April, 2009

Charitable Issues: Rhian Jones - April 22, 2009

My time in Cumbria was complemented by the delivery of a research project on behalf of the Cumbria Community Foundation. Along with two other graduates I canvassed the Foundations members regarding their views on a number of charitable issues in order to improve the working of the Foundation. In addition we went out into the [...]

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Strategically Placed: Matt Dodds -

I’m currently on my first nucleargraduate secondment based at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in Cumbria. I work in the Strategy department and have helped to develop the NDA’s Strategy Management System (SMS). I produce guidance documents for the various Strategic Authorities. These help our partners at the nuclear sites to develop their topic strategies. I’ve [...]

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Just starting to twitter - April 21, 2009

One aspect of my work in schools has been working with a science club at Patchway Community Comprehensive. We have been trying to build a miniature house that can be powered by renewable energy. Along with the miniature house, we have been trying to power an incubator for hatching bird eggs and a fish tank. Unfortunately, [...]

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Baseline: Rhian Jones -

My time with Low Activity Waste team at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority provided me with a great starting point to the programme. I was exposed to a wide range of internal business processes, stakeholder engagement as well as technical work regarding the UK management of Low Activity Waste. Apart from experience gained from the project, [...]

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Have your say: Owain Lewis - April 19, 2009

For my first secondment I was part of the Civil, Structural and Architectural team at Sellafield LTD. Here I was involved with site surveys, design work, AutoCAD drawings and liaising with clients and other members of the site team. I offered support to smaller projects, which gave me a larger role with more responsibility and [...]

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Graduates South West on top of it at Yeo Moor -

Hi Susie, I am just writing you and email to keep you up to date with our Science Ambassador progress in the South West.  Last week Rhian and I met with Roland Lovatt, the head master of Yeo Moor primary school.  Following a tour of the school we discussed how our involvement could coordinate with [...]

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Power walk in London - April 17, 2009

The graduates (Cohort One in November 09 and Cohort Two in October 09) spent a day in London investigating different types of power including politics, demonstrations, the law, black culture and history; very appropriate as the USA was just electing their first black president. The guide was Jamaican barrister and poet David Neita and the [...]

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Didcot Science: Ste Mahay - April 13, 2009

As part of footprints, myself, Susan Elder and James Forde were working with an organisation called Didcot First that aimed to positively promote the town of Didcot. One of their long term aims, due to there being many science centres in the local vicinity, was to posit Didcot as a science town. My project was [...]

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Transport: Ste Mahay - April 11, 2009

The secondment was working within the Transport Safety Team. I was producing an improved model for estimating a maximum annual radiation dose rates to HGV drivers, who in the future may transport highly radioactive waste. This work will help work out whether this method of transport, driving materials from a nuclear site to a proposed [...]

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Grappling with graphite: Michael Shapiro - April 10, 2009

I have been working within the Waste and Nuclear Materials Team on the strategy for disposing the graphite from old nuclear reactors. This material has been extensively used as a moderator within gas cooled reactors. In basic terms, it increased the efficiency of the reaction by slowing down the ‘fast neutrons’.   Currently the plan [...]

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