UTC Swindon chooses STEAM to host its first inspiring evening for aspiring engineers

Friday, 05 July 2013

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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 attending:

  • The Cotswold Show, Cirencester Park                                                   
    • Saturday 6  July – Sunday 7 July 2013


  • Burbage Summer Fair, Burbage Primary School Field                                        
    • Saturday 6  July 2013


  • STEAM UTC Swindon Launch Event 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm, STEAM Museum Swindon, in Kemble Drive                
    • Thursday 11  July 2013

  • Marlborough Jazz Festival, Marlborough Town Centre                     
    • Friday 19 July - Sunday 21 July 2013


  • Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford                                        
    • Saturday 20  July 2013


  • Devizes International Street Festival, The Green (Sunday) and Market Place & Town Centre
    • Sunday 25  August – Monday 26  August 2013


  • The Cricklade Show, Upper Broadleaze Farm, Cricklade                   
    • Monday 26  August 2013


  • Swindon Railway Festival, STEAM Museum
    • Saturday 14  September – Sunday 15 September 2013


  • Wiltshire Game & County Fair, Bowood House                                   
    • Saturday 28 September – Sunday 29  September 2013


  • Marlborough Big & Little Mop Fair, Marlborough High Street
    • Saturday 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.