Professor Anu Ojha
STFC Council member
Professor Anu Ojha is Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme and a Director of the National Space Centre. Professor Ojah is the lead for Skills/Training/Education in the UK Government’s programmes of strategic collaboration in Space Science and Technology with China and the Gulf States.
Appointed in 2016 as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester, Anu is a Co-Investigator for the SPLIT planetary geotechnics sampling tool being developed by the University for use on future exploration missions and was Principal Investigator for the Astro Academy Principia educational experiment programme conducted by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station.
In his 20-year teaching career, Anu was Assistant Headteacher of the largest school in the UK, was awarded Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status by the UK Department for Education for excellence in teaching and was National Lead Practitioner (Physics) for the UK Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. Since 2007 he has led the development and delivery of National and International teacher training and student programmes for the UK Space Agency, European Space Agency and other leading science and education organisations across the United Kingdom, Europe, the USA and China.