The University of Birmingham has a long and established track record in working in areas of de-commissioning, health monitoring and residual life prediction of existing nuclear power stations, dating back to the first phase of nuclear construction.
The University has made significant contributions in metallurgy and materials in the study of the extension of the lifetime of reactor materials. The new investments in Nuclear Engineering, Waste Management and Decommissioning and the creation of the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research are part of the University of Birmingham's strategy to be one of the leading nuclear research and education institutions.
Professor John Knott received an OBE for 'services to Nuclear Safety' in recognition of his contribution to this area. Important contributions have also been made to the effects of radiation damage to nuclear materials.