Visit by Dr Suzanne Imber

On Wednesday 29th November staff and students were visited by Dr Suzanne Imber, Associate Professor in Space Physics from the University of Leicester who gave up some of her valuable time to come and talk to our students. She was the winner of the BBC2 series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? When speaking about her experience of the BBC2 programme she said ‘Taking part was an incredible experience for me, and enabled me to try things I would never have had a chance to do otherwise’.

Dr Imber did a presentation for Year 11 students at assembly and was then escorted from class to class within the Science faculty to see as many students as possible during her morning with us. Over the morning, she was able to spend time with Year 7, 10 and 11 science groups and gave a very interesting insight into what it takes to become an astronaut and her experience during the filming of the programme. She also discussed her path to her current career and other roles within space science that can be accessed through studying science.

A point that Dr Imber stressed throughout the morning was that although it is important that students achieve the best that they can in their studies, they must not ignore the value of taking part in activities outside of this. Extra curricular activities enhance a student’s wellbeing and future prospects. Her other message to students was to make the most of all opportunities and to try something new as even if they fail, they can still learn a lot from these new experiences. The morning finished with a small thank you lunch in the Careers Library to which a select number of students were invited to join Dr Imber, Ms Hindocha, Mrs Conneally and Mr Stopp. The morning was inspirational for staff and students alike and we are delighted that Dr Imber was able to come to Rushey Mead Academy. If you want to find out more about Dr Suzanne Imber please follow this link: - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-41460122