UTC Swindon chooses STEAM to host its first inspiring evening for aspiring engineers
Friday, 05 July 2013
The team behind Swindon’s new University Technical College is inviting parents and young people to come along to its launch event and first open evening.
An evening of information and fact-finding will be led by UTC Swindon at
the STEAM Museum in Kemble Drive on Thursday 11 July 2013 at 6.15 pm to launch
Swindon’s University Technology College which will open in September 2014.
Staff and directors from the University Technology College will describe
this new offer in technical education and how to apply for places. Designs of
the state-of-the art buildings will be on display. Dr Gareth Neighbour, who heads
up Engineering at Oxford Brookes University, will be sharing details of the
curriculum at UTC Swindon and talking about how the courses are linked to the
work of local and national engineering employers.
Gareth Neighbour said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to find out
about this exciting new college for 14 – 19 year olds, which will provide young
people with an engineering-focused education and prepare them for careers in a
diverse and innovative industry.”
The UTC Swindon team is preparing to attend many large events throughout
the summer months, handing out leaflets and sharing information with potential
students and their parents about UTC Swindon which opens in September 2014.
Would-be students can register an early interest now by calling 07990 601 516.
The first entry of students in September 2014 will need to be 14 at the
time (currently in Year 8) or 16 or above (currently Year 10 and above). Applications
will be accepted from a wide area, including all of Swindon, North Wiltshire,
Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and West Berkshire.
Meeting the team face-to-face couldn’t be easier as they will be
- The Cotswold Show, Cirencester
6 July – Sunday 7 July 2013
- Burbage Summer Fair, Burbage
- STEAM UTC Swindon Launch Event 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm,
STEAM Museum Swindon, in Kemble Drive
- Marlborough Jazz Festival,
19 July - Sunday 21 July 2013
- Royal International Air Tattoo,
- Devizes International Street
Festival, The Green (Sunday) and Market Place & Town Centre
25 August – Monday 26 August 2013
- The Cricklade Show, Upper
- Swindon Railway Festival, STEAM
14 September – Sunday 15 September
- Wiltshire Game & County
Fair, Bowood House
28 September – Sunday 29 September
- Marlborough Big & Little
Mop Fair, Marlborough High Street
5 October & Saturday 12 October 2013
UTC Swindon will be run by a Trust owned by Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells
and Oxford Brookes University. There are over 30 different industry partners
involved including: BMW UK Manufacturing Ltd, Alcatel-Lucent, Halcrow Group Ltd,
Honda of the UK Manufacturing, Intel Corp UK Ltd, Network Rail, Nationwide Building
Society and Thames Water.
UTC Swindon will be opening its doors in September 2014 and its vision
is to be a college where engineering and innovation can flourish. It will cater
for 600 14 to 19 year olds interested in pursuing a career in engineering. For
these young people, it will provide a fantastic opportunity to gain highly
desirable skills and raise their aspirations in progressing to careers in the
engineering industry in all its diverse forms.
The planned site for its new £10m state-of-the-art building is in Bristol
Street, Swindon – at the heart of the railway village in a location generously
supplied by Network Rail, one of the main partners. As well as being within
easy walking distance from the train and bus stations, it’s central to the
engineering and educational heritage of the area. As part of the original Great
Western Rail works, it creates a link between the ‘historic engineering’ and
the ‘engineering future’ of the local area.