Nuclear at the crossroads

Tony Roulstone asks the question ‘could nuclear start building again and become a major part of the energy system once more?’ If not, then why and what is to be done?

Tony Roulstone established and teaches on the Nuclear Energy Masters programme at the University of Cambridge, with research interests in the economics and safety of nuclear power with a focus on Small Modular Reactors. He is leading several SMR research projects in the UK.

He was a visiting Professor of Nuclear Engineering at City University in Hong Kong 2012-2018.

He received his degree from the University of Cambridge and has spent much of his career in the nuclear and aerospace industries, starting with UKAEA working on fast reactor systems and including 20 years at Rolls-Royce where he became Managing Director of the Nuclear Group in 1992. Also, he was the Director of Engineering and Projects when the Vanguard nuclear submarines were being delivered. He has held several corporate Rolls- Royce plc roles in both aero-space engineering and strategic transformation.

He provides consultancy widely in the engineering, technology and services sectors and has completed several policy studies for Government on SMRs, and for politicians on business enterprise and on large-scale procurement.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, an Associate Member of the Nuclear Institute. He is an independent adviser on SMR design to several companies.



  • Thu 26 Sep 2019
  • Thu 26 Sep 2019
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