Funding


The finance teams main goal is to find backing for all aspects of the project from site fees, to procurement, and promotion and outreach activities – as well as looking to secure finances for our scientific endeavours after the telescope if built.
We have applied for the Exeter Catalyst Public Engagement fund to aid in the run-up campaign and to help in the main cost of the dish. There is also the opportunity to look to industry for funding and sponsorship with different technology companies who specialise in the equipment needed for this project – a line that we are actively pursuing.

Team Leader

Damian Rumble (4th Year Astrophysics PhD) – damian at astro.ex.ac.uk

Team Members

Charles Beaty (1st year Physics undergraduate) – cb544 at ex.ac.uk

Build Day 2 – Foundations


15 September 2015

With the location for telescope confirmed and foundations dug in build day 1. The stage stage of the construction process concerned the foundations. There was considerable debate amongst the engineering team as the nature of the foundations. Research of previous systems revealed a varity of methods, from digging a big hole and filling it with…READ MORE

Annual Fund success


14 November 2014

The annual fund has granted us our full application for £5,0000. This is great news for the project ensuring we are fully funded through the the Summer 2015 by which point we hope have built the telescope and put in the necessary infrastrucutre.

KickStarter


12 September 2014

To help fund the project we have set up a Kickstarter page. Please check it out for more info. Publicity is key so please share and spread the word. Project Webpage

Important – Project schedule update


29 April 2014

The XRT-Station project has taken some important steps forward over the last few weeks. The Team leadership have been taking this recent progress as a chance step back and review the progress of the project. Back in November last year we composed a plan for the project. By May we were hoping to have secured…READ MORE

BAA RAG


29 April 2014

The British Astronomical Association – Radio Astronomy Group is the Radio astronomy branch that helps connect and mobilise Radio Astronomers across the UK. The have an informative website which provides details on radio theory, resources and local projects and groups. The BAA RAG has been  supporting armature radio groups since 1955 and comes with recommendations…READ MORE

Annual Fund


29 April 2014

On the 27th March 2014, the XRT-S funding team submitted our application to the annual fund. The annual fund is a University of Exeter alumni funded body which awards grants of up to £5,000 to worthy projects the engage students at the university and generally make the university look good. With the lack of any…READ MORE

Meeting with the Press Office


17 January 2014

Today Project leaders and the Outreach team meet with Duncan Sandes from the University of Exeter Press Office. The university press office has a lot of experience in writing press releases and distributing them to the right people, with a huge data base of contacts in the press in and around Exeter. We received commendation…READ MORE

£2,500 of Catalyst Funding for XRT-S


26 December 2013

The Exeter Radio Telescope – Station Team are proud to announce that they have secured their first funding source from the University of Exeter Catalyst seed fund for raising public engagement in a research environment. The project has been awarded £2,500 for both procurement and public engagement activities relating to the project. The funding focusing…READ MORE