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Bradford Robotic Telescope nominated for 'Space Oscar' at 2011 Arthur C Clarke awards

27 July 11

This month the University of Bradford is celebrating after the Bradford Robotic Telescope (BRT) Programme was recognised for its work with educational institution in the region and worldwide. The programme became one of the three finalists who were in line for the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Space award for Achievement in Space Education and Outreach.

Since the inaugural awards ceremony in 2005, the Sir Arthur Clarke awards have become recognised as the space equivalent of "The Oscars".

The 2011 award ceremony took place on Monday July 4 in front of a glittering audience of International Space stars at the University of Warwick.

Nominations were submitted by the public and the winners are voted for by representatives of the space industry, research institutions and universities, and space-related organisations.

With a focus on UK related achievements, the awards provide recognition and pay tribute to those who have worked for the advancement of space exploration.  Dr John Baruch, in the School of Computing, Informatics and Media, represented the BRT project at the awards dinner in his capacity as project director of the BRT team.

The ‘Achievement in Space Education and Outreach’ award is made for achievement in space education and outreach. This includes: formal education at all levels, education about space, education for the space community (e.g. workforce development), education using space assets/resources, and outreach to the general public or specific groups. The judging of this award is carried out by the Space Education Trust.

There were a total of seven categories of award for achievements in various areas of space exploration related research and communications. 

Mark Cleary as Vice Chancellor of the University of Bradford said: “Having nominated the fantastic Bradford robotic telescope for the Achievement in Space Education and Outreach award I was pleased to see the project as a finalist in this category. The work of the Bradford Robotic Telescope team has been extraordinary, and they now work with over 55,000 pupils and 1,800 teachers across the UK, and a further 35,000 users around the world. I am glad that the impact and unique nature of this project has been recognised in such a high profile way.

John Baruch, as project director and academic lead for the research team said “Whilst ultimately we didn’t win the award, I was very proud to represent this fantastic project which deserved to be a finalist in this category.”

27 July 11

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