Amber Mason, Sheffield

I’m from a jolly little town, just up the road from Sheffield, called Barnsley and after finishing my A Levels, I took the long trip down to Oxford University to begin my undergraduate degree. After only a couple of terms there, I decided that South Yorkshire was the place to be so I moved back to Sheffield to study for an MPhys degree in Physics. Once I’d finished my degree, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do with myself, and since nuclear and atomic physics were the modules I enjoyed the most, I applied to work for the Radiation Protection Department of Public Health England for a year.

It wasn’t long after being in work that the lure of research began to set in and that’s when I discovered Next Generation Nuclear CDT. I applied for a project at the Immobilisation Science Laboratory in Sheffield and haven’t looked back since. My project involves investigating different types of glass and ceramic materials for their potential to immobilise high level nuclear waste, particularly wastes generated from advanced fuel cycles.


When I’m not in the lab, I really love baking, reading, (failing at) knitting, walking in the great Yorkshire countryside and spending as much time with my cats as is humanly possible.


Supervisors: Prof. Neil Hyatt and Dr. Martin Stennett