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University of Derby joins Nuclear Institute Educational Affiliate Scheme

The Nuclear Institute is delighted to welcome the University of Derby to its Educational Affiliate Scheme.

Our Educational Affiliate Scheme supports universities and Further Education establishments to deliver high quality nuclear education courses to future nuclear professionals, as well as encourage young people towards future nuclear professional status.

The University of Derby provides several apprenticeships, developed in close collaboration with Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd for professional engineers in the nuclear industry, which focus on supporting apprentices and equipping them with the practical and technical skills required for the workforce. These are:

  • Level 3 Nuclear Engineering Technician Standard
  • Level 4 Nuclear Manufacturing Engineering Technician Standard
  • Level 6 Nuclear Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
  • Level 6 Nuclear Engineering


Apprentices study in the Nuclear Skills Academy, based in Derby, which was developed with industry and education experts, including the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the National College for Nuclear and Derby City Council.

In addition, the University's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) is co-locating with the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in a bespoke new building at Infinity Park in Derby, next door to the Nuclear Skills Academy, offering exciting research collaboration potential to develop the innovations, skills and capability required to support government objectives linked to net zero and manufacturing growth.

Dr Louise Richards, Deputy Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Derby, said: “As an applied university, we are focused on providing real world learning to our students, giving them practical opportunities to boost their skillsets ready for when they enter the workforce.

“Joining the Nuclear Institute provides our students – and staff – with access to a wide range of resources, events and activities as well as opportunities to develop their professional networks, and we look forward to working with the Institute on these valuable prospects.”

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About the University of Derby


The University of Derby is an ambitious, innovative and modern university offering industry-relevant, expert teaching, from foundation and undergraduate degrees to postgraduate study and research.

Derby’s academic strength is backed up by practical experience to ensure its students are ready for a successful career, wherever their talents lie. With more than £200 million invested in the last ten years, the University offers some of the best university facilities in the UK, including a Nuclear Skills Academy, developed in partnership with Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd, STEM Centre, Forensic Training Facility and NHS-standard hospital ward.

At Derby, academic expertise, world-leading research and innovation is used to foster talent, support skills development and promote links with businesses regionally, nationally and globally. As well as traditional degree routes, the University offers apprenticeships from levels 2-7 for a wide range of job roles, working with high profile employers including Rolls Royce, the NHS and the Institute of Quarrying. In addition, continuing professional development, knowledge transfer and sector-leading online courses create opportunities for individuals, employers and communities to develop and flourish.