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Hallam student over the moon with space engineering placement

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Issued:07/06/18

Sheffield Hallam University student Jodie Howlett will reach for the stars next summer, as she begins a study programme at the International Space University (ISU).

Mechanical engineering student Jodie will be completing the nine-week Space Studies Program (SSP) at ISU in Strasbourg, France, in 2019.

The ISU develops the future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary educational programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment.

The SSP is currently in its 31st year and is a graduate-level program which takes place in a different location around the world each year. Students from across the globe take part in the SSP, learning both technical and non-technical skills relating to the space industry.

Jodie, who is due to graduate from Sheffield Hallam in November 2019, said: "I am really excited about studying at ISU next year. It should be a fantastic experience and an opportunity to study a fascinating area of engineering, alongside students from different backgrounds and experiences.

"I'll specialise in one particular area which I hope will be space engineering. I’ll be applying my learning through team projects and workshops, working with other students - I really can't wait to get started!"

Jodie Howlett

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Jodie will be attending lectures and workshops, delivered by experts from academia, space agencies and industry, which cover all aspects of space through departments such as space engineering and human performance in space.

In order to attend the course, Jodie had to apply for a highly-competitive scholarship from the UK Space Agency worth €17,500 with an additional €1,000 coming from a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Engineering - one of just a few from the UK to achieve this.

In 2017, Jodie was named as one of the top 50 women under-35 in engineering in the country in a list produced by the Daily Telegraph celebrating International Women in Engineering Day.

For press information: Tim Ward in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 5220 or email tim.ward@shu.ac.uk