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Space Universities Network - Supporting space science and engineering higher education community in the UK

Berthoud, L, Glester, A, Angling, M, Baker, A, Bannister, N, Bowden, K, Bowman, P, Bridges, Christopher, Forte, B, Jones, M , Burgon, R, Kingston, J, Macdonald, M, McMillan, A, Raper, I, Whyndham, M, Smith, K and Toomer, C (2018) Space Universities Network - Supporting space science and engineering higher education community in the UK In: 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities, 11 - 13 April 2018, Hungary, Budapest.

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The world space economy is expected to grow to $400 billion by 2030 and to provide 100,000 jobs. In the UK we currently have 38,500 directly employed with a further 70000 jobs dependent on the space sector. By 2030 the UK aims to have a further 100,000 new people employed within the sector. Training space engineers and scientists is critical to fulfilling this need. The UK-based “Space Universities Network” (SUN) was formed in 2016 with the aim of enhancing the quality of learning and teaching by providing support and resources to the Space science and engineering higher education community. SUN’s objectives are to facilitate the creation of a skilled workforce of graduates who can meet the challenges of future scientific and commercial exploitation of space. The network addresses this need by helping to inspire students to join the space sector and ensuring they are well equipped at University to contribute. SUN enables the developing, sharing and promotion of effective practice and innovation in the delivery of university-level space science and engineering curricula. It does this through workshops, offering opportunities for networking to support the space teaching community and a web-based repository of resources. This paper describes the process that led to the foundation of SUN, its objectives, modes of operation, prime activities, evaluation and future projects. Once firmly established, it is hoped to expand the network through partnerships with similar organisations in other countries.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Berthoud, L
Glester, A
Angling, M
Baker, A
Bannister, N
Bowden, K
Bowman, P
Forte, B
Jones, M
Burgon, R
Kingston, J
Macdonald, M
McMillan, A
Raper, I
Whyndham, M
Smith, K
Toomer, C
Date : 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords : higher education; community; network; resources.
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Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 21 Sep 2018 10:47
Last Modified : 21 Sep 2018 10:47

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