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UTC Reading newsletter November 2016

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

Core projects launch

This year’s core projects have officially launched.

Students were introduced to their projects after half term, with several industry partners coming in to help get things started.

Engineering and computing students will complete their projects at the same time this year, with the final demonstrations taking place in early April.

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UTC Reading student is first in the UK to get professional Microsoft qualifications

A student from UTC Reading has become the first in the country to gain Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) status in the 2016 version of Microsoft Office.

Karl Matthews, Year 13 student at UTC Reading, has become MOS in Microsoft PowerPoint and MOS Expert in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

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UTC Reading students prepare for future careers

UTC Reading students recently had a day of talks and activities to prepare them for their future careers.

Representatives from Multitech, Ultima, Thales and ​Peter Brett Associates (PBA) attended to run sessions throughout the day for students in Years 11, 12 and 13.

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Duke of York rewards University Technical Colleges students

Seven UTC Reading students have received the Duke of York Award for Technical Education from HRH The Duke of York.

186 students from University Technical Colleges (UTCs) across the country received the Duke of York Award for Technical Education from HRH The Duke of York on 11 October 2016, with many attending the ceremony at St James’s Palace.

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Cyber Security Challenge Day

UTC Reading students were visited by Jason Stanton, Schools Programme Manager at Cyber Security Challenge UK, to run a Cyber Security Challenge Day.

Cyber Security Challenge UK is a series of national competitions, learning programmes and networking initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable more people to become cyber security professionals.

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F1 in Primary Schools competition takes off

On Tuesday 1 November, we were delighted to welcome teachers from St Anne's Catholic Primary School and Caversham Primary School to a training day for F1 in Primary Schools.

The training day was in preparation for the national F1 in Primary Schools competition, where teams of students from local primary schools will develop and race cars that they have designed and created using a CNC plotter-cutter.

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Students inspired by industry at IP EXPO

A group of our computing students went to this year’s IP EXPO in the Excel Centre in London.

IP EXPO is an IT event showcasing the latest IT innovations from a wide range of companies from the industry. There were several talks and activities for our students to take part in throughout the day, and it proved to be a highly valuable experience. Some of the student comments following the event are in the full article.

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Debate explores future of AI in business

Before half term, Year 13 student Samkeliso Kimbinyi accompanied Principal Joanne Harper to The Windsor Debates.

The session was based on Artificial Intelligence, which Samkeliso hopes to study at university when he leaves the UTC next year. Read more for his account of the experience.

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What's it like to study at UTC Reading?

Hear from our current students about what it's like to study at UTC Reading, including Year 13 computing student Karl Matthews and Year 13 engineering student Emma Clarke.

This month you can also see the following examples of typical lessons that our students experience; Year 11 Mathematics, Year 12 Electronics, Year 13 Computing, Year 10 Biology, Year 12 Physics and Year 10 Physics.

Key dates and events

Wednesday 7 December, 6.30-8.30pm: Post 16 open evening

Keep in touch

You can also keep up to date with the latest developments of UTC Reading through our website and social media channels:

Web: http://www.utcreading.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UTCReading
Twitter: @UTCReading
Instagram: utcreading
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/utc-reading
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/UTCReading

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  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
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