondment in the Manufacturing Engineering team within Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear and the boss walks over. “Murray I need some help, we’ve got a meeting with a potential customer (needless [...]

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Soooo…where to start?!! - December 17, 2010

Well, it has been an action packed couple of months since beginning with nucleargraduates, and it’s strange to think that this is really only the start of things to come! This is a wee intro to give an idea of what I’ve been doing for the past couple of months, and let me tell you [...]

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Work hard… - December 14, 2010

The nucleargraduates scheme certainly is not your average graduate scheme. I’ve only been a nucleargraduate for a few months now but, in the short time I’ve been here I’ve had a ball!   For my first secondment, I am working on the decommissioning of some of the old plant with Sellafield Ltd however; you must put [...]

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What, No Cars?? - July 23, 2010

One of the first things I’m asked after telling someone that I’m currently working for Rolls-Royce is “I bet they have good company cars!” – or something along those lines… After the first couple times of this happening and a few confusion covered smiles later, I decided it was time to learn a little history… [...]

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Guten Tag from the IAEA - June 16, 2010

What a massive complex the UNO city is! It has it’s own bank, post office and tax free supermarket amongst other things although as I am only an intern I am not allowed into the supermarket. My office is located on the 26th floor which for people that know my fear of heights, it is not [...]

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Secondment 1 - June 4, 2010

I am about to finish my first Nucleargraduates 8 month secondment. This seems a good time to reflect on my time in West Cumbria and on my first 8 months on the Nucleargraduates scheme, where my work has been focused on decommissioning. It all started back in September with the Nucleargraduates Cohort 3 ‘development training [...]

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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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UK Decommissioning vs. US Decommissioning - November 27, 2009

During my visit to the Idaho National Laboratory I wanted to meet with some people from their decommissioning and clean-up team to make comparisons between decommissioning in the UK and the US. There are immediately visible differences if not purely from the amount of land that each has to work with. As an example, the [...]

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Six months in the U.S. of A -

I’m very quickly coming to the end of my 6 months out in Washington DC and feel sad that it’s nearly over. I was lucky enough to secure a secondment with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE’s) working in the international office within the Office of Nuclear Energy.  I have been involved in a wide [...]

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