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Ed Shire receiving his prize
Ed Shire receiving his prize

Internal News - 02 June 2006

Undergraduate beats PhD students to national nuclear prize

A Bath undergraduate has beaten PhD students from all over the country to pick up a prize for research into nuclear technology.

Ed Shire, who is studying for an MPhys in nuclear physics, was given the prize and £100 by the Institute of Nuclear Engineers and the British Energy Society.

His paper was about research he is conducting as part of his year’s placement with the Defence College of Electromechanical Engineering, based at the HMS Sultan base in Gosport.

Mr Shire is researching the best way to model the way radioactive material disperses after a nuclear accident.

He was only one of two undergraduates to enter the competition, and the other 50 or so entrants were PhD students from universities across the UK.

“It was a massive surprise to hear my name called out,” said Mr Shire, who wants to work in nuclear engineering when he finishes his course.

“I had no idea it was going to happen, but I’m very happy that my work has been recognised in this way.”

Mr Shire will also have the chance to write an article for the joint Institute of Nuclear Engineers and the British Energy Society journal, Nuclear Future.