794. Joseph Dudley (London)
793. Portia Bowman (Bristol)
Portia Bowman and Joseph Dudley, from Bristol and London, are the creators of SpaceCareers.UK a website which has helped more than 100,000 people learn about careers in the space industry.
The pair started the website after realising the limited resources available to young people who were keen to find employment in the space industry. Since being established in 2015, on the same day Tim Peake began his mission, more than 200 jobs and 100 news articles have since been shared on the website, which now has over 15 volunteers involved. They both also volunteer for the ‘UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space’, which supports students and enthusiasts across the country by running space projects, hosting conferences and workshops, and undertaking outreach. Today marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the first ever artificial Earth satellite.
In a personal letter to Portia, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Together with Joseph, you have created a crucial service to thousands of people across the country that want to learn more about careers in the space industry. You should particularly be proud of writing the careers resources for the website and for encouraging so many others to get involved in volunteering for the project.”
In a personal letter to Joseph, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Together with Portia, you have created a crucial service to thousands of people across the country that want to learn more about careers in the space industry. Your personal efforts in coding and creating an innovative website from scratch have reached 100,000 people.”
Portia and Joseph said:
“Volunteering has been a fantastic experience for us, and we are thrilled to receive this award, and accept it on behalf of SpaceCareers.UK and ‘UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space’, and the huge team of volunteers who have supported us. We hope it will highlight the importance of the space sector and the many opportunities for young people to launch their careers.”
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