Students at Leicester are soon to get a unique learning experience with the opening of the National Space Park, an ambitious project hoping to develop the city’s already impressive reputation for space technology. With the addition of the Space Park, the University aims to be the destination of choice for future space scientists. Students will not only be able to study the traditional degrees surrounding the subject, but will visit the Space Park for apprenticeships and additional training.
The city was granted £13 million funding to rebrand itself as UK Space City. The University already has over 50 years experience in the field, as well as a huge variety of degrees offered in the sciences. The investment will help create state-of-the-art facilities for research and development in space exploration, allowing Leicester students to go boldly into the realm of space research.
Looking to the future
When asked about the project, Professor Iain Gillespie, the Pro-vice-chancellor for Research & Enterprise, said "We want to lead the world again in high-tech, this time around space, space engineering and space data. It is an amazing opportunity to build not just new high-tech facilities here in Leicester at the National Space Park but to build jobs, to create spin-outs and, with the Dock scheme, to build new businesses and locate them here at the hub of the UK in Leicester."
The Space Park will become a hub for up to 100 companies involved in space research, learning and innovation. The project is a collaboration between the University of Leicester, the City of Leicester and the Leicester and Leicestershire Economic Partnership (LLEP). The city is already home to the National Space Centre, which is home to multiple post-doctoral science researchers. The first buildings in the park are to be completed by 2019.
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