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Urenco and British Science Association launch new schools initiative

10 September 2014

Urenco has expanded the scope of its community engagement following the official launch of a major nationwide schools initiative.

Urenco has collaborated with the British Science Association (BSA), one of the UK’s leading science organisations, to develop a set of classroom materials as part of the established CREST Star award scheme for primary schools.

The materials form the basis of exciting classroom activities to teach the principles of separation. They aim to nurture an interest in science and engineering, and encourage further insight into the principles behind nuclear energy.

The collaboration was inspired by Urenco’s ‘Richie’ programme which is a core element of the company’s school and education outreach. Richie is an animated character and acts as the ambassador of the programme. Richie’s core tenets were incorporated into the materials and will enable primary school age children to solve science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) problems through practical investigation.

Jayne Hallett, Director of Corporate Communications at Urenco, said:

“Developing talent in sciences and engineering is critical if we are to ensure our energy sector has the appropriate skillset in years to come. Research shows that primary school is the best place to start nurturing an interest in topics such as low-carbon energy and new technologies, and we hope that our new Richie-inspired CREST Star materials will go some way to inspiring and engaging young children to become our future energy leaders.”

Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association, added:

“If we’re going to create a more scientifically literate public, and a more scientific culture, it’s vital that young people are exposed to the creative and engaging reality of how science works - rather than learning facts and figures alone. Urenco’s support for our CREST Star scheme is a huge boost to this mission, and will go a long way to making science - and scientific careers - more accessible to people from all walks of life.”


About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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