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Director of Education and Space Communications, National Space Centre, Leicester

Anu Ojha OBE is Director of the UK's National Space Academy programme and a Director of the National Space Centre – the UK's largest visitor centre for space science and astronomy. 

He co-led the development of the National Higher Apprenticeship programme for the UK Space Sector and is the lead for Skills/Training and space education for the ongoing UK-China programme of collaboration in Space Science and Technology.

Anu is a member of STFC's Skills and Engagement Advisory Board and is leading the development of new international teaching methodologies for the European Space Agency (ESA), having worked as a consultant for ESA using data from the SOHO and Mars Express missions. He is also currently President of the Astronautics Records Commission of the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) – the world governing body for airports and human aerospace/astronautics achievements.

In his teaching career, Anu was Assistant Headteacher of the largest school in the country, was awarded Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status for excellence in teaching and was a National Lead Practitioner (Physics) for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.  He continues to teach physics on the National Space Academy's Space Engineering (A level) and Higher Apprenticeship (undergraduate) courses run in partnership with Loughborough College and the University of Leicester and in 2014 was awarded an OBE for services to science education


 

"As a species we have always wondered what is over the horizon - that intellectual journey that humanity finds itself on has its greatest expression in space science. Who wouldn’t - or couldn’t - be inspired by this?"

More about Anu:

50 Years of the UK in Space - UK Space Agency video

Video of session on comets by Anu  at ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Holland.

 


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