National Space Academy Gulf and Special Projects Coordinator
Amy is the Gulf and Special Projects Coordinator for the National Space Academy. This new role is part of a strategic UK Government programme of, building skills/training in education, collaborating in Space Science and Technology with the Gulf States. Amy coordinates and administrates all the Academy programmes in the Gulf region, whilst supporting other short-term international contracts.
Previously to this new role, Amy was the National Space Academy Full Time Administrator, and became the lead organiser of the Academy’s programme of Career Conferences as well as having the amazing opportunity to be a part of the UK-China collaboration in 2016. During the latter Amy co-ordinated the arrangements for a National Space Academy team to deliver two programmes of student and teacher masterclasses in Beijing and Shanghai. Amy has been with the National Space Academy for 3 years, and based at the National Space Centre for 8 years, where she was a part time Space Crew Member during her University studies, meaning that she has an excellent understanding of the Centre’s daily operations.
Before starting at the National Space Centre, Amy worked for a financial company and oversaw the administration for a Telemarketing department, gaining vast amount of administration experience. It was in 2008 that Amy decided to pursue a different career path in education: she returned to full time study to gain her A-Level qualifications before attending Leicester’s De Montfort University where she gained a BA with Honours in Education Studies. Her degree developed her skills in understanding how people learn as well as her knowledge of the historical, political and social aspects of education.
Amy has always shown an interest in international work, specifically education, and she took time out of her studies to volunteer in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand, to help promote the English Language to young children – even getting involved in maintenance works around the school and teacher housing.
"It is great to see young people learn through the mechanism of space exploration. Throughout my degree, the importance placed on STEM subjects was highlighted and now to be a part of a team that uses different techniques to allow young people to learn these subjects is great. The National Space Academy allows me to use not only my administration skills but also my enthusiasm for education and learning"
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