Relocate Awards: National Space Academy

At the Relocate Awards 2017 gala dinner and presentation ceremony, leading representatives of the UK's National Space Academy will set the scene for innovation.

Relocate Awards: National Space Academy
This year’s Relocate Awards gala dinner will inspire those who are driving their businesses forward to envision the global careers of the future, address talent shortages, and engage with education professionals in schools and universities, who are preparing future generations for the workplaces and roles of the future.Join us to connect with other disciplines, exchange ideas, and take your organisation fast forward to the next level!The Science Museum’s Exploring Space Gallery will be the perfect setting in which to explore the key role played by science, engineering and technology, in a host of exciting new jobs.Professor Anu Ojha, OBE, Director of Education and Space Communications at the National Space Academy, and his colleagues, Dr Kierann Shah, National Project Manager, and Amy Bradshaw, Gulf and Special Projects Coordinator, will be there with some of their students, to chat to guests and inspire them to think about global careers of the future.The National Space Academy is a not-for-profit organisation that fires young people’s imaginations and enthusiasm for the sciences and mathematics through the inspirational context of space. It works with industry, academia, and secondary, further and higher education to provide pathways into space-sector careers.We’re excited to announce a year-long partnership between Relocate Global and the National Space Academy to support companies in developing and engaging talent by connecting the space sector – one of the great successes of the UK economy – with our readership and supporting schools, education establishments and employers.A visit to the Space Centre, in Leicester, for schools and education professionals is planned for later this year. To register your interest, please email .

The National Space Academy’s work

As well as supporting the UK’s first full-time schools with space embedded throughout the curriculum, the National Space Academy provides:
  • Curriculum-linked masterclasses for secondary (high school) and college students
  • Regional, national and international teacher training
  • The full-time two-year Space Engineering course for pre-university students
  • National Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering for early-career space professionals
  • Careers conferences for more than 1,000 secondary school, college and university students in England each year, focused on career progression routes into the UK space and wider science and engineering sectors
Schools can access bursaries to use with the academy, thanks to funding from PPG as an industry CSR sponsor.The academy is part funded by the National Space Centre, the UK Space Agency, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the Satellite Applications Catapult, and the Lloyds Register Foundation, with additional support from The Ogden Trust and various UK engineering and space-sector companies.

Space Park Leicester

The National Space Academy will play a key part in Space Park Leicester, a new £75 million centre for the analysis and commercialisation of space-enabled data and space mission development.Based alongside the National Space Centre, the park's first buildings are expected to be ready in 2019. It is part of the Leicestershire Enterprise Zone and was launched formally in March 2017 as part of the Government's Midlands Engine strategy.The Space Park is a collaboration between the University of Leicester and the Leicester and Leicestershire Economic Partnership (LLEP). When fully open, it will combine university research and teaching facilities with a range of research institutions and international commercial partners.Alongside the development of a new generation of cutting-edge satellite technology, the site will be home to detailed analysis of space-enabled data that can transform sectors such as international communications, resource management, environmental monitoring and disaster relief.Space Park Leicester will provide a unique environment where:
  • Industry and academia can collaborate and exploit opportunities in space and space-enabled research, education and innovation
  • The technology and expertise for harnessing and developing satellite data and space technology will be housed in purpose-built environments
  • A community of businesses, R&D partners, international institutes and academic experts will take advantage of direct access to state-of-the-art equipment and leading-edge university research

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