News | Mezzaninehttp://utcolleges.org/news/Newsen-gbNewsPress ReleasesTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:36:21 +0000Team UTC Sheffield win three medals at WorldSkills UK National Finals http://utcolleges.org/news/team-utc-sheffield-win-three-worldskills-uk-national-finals-medals/<p>UTC Sheffield engineering students are celebrating after winning three medals in a prestigious skills competition that attracted entries from across the UK.</p> <p>Around 500 young people from colleges, employers and universities took part in WorldSkills UK held at the Skills Show in Birmingham from November 16th to 18th. WorldSkills UK aims to inspire and equip the next generation with lifelong, world-class skills that the economy needs to help businesses compete on the global stage.</p> <p>Three teams representing UTC Sheffield City Centre campus won two gold medals and one bronze medal at the WorldSkills UK National Finals. A fourth UTC team was also highly commended. The results place the UTC as among the top performers for engineering skills after competing against colleges, employers and universities from across the UK. In the mechatronics competition, the teams’ final task was to build a fully automated production line from scratch in three hours. The UTC’s gold medal winning team completed the task with more than an hour to spare.</p> <p>Alex Reynolds, Principal, UTC Sheffield City Centre campus, said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> I am so proud of our students. They were exceptional and are amongst the UK’s most highly skilled young people in engineering. It takes professionalism, dedication, and technical as well as teamwork and problem solving skills, to perform well under pressure in such a competitive environment. Our students develop the attributes and skills needed by employers, and their WorldSkills UK National Finals performance is testament to that. </blockquote></b></p> <p>UTC Sheffield student Paul Hayter, 17, won a gold medal in the automation competition, and aspires to study mechatronic and robotic engineering at the University of Sheffield. He said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> Even though I was rather daunted by being one of the youngest competitors there, competing in WorldSkills UK with my teammate was a great opportunity. Earning the gold medal is one of my greatest achievements. Meeting potential employers at the Skills Show was also hugely beneficial and I’m sure it will help me progress in my future engineering career. </blockquote></b></p> <p>UTC Sheffield alumnus Will Davis, 21, who is studying a Degree in Mechatronics at Middlesex University in London, said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="purple-100 "> UTC Sheffield started my engineering career. Studying at the UTC gave me the A Levels that I needed for university as well as extra technical skills that set me apart and helped me to find the niche of engineering that I wanted. It also allowed me to compete at WorldSkills. As a result, I found my first year of university easier. I'm in my second year now, still flourishing and trying to stay ahead of the bunch. My ambitions are to work in the industry on PLC programming, and to be in the first UK team to win a medal in mechatronics at WorldSkills Russia 2019. </blockquote></b></p> <p>The UTC is running a series of showcase events for young people interested in creative and digital, advanced engineering, computing, healthcare sciences and sport science. The next events take place on November 22nd, December 5th, January 16th and January 24th. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/events">www.utcsheffield.org.uk/events</a> </p> <p>Students can join the UTC at the age of 13 in Year 9, or aged 14 in Year 10, or aged 16 in Year 12. They study technical and academic qualifications including GCSEs and A Levels. UTC Sheffield recruits students from South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire. The Sheffield College, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce sponsor the UTC. </p>Dermot CarrTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:36:21 +0000http://utcolleges.org/news/team-utc-sheffield-win-three-worldskills-uk-national-finals-medals/NewsStudents at UTC Leeds countdown to space rocket project launch http://utcolleges.org/news/students-at-utc-leeds-countdown-to-space-rocket-project-launch/<p>UTC Leeds students are counting down to the launch of an innovative rocket-inspired educational event supported by world leading space scientists.</p> <p>Rockets Week will be held at UTC Leeds on Sayner Road, Hunslet, from November 27 - December 1, and will bring space rocket, technology and engineering experts to the students for a series of talks and hands-on workshops.</p> <p>Students will explore the dark side of the universe, solar telescopes, the anatomy of a star, how to get a rocket into space and Mars Rover workshops. </p> <p>Space exploration, and science, technology, engineering and maths experts are attending the event from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), International Space University (ISU) and CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.</p> <p>During the week, Dewsbury-born Tim Gregory, who recently took part in BBC Two’s Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? will talk to students about his experiences, current PhD work and career ambitions. Representatives from the Association for Retired European Space Agency Staff (ARES) and academic experts from Durham, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Sheffield and York universities will also take part.</p> <p>Mark Kennedy, Principal, UTC Leeds, said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> Our students learn how to apply academic theory to solving technical problems in the real world. This exciting new initiative that we’ve put together will provide a fascinating insight into the contribution that science and engineering makes to our lives from those directly involved. We are thrilled that so many world-renowned experts are sharing their knowledge with us, and providing an inspirational and out-of-this-world experience for our students. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Rockets Week is for UTC Leeds students and staff, local schools and the wider community. Some of the events will be open to the public. To find out more, visit <a href="http://www.ingenuityandbeyond.com/">www.ingenuityandbeyond.com</a> or email <a href="mailto:enquiries@ingenuityandbeyond.com">enquiries@ingenuityandbeyond.com</a>.</p> <p>For more information about UTC Leeds, please visit: <a href="http://www.utcleeds.com/">www.utcleeds.com</a></p>Dermot CarrWed, 15 Nov 2017 16:41:04 +0000http://utcolleges.org/news/students-at-utc-leeds-countdown-to-space-rocket-project-launch/NewsTechnical talent gets royal recognition at The Duke of York awards ceremonyhttp://utcolleges.org/news/technical-talent-gets-royal-recognition-at-the-duke-of-york-awards-ceremony/<p>239 students from UTCs across the country received the Duke of York Award for Technical Education from HRH The Duke of York on 6 November 2017 with many attending the ceremony at St James’s Palace. </p> <p>The Award recognises the success of UTC students who have pursued highly technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science. It reflects the unique specialist education young people receive at UTCs, which offers academic, technical and practical learning.</p> <p>As well as those receiving Gold awards at St James’s Palace, more than 400 also received Silver and Bronze awards.</p> <p>Two former UTC students who won awards at the first ever ceremony were invited back to the Palace to share their career progress with the Duke. Georgia Turner (20) and Adam Varley (24) were both students at the JCB Academy. Georgia took a gap year after leaving JCB and is now studying for a BA Eng (Hons) in product design engineering at Loughborough University. Adam went on to do Higher Apprenticeship at JCB where he studied for an NVQ Level 4 in manufacturing engineering and was then sponsored to study for a BEng (Hons) in mechanical engineering at Sheffield Hallam. He finished his apprenticeship in 2016 and graduated this year. Adam now works for JCB full time as a mechanical design engineer.</p> <p><img src="/uploads/uploads/blog/georgia_and_adam_doy.jpg " style="float: center;"> <center>[Pictured] The Duke of York with former JCB Academy students Georgia Turner and Adam Varley</center> <br><br></p> <p>Nomination for the Duke of York Award for Technical Education is based on successfully completing a process of work experience placements, academic achievement and development of workplace skills together with a rigorous assessment interview.</p> <p>HRH The Duke of York said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> I congratulate every student who has received a Duke of York Award for Technical Education. UTCs are changing the face of modern education in this country. We need people who will be able to apply a foundation of specialist technical skill and apply it to jobs, many of which are yet to be created. The Awards recognise the achievements of all the students and I wish all those here today good luck as they take the next step in their careers and start to help shape and change the United Kingdom. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Lord Baker, Chair, Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity that promotes and sustains UTCs said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> The Duke of York Award for Technical Education provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the individual achievements of UTC students and the value of technical education. These young people represent some of best technical talent in the country. There is no doubt the skills that they have developed are in great demand by industry. </blockquote></b></p> <p>As well as the main ceremony, eight students were also awarded Outstanding Achievement Awards: the Women Into Engineering team from UTC Oxfordshire (Lucy Doran, Francesca Topp, Tiffany Cox and Yassmine Girgis), Yunus and Ozan Bozkurt from the JCB Academy UTC, Jamoi Sill from Reading UTC and Toby Hall from UTC Oxfordshire.</p> <p>HRH The Duke of York is Patron of Baker Dearing Educational Trust and is a champion for technical education pathways. </p>Dermot CarrThu, 09 Nov 2017 11:49:26 +0000http://utcolleges.org/news/technical-talent-gets-royal-recognition-at-the-duke-of-york-awards-ceremony/NewsStudent destinations flying high for 2017 http://utcolleges.org/news/student-destinations-flying-high-for-2017-1/<p>More than 1900 young people left UTCs this summer at 18 years and have secured a range of impressive destinations. In all 97% of students have stayed in education, begun an apprenticeship, or started a job. Of the others, 2% took a gap year and only 1% were NEET (the figure for NEETs nationally is 12%).</p> <p>UTC students have continued to select the apprenticeship route. 26% took this route, which is three times higher than the national figure (7%). The number of Higher or Degree apprenticeship was also much higher than the national figure, 37% at UTCs but only 6% nationally. </p> <p>Lucy Doran, who left UTC Oxfordshire this year, secured an apprenticeship with Culham Centre of Fusion Energy and said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> I can’t believe how much experience I’m taking with me from my two years at the UTC. The employer led projects, the workshops, the chance to network with employers; it’s all given me an insight into jobs in the engineering industry and I can’t wait to begin my apprenticeship. </blockquote></b></p> <p>46% of students went to university with a large proportion pursuing STEM-related degrees. </p> <p>Jake Stuchbury-Wass, who left UTC Sheffield City Centre this year and secured a place at the University of Cambridge, said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> Studying at the UTC has really prepared me for for my longer term university and career ambitions. </blockquote></b></p> <p>17% of UTC leavers also started jobs and 8% pursued other forms of education.</p> <p>You can download a copy of our 2017 UTC student destinations <a href="http://www.utcolleges.org/uploads/uploads/Resources/utc_flier_final.pdf">here</a>.</p>Dermot CarrTue, 07 Nov 2017 11:23:18 +0000http://utcolleges.org/news/student-destinations-flying-high-for-2017-1/NewsOpen events in November and Decemberhttp://utcolleges.org/news/open-events-in-november-1/<p>UTCs hold open events, taster days and free workshops for new and prospective students and their families throughout the year. UTC open events are the perfect opportunity for you to find out more about your local UTC. Below are the UTC event listings for November.</p> <h3>Every Monday</h3> <p><a href="http://www.gputc.com/page/?title=Open+Days&amp;amp;pid=34">Greater Peterborough UTC</a> #DropinMondays, 5:00pm-7:00pm </p> <p><a href="http://www.westmidlandsconstructionutc.co.uk/about/events/">West Midlands Construction UTC</a>, Meet the Principal </p> <h3>Every Monday and Tuesday</h3> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/humber-utc-open-evening-tickets-37814856253">Humber UTC</a>, Recruitment event, 4:00pm</p> <h3>Every Wednesday</h3> <p><a href="http://utccambridge.co.uk/events-opendays">Cambridge UTC</a>, Walk around Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm </p> <h3>Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bteacademy.co.uk/Open-Events/">Bristol UTC</a>, Open event </p> <h3>Saturday 25th November</h3> <p><a href="http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/">UTC Sheffield OLP</a>, Showcase Event, 5:30pm – 7:30pm</p> <p><a href="http://www.gputc.com/page/?pid=34">Greater Peterborough UTC</a>, Open Day, 10am – 1pm</p> <p><a href="https://utcplymouth.org/register/">UTC Plymouth</a>, Open Day, 10am – 2pm</p> <h3>Monday 27th November</h3> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lincoln-utc-open-evening-27-november-2017-tickets-38536266009">Lincoln UTC</a>, Open Evening, 5pm – 7pm</p> <h3>Wednesday 29th November</h3> <p><a href="https://utcn.org.uk/events">UTC Norfolk</a>, School Tour, 9:30am – 10:15am</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sixth-form-open-evening-at-utc-oxfordshire-tickets-39110164555">UTC Oxfordshire</a>, Open Evening, 4:30pm – 6:30pm</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-events-for-september-2018-intake-tickets-38269811035">South Devon UTC</a>, Open Evening, 5pm</p> <h3>Thursday 30th November</h3> <p><a href="http://www.utccrewe.co.uk/utc-event/november-open-evening/">Crewe Engineering and Design UTC</a>, Sixth Form Open Evening, 5:30pm – 7:30pm</p> <h2><strong>December 2017</strong></h2> <h3>Tuesday 5th December</h3> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-coast-utc-open-evening-tickets-39214575852">Energy Coast UTC</a>, Open Evening, 6pm – 8pm</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-academy-open-evening-tickets-37883649014">Global Academy</a>, Open Evening, 4:30pm – 7pm</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-evening-1800-2000-tickets-39910595666">London Design and Engineering UTC</a>, Open Evening, 6pm – 8pm</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/utc-sheffield-olympic-legacy-park-computing-showcase-tickets-37909041965?aff=Website">UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park</a>, Computing Showcase, 5:30pm – 7:30pm</p> <h3>Wednesday 6th December</h3> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/14-19-university-technical-college-open-evening-design-engineer-innovate-tickets-39223094331">South Bank Engineering UTC</a>, Open Evening, 5pm – 7pm</p> <h3>Thursday 7th December</h3> <p><a href="https://www.westminsterutc.co.uk/event/december-open-evening/">Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC</a>, Open Evening, 6pm – 7:30pm</p> <h3>Wednesday 13th December</h3> <p><a href="https://utcn.org.uk/events">UTC Norfolk</a>, School Tour, 9:30am – 10:15am</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--wigan/wigan-utc/?crt=regular&amp;amp;sort=date">Wigan UTC</a>, Open Evening, 5pm – 7pm</p>Dermot CarrThu, 26 Oct 2017 16:19:05 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/open-events-in-november-1/NewsUTC students experience life as a Royal Navy Engineerhttp://utcolleges.org/news/utc-students-experience-life-as-a-royal-navy-engineer/<p>The Royal Navy welcomed over 80 UTC students and staff at their annual UTC Residential Visit Weeks held in early October. In a packed four day programme, students spent time at HMS Collingwood and HMS Sultan, the Royal Navy’s Engineering Training Establishments, learning about the variety of roles for engineers in the Royal Navy. In addition to carrying out practical engineering tasks and completing leadership and team building activities, they also managed to squeeze in a visit to the Type 23 Frigate HMS Westminster whilst on a tour of Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Portsmouth.</p> <p>HMS Sultan Visit Liaison Officer Lt Dan Hobin said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> The UTC visits provide an invaluable opportunity for HMS Sultan to inspire the engineers of the future. The students were able to engage with Royal Navy engineers not much older than they are and who are currently completing their Phase 2 (technical) training. They gained a practical understanding of engineering principles in an authentic training environment and I hope this has helped to ignite their enthusiasm to pursue a career as an engineer. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Derby UTC student Leah O’Donnell said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> Everything has been so new to me. We’ve learned how to take a pump apart and put it back together, fix a V12 diesel engine and this morning we took a wheel off a helicopter and put a tail rotor blade on. I also had the opportunity to try on some sea survival equipment. The hands-on stuff has been really good, especially learning to put everything back together. I never would have thought I’d have been able to do any of this. </blockquote></b> </p> <p>The students taking part came from five different Royal Navy affiliated UTCs and all will be looking to enter teams into the Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 2018. The Challenge, which will be hosted by HMS Sultan on the 21 March 2018, is a design and build competition aimed at both Key Stage 4 and 5 students with an additional group made up from those currently on a recognised apprentice scheme.</p> <p>Scarborough UTC student Calista Allen said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="blue-100 "> I was really surprised to hear about all the different things that the Navy do and I am really looking forward to coming back for the engineering challenge next year. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Paul Smith, Engineering Teacher at Derby Manufacturing UTC said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="purple-100 "> This was my first time on a residential course with the Royal Navy and we had such a fantastic time. We were made to feel very welcome and the visit programme went beyond my expectations. The kids loved it even though they were up at 6.30am and didn’t finish until 9pm. They all enjoyed themselves immensely and I can’t wait for the next trip. </blockquote></b></p> <p>For more information about Derby Manufacturing UTC, please visit: <a href="http://www.derbymanufacturingutc.co.uk">www.derbymanufacturingutc.co.uk</a></p> <p>For more information about Scarborough UTC, please visit: <a href="http://www.scarboroughutc.co.uk">www.scarboroughutc.co.uk </a></p>Dermot CarrTue, 24 Oct 2017 10:34:13 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/utc-students-experience-life-as-a-royal-navy-engineer/NewsStudents zoom past competition to win fastest car award in world finalshttp://utcolleges.org/news/students-zoom-past-competition-to-win-fastest-car-award-in-world-finals/<p>Four students from WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Coventry are celebrating after the car they designed was named the fastest in a worldwide competition.</p> <p>Abi Hirons, Callum Kennedy, Eddie Hodierne and Elias Khimasia – known collectively as Academy Racing - returned to a winners’ welcome following their success at the F1 in Schools World Championships in Malaysia in September. The team spent a year designing, building, testing and racing their miniature Formula One car, Titan 22.</p> <p>Some 26,000 schools took part in the F1 in Schools competition, which challenged students to create a CO2 powered car to travel 20 metres as fast as possible. Titan 22 reached the finish line in just 1.084 seconds.</p> <p>Team member Eddie Hodierne, 17, said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> It was an immense amount of pressure to put something so successful together but we worked hard and I am very proud of the team. It was overwhelming to see everyone in the school come turn out to welcome us on our return. </blockquote></b></p> <p>The team were crowned UK champions earlier this year, securing themselves a place in the world final in Kuala Lumpur, where they competed against teams from 46 other countries.</p> <p>WMG Academy’s Executive Principal Kate Tague said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> This is a fantastic achievement and we are extremely proud of Abi, Callum, Eddie and Elias. They have worked incredibly hard and to have designed the fastest car of its type in the world is an impressive feat. The four of them have very bright futures ahead of them. They have done WMG Academy, Coventry and the UK proud. </blockquote></b></p> <p>For more information about WMG Academy, Coventry, please visit: <a href="https://coventry.wmgacademy.org.uk/">https://coventry.wmgacademy.org.uk/</a></p>Dermot CarrWed, 18 Oct 2017 16:52:41 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/students-zoom-past-competition-to-win-fastest-car-award-in-world-finals/NewsAda Lovelace inspires a new generation of technical girls at UTCshttp://utcolleges.org/news/ada-lovelace-inspires-a-new-generation-of-technical-girls-at-utcs/<p>Young women at UTCs are celebrating Ada Lovelace Day on 10 October 2017 to mark the continual importance to inspire women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). </p> <p>More than 200 years since Ada Lovelace was born, women still make up only 21% of the core STEM workforce . However, it is predicted that in engineering alone the UK will need 157,830 people qualified at Level 3 (equivalent to A Level), or above, per year until 2024 .</p> <p>UTCs, set up to address this skills gap, are a new breed of technical school for 14-19-year olds specialising in subjects like computer science, cyber security and engineering. They include some pioneering young women students who are setting their sights on becoming the next Ada Lovelaces, despite being in a minority in the classroom. </p> <p>Examples of students at UTCs </p> <p>Abi Hirons (16) wants to work in F1 and she came a little closer to achieving her dream last month when her team won ‘fastest car’ at the F1 in Schools World Finals in Malaysia. </p> <p>Prianna Jhita (17), from Leamington is taking steps to ensure she can launch a career in aerospace engineering. Along with eight fellow students, she runs Edge of Space, a project to launch helium balloons and rockets into space to take photographs of Earth. The group use the pictures to assess the effects of the diminishing greenbelt, traffic pollution and global warming.</p> <p>Kearney Sullivan (17) has her sights set on becoming a quantity surveyor or civil engineer. She plans to start an apprenticeship when she finishes her studies.</p> <p>Daisy Gundry is studying engineering, chemistry, physics and core maths. She wants to go into the pharmaceutical industry.</p> <p>Akwande Khonjelwayo (17) is studying maths, engineering design and chemistry so that she can become a chemical engineer</p> <p>Charles Parker, CEO of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust says:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> At UTCs we see girls really enjoying leading, inventing and developing technical projects which involve the latest skills in areas like computing, robotics and engineering. There are not nearly enough women in STEM, which is why Ada Lovelace’s story is still relevant today. At UTCs the number of girls is still less than boys. We are committed to encouraging more girls to shine in STEM and urge them to visit a UTC open day to find out more. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Founder of Ada Lovelace Day, Suw Charman-Anderson adds:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> Ada Lovelace was one of the earliest women in technology. She was a visionary from the Victorian era who had the creative insight to go beyond the mechanics of the Analytical Engine to see that it was not just a machine for calculating numbers, but would be capable of creating graphics and music. Lovelace's insight was born of her interest in both the arts and technology. She was not just the first computer programmer, she was a fantastic role model who was ahead of her time. I’m delighted UTCs are recognising Ada Lovelace and keeping her story alive. </blockquote></b></p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> The mission of UTCs is an important one: To equip their 14-19 year old students with a strong hands-on technical education that prepares them for a fulfilling and exciting career in STEM. We have not just a STEM skills shortage here in the UK, but also a shortage of technicians, so the UTC are a much needed addition to our educational landscape, providing a broader set of options for students interested in STEM. </blockquote></b></p> <p>For more information about UTCs supporting Ada Lovelace Day, please visit: <a href="http://www.utcolleges.org/ALD17/">www.utcolleges.org/ALD17/</a></p> <p>More information about UTCs:<a href="http://www.utcolleges.org"> www.utcolleges.org </a></p>Dermot CarrTue, 10 Oct 2017 09:59:22 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/ada-lovelace-inspires-a-new-generation-of-technical-girls-at-utcs/NewsOpen events in Octoberhttp://utcolleges.org/news/open-events-in-october/<p>UTCs hold open events, taster days and free workshops for new and prospective students and their families throughout the year. UTC open events are the perfect opportunity for you to find out more about your local UTC. Below are the UTC event listings for October.</p> <h3>Every Monday</h3> <p><a href="http://www.gputc.com/page/?title=Open+Days&amp;amp;pid=34">Greater Peterborough UTC</a>, #DropinMondays, 5:00pm - 7:00pm </p> <p><a href="http://www.westmidlandsconstructionutc.co.uk/about/events/">West Midlands Construction UTC</a>, Meet the Principal </p> <h3>Every Monday and Tuesday</h3> <p><a href="http://www.humberutc.co.uk/open-event">Humber UTC</a>, Recruitment event, 4:00pm</p> <h3>Every Wednesday</h3> <p><a href="http://utccambridge.co.uk/events-opendays">Cambridge UTC</a>, Walk around Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm </p> <h3>Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bteacademy.co.uk/Open-Events/">Bristol UTC</a>, Open event</p> <h3>Wednesday 18th October</h3> <p><a href="http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/events">Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology</a>, Sixth Form Open Evening, 5pm – 9pm</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-evening-at-heathrow-aviation-engineering-utc-tickets-37530131634">Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC</a>, Open Evening, 5:30pm – 7:30pm </p> <p><a href="https://www.utc-silverstone.co.uk/open-days-visiting/">Silverstone UTC</a>, Open Evening, 5:30pm – 8:30pm</p> <h3>Thursday 19th October</h3> <p><a href="http://www.derbymanufacturingutc.co.uk/">Derby Manufacturing UTC</a>, Open Evening, 5pm – 7pm</p> <p><a href="http://www.gputc.com/page/?pid=34">Greater Peterborough UTC</a>, Open Evening, 6pm – 8pm</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/utcmediacityuk-open-day-y10-tickets-37090213828">UTC@MediaCityUK</a>, Open Evening in Y10, 5pm – 7pm</p> <p><a href="https://utcn.org.uk/utcn-sixth-form-open-day-sept-2017.html">UTC Norfolk</a>, Open Evening for Sixth Form, 4:30pm – 6:30pm</p> <p><a href="http://www.utcoxfordshire.org.uk/events/">UTC Oxfordshire</a>, Open Morning for Y10, 10am – 11:30am</p> <p><a href="https://www.westminsterutc.co.uk/events/">Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC</a>, Open Evening, 6pm – 7:30pm </p> <p><a href="http://www.utcsouthdurham.org/news-and-events/events/2017/utc-south-durham-open-evenings.html">UTC South Durham</a>, Open Evening, 5:30pm – 7:30pm</p> <h3>Tuesday 24th October</h3> <p><a href="http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/">UTC Sheffield OLP</a>, Showcase Event, 5:30pm – 7:30pm</p> <h3>Monday 30th October</h3> <p><a href="http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/events">Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology</a>, Sixth Form Open Evening, 5pm – 9pm <a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/utcmediacityuk-open-day-y12-tickets-37090255954"> UTC@MediaCityUK</a>, Open Evening in Y12, 5pm – 7pm</p>Dermot CarrFri, 29 Sep 2017 15:42:06 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/open-events-in-october/NewsTribute to Lord Dearing unveiled at school that bears his namehttp://utcolleges.org/news/tribute-to-lord-dearing-unveiled-at-school-that-bears-his-name/<p>Former Education Secretary Lord Kenneth Baker met students and teaching staff at newly-opened Ron Dearing UTC on 22 September before unveiling a special Lord Mayors’ Centenary Plaque to commemorate Hull-born Lord Ron Dearing.</p> <p>The unveiling was performed with fellow peer Lord Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minster and Hull east MP. Guests at the ceremony included Lord Dearing’s niece, Jane Nelson, and former Lord Mayor, Councillor Mary Glew, who leads the Lord Mayors’ Centenary Plaques initiative.</p> <p>Lords Baker and Dearing co-founded the Baker Dearing Educational Trust to develop and promote the concept of university technical colleges. Today the Trust is the organisation at the heart of the University Technical College network, promoting and supporting new and existing UTCs.</p> <p>The plaque unveiling was the culmination of a visit to the school by Lord Baker, Chair of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, during which he sat in on lessons and had lunch with some of the students.</p> <p>Lord Mayors’ Centenary Plaques recognise individuals whose significant achievements have benefited people within and beyond Hull. </p> <p>Lord Ron Dearing of Kingston upon Hull was born and educated in the city and went on to become a senior civil servant and Chairman of the Post Office. He was known for his integrity, intellect and determination and changed the landscape of higher education in the UK. He died in 2009. </p> <p>Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley, said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> It’s been a great honour to host today’s visit by Lord Baker and to now have a permanent commemoration of Lord Dearing in this new school which bears his name. We’re grateful to Hull City Council, Councillor Glew and the Lord Mayor for such a fitting tribute. The support of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust has been critical in establishing Ron Dearing UTC, so this school and the talented students it will produce are a testament to the great work of both Lord Dearing and Lord Baker. </blockquote></b></p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> Inspired by their example, we’re excited by the challenge of delivering a completely new, employer-led education model for Hull and East Yorkshire and developing a pipeline of work-ready and tech-savvy young people to power the region’s economic growth. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Speaking at the unveiling, Lord Baker said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> Congratulations to all those involved in the development of Ron Dearing UTC. This is a great day for staff and students who are not just starting a school, but are joining a movement. </blockquote> </b></p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> From the age of 14 students at this UTC will study digital technology and mechatronics – these are the jobs of the future. Ron Dearing UTC is strongly supported by several leading local employers. Students at Ron Dearing UTC will have the opportunity to go to university, take up an apprenticeship or get a job. What a tremendous tribute to Ron Dearing. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Councillor Glew commented: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="purple-100 "> Lord Ron Dearing was born locally and was highly gifted and an exceptional man. He was a true gentleman and greatly respected in Government circles and beyond. “It is only right and fitting that we honour him with a centenary plaque in the building that was named after him. </blockquote></b></p> <p>For more information about Ron Dearing UTC, please visit <a href="http://www.rondearingutc.com/">www.rondearingutc.com</a></p>Dermot CarrMon, 25 Sep 2017 17:22:57 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/tribute-to-lord-dearing-unveiled-at-school-that-bears-his-name/NewsUTC Norfolk student lays foundations for a career in construction http://utcolleges.org/news/utc-norfolk-student-lays-foundations-for-a-career-in-construction/<p>UTC Norfolk student Lucie Gresham-Hill has told of her excitement ahead of starting a two-year scholarship sponsored by the region’s leading construction company, R G Carter. The 16-year-old from Little Fransham, Swaffham, will gain invaluable skills and knowledge in the engineering and construction industry after winning an award from the Arkwright Scholarship Trust. </p> <p>To win the scholarship, Lucie completed a detailed application and two-hour aptitude exam. Lucie was shortlisted for interview at the University of Cambridge, where she had to present a practical project.</p> <p>R G Carter will provide financial assistance, mentoring, guidance and work experience placements for Lucie whilst she continues her sixth form studies at UTC Norfolk. </p> <p>Speaking about her achievement, Lucie said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> I look forward to finding my place in engineering whilst learning and interacting with people from across the business. I have always had an interest working in the construction industry and I hope this experience will help progress my career in the future. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Mario Rackham, Operations Director at R G Carter Drayton, said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> As a company, we are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of engineers. We take the responsibility of providing pathways into the industry very seriously which is why we are delighted to support Lucie with this fantastic opportunity. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Alex Hayes, Principal, UTC Norfolk, commented:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="purple-100 "> I’d like to thank R G Carter for their support. It is invaluable for any young person to be able to engage like this with an employer and we regularly see the benefits of this from the year-round work that students at UTC Norfolk do with our employer partners. It is a fantastic achievement by Lucie to have achieved this highly competitive scholarship from the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, and to now have this excellent package of bespoke mentoring and support from R G Carter. </blockquote></b></p> <p>The Arkwright Scholarship Trust works with employers to inspire and nurture school-age students to become future leaders of the engineering profession.</p> <p>For more information about the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, visit <a href="http://www.arkwright.org.uk">www.arkwright.org.uk</a> </p> <p>For more information about UTC Norfolk, please visit: <a href="http://www.utcn.org.uk">www.utcn.org.uk</a></p>Dermot CarrMon, 25 Sep 2017 10:32:47 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/utc-norfolk-student-lays-foundations-for-a-career-in-construction/NewsRAF education initiative takes off at Lincoln UTChttp://utcolleges.org/news/raf-education-initiative-takes-off-at-lincoln-utc/<p>Lincoln UTC was chosen as the venue for the launch of the RAF’s Vigilant 1440, a new interactive, educational exercise.</p> <p>Designed to highlight the service’s need for engineers, Vigilant 1440 is inspired by the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon squadrons, which are maintained around the clock ready to intercept any unidentified airborne threat entering UK airspace.</p> <p>The challenge faced by 60 Year 10 students as part of Vigilant 1440 was to control four Typhoon jets via their virtual hangers installed on tablets. Working in small teams, students had individual roles to perform, all requiring mathematics, physics and engineering knowledge as well as communication and teamwork skills.</p> <p>The challenge ended with the students undertaking an overseas humanitarian mission. Following the successful completion of Vigilant 1440 launch at Lincoln UTC, the RAF intend to roll out the initiative to other UTCs in the UK.</p> <p>John Morrison, Principal at Lincoln UTC, said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> The RAF is one of our Gold partners and regularly come into school to deliver presentations and educational programmes. In the past our students have enjoyed work experience with the RAF and just last month, we were delighted to see one pupil achieve the GCSE results he needed to secure an apprenticeship with the service. We feel very privileged that the RAF chose to launch this national initiative at Lincoln UTC. </blockquote></b></p> <p>RAF Squadron Leader Pieter Severein, who led the delivery of Vigilant 1440, said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> The programme has tested the students. They’ve had to work under pressure, taking on individual roles and working as part of a team. We’ve been delighted with the students’ response to the challenge and hopefully we will see some of these Lincoln UTC students applying to join the RAF in the future. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Sophie Hudson, age 14 from Lincoln UTC who undertook the role of Chief Engineering Technician in team Shellfish, said the exercise brought a career in the RAF to life: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="blue-100 "> I really enjoyed taking part in Vigilant 1440. I have a real interest in the forces as my dad is in the RAF. It was unlike anything I’ve done before at school and something I’d probably only be able to do at Lincoln UTC. I will certainly think about the RAF as a career in the future now as it has given me a better understanding of the possible careers available. </blockquote></b></p> <p>For information about Lincoln UTC, please visit <a href="http://lincolnutc.co.uk/">www.lincolnutc.co.uk</a></p>Dermot CarrFri, 22 Sep 2017 15:09:43 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/raf-education-initiative-takes-off-at-lincoln-utc/NewsRon Dearing UTC showcase the school&#39;s cutting edge facilitieshttp://utcolleges.org/news/ron-dearing-utc-showcase-the-schools-cutting-edge-facilities/<p>Employer sponsors of Ron Dearing UTC were the first to see the impressive new school and its high-tech facilities and equipment, just a week before the doors opened to the UTC’s first students.</p> <p>Ron Dearing UTC is the first school of its kind in Hull and East Yorkshire and is equipped with advanced digital technology matching the very best available to major companies.</p> <p>The school has benefited from sponsorship from its Founding Partner employers and other organisations who have come on board to ensure the school is equipped to produce tech-savvy young people with advanced digital and engineering skills. The UTC’s Founding Partners include KCOM, RB, Siemens Gamesa, Smith &amp; Nephew and Spencer Group – the University of Hull and Hull City Council.</p> <p>Principal Sarah Pashley said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> No other school or college in the region can match the technology we are able to offer our students. In fact, this will be one of the most technologically advanced schools in the country. </blockquote></b></p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> As a UTC, we are equipped with industry-standard technology to enable us to deliver our specialisms. However, at Ron Dearing UTC we have been able to enhance significantly the specification of our specialist technology because of the amazing financial support of our employer sponsors and other partners. We believe their level of commitment and support is unique. </blockquote></b></p> <p>The UTC boasts a wealth of the latest equipment and technology, including high-spec computer workstations, virtual reality equipment, mechatronics and robotic kits and specialist equipment for physics and chemistry studies.</p> <p>Charlie Spencer OBE, Executive Chairman of Spencer Group and the UTC’s Chair of Trustees, said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> It’s very exciting to see the quality of the learning environment, facilities and technology our students will benefit from. </blockquote></b></p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> We’re doing all of this because we see Ron Dearing UTC as a huge opportunity at the perfect time. We want to support the young people joining the school to have successful careers in digital technology and engineering, creating a pipeline of talent for the continuing growth of our businesses and the region as a whole. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Councillor Phil Webster, Hull City council’s Portfolio Holder for Learning, Skills and Safeguarding Children, said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="purple-100 "> The Ron Dearing UTC will be a great asset to Hull and the East Riding, enhancing the educational offer to young people looking to continue their learning. “With cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities, this UTC offers something really special, delivering a first-class programme to students. It is fantastic to see it completed and ready to open its doors. </blockquote></b></p> <p>The school is taking applications for places in Year 10 and Year 12 for September 2018. To apply, go to <a href="http://www.rondearingutc.com/">www.rondearingutc.com</a> and complete an online application form. Prospective students and parents can also experience the state-of-the-art school and its facilities at an open evening on Thursday, October 5. To register for a place, visit the website. </p>Dermot CarrThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:36:13 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/ron-dearing-utc-showcase-the-schools-cutting-edge-facilities/NewsNew research reveals schools are failing to teach cutting edge technology in the classroomhttp://utcolleges.org/news/new-research-reveals-schools-are-failing-to-teach-cutting-edge-tech-in-the-classroom/<p>New research released of 11 to 17-year-olds, commissioned by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity which promotes and supports University Technical Colleges (UTCs), reveals that over a third (36%) have no opportunity to learn about the latest technology in the classroom and over two thirds (67%) admit that they have not had the opportunity even to discuss a new tech or app idea with a teacher.</p> <p>When asked about the tech skills they would like to learn the top five were: </p> <ol> <li>Building apps (45%) </li> <li>Creating Games (43%)</li> <li>Virtual reality (38%) </li> <li>Coding computer languages (34%)</li> <li>Artificial intelligence (28%) </li> </ol> <p>Almost one in four children (24%) feel uninspired to learn at school and almost one third (32%) believe they are more knowledgeable than their teachers in technology. It seems that children are already looking to skills they will need for future jobs, considering careers in games creation (20%) app development (17%) and computer coding (15%).</p> <p>UTCs are backed by employers and universities, and have been set up to ensure young people have the technical skills employers desperately need in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM). However, additional research by Baker Dearing reveals that 7 in 10 children do not know that they can move school at the age of 14 to join a UTC. It is hoped that the letters being sent by local councils will increase young peoples’ and their parents’ awareness of the opportunities available.</p> <p>CEO of Pall-Ex and former BBC Dragon, Hilary Devey CBE says:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> Helping young people gain the technical skills they need to give Britain a competitive advantage in post-Brexit Britain is vital to the long-term growth of our economy. Technology is at the heart of my business and I know how important it is to keep ahead of competition by using the latest technological developments. </blockquote></b></p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> However, finding young people who have the relevant skills levels is a huge challenge. A technical education, like that provided by UTCs, which starts at 14 and gives young people more time to develop these skills, makes sense to me. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Charles Parker, CEO of Baker Dearing Educational Trust comments:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="purple-100 "> Changing school at 14 means young people interested in technical careers such as computing, robotics, engineering or cyber security, can get ahead. We must harness this young talent if we are to meet the challenges of Brexit and a world that is undergoing rapid, and continual, technological change. </blockquote></b></p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="purple-100 "> We welcome the letters being sent out by councils which mark a significant change in how technical skills are being promoted across the country. UTCs ensure young people have the skills they need to compete in the job market and our students secure excellent apprenticeships and places at university. We need to ensure parents and young people know about them. </blockquote></b></p> <p>For more information about UTCs, please visit: <a href="http://www.utcolleges.org/future">www.utcolleges.org/future</a></p>Dermot CarrTue, 12 Sep 2017 00:01:00 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/new-research-reveals-schools-are-failing-to-teach-cutting-edge-tech-in-the-classroom/NewsFive new UTCs opening September 2017http://utcolleges.org/news/five-new-utcs-opening-september-2017/<p>Five new University Technical Colleges (UTCs) opening in Hampshire, London, Gloucestershire and Hull this September offer hundreds of places to young people who want a high-quality technical education that prepares them for the modern world. More than 30 employers are backing the new UTCs including BAE Systems, Royal Navy, Transport for London, and Atkins. </p> <p>Former Secretary of State for Education, Lord Baker, who chairs the Baker Dearing Educational Trust and created UTCs, said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> University Technical Colleges play a vital role in developing young people for the modern labour market. We started in 2010 – there are now 49 UTCs all over England. In the ‘90s Blair called for “Education, Education, Education”, today the call should be “Employability, Employability, Employability”. Focus on employability should start in schools, but too many of them only care about exam pass rates. What really matters is that students are ready for skilled work and, as we approach Brexit, the stakes could not be higher. </blockquote></b></p> <h3>South</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.utcportsmouth.org/">UTC Portsmouth</a></strong> </p> <p>UTC Portsmouth will provide a specialist STEM curriculum delivered by experts to meet the growing demands of employers across the region. The UTC will specialise in mechanical and electrical engineering and advanced manufacturing. Employer partners include:, Royal Navy, BAE Systems, QinetiQ, NATS, dstl, Airbus, Babcock, Land Rover BAR, Carnival UK, Raymarine, Salterns Academy Trust and Portsmouth City Council. The University of Portsmouth is also a partner in the UTC.</p> <p>The unique education offered in a modern learning environment has an exceptional enrichment programme focussed upon employability skills. This includes activities such as Autodesk Inventor, leadership training, engineering challenges, and Combined Cadet Force. </p> <p>Students will leave UTC Portsmouth having developed and mastered the following key skills: resilience, creative problem solving, teamwork, responsibility, communication skills and curiosity. They will go on to follow STEM courses at university, join one of the UTC’s employer partners as an apprentice in engineering or advanced manufacture, or go straight in to work.</p> <p><img src="/uploads/uploads/blog/utc_portsmouth.jpg" style="float: center;"> <center>[Pictured] UTC Portsmouth</center></p> <h3>London</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.westminsterutc.co.uk/">Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College</a></strong></p> <p>Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College specialises in transport and construction engineering and the built environment. The UTC was co-founded by The University of Westminster and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. The Foundation was set up in memory of Sir Simon Milton, London’s visionary public service leader at Westminster City Council and the Greater London Authority.</p> <p>Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC aims to inspire high achievers and develop the next generation of engineers, designers and project managers to deliver major 21st century infrastructure projects in London, the UK and beyond.</p> <p>The UTC will offer students a much wider perspective on education and the world of work, with many more varied challenges than a typical school or college may provide. The driving force behind the UTC is the collaboration between the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, a unique Employers' Alliance and the University of Westminster. The Employers’ Alliance delivers work experience through business challenge projects to accompany a tailor-made curriculum that supports the UTC’s focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. One such exciting opportunity is the pioneering Design, Engineer, Construct! qualification, for which students will work with leading building management solutions group, SCS.</p> <p>Students joining the UTC will have access to projects rooted in industry, created by the Employers’ Alliance. The Employers’ Alliance includes: Network Rail, Landsec, Sir Robert McAlpine, Alstom, BT Fleet, Colas Rail and Transport for London.</p> <p>Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC students will also receive mentoring from students at the University of Westminster, helping them to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills. This will further support the UTC’s key aim to provide all of its students with high quality information, advice and guidance to support their next step into higher education, apprenticeship or employment.</p> <p><img src="/uploads/uploads/blog/simon_milton_technical_college.jpg" style="float: center;"> <center>[Pictured] Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC</center></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.mulberryutc.co.uk/">Mulberry UTC</a></strong></p> <p>Mulberry UTC specialises in health industries (Health Care and Health Science) and creative industries (Creative Digital Media and Performing &amp; Production Arts). Located in Tower Hamlets, its employer partners include Barts Health Trust, National Theatre, British Film Institute, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldsmith University, London Ambulance Service, and Founders and Coders. Goldsmiths University of London is also supporting the UTC.</p> <p>Mulberry UTC is designed to give students the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in their future careers. It offers a specially tailored curriculum which combines academic and technical qualifications; a focus on project-based learning; state of the art facilities; extra-curricular and enrichment activities; and support from local employers and universities.</p> <p>Students coming to Mulberry UTC will have access to some amazing, state of the art facilities. Charcoalblue, designers of the Dorfman at the National Theatre, has designed the UTC’s professional standard theatre. Specially created health care rooms will allow students to learn in medical and home care environments. </p> <p>Through the UTC’s sponsors, students will be supported by some of the most prestigious names in arts, media and health in the country, if not the world. By being part of the Mulberry Schools Trust, Mulberry UTC benefits from the expertise and support of Mulberry School for Girls, an outstanding school in Tower Hamlets dedicated to confidence, creativity, leadership, and learning.</p> <p><img src="/uploads/uploads/blog/mulberry_utc.jpg" style="float: center;"> <center>[Pictured] Mulberry UTC</center></p> <h3>South West</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.berkeleygreenutc.org.uk/">SGS Berkeley Green</a></strong> <strong>(Gloucestershire)</strong></p> <p>SGS Berkeley Green UTC specialises in digital technology, advanced manufacturing and cyber security. The UTC has industry standard engineering workshops and IT facilities including a security operations centre for the teaching of cyber security. </p> <p>Partnerships with local and national employers ensure students make the connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates in the real world. Employer partners include: Fujitsu, Kier, GE Aviation, Versarian, Allcooper, Omega Engineering Services, Gaia, Babcock MSS, Contextis, Atkins, BAE Systems, LB Bentley, Horizon, NBN. The University of Gloucestershire is also a partner in the UTC.</p> <p>Graduates will have skills that will be transferable to all areas in the engineering and digital sectors. Students will go on to work at the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing and cyber security.</p> <p><img src="/uploads/uploads/blog/berkeley_green_utc.jpeg" style="float: center;"> <center>[Pictured] SGS Berkeley Green UTC</center></p> <h3>Yorkshire and Humber</h3> <p><a href="http://www.rondearingutc.com/"><strong>Ron Dearing UTC</strong></a> <strong>(Hull)</strong></p> <p>Ron Dearing UTC specialises in digital technology and mechatronics, skills which are in high demand by local industry. It is backed by leading employers from the local area including KCOM, Siemens Gamesa, RB, Smith &amp;Nephew and Spencer Group.</p> <p>The highly engaged founding partners have worked closely with the Principal and teaching team to design the school, its facilities and the curriculum. The purpose-built £10m building will have state-of-the-art facilities and technology to match those in major companies, including dedicated zones for digital technology, design, project development and testing.</p> <p>Students coming to Ron Dearing UTC will work on real-world projects designed by the UTC’s Founding Partners and study towards professional qualifications identified by the employers as those most in demand by industry, enabling them to get the edge over others in the competition for jobs. </p> <p>On successful completion of studies, UTC students will be offered a guaranteed interview with the Founding Partners or a conditional offer from the University of Hull.</p> <p><img src="/uploads/uploads/blog/ron_dearing_utc_cgi_kingston_square.jpg" style="float: center;"> <center>[Pictured] Ron Dearing UTC</center></p>Dermot CarrWed, 06 Sep 2017 14:47:23 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/five-new-utcs-opening-september-2017/NewsOpen events in Septemberhttp://utcolleges.org/news/open-events-in-september/<p>UTCs hold open events, taster days and free workshops for new and prospective students and their families throughout the year. UTC open events are the perfect opportunity for you to find out more about your local UTC. Below are the UTC event listings for September.</p> <h3>Every Monday</h3> <p><a href="http://www.gputc.com/page/?title=Open+Days&amp;amp;pid=34">Greater Peterborough UTC</a> #DropinMondays, 5:00pm-7:00pm </p> <p><a href="http://www.westmidlandsconstructionutc.co.uk/about/events/">West Midlands Construction UTC</a>, Meet the Principal </p> <h3>Every Monday and Tuesday</h3> <p><a href="http://www.humberutc.co.uk/open-event, 4:00pm">Humber UTC</a>, Recruitment event</p> <h3>Every Wednesday</h3> <p><a href="http://utccambridge.co.uk/events-opendays">Cambridge UTC</a>, Walk around Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm </p> <h3>Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday</h3> <p><a href="http://www.bteacademy.co.uk/Open-Events/">Bristol UTC</a>, Open event</p> <h3>Thursday 21st September</h3> <p><a href="http://www.medwayutc.co.uk/events/">Medway UTC</a>, Meet the Principal, 6pm – 8pm</p> <h3>Saturday 23rd September</h3> <p><a href="http://theleighutc.org.uk/about-us/events/">The Leigh UTC</a>, Open day, 9am - 1pm</p> <h3>Monday 25th September</h3> <p><a href="http://www.utcportsmouth.org/open-events-2017/">UTC Portsmouth</a>, Open Evening Y10, 5pm – 7pm</p> <h3>Wednesday 27th September</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wiganutc.org/open-days/">Wigan UTC</a>, Open Evening Y10 and Y11, 5pm – 7pm</p> <h3>Thursday 28th September</h3> <p><a href="http://www.utccrewe.co.uk/utc-events/">Crewe Engineering and Design UTC</a>, Open Evening, 5:30pm – 7:30pm</p> <p><a href="http://www.utcoxfordshire.org.uk/events/">UTC Oxfordshire</a>, Open Evening Y10, 4pm – 7pm</p> <p><a href="http://www.utcwarrington.org/news/#1502289274102-8b793c9c-7613">UTC Warrington</a>, Open Evening, 5:30pm – 7:30pm</p> <p><a href="http://www.bteacademy.co.uk/Open-Events/">Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy</a>, Open Evening</p> <h3>Saturday 30th April</h3> <p><a href="http://www.medwayutc.co.uk/events/">Medway UTC</a>, Meet the Principal, 10:30am – 12pm</p> <p><a href="http://www.utcportsmouth.org/open-events-2017/">UTC Portsmouth</a>, Open Morning Y10, 10am – 12am</p> <p><a href="http://www.berkeleygreenutc.org.uk/events/open-day300917">SGS Berkeley Green UTC</a>, Open Day, 10am – 1pm</p>Dermot CarrTue, 05 Sep 2017 16:59:43 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/open-events-in-september/NewsUTC students travel further for specialist technical educationhttp://utcolleges.org/news/utc-students-travel-further-for-specialist-technical-education/<p>Teenagers attending University Technical Colleges are willing to get up earlier and travel further for the state of the art facilities and the chance to study technical subjects.</p> <p>According to a survey commissioned by the charity Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the organisation that supports and promotes UTCs, nearly half (47%) of UTC students travel more than five miles each way to get a specialist technical education.</p> <p>This compares to only 21% of all students in England travelling further than five miles (the most recent National Travel Survey).</p> <p>A quarter of UTC students (23%) make a 20-mile or more round trip. They get up earlier, and they get home later because they see the benefits of training as well as learning. The typical day at a UTC starts earlier at 8:30am and finishes later at 5pm. A student joining a UTC is starting their working life.</p> <p>Chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, Lord Baker says:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> UTCs take children from a much wider catchment than other state schools; this means students are travelling each day from a lot further away. Students do this willingly to get hands-on learning, state of the art equipment and working closely with local businesses. Young people want to connect what they are learning at school to the world of work. They want to understand how things work and to solve problems in order to find their place in the real world. A UTC offers them this and it opens doors with employers. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Will Williamson a 17 year old student at UTC Plymouth says:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> Getting up in the dark and the 60 mile round trip to school has never bothered me. I’ve wanted to be an engineer since primary school so when I heard UTC Plymouth offered a combined curriculum where you can study GCSEs and a BTEC at the same time I knew I’d do anything to study there. </blockquote></b></p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> I’m prepared to get up earlier and get home later than my friends to get a specialist technical education. My teachers are engineers themselves so they understand how the industry works and the skills I need. In the future I want to do an engineering apprenticeship or work for the Royal Navy doing what I love. </blockquote></b></p> <p>UTCs do not receive extra funding to cover the costs of their students’ longer journeys. Some UTCs try to help with the costs from existing funds and in some cases companies will help with a minibus. </p> <p>UTCs are government funded academies for 14-19 year olds set up to help fill the technical skills gaps in science, technology, engineering, and maths. Employers know that schools are not producing enough young people able and willing to fill the skills gap – that’s why they like UTCs.</p> <p>In September 2017 five more UTCs will open taking the total number to 49. </p>Dermot CarrTue, 05 Sep 2017 12:23:14 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/utc-students-travel-further-for-specialist-technical-education/NewsOxbridge firsts for UTCshttp://utcolleges.org/news/oxbridge-firsts-for-utcs/<p>This year marked the first time UTC students successfully secured places at the University of Cambridge. </p> <p>Jake Stuchbury-Wass and Oliver Smith, who studied at UTC Sheffield, will study Engineering at Cambridge having both secured A<em> grades in maths, further maths and physics, and distinction</em> grades in their engineering technical qualifications. </p> <p>Jake said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> I feel really proud and very relieved. Studying at the UTC has really prepared me for my longer term university and career ambitions, and I want to thank the teachers for all of their support. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Surprised by his results, Oliver said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> I felt shocked and very pleased when I opened the results envelope as my grades have exceeded what I needed to get into the University of Cambridge. It feels a real accomplishment to have got in and it’s also great for the UTC. </blockquote></b></p> <p><img src="/uploads/uploads/blog/dhcx384xsae2umh.jpg" style="float: center;"> <center>[Pictured] Jake and Oliver with their exam results</center> <br><br></p> <p>Another UTC student who will be attending the University of Cambridge is Will Barnes from UTC Oxfordshire. He will study Computer Science at Cambridge having achieved A* in all four of his A-levels.</p> <p><img src="/uploads/uploads/blog/will-barnes.jpg" style="float: center;"> <center>[Pictured] Will achieved excellent results in his exams</center> <br><br></p> <p>For more information about UTC Sheffield, please visit <a href="http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk">www.utcsheffield.org.uk</a></p> <p>For more information about UTC Oxfordshire, please visit <a href="http://www.utcoxfordshire.org.uk">www.utcoxfordshire.org.uk</a></p>Dermot CarrTue, 05 Sep 2017 11:08:35 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/oxbridge-firsts-for-utcs/News#UTCsGetResults - a roundup of 2017 resultshttp://utcolleges.org/news/utcsgetresults-a-roundup-of-2017-results/<p>Last month, thousands of students from across the UK collected their GCSE and post-16 exam results. The outcome for UTCs was really encouraging and showed some excellent destinations for the class of 2017.</p> <p>Lord Baker, Founder of the University Technical Colleges programme and Chairman of Baker Dearing Educational Trust said:</p> <blockquote style="float: None;" class="purple-100"><p> <img src="/uploads/uploads/Team/lord_baker.jpg" style="float: left;"> These impressive technical qualifications are a testament to the hard work and commitment of students, staff and employers at UTCs across the country. I wholeheartedly congratulate every student in what they have achieved. </p> <br> <p> I am particularly impressed with the continuous improvement in technical qualifications, which is very encouraging. UTCs are still a young programme in the education system but these results reinforce how important they are for helping to address the STEM skills gap.” </p></blockquote> <p></p> <p><b><center>Click the linked buttons below for the highlights:</center></b></p> <p><center> <p class="button"><a href="http://www.utcolleges.org/post-16-exam-results-highlights-2017/">Post-16 highlights</a></p> <p class="button"><a href="http://www.utcolleges.org/gcse-exam-results-highlights-2017/">GCSE highlights</a></p> <p class="button"><a href="http://www.utcolleges.org/news/oxbridge-firsts-for-utcs/">Oxbridge firsts for UTCs</a></p> </center></p>Dermot CarrFri, 01 Sep 2017 16:31:28 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/utcsgetresults-a-roundup-of-2017-results/NewsKier Construction Director visits SGS Berkeley Green UTC campushttp://utcolleges.org/news/kier-construction-director-visits-sgs-berkeley-green-utc-campus/<p>SGS Berkeley Green UTC, which opens in September 2017, was visited by Kier Construction Director, Mark Pausey on Tuesday 15 August who donated a defibulator to the campus and toured the new facilities with SGS Group Chief Executive, Kevin Hamblin.</p> <p>Kier began construction of the new UTC in 2016 including the refurbishment of the UTC’s engineering hall which will provide new workshops, project spaces and offices that will cater for the UTC’s specialisms in digital technology, cyber security and advanced engineering.</p> <p>A summer project invited students to have their say on the future of their campus by conceptualizing their new breakout area, exploring connections with the built environment and challenging them to build upon their presentation skills in a ‘Dragons Den’ themed judging forum. </p> <p>Speaking of the proactive engagement with students of SGS Berkeley Green UTC, Assistant Principal of the UTC, Andrew Keenan said:</p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="yellow-100 "> The support already given by Kier on open days, information sessions, work experience and UTC tours is a fantastic example of how employers and UTCs can work together to make learning relevant to young people’s future careers. We are looking forward to continuing this relationship with a company who are so obviously invested in giving young people the best start possible. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Commenting on the development at Berkeley Green, Mark said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="turquoise-100 "> These are fantastic modern facilities for students and the local community. The Kier team has established excellent relationships with SGS Berkeley Green which we hope will progress further with future work on the site and with our involvement as employer of the future. </blockquote></b></p> <p>Speaking about the new campus, Kevin said: </p> <p><b><blockquote style="" class="purple-100 "> This brand new, state of the art facility, is part of a £12m investment in education in Gloucestershire, which Kier have completed one week early and under budget. The College is really looking forward to seeing its learners take advantage of these new facilities this September. </blockquote></b></p> <p>To find out more about SGS Berkeley Green UTC, please visit: <a href="http://www.berkeleygreenutc.org.uk">www.berkeleygreenutc.org.uk</a></p>Dermot CarrTue, 22 Aug 2017 16:53:23 +0100http://utcolleges.org/news/kier-construction-director-visits-sgs-berkeley-green-utc-campus/News