Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage
soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories


DISTINCTIVE is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of 10 universities and 3 key industry partners from across the UK’s civil nuclear sector.

DISTINCTIVE highly commended in the IChemE Global Awards 2020

Date: January 8, 2021


How to make nuclear waste glass

  Watch Professor Neil Hyatt explain how to make nuclear waste glass  

Date: September 20, 2017


DISTINCTIVE Theme meetings

This year’s Theme meetings are being held on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October 2017 at The Rheged Centre near Penrith, West Cumbria. Following the success of last year’s event we will be running two parallel sessions on each day. Details are as follows: Monday 16th October   Theme 3: Legacy Ponds & Silo Wastes & Theme […]

Date: July 11, 2017


4th ARF Round

Five sub-projects were awarded funding. Here the successful candidates summarise the proposed work: Round 4 A Lab-scale Fixed Bed Reactor to Investigate Gas Phase Kinetics for Long Term PuO2 Storage Dr Luke Jones and Thomas Donoclift – University of Manchester The aim of this project is to build and commission a bench scale fixed bed […]

Date: February 14, 2017

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World’s First Long Duration Experiment

Dr. Claire Corkhill, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Sheffield (and a DIAMOND Alumni).

Date: May 19, 2016


3rd ARF Round

The 3rd ARF call was announced in February 2016. All proposals were judged at a Management Board meeting that was held on Monday 18th April.

Date: May 6, 2016


Active Research Fund

At the time of submitting a proposal to the EPSRC, a number of PDRA projects indicated a potential need for active research facilities; however, a detailed understanding of facility needs and the duration of work was unable to be defined. As a result, an Active Research Fund (ARF) was requested.

Date: February 23, 2016


Drone’s for Life Competition – Please Vote

DISTINCTIVE’s Dr Tom Scott (University of Bristol) and his colleague, Dr Ollie Payton, are in the semi-final stages of the ‘Drones for Life’ competition – the prize for the winner is $1M!

Date: January 22, 2016


DISTINCTIVE Goes International

DISTINCTIVE will be holding a dedicated technical panel session at WM2016.

Date: January 21, 2016


The Sellafield Plutonium Problem

Experts (including DISTINCTIVE’s Prof. Neil Hyatt) went to the SMC to discuss what science, economics and engineering have to say about the issue.

Date: November 6, 2015


Is Nuclear Green?

This event that was held in Bristol was financially supported by the EPSRC DISTINCTIVE grant (EP/L014041/1) as part of the programme’s ‘Pathways to Impact’ strategy.

Date: October 22, 2015


Winner of NNL WM2016 Bursary Announced

The winner of the NNL WM2016 bursary competition is Johannes (Andre) Botha, PhD student at the University of Leeds, for his proposed paper titled “A Novel Technology for Complex Rheological Measurements”.

Date: August 28, 2015


WM 2016 – NNL Travel Bursary

NNL is kindly offering a bursary of £2000 to support the attendance of a DISTINCTIVE PDRA or PhD student at the Waste Management 2016 conference.

Date: July 21, 2015


1st Annual Meeting

The DISTINCTIVE University Consortium held its 1st Annual Meeting at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th April 2015.

Date: May 14, 2015

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DISTINCTIVE Announces its 1st Call for Proposals

The Consortium is seeking proposals from Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) to facilitate active research, international secondments and small equipment purchases.

Date: January 30, 2015



In 2014, members of the DISTINCTIVE Leadership Team took the consortium “on the road”.

Date: January 9, 2015

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DISTINCTIVE Kick-off Meeting

On Tuesday 29th April, over 45 individuals from academia and industry assembled in Leeds to kick-start the DISTINCTIVE research programme.

Date: April 29, 2014

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Costing the Earth (BBC, Radio 4, 04/03/12)

Prof. Simon Biggs helps investigate the best way to dispose of the waste produced by the generation of nuclear power.

Date: March 4, 2014



The Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage solutIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories (DISTINCTIVE) programme started on 10th February.

Date: February 10, 2014


Collaborative Research takes DISTINCTIVE Approach

A multi-million pound four-year research programme will combine the expertise of the nuclear industry with 10 universities to focus on some of the key challenges of the UK’s nuclear legacy and help build the next generation of nuclear experts.

Date: January 8, 2014

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