City joins seven other Associate Members and five existing university partners to drive innovation within the UK space sector.

By Mr John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer), Published

639990City, University of London has been selected as one of eight UK universities to join the national SPRINT business support programme’s new Associate Membership initiative.

SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) provides unprecedented access to university space expertise and facilities to help businesses through the commercial development of space data and technologies. The new Associate Membership programme aims to broaden the provision of space-related knowledge exchange across the UK.

Joining City, will be Kingston University; University of Bristol; University of Exeter; University of Glasgow; University of Leeds and University of Strathclyde. All new Associate Members will join founding members of SPRINT – the University of Leicester, the University of Edinburgh, The Open University, University of Southampton and University of Surrey.

In March 2021, City launched the London Space Innovation Centre (LSIC) which will be a major hub for coordinating and promoting multidisciplinary research, education and enterprise projects in space-related fields and will be a focus of collaboration between academia, industry, and the public sector with an accent on connecting the space sector in London with other sectors and industries.

Commenting on City’s new Associate Membership, LSIC’s Managing Director, Ehsan Razavizadeh said:

Joining SPRINT is the next step in the development of the London Space Innovation Centre. Since its inception, the Centre has achieved significant milestones thanks to the commitment of our staff, Government agencies, industry partners and the support of our alumni and student communities. The SPRINT consortium is diverse, large and dynamic and will help us capitalise on opportunities for research and enterprise collaboration. We are very excited about the prospects of being Associate Members. We look forward to working and sharing our enthusiasm, resources and expertise with colleagues across this unique network.

Ann Swift, National Innovation Manager for SPRINT added:

“The success of SPRINT is built on collaborative partnerships between businesses and academic experts from the programme’s higher education institutions. We are delighted to announce that City, Univesity of London has been selected for the Associate Membership initiative. Their involvement will undoubtedly help to extend the research, data and technology capabilities that we can offer to businesses across the UK.”