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UTC Reading celebrates success in university’s Great Hall

UTC Reading staff, students, alumni and industry partners congregated at the University of Reading’s Great Hall on Tuesday 13 December for an evening of celebration.

Following opening remarks from Professor Gavin Brooks, Pro-Vice Chancellor at University of Reading, students who completed engineering and computer science qualifications in the summer were officially presented with their certificates by one of the UTC’s industry partners.

Professor Gavin Brooks said: “The University has enjoyed a very fruitful partnership with UTC Reading since it opened in September 2013. We all owe enormous thanks and gratitude to Joanne Harper and her team for the tremendous efforts they have put into making the UTC the great success that it is. To be awarded an Ofsted rating of Outstanding at its first attempt is a truly remarkable feat and it exemplifies the excellent teaching that students experience whilst studying for their qualification.

“The University of Reading, and the various industry partners who are represented here this evening, are delighted to be a part of the UTC and its ongoing success and we are very pleased to be a part of this evening’s celebratory event.”

Representatives from Microsoft, Cisco, University of Reading, Network Rail, Peter Brett Associates and Activate Learning awarded certificates to students, while also sharing their experiences of working with UTC Reading.

Martin Dix, Peter Brett Associates Partner, delivered a keynote speech after Professor Gavin Brooks’ opening remarks. He said: “We’re really proud to be involved with the UTC. Being able to give today’s keynote speech gives me the opportunity to reinforce how important schools like this are to industry. Industry is desperate for more talent, but industry also needs to help nurture that talent. That’s what UTC Reading does, and I and other industry partners are grateful to be involved in it.”

Six students received special awards recognising exceptional effort and achievement. Four of these were sponsored by one of the UTC’s industry partners, with the remaining two being awarded by Activate Learning and University of Reading. Congratulations to the winners, who were as follows:

  • Finn Swift - Student of the Year Award for Engineering (Key Stage 4), sponsored by Network Rail
  • Matthew Allen - Student of the Year Award for Computer Science (Key Stage 4), sponsored by Microsoft
  • Rachel Mattoo - Student of the Year Award (Key Stage 4), sponsored by University of Reading
  • Katie Munday - Student of the Year Award for Engineering (Post 16), sponsored by Peter Brett Associates
  • Toby Aurelius - Student of the Year Award for Computer Science (Post 16), sponsored by Cisco
  • Katherine Hughes - Student of the Year Award (Post 16), sponsored by Activate Learning

The ceremony was brought to a close with remarks from last year’s Student President and Vice President, Jordi Clancy and Katherine Hughes, who spoke to the audience about how highly they valued their UTC Reading experience.

Principal Joanne Harper said: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to gather everyone together for this evening of celebration. We are extremely proud of all of our students for everything they have achieved, and wish those who have now left us the best of luck with their future careers.”

Further photos from the evening are on our Facebook page.

  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett