Keswick student wins bursary

Keswick student wins bursary to support his ambition to follow Tim Peake and become an astronaut


A Year 13 student at Keswick School has been awarded the Steven Luckman bursary to further his interest in astrophysics. On 15th December 2015 Tim Peake, the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, docked with the International Space Station (ISS). Tim is scheduled to undertake his first spacewalk this Friday.

The Steven Luckman bursary is an annual award set up to provide support for students seeking to further their interests in science and technology. It provides financial support to help students attend science and technology related courses, activities or work experience. The bursary was established in memory of Steven Luckman (1973 – 2010) who attended Keswick School from 1982 until 1989. His interest in science led to a degree at York University and a PhD at Sheffield University. He continued to work in research at the Universities of Cardiff and Bergen, Norway and was awarded “The International Scientist of the Year 2007”.

The Steven Luckman bursary was set up by Steven’s parents, George and Maureen Luckman, to remember Steven’s life and contribution to science. They lived in Keswick from 1978 and ran the “Cumbrian Crafts” shop until 1996, when they moved to Torquay.

The recipient of the Steven Luckman bursary this year is James Firth. James used his bursary to attend a 6 day space school at Leicester University where he learnt about practical rocketry as well as flying a simulated space mission run with the National Space Centre. James has a fascination in astrophysics having poured through books by Stephen Hawking and Brian Clegg. He now aims to study astrophysics at university.

James commented:

‘I would love nothing more than the opportunity to travel into space and see the sunrise from ISS and then turn around and look out at the stars. I’ve been fascinated by space for many years and I’ve always enjoyed reading about it. Stargazing live brings across some of that excitement and I’ll be glued to the TV to watch Tim Peake’s first spacewalk on Friday.’

Simon Jackson, the Head teacher, said:

‘Steven was inspired by science at Keswick School. The bursary in his memory gives students today the opportunities that will also help inspire them. It’s amazing to think that this may help James to pursue his ambition and follow in the footsteps of Tim Peake.’