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Jeni Liley

MSci Natural Sciences, 2011, Nuclear Engineering Project Manager, EDF Energy


I graduated from UCL Natural Sciences with an MSci 1st Class (Hons), majoring in Atomic & Particle Physics and minoring in Physical Chemistry.

The course allowed me to focus on the areas of physics and chemistry that I really enjoyed whilst ensuring I covered enough of the relevant topics to be at the same level as those who studied single sciences within my chosen areas. The course also allowed me to become involved with several committees; namely the Physics Staff Student Consultative Committee and the Physics Departmental Teaching Committee, and several societies; I was the Treasurer of the UCL Natural Sciences Society and an active member of the Dance Society.

After my second year I undertook in internship in the Chemistry Department of Heysham 2 Power Station, for EDF Energy. I was responsible for taking, analysing and reporting on samples from around the plant. This was my first taste of working in an industrial setting, and I loved it, so I went back for two more internships before successfully interviewing for the EDF Energy Graduate Scheme during my Masters year.

I completed a one-year graduate scheme, made up of training and placements on four different nuclear power station and two offices, and now I have a permanent position within the Nuclear New Build branch of EDF Energy, and as such, have relocated to France in order to complete a two-year ex-patriate assignment within EDF France. As part of my job I am responsible for project managing parts of the construction of the UK's first new nuclear power station in over 20 years. 

My UCL degree has helped me tremendously with my career; the organisational skills I learnt from juggling two subjects and various other university activities has allowed me to work in an organised an efficient manner in my job, and through studying several different areas I broadened my scientific knowledge and apply different parts of my university studies in my day-to-day work. 

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