Universities and UTCs
Each University Technical College (UTC) has at least one University as a lead partner. Universities play a key role in many important aspects of the UTC including:
- Advising on the design of the curriculum to align with career and academic pathways
- Participation in UTC governance and contributing to strategic direction
- Writing projects and supporting teachers in their delivery
- Delivering expert knowledge in specialist areas in lectures, lab work and workshops
- Giving students access to leading edge facilities and materials on campus and online
- Providing advice and guidance for students about careers and UCAS applications
This amazing contribution ensures that each year a higher proportion of UTC students go to university than is the national average, with 75% of them going into degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths.
Here are some examples of how UTCs and Universities work together:
Both UTCs in Sheffield benefit from substantial support from the universities as well as from the local Chamber of Commerce and the LEP. This is exemplified by the high numbers of UTC graduates that secure apprenticeships and careers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and some of the highest profile employers in the country (Rolls Royce, Airbus, Boeing, BAE, McLaren, Siemens). As well as working on collaborative bids for funding of specialist equipment and materials’ testing with Sheffield Hallam, UTC Sheffield has also collaborated with Sheffield University and Siemens on joint projects.
Liverpool Life Science UTC
“As a sponsor governor of the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC since its creation, the University of Liverpool values the UTC’s work in educating the next generation of local students. The embedded nature of both academic and employer content in the UTC’s curriculum has created an ambitious, engaged and intellectually curious community of students.
At the University of Liverpool, we are proud to have provided successive UTC year groups with a wide range of fantastic opportunities and experiences: from guest lecture series, to real-life project briefs based on our academics’ research expertise. Plus a full programme of HE information, advice and outreach activities.”
– John Corish, University of Liverpool
UTC Reading is supported by the University of Reading. The University works with the UTC to enrich the learning experience of students and prepare them for further study and working life. A great example of this is the ReadiLab Programme:
Each year a cohort of key stage 5 science students from the UTC undertake a ReadiLab Programme, a series of practical lab investigations which take place in the University’s state of the art teaching laboratories. Delivered by leading academics in the School of Biological Sciences, the aim of this programme is to challenge perceptions of healthy and unhealthy eating habits through practical tasks and interactive talks. This programme incorporates elements of the BSc in Biomedical Sciences and BSc in Medical Science and gives students a real insight into what it is like to be a student at Reading University.
The UTC also collaborates with the University to train and provide placements for teachers.
The University delivers a UCAS preparation programme to support students with UCAS applications. The UTC is involved in various projects with the University and the wider business community.
UTC Oxfordshire has long standing relationships with founding partners University of Reading and Royal Holloway. Additionally, they have developed a mutually beneficial working partnership with Oxford Brookes that capitalises on the university’s goal to undertake real activities with local schools in the community. The University has tested and adapted a research programme that sees university staff, PhDs and UTC sixth formers working together on projects.
WMG Academy (Coventry, Solihull)
The WMG Academies in Coventry and Solihull are both supported by Warwick University and the Warwick Manufacturing Group faculty. The University provides projects within the curriculum and facilitates networks with industry to ensure that UTC students are provided with access to the latest in advanced manufacturing techniques and insights.