Space for Education
Through the University of Leicester and its partners, Space Park Leicester will offer an unparalleled range of education and training opportunities, making it an international centre of excellence in skills development for the space sector. Areas covered by this training will include (but not be limited to) space-related engineering, data analytics, software engineering and entrepreneurship.
These opportunities, making full use of the Space Park Leicester’s unique partnership and co-location of industry and academia, will create a new generation of knowledgeable, skilled, space-aware students feeding directly into the requirements of employers, not just within the cluster itself, but nationally and globally.
Degrees in space
The students training at Space Park Leicester will provide a pool of potential interns and employees to partners. Specific opportunities will include joint projects with industry within degree courses, summer internships, year in industry placements and joint University/industry-supported PhDs. Industrial partners will also be able to contribute directly to degree teaching, helping develop the employability of Leicester students. The University’s established MSc in Space Exploration Systems, which involves industry and academic partners in Italy and France, provides a valuable precedent for this approach.
CPD in space
Drawing on the University’s extensive experience of CPD provision and distance learning, some of the training opportunities will be offered as individual postgraduate modules which can be studied remotely. Studying multiple modules can lead to the award of a certificate (PGCert), diploma (PGDip) or a full Masters degree.
Schools in space
Alongside provision for undergraduate and postgraduate students, the University of Leicester and Space Park Leicester will stimulate the curiosity and wonder of primary and secondary school pupils through close collaboration with the National Space Centre and its National Space Academy. There will also be apprenticeship opportunities driven by the University’s widening participation agenda. Higher Apprenticeships will target NVQ-level training of recruits to industrial partners.