A new £2.5m collaborative venture has been launched with The University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield to support the delivery of research into safe geological disposal of nuclear waste. The University of Manchester, in partnership with the University of Sheffield, will support the delivery of independent evidence-based research to underpin the development of a UK Geological Disposal Facility – following a £2.5 million grant secured from Radioactive Waste Management (RWM). Launching the new pioneering Radioactive Waste Management Research Support Office (RWM RSO), based at The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute and headed by Professor Katherine Morris, the partner universities will build an academic community across the UK and, with national and international collaborators, focus on developing underpinning research to support safe geological disposal of the UK’s higher activity radioactive wastes. The RWM RSO will centre its research on nine themes covering advanced manufacturing, applied mathematics, applied social science, environmental science, geoscience, materials science, public communication of science, radiochemistry, and training. This includes experimental and modelling research in the STEM subjects, as well as the coordination of applied social science research to explore the societal and socio-economic aspects of geological disposal, including how public trust and confidence can be developed and sustained with potential host communities.
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