University and NNL launch new professional skills programme

The University in partnership with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) will launch a new Professional Development qualification for scientists and engineers working in industry who wish to enhance their technical skills and knowledge.

Beginning in September 2016, the `Advanced Technical Skills’ (ATS) programme covers topics including leadership, technology communications, and technical reputation.

The programme is modular and specifically designed to meet the needs of busy participants. It consists of lectures, seminars, interactive tasks and discussions supported by online materials, guided reading and a work-based project.

The modular nature gives participants the opportunity to complete the programme within a nine to 24 month period.

The University and NNL are committed to a strategic partnership in the areas of nuclear science and engineering, with a focus on research and developing postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities.

Professor Eann Patterson, University lead for nuclear science and engineering research, said: “This programme draws on the University’s and NNL’s high level and unique technical expertise and knowledge in order to develop leadership potential and critical thinking in research scientists and engineers working in research labs or R&D divisions.”

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