Strategies for engaging with future radiation protection professionals: a public outreach case study

Cole, P, Gornall, BT, Wood, MD ORCID:, Whitcher, R, Bannon, A, Bloomer, S, Fear, J, Hale, H, Humphries, J, Hunak, S, Jones, C, Matthewman, C, Matthews, A, Slater, S, Stephens, C and Stewart, J 2015, 'Strategies for engaging with future radiation protection professionals: a public outreach case study' , Journal of Radiological Protection, 35 (4) , N25-N32.

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It is evident that there is a nuclear skills shortage within the UK, and logically it can be assumed that the shortfall extends to the radiation protection arena. Plans for nuclear new-build and the decommissioning of existing nuclear sites will require many more people with radiological knowledge and practical competencies. This converts to a nuclear industry requirement in the order of 1000 new recruits per year over at least the next ten years, mainly as new apprentices and graduates. At the same time, the strong demand for persons with radiation protection know-how in the non-nuclear and health care sectors is unlikely to diminish. The task of filling this skills gap is a significant one and it will require a determined effort from many UK stakeholders. The Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) has adopted a strategy in recent years to help address this skills gap. The aim is to engage the interest of secondary school students in the science of radiation and inspire them to follow a career in radiation protection. This paper presents the reasoning behind this strategy and, in an 'outreach case study', describes the establishment of the annual SRP Schools Event. This event is becoming an important addition to the national efforts aimed at increasing the numbers of skilled UK radiation protection professionals over the forthcoming decades.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Radiological Protection
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
ISSN: 0952-4746
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 16:26
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 20:34

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