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Urenco announces STEM Cambridge University partnership

07 November 2023

Urenco has signed a multi-year partnership with the University of Cambridge which will enable us to help shape nuclear energy-related higher education and access a pipeline of talent.

Our social impact partnership (SIP) with the Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre (CNEC) sees us become a member of the Nuclear Industry Club. 

The club consists of a number of important energy and engineering companies that are committed to the future of the industry and need more nuclear scientists, engineers and managers coming through their doors. 

Amongst many benefits, Urenco will be able to contribute to CNEC’s research strategy, input into the design of a master’s curriculum for scientists, mathematicians and engineers, take part in distinguished speaking seminars and access a pipeline of potential future employees. 

We will also be supporting leading academics and researchers in our collaborative efforts – as part of the club – whilst building positive relationships with those who could be the decision-makers and policy shapers of tomorrow. 

We can additionally come up with dissertation proposals on topics relevant to the business of Urenco. 

Head of Strategy and Corporate Development for Urenco, Sarah Forman, who is also the company’s SIP lead on the partnership and an alumna of the programme, said: “STEM education is incredibly important to us at Urenco, especially during these fast-changing times for our industry where talent and skills will be critical to our success in continuing to provide global energy security. 

“Completing the Cambridge MPhil in Nuclear Energy as part of the CNEC programme myself has proven priceless for my own career and I don’t think I would be where I am today had I not had the opportunity. 

“I’m therefore proud that Urenco is committed to nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers in civil nuclear and we are excited about the prospect of this partnership, including with regard to advancing further carbon-free nuclear energy solutions.”

 Dr Nathan Read, Course Director for the MPhil in Nuclear Energy at the University of Cambridge, said: “From an educational perspective, we see great significance in linking with Urenco and believe partnerships are key in securing a healthy and inspired nuclear workforce. 

“We recognise that students with a STEM background have many possible career paths to choose from, and find that visibility plays a big role here: visibility in purpose, activities, and culture of the future employer. Through our partnerships with industry we increase this visibility and facilitate a career path into nuclear. 

“We look forward to developing our energising and impactful relationship.”

You can read more about our partnership in our case study. Information about all of our Social Impact Partnerships is available on our Social Impact pages.


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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