About SpaceCareers.uk

SpaceCareers.uk is a careers website for young people

There is a lack of complete and comprehensive information on the huge number of different career paths into the space sector.

We want to change that.

Our goal is to become the best resource for space careers. We want to create a resource that is valuable to both students and companies, and that will help the UK's space sector continue to grow.

SpaceCareers.uk is a project of UKSEDS, the UK's national student space society, and launched on 15 December 2015, the day of British astronaut Tim Peake's launch. You can find our more about UKSEDS and our work on our website.

We have been recognised by the Prime Minister as "a crucial service to thousands of people across the country that want to learn more about careers in the space industry" and two of our founders were awarded Points of Light awards in recognition of their outstanding work.

If you'd like to advertise on, or contribute to, the site, just drop us on our contact page.

The People Behind SpaceCareers.uk


Joseph Dudley

Joseph has volunteered for UKSEDS since joining the committee in June 2012. Joseph is the Lead Developer of SpaceCareers.uk, and created the logo and branding, the code for the website, and many of the original articles. Outside UKSEDS, he spent three years volunteering for the Space Science & Engineering Foundation, helping to organise the UK Space Design Competition, three years running ICSEDS at Imperial College London, and two years volunteering for CoderDojo, teaching children to code. In October 2017, he and Portia were given a Points of Light award by the Prime Minister for creating SpaceCareers.uk. Joseph is currently works for an education charity in London.


Portia Bowman

Portia was the UKSEDS Careers Officer from 2014 to 2017, running the careers team  and leading the development of careers resources, originally on the UKSEDS website, and then on SpaceCareers.uk, progressing the project from an idea to implementation and development. She expanded the careers team from just herself to around ten volunteers, leading and training new members, and building relationships with industry contacts to secure sponsorship and enabling collaboration. She graduated from the SEEDS Masters programme at the University of Leicester in 2014 and now works for Thales Alenia Space as a space systems engineer. In October 2017, she and Joseph were given a Points of Light award by the Prime Minister for creating SpaceCareers.uk.


Robert Garner

Rob served on the UKSEDS Executive Committee for three years, initially as Treasurer and subsequently as Vice Chair. Rob developed the initial strategic plan of SpaceCareers.uk, and was responsible for defining the role of the website, and approaching members of industry to get involved. He is currently a PhD student researching the environmental impact of super/hypersonic vehicles and future launchers at the University of Strathclyde. Rob graduated with a Physics with Space Science and Technology MPhys from the University of Leicester in 2014.


Heidi Thiemann

Heidi first joined the Careers Team in 2016, and served as the Treasurer of UKSEDS in 2017/18. She is now focusing on increasing the breadth of opportunities and interviews on SpaceCareers.uk. Outside UKSEDS, she has been a Senior Mentor at Space School UK since 2014, and is involved with a range of public engagement, from Soapbox Science to Space Camp UK. Heidi graduated with a MPhys in Physics in Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester in 2017, and studied the eating habits of Sika Deer at Nara Women's University in 2016. She is now a PhD student researching variable stars in the SuperWASP all-sky survey at The Open University.


Karolina Nikolova

Karolina joined UKSEDS in 2016 as a member of the Careers Team working on SpaceCareers.uk and helping other young people follow their passion by joining the space industry. She served on the Executive Committee in 2017/18, initially as At-Large Member and subsequently as Secretary. Outside of UKSEDS, Karolina is currently in her final year of MEng Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bath. Her professional experience includes a year as a Space Systems Engineering intern at Thales Alenia Space. Previously, she worked at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and GE Aviation.


Sara Hardy

Sara is a member of the UKSEDS Careers Team, helping to engage with students and employers, and co-ordinate the SpaceCareers.uk website. She is particularly interested in the commercial, political and non-technical sides of the space sector. Sara currently works in Corporate Strategy for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which invests over £450 million in research every year on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Sara also has experience of managing national skills programs alongside postgraduate and early career research funding.


Emma Collier

Emma joined SpaceCareers.uk in 2018 as an intern as part of the SPIN scheme. Her focus during her time as an intern is on developing and expanding the resources and information on the space careers website, aiming to increase the reach of the website. She is currently studying for an MPhys in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton.



If you'd like to get involved with SpaceCareers.uk, you can join our team of volunteers.