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UTC Reading newsletter December 2016

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

UTC Reading signs up to promote women in engineering

UTC Reading has become an educational member of WISE, a campaign promoting women in Science and Engineering.

This term we have been working to encourage more young women to join the UTC. Stephanie Mitchell, our Director of Industry Relations, commented: “It is very important for us to emphasise to young women that STEM subjects and careers are not just for men. We have made a lot of progress this term and have lots more exciting activities and campaigns in the pipeline to continue to raise the profile of young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.”

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Students' light installation revealed at Reading Station

UTC Reading students impressed the public as they revealed their lighting installation outside Reading Station.

“The Connections Challenge” was launched as a project day in September 2016. The challenge was to design an innovative lighting installation for Reading Station Forecourt. The winning design was named “The Egg” and the students then had the opportunity to take the design forward to refine and manufacture the product.

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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.

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Cisco launch "IoT World" Core Project

This year’s computing Core Project has been launched by Cisco, who are about to begin a series of project workshops with UTC Reading computing students.

The project is based on the Internet of Things (IoT), entitled "IoT World". Students are being tasked with building and programming IoT solutions using Raspberry Pi technology and understanding how these solutions are applied in industry.

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Students’ engineering skills put to the test by Network Rail

Year 13 engineering students recently took part in a two-hour Network Rail workshop, run by James Merry from My Kinda Future.

Students were tasked with building a bridge out of basic materials including paper clips, staples, string and paper, before completing a written exercise solving a problem set by Network Rail.

The students’ solutions, along with photographs of the bridges, were sent to Network Rail following the workshop. Based on this, they will decide which students they wish to invite to a meeting to discuss potential apprenticeship opportunities.

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Students inspired by data security experts

UTC Reading students were recently visited by Simon Cuthbert and Norman Shaw from ExactTrak, who gave an informative talk on data security.

The students were inspired by the talk and asked Simon and Norman lots of questions, ranging from technical questions about their hardware and software to advice on potential career routes.

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UTC Reading student becomes Microsoft Master

Year 13 student Karl Matthews gained Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) status in the 2016 version of Microsoft Office earlier this term by becoming MOS in Microsoft PowerPoint and MOS Expert in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Karl has now progressed further with his professional Microsoft qualifications, becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist Master.

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Senior Mathematics Challenge 2016

A group of students have taken part in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge.

John Rowe, Gleb Dianov and Alex Carpenter were amongst the top 10% of students who took part in the challenge nationally and have received gold certificates.

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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 by watching our “Take Five” videos; five questions answered by UTC Reading students. They can be found on the “What our students say” section of our website or on our YouTube channel.

You can also see an example of an Year 12 BTEC Level 3 Engineering lesson added to our Typical lessons at UTC Reading page.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications for a place for September 2017 is 31 December. Apply as soon as possible to reserve a place before they go!

Year 10 application form

Year 12 application form

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
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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