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Research Fellow, Astrophysics, University of Hertfordshire

Ashley Spindler is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire. She works in the Centre for Astrophysics Research on novel applications of Machine Learning technologies for next-generation astronomy. Ashley was awarded her PhD from The Open University—where she studied the evolution of galaxies—and has also worked as an R&D Engineer for a small space technology company.

Her passions range from all things space and computing to science communication, podcasting, and LGBT+ activism. She is a trustee of Pride in STEM and has spoken at events around the world on LGBT+ diversity and inclusion. Ashley is currently working on her first novel—a historical fantasy set in 1830's London—and lives with her partner, Sarah, and her puppy, Apollo.


  • –present
    STFC Innovation Fellow, University of Hertfordshire


  • 2018 
    The Open University, PhD in Astronomy
  • 2014 
    University of Surrey, MSc Space Technology and Planetary Exploration
  • 2013 
    University of Surrey, MPhys Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics