University of Leicester to create National Space Park

As part of a plan to to create a university that represents a ‘distinctive elite’ in the higher education sector, the University of Leicester has announced plans to create a National Space Park in the city.

Professor Paul Boyle has announced the new vision for Leicester exactly a year after he took over as the University’s president and vice-chancellor.Boyle said the National Space Park will be home for world-class space and earth observation scientists and will play “a crucial role” in attracting high-tech companies to the city.

He added: “In collaboration with funding, business and local stakeholders, we will launch a National Space Park. Focusing our world-class strengths in space and Earth Observation science, this national centre for undergraduate, postgraduate and apprenticeship training will provide a new anchor for a vital British industry. It will play a key part in realising the ambition that our cutting-edge translational research and enterprise enriches the local and regional economy and fuels the Midlands as an engine of future growth.”