Who are Nuclear AMRC?
The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) is a collaboration of academic and industrial partners from across the civil nuclear manufacturing supply chain, with the mission of helping UK manufacturers win work at home and worldwide.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are Nuclear AMRC involved in?
The Nuclear AMRC is a holder of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and a signatory of the Women in Nuclear UK charter. Our Athena SWAN Bronze application required us to undertake a detailed assessment of our current levels of equality and diversity in all aspects of the organisation including recruitment, promotions, flexible working, career breaks, culture and outreach. We identified our strengths and weaknesses, and are now working through an action plan to build on our strengths and address our weaknesses.
The remit of the Nuclear AMRC is to help UK manufacturing companies win work in civil nuclear. It is now widely recognised that having a diverse workforce helps companies to perform better, so driving diversity in the UK’s nuclear workforce should be recognised alongside technical readiness, safety culture, training and skills, and all other facets that make up a competitive nuclear supply chain company. Improving diversity can help the Nuclear AMRC to achieve its remit in two respects: firstly, through exercising best practice within the Nuclear AMRC we can ensure that we continue to grow and function effectively as an organisation; and secondly by influencing the UK’s nuclear supply chain through our membership we can encourage the culture change which we believe is essential to maintain the UK’s competitiveness in a global market.
We recognise that working with external organisations such as WISE will help us to develop our understanding of practical action that can be taken to improve diversity by exchanging best practice and following a structured approach.
Why did Nuclear AMRC join WISE?
“The Nuclear AMRC joined WISE with the aim of engaging with a wider community to help us to work together to improve gender equality in the engineering workforce. Participating in the WISE 10-step plan will provide us with a structured approach and practical advice to work towards this goal.”
– Dr Kathryn Jackson, Technology Researcher