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Higher Education: Nuclear Physics

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the number of nuclear engineering graduates. (255176)

The Government have designated all engineering degrees as strategically important and vulnerable subjects. These subjects benefit from a £350 million programme of support administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to stimulate demand and secure supply. Additionally, there is a £140 million strategy over 2008 to 2011 to support the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) agenda. We are currently keeping the supply and demand for undergraduate nuclear engineering courses under review.