STS Nuclear partners with EDF to deliver another successful Civil Nuclear Course

16 June 2017



Between 5th-9th June, Cannington Court played host to the first Civil Nuclear Course (CNC) of 2017. The CNC has been designed and developed by STS Nuclear, in partnership with EDF Energy, to provide those who are new to the industry an insight into the world of nuclear energy production.

In 2016, the CNC took students from as far away as Hong Kong to learn about how the UK nuclear industry operates. Building on the success of last year’s course, this year EDF Energy opened their doors to graduate engineers from Ultra Electronics – Nuclear Control Systems (NCS) and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), allowing students to get hands on with state-of-the-art PWR and AGR simulators, backed with colourful lectures and presentations to explore and explain a wide range of related topics.

The week-long course aims to provide students with an awareness-level understanding of all aspects of nuclear energy production, from current and future nuclear systems, reactor physics and theory through to the legislative aspects and the challenges faced with decommissioning and waste management.

Although the CNC isn’t designed to train plant operators (impossible in a week!), students get the opportunity to start-up, operate and shutdown nuclear reactors on simulators and in doing so consolidate the knowledge gained during lecture time.

As one student commented, “I really enjoyed the whole course, all the presentations and the simulator work was really useful – and both things backed each other up really well.”

“The section of the course I enjoyed most was accident studies”, said another student. In this section of the course, some of the most prolific nuclear accidents are discussed. But by this stage, students have gained a good understanding of the dynamics of reactor plant operations and are encouraged to use this new-found knowledge to help explain the root cause of the accidents.

It’s not all work of course, and Cannington Court provides a charming, picturesque and quiet environment in which to reflect, relax and unwind. “All the facilities were brilliant”, commented one student. Although some found it was quite easy to get lost in the maze of corridors and tiny rooms of the main building, which dates to the 11th Century and is Grade 1 listed! Students opting for a residential course are accommodated on site in comfortable rooms and are treated to a fantastic menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with complementary drinks during the evening meal.

Food and drink is served in the Brassage, which acts as the focal point to meet and network with other delegates and EDF Energy employees. This year, CNC students entered a team into a general knowledge quiz held in the Brassage one evening; the “Nuclear Nerds” (as they called themselves) won the quiz and were awarded a prize.

All students on course have strongly agreed that their nuclear knowledge had increased as a result of attending the CNC. As one student remarked, “I found all the information was very useful and all covered at the right depth”. So, if you are a graduate in the nuclear supply chain or perhaps a recent convert to nuclear from other industries, why not contact us for details of future CNC course dates?

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We hope to see you at Cannington Court very soon!

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