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UTC Reading newsletter January 2017

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

IET Women in STEM talks at UTC Reading

UTC Reading is working with the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), to host a series of talks on Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Talks will be delivered by women from a range of careers and backgrounds, all aiming to inspire young people to see the wealth of opportunities available to them in STEM.

We will be hosting one talk per month and will update our website with the schedule throughout the year. Take a look at the schedule.

Speed networking success for post 16 students

On Wednesday 25 January, we were delighted to welcome nine industry leaders and STEM Ambassadors to meet a group of our post-16 students at our first Tech Mentors speed networking event.

Students were able to spend five minutes with each Tech Mentor, giving them valuable insights into their line of work, and understand what makes a successful career. With such high profile industry leaders, the students were able to understand how a career can be developed, and how a successful company can be built.

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Visit inspires girls into STEM careers

On Wednesday 25 January, two Peter Brett Associates (PBA) employees visited UTC Reading to speak to a group of our female students.

Charlotte Cullimore, Assistant Engineer, and Jenny Hughes, Assistant Environmental Planner, explained what’s involved in each of their jobs and the routes they took to get there. Speaking from experience, they provided our students with useful tips on rising to the top in a predominantly male dominated work environment.

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Year 10 students learn valuable presentation skills

This month, Talk The Talk came to UTC Reading to run a day of workshops on public speaking and confidence building.

The workshops focused on aspects such as gesturing, body language and posture as well as the content of presentations. Instructors gave some useful tips and tricks for students to bear in mind when presenting in order to get their message across clearly and confidently.

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Industry partners prepare students for future careers

UTC Reading recently hosted a careers fair, with 11 fantastic industry partners taking part.

UTC Reading students were given the opportunity to talk to the employers about careers, before the fair was open to parents and members of the public.

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Biology students get a unique view of the human anatomy

Year 13 biology students have been using the latest technology to get a unique view of human anatomy.

The students were visited by Steve Beswick, Business Development Director for Microsoft Education, who gave students the opportunity to try the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset. An application on the headset, called HoloAnatomy, has been developed by a university in America to show the human anatomy.

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UTC Reading student elected as local Youth MP

Year 11 student, Humayan Tufail, has been elected as a Member of the Reading Youth Parliament.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected annually in every part of the UK. Once elected MYPs meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

After putting himself forward, Humayan had to write on a ballot paper what he aimed to accomplish in his first year of being a Youth MP. About 25 young people put themselves forward and 16 were elected by local students.

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Students are set for success following 3D printing workshop

On Monday 9 January, UTC Reading Product Design students took part in a 3D printing workshop run by Jon Brydges from Creat3D.

Jon began the session with the Year 11, 12 and 13 students explaining the background to 3D printing, including when it was discovered. Students learnt about how 3D printing is used in many big companies today, including Rolls Royce and Formula 1 where it is used for printing car parts.

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Teacher gains industry insights during work placement

UTC Reading STEM Co-ordinator, Lewis Hutchinson, has been gaining new insights during a week of industry immersion with a leading local employer.

Lewis spent a week working with Bracknell-based Syngenta, which specialises in crop disease protection, seed breeding, biotechnology and plant sciences.

The placement was designed to ensure our students benefit from the latest scientific thinking and practices and to build further links between the UTC and the global company.

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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; each of which pose five questions to 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 watch some examples of lessons on our Typical lessons at UTC Reading page.

Application deadline - limited spaces available for Year 12

The Year 10 application deadline for 2017 has now passed and any applications received will be classed as ‘late’ applications.

The initial deadline for Year 12 has also passed and offers are being made, but we do have limited places available and will be making further offers before Easter.

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:

Twitter: @UTCReading

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