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UTC Reading newsletter July 2016

Welcome to the July edition of the UTC newsletter. Take a look at the range of exciting activities that have been taking place throughout the past month.

Students join first Thingithon

Four UTC Reading students recently took part in a "Thingithon" with Thingitude, a non-profit organisation established to promote, support and develop community-led, open source, Internet of Things projects.

Thingitude's first ever Thingithon was part of the Festival of Digital Disruption, in which companies from Reading showcased technology including 3D printing, virtual reality and hi-tech art and fashion.

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Talented science student joins national research scheme

A talented science student from UTC Reading has secured a place on a national research placement scheme.

Imashi Panditha, aged 19, will join the Nuffield Research Programme this summer, working alongside professional scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians to complete a real research project.

Lasting four to six weeks, the project is designed to be academically challenging. Imashi is going to be researching interactions between plant-eating insects and their host plants, in particular moth caterpillars and oak trees.

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Student success in nationwide Microsoft competition

Year 13 students, Daniel Cookson and Toby Aurelius, recently reached the UK final of the 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship, with Toby achieving second place.

The MOS World Championship is an annual competition run by Microsoft and Certiport for students taking Microsoft Office Specialist exams. There were more than one million exam entries from 120 countries this year, and Daniel and Toby were selected as two of the 20 UK finalists from thousands of eligible MOS exams taken during the qualifying rounds.

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Opportunities presented at Microsoft HQ

On Tuesday 21 June, the whole of Year 10 and our Year 12 BTEC students visited Microsoft HQ.

Students were inspired as they were able to go on a full tour of the site. They also attended several talks by Microsoft employees and put their computing skills to the test as they took part in an hour of coding.

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100% pass rate for safety passport training

Twelve UTC Reading sixth formers recently completed their Client Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG) training.

This was the first group of UTC Reading students to take part in the training, which was delivered by Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB). The programme was a great success, with all 12 students passing and receiving their CCNSG Safety Passports - congratulations all.

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Further STEMhub success as education and industry collaborate

On Thursday 23 June, we held our second STEMhub meeting in the new format, following the success of our last meeting in March.

A total of 20 representatives attended from local schools and companies, all with the aim of collaborating to enrich the quality of STEM education for children.

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UTC Reading hosts second Salesforce Developer meetup

On Wednesday 6 July, the latest Salesforce community flocked to UTC Reading to share news, ideas, and updates on the good work of Salesforce in building a new ecosystem.

Guest speaker Geraint Waters, who has 20 years of software delivery and testing experience, spoke to the group about testing best practices and especially automated testing. We look forward to hosting the next of these events in September.

Building strong links with Institution of Engineering and Technology

New links between UTC Reading and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are set to increase opportunities for students.

Mike Halliday, UTC Reading's Business Relations Manager, has been appointed to IET’s Berkshire committee.

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Careers event helps students plan their next steps

On Friday 1 July, Year 12 students spent the day planning their next move after completing their studies at UTC Reading.

The day started with talks from University of Reading, Whatuni, and an introduction to the apprenticeship application process by Mike Halliday, the UTC’s business relations manager.

Students then worked through a number of research activities before drafting their personal statements and CVs ready for their final year and the first UCAS applications deadline of 15 October 2016.

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Work experience project for gifted students

A small group of Year 12 students have been chosen to take part in an innovative work experience project at the UTC.

On Monday 4 July, the students began six challenging projects on workflow automation and SharePoint intranet development.

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Royal Navy shares good practice

On Wednesday 6 July, UTC Reading welcomed a group of air engineering instructors from the Royal Navy.

The Royal Navy visited the UTC for a valuable session to compare the use of Microsoft OneNote in the classroom.

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Interested in working for us?

Are you interested in becoming a part of what is possibly the most exciting change in the education landscape in decades? We are seeking new teachers at our “outstanding” University Technical College to join us in our new approach to educating 14-19 year olds.

We are currently recruiting for a Teacher of Engineering. For further details, please take a look at our current vacancies.

Keep in touch

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