Students aim for the stars in space course

THE first ever students to complete the country’s only post-16 space engineering course have been honoured by Loughborough College at a glittering ceremony marking their achievements – including international job and university offers.
Certificates and trophies were awarded for dedication and academic achievement at Leicester’s National Space Centre for the pioneering group who have received more than 20 offers from top universities in the US as well as the UK, prestigious scholarships and a coveted place with a leading global company.
Launched by Loughborough College in association with the National Space Academy in 2012, the two-year course has seen students enjoy a host of high-profile experiences including a message from Professor Brian Cox, a Parliamentary Space Committee reception at the House of Commons and meetings with Science and Universities Minister David Willetts, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock and astronaut and YouTube star Colonel Chris Hadfield.
One of the night’s award winners, Jessica Bains, has been accepted by the University of South Florida to study for a Masters degree in physics with maths and engineering, and has been offered a full scholarship.
Professor George Fraser Award for Academic Achievement winner Nigel Grainger has won a place with top aerospace company Airbus.