Outlook for Nuclear

Though it has taken more than eight years from the first indications that new nuclear build in the UK would be welcomed, the prospects for nuclear within a broad energy strategy now look very promising. The talk discusses these plans and the uncertainties for nuclear both in the UK and in other countries around the world, based on common needs to: address climate change, have stable costs and secure energy supplies.

New nuclear development is also stimulating different reactor designs to: burn nuclear waste and reduce costs using smaller simpler reactors.


Tony Roulstone established and teaches on the Nuclear Energy masters programme at the University of Cambridge. He has research interests in the economics and the safety of nuclear power. He is also a visiting Professor of Nuclear Engineering at City University in Hong Kong.

He received his engineering 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. Earlier he was the nuclear engineering director when the Vanguard nuclear submarines were being designed and delivered. Also, he has held senior engineering and corporate transformation roles in Rolls-Royce plc.

He provides consultancy widely in the engineering, technology and services sectors and has completed several policy studies on stimulating enterprise and on large scale procurement.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and a Member of both the Nuclear Institute and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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