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Fellowship for satellite specialist helping students reach for the stars

Lucy Berthoud, Professor of Space Systems Engineering

Press release issued: 1 June 2023

An inspirational University of Bristol academic whose practical lessons have helped her students to gain coveted positions in the space industry has been named as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Lucy Berthoud, Professor of Space Systems Engineering, leads on the University of Bristol’s Satellite programme, which gives students the chance to build and launch their own spacecraft. Professor Berthoud specialises in teaching her students using real-world examples to prepare them for the challenges of the modern industry.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to inspire and teach students and I am thrilled to receive this award”,” Professor Berthoud said.

An award-winning educator and TEDx speaker, as well as a National Teaching Fellow, Professor Berthoud is described by her students as “a fantastic lecturer”, “really enthusiastic and engaging” and “motivated and motivating”.

Professor Berthoud brings her practical experience from industry into her teaching. Incorporating the latest innovations in nano-spacecraft into her lessons, Lucy and her colleagues have established a satellite laboratory and ground station at the University of Bristol where they can support students in the design and operation of their satellites.

Professor Berthoud has also set up and co-chairs a UK-wide network for space engineering and science HE staff called the Space Universities Network (SUN). She has secured funding and recruited 100 members from 39 Universities. Together, members have advised government, consulted with industry to see what skills are sought from graduates, and are working together to provide out of this world opportunities for UK students.


Further information

Higher Education Academy Fellowships are awarded against the UK Professional Standards Framework and are recognised within the UK and increasingly internationally.

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