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UTC Leeds Opening

UTC Leeds welcomes guests to its official opening

UTC Leeds has officially opened its doors as it welcomed civic and business leaders from Leeds and Lord Baker, Chairman, Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity which promotes and sustains UTCs, for a tour of the new state of the art school on Friday 21 October. The VIPs, including Leeds City Council Leader, Councillor Judith Blake, heard from students about their experiences of the UTC since joining in early September. The UTC specialises in advanced manufacturing and engineering skills and is supported by more than 60 businesses from the region including Siemens, Unilever and Agfa….


Pile of pound coins

New grant fund for supporters of quality technical education

Education charity Edge Foundation has launched the Edge Grant Fund for educational and not-for-profit organisations’ projects, which support Edge’s aims. The grant will award £1million in funding on a biennial basis. Announcing the award, Edge’s Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, said: For over a decade Edge has campaigned to raise the status of technical and professional education, but Edge is more than just a think tank. We want to see ideas put into practice, so I am delighted to invite applications for the Edge Grant Fund from today. This fund will support projects which help to…


Justine Greening visits UTC Oxfordshire

Secretary of State for Education experiences life at UTC Oxfordshire

UTC Oxfordshire welcomed a very special guest as Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, visited the Didcot campus on 17 October to meet its staff and students. During a tour of the UTC’s science and engineering facilities, the Education Secretary talked to students about why they chose to join the UTC and their experiences of it so far. Year 11 student Elliot Harvey told Justine about his experience of studying at the UTC: It’s exceeded my expectations and I’m so glad I made the move. We’re treated like adults and have a very mature…


Duke of York Award Winners

Talented UTC students receive royal recognition

Students from UTCs across the country received the Duke of York Award for Technical Education from HRH The Duke of York at a ceremony held at St James’s Palace on 11 Oct 2016. The Award recognises the success of UTC students who have studied highly technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science. It also shows the diverse education young people receive at UTCs which offers academic, technical and practical learning. HRH The Duke of York presented awards to 186 students at St James’s Palace. As well as those receiving gold and…


Rhian Priest - Principal Designate

Berkeley Green UTC announces new principal designate

Berkeley Green UTC has appointed Rhian Priest as its principal designate. Rhian already has a wealth of experience in managing a successful UTC as she is also principal of Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy (BTEA). She will put her immense expertise to good use managing both UTCs. Rhian joined the BTEA in 2013 as its founding principal. Three years after opening, the UTC achieved one of the highest GCSE pass rates in the West of England region with 66% of Year 11 students gaining A-C grades in English and Maths. In the 6th form, 65%…


Lord Baker EBacc

New curriculum proposed to help students develop their creative and technical talents

Lord Baker, founder of the UTC programme and Chairman for the Edge Foundation, explains in his latest paper 14-19 Education: A new Baccalaureate, how a new broader curriculum of academic and creative subjects will help students reach their full potential and lead to greater employment opportunities. Lord Baker said: Our workforce needs a new set of skills, including expertise in emerging technologies. This narrow academic curriculum is regressive and will severely limit learning of the technical and creative subjects we desperately need in our new digital age. Currently, 90% of 14-16 year olds in the UK…



Medway UTC students inspired by garden city visit

Medway UTC students visited the construction of new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent, Britain’s first garden city for 100 years, to learn about construction management. The visit forms part of a module in the BTEC in the Built Environment and they were invited by Redrow Homes, a Flintshire based residential developer, who are constructing 950 homes on the Ebbsfleet Green site. Mike Tynan, area construction manager for Redrow Homes, gave the students a tour of the development, introduced them to the on-site management team and guided them through the role of a site manager…


David Cameron visit to Sir Charles Kao UTC

Prime Minister visits Sir Charles Kao UTC

On 19th May 2014 Sir Charles Kao UTC alongside Harlow College welcomed the Prime Minister to the Harlow campus. Mr Cameron took a tour of the UTC and met Harlow College apprentices. The Principal of Sir Charles Kao UTC, Michael McKeaveney, was accompanied by the UTC’s employer sponsors when welcoming the Prime Minister and Robert Halfon MP onto the SCK UTC building site to discuss their innovative curriculum and specialisms. Throughout the tour the Prime Minister showed particular interest in the Smart Environments specialism and the building of ‘The Box.’ The PM also expressed his…