Environment and Legislation

Key information

Start date: 27 April 2020

Attendance dates:

April 2020: 27, 28, 29, 30
May 2020: 01

Time commitment: 5 days


Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:


This course will describe the legislative framework of environmental protection, describing the major concepts in the field. It will review the establishment and verification of systems for environmental protection, considering both legal and economic aspects and will conclude with a practical review of environmental protection as applied in the nuclear industry.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a depth of understanding of the principle of environmental protection
  • Ability to discuss environmental sampling strategies and understand case studies in a range of applications
  • Understand legislation underpinning environmental protection
  • Demonstrate critical analysis of numerical data to perform simple calculations of relevant physical phenomena
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of environmental management systems and ISO 14001.

Course content

Content includes the following:

  • The general principles and legislative basis of environmental protection policy in the UK, European Union, and at International level, and an overview of International Nuclear Law
  • Protecting the environment whilst maintaining your business, environmental impact minimisation, best available techniques, setting improvement targets, legal compliance, auditing and review
  • Properties of aerosols, flow, diffusion, size distributions, optical properties, coagulation, sampling and aerosol production
  • Radioactive substances permitting and radiological impact assessments
  • Mathematical modelling of radionuclide transport in the environment, including applications of compartmental models
  • Radionuclide dispersion in groundwaters, terrestrial surface waters, estuaries and marine environments. Uptake of radionuclides by plants and animals. Assessment of critical group and collective exposures.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures.

Course leader

Zsolt Podolyak

Professor Zsolt Podolyak is an experimental nuclear physicist at the University of Surrey. He has a broad interest within nuclear physics, with leading publications in nuclear structure (concentrating on heavy neutron-rich nuclei, nuclear reacti...

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites required for this course.

Fees and funding

Price per person:


How to apply

To apply for this short course please contact the Faculty Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel who will help process your application.

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Terms and conditions

  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds.
  • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.
  • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040.
  • Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.
  • Substitutions from the same company may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged.
  • Registrations cannot be accepted without a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.
  • Proof of payment.
  • Registrations must come with a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.