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Students study nuclear shutdown
Students in Lancashire will be able to study how to carry out the crucial task of closing nuclear plants.

The University of Central Lancashire (Uclan) has launched the country's first Foundation Degree in Nuclear Decommissioning.

Students will be taught near the Sellafield nuclear complex in Cumbria where billions of pounds will spent on decommissioning in the next decades.

The first students will start their course in September.

'Nuclear challenges'

Dr Colin Boxall, Uclan's Programme Leader of the Foundation Degree, said it was a direct response to the government's white paper on decommissioning in 2002 which pledged to spend 50bn on the clean up of the UK's nuclear facilities.

"Decommissioning of nuclear installations poses particular challenges to scientists and engineers," he said.

Students will study at the Westlakes Research Institute on the Westlakes Science and Technology Park near Whitehaven and Lakes College West Cumbria at Lillyhall.

There is an HNC in Nuclear Decommissioning in Scotland, but this is the country's first foundation degree.

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