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

Berthoud, Lucinda; Glester, Andrew; Angling, Matthew; Baker, Adam; Bannister, Nigel; Bowden, Katharine; Bowman, Portia; Bridges, Christopher; Forte, Biagio; Jones, Mark; Burgon, Ross; Kingston, Jennifer; Macdonald, Malcolm; McMillan, Alison; Raper, Ian; Whyndham, Matt; Smith, Katharine; Toomer, Chris


Lucinda Berthoud

Andrew Glester

Matthew Angling

Adam Baker

Nigel Bannister

Katharine Bowden

Portia Bowman

Christopher Bridges

Biagio Forte

Mark Jones

Ross Burgon

Jennifer Kingston

Malcolm Macdonald

Alison McMillan

Ian Raper

Matt Whyndham

Katharine Smith


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.
Keywords—higher education; community; network; resources.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities
Start Date Apr 11, 2018
End Date Apr 13, 2018
Acceptance Date Mar 16, 2018
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-4
Keywords space science & engineering, higher education, community, network, resources
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities, April 11-13, 2018, Budapest, Hungary