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Urenco partners with The University of Manchester to boost STEM learning

05 February 2024

Urenco has partnered with a leading UK university to increase the accessibility of STEM education for school pupils and students in primary, secondary and tertiary education. 

The partnership with The University of Manchester will support primary school teachers with “masterclasses”, so they can deliver quality sessions on energy and sustainability in their communities. 

Meanwhile, university students – whose degrees do not have a research option – can apply for a summer research internship at Manchester itself to boost their STEM career opportunities.  

The partnership will see a focused and coordinated STEM programme supported by the University’s Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH) and the Dalton Nuclear Institute, working in collaboration with Urenco. 

Engaging pupils from lower socio-economic areas is also a priority. You can read more here

Vice Dean for Social Responsibility, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility at the University of Manchester, Lynne Bianchi, said: 

“We are really excited to be working with Urenco to further STEM education for young people. 

“This partnership will enable students from a wide socioeconomic background to recognise their potential, find out more about sustainable solutions, raise their science capital and access innovative and rewarding careers. 

“We are committed to supporting the next generation of scientists both within and beyond our University through our whole-pipeline approach to widening participation through curriculum-aligned STEM education.”

The school element of the programme will be centred around the areas of Manchester and Chester in the North West, with additional STEM-themed outreach events led by university students, staff and Urenco volunteers.  

However, for the research opportunities, students who are not at a Russell Group university are eligible for the summer internships.  

Our partnership will also see us developing bespoke teaching resources based around sustainability reaching 1,500 schools as part of the University’s award-winning global education campaign Great Science Share for Schools.  

Social Impact Lead at Urenco, Rosie Salkeld, said:

“Sustainability is integral to everything we do at Urenco and we are thrilled to be partnering with a world-class university, focusing on STEM education at the grass-roots’ level and upwards to make a real difference to the future of young people. 

“This is part of our wider objective to nurture the next generation of scientists and engineers, who will be needed more than ever for the clean energy transition in the coming decades.”


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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