The Immobilisation Science Laboratory (ISL) was set up in August 2001 as one of four BNFL University Research Alliances (URAs) with the aim to

• become a world leading centre in the science and application of waste immobilisation technology.

• generate a secure skill and knowledge base in the field of waste immobilisation that is of value to the UK nuclear industry.

Further details are available via the links to the left, or from the ISL Director: Dr Neil Hyatt (

Welcome to the new DTC intake!

new DTC intakeWe welcome the new intake of 12 DTC PhD students, pictured here with academic staff  from Sheffield and Manchester.  The DTC got off to a flying start with a team building day spent climbing trees at Go Ape in Buxton.

The Doctoral Training Centre for Nuclear Fission Research, Science and Technology (FiRST) was established in January 2009, with a £6.3M investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to provide a national training centre for doctoral scientists and engineers in nuclear fission science and technology. Nuclear FiRST is a collaboration between The University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester, with ISL as the Sheffield hub.

Further details from