This Freedom of Information (FOI) publication scheme highlights all the information that’s publicly available about ASTA Technology UK Ltd, a subsidiary company of the University of Portsmouth.

The information is arranged under 7 headings to help you find what you want quickly:

  1. Who we are and what we do
  2. What we spend and how we spend it
  3. What our priorities are and how we're doing
  4. How we make decisions
  5. Our policies and procedures
  6. Lists and registers
  7. The services we offer

1. Who we are and what we do

This class contains information on how ASTA was set up, including its legal status and contact details.

Roles and responsibilities

ASTA is a limited company, which is a fully owned subsidiary of the University of Portsmouth.

ASTA was formed in 2008 and acquired by the University in 2016. It's the only provider of accredited European Space Agency (ESA) training in the UK, and 1 of 7 in Europe. ASTA has 1.6 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff. The ASTA board meets twice a year.

Articles of association

Articles of association are available from the ASTA Company Secretary (adrian.parry@port.ac.uk).

Board members

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Portsmouth, ASTA Board members are taken from University staff. They are:

  • Professor Djamel Ait-Boudaoud
  • Professor Bob Nichol
  • Professor Matthew Weait
  • Helen Andrews
  • Mark Greenwood
  • Adrian Parry (Company Secretary)
Contact points

For more information on ASTA and the ASTA Board, please contact the ASTA Company Secretary (adrian.parry@port.ac.uk).

2. What we spend and how we spend it

This class contains financial information relating to income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.

Annual accounts

Records of the ASTA accounts are available from the ASTA Company Secretary (adrian.parry@port.ac.uk).

3. What our priorities are and how we're doing

This class contains information from the last 3 years relating to ASTA's strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.

ASTA financial statements are available from the ASTA Company Secretary (adrian.parry@port.ac.uk).

4. How we make decisions

This class contains information on how the organisation makes decisions.

Paper copies of the minutes of ASTA Board Meetings and of the Resolutions of the Board as submitted to Companies House are available from the ASTA Company Secretary (adrian.parry@port.ac.uk).

These minutes won't include any confidential items of business.

5. Our policies and procedures

This class contains details of written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering ASTA services and responsibilities.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Portsmouth, ASTA is bound by University policies on matters such as complaints management, data protection and records management.

Details of these policies are available in sections 5.10–5.12 of the University of Portsmouth publications scheme.

6. Lists and registers

This class contains details of the information ASTA is legally required to hold in publicly available registers.

Information available on lists and registers

ASTA doesn't hold, and isn't required to hold, any information in publicly available registers.

7. The services we offer

This class contains details of services offered by ASTA, including leaflets, guidance and newsletters. This is an extension of the first class.

Details of the services ASTA offers are available from the Company Secretary (adrian.parry@port.ac.uk).

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