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UEL student needs help to get to International Space University

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Psychology student aiming for the stars with crowd-funding appeal

A psychology student is appealing for donations to fund her studies at the International Space University.

Dorota Filipowicz is studying for an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at the University of East London (UEL) but her interest in space exploration has led her to be accepted on to the Space Studies programme organised by the International Space University in Haifa, Israel.

The eight-week summer school programme requires students to learn about everything that makes space travel possible, from engineering to humanities to law.  As a psychology student, Dorota’s primary focus is the psychology of space travel. 

She said, “I want to find out how, as a psychologist, I can contribute to space sciences and also which aspects of space psychology I can apply to enrich humanity's everyday existence.”

The challenge for Dorota is that the tuition fees for the programme are £14,000. The acting Dean of UEL’s School of Psychology, Professor Rachel Mulvey, has already pledged £2,000 to the cause, and Dorota has set up a web page where people can donate. Through this, she has been pledged over £7,000 but still needs another £7000 of donations to reach her target.

She said, “I'm grateful for any help big or small. To pay back for your generosity, I'm going to publish a regular blog about the social and scientific aspects of my educational adventure, and make a short movie explaining the role that various disciplines play in space exploration.

"I'm also looking forward to any opportunity of sharing my experience with a wider audience by presenting educational talks in schools and universities to encourage and inspire young people to learn about the beauty of the universe and empower them to reach for the stars.”

You can find out more about the programme and its structure here.

You can donate to Dorota’s cause here.