University of Glasgow’s space research shortlisted for Sir Arthur Clarke Award

Published: 19 October 2012

The University of Glasgow’s contribution to space-related research has been recognised with a nomination for a prestigious award.

The Space Glasgow Research Cluster has been shortlisted in the category of Best Space Activity – Academic Study / Research at this year’s Sir Arthur Clarke Awards.

The awards, founded in 2005 and named after science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, are often referred to as the space sector’s Oscars. The judging panel includes distinguished individuals and representatives of leading UK and international space organisations. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at an event at the House of Lords in London on Friday 26 October.

The Space Glasgow Research Cluster aims to promote awareness of the University’s space-research to funders, government and the general public and encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration across the College of Science and Engineering. The initiative was officially launched in January with a visit from Minister of State for Universities and Science David Willetts MP.

Space Glasgow lead organiser Dr Patrick Harkness, of the School of Engineering, said: “We’re very proud and pleased to have been nominated for a Sir Arthur Clarke Award. There is tremendously exciting space-related work going on at the University across a wide range of fields and it’s great to see it recognised at this level.

“I’m looking forward to representing the University at the ceremony and I hope to return with an award!”

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For more information contact Ross Barker in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 8593 or email

First published: 19 October 2012

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