UTC Swindon opens its doors to ‘next generation of skilled engineers’

Monday, 15 September 2014

UTC Swindon

UTC Swindon has welcomed its first students through the gates as the exciting new educational facility launches.

Oxford Brookes University and Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells are the sponsors of UTC Swindon which will equip the pupils of today to become the much needed engineering professionals of tomorrow.

UTC Swindon will provide courses for young people who aspire to a career in engineering and will have strong support from industry. 

This exciting new concept in education will provide a first class environment for students and produce the next generation of skilled engineers.

Dr Sean Wellington, Chair of Trustees for UTC Swindon and Associate Dean for Strategy and Development at Oxford Brookes

UTC Swindon is one of 13 new university technical colleges opening across the country this September. UTCs let 14-19 year olds combine academic subjects with technical and practical learning and will develop skills which are essential to the UK’s future economic growth.

Dr Sean Wellington, Chair of Trustees for UTC Swindon and Associate Dean for Strategy and Development at Oxford Brookes, said: “A tremendous amount of hard-work has gone into developing UTC Swindon and I am delighted that we are now at the point of welcoming our first students. This exciting new concept in education will provide a first class environment for students and produce the next generation of skilled engineers.”  

Talking about the opening of UTC Swindon, Principal Angela Barker-Dench commented: “It is gratifying to see everything finally come together after a year of hard work. UTC Swindon will give students the foundations to build fantastic careers by giving them the skills industry is crying out for.” 

Lord Kenneth Baker, chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which promotes the concept of university technical colleges, added: “I am delighted to see a further 13 UTCs opening this month, taking the number of UTCs open to 30. These innovative schools produce highly skilled young people who are desperately needed to further the economic growth of our country.”

Further information is available at  www.utcswindon.co.uk