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UTC Reading newsletter October 2017

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

UTC Reading shares best practice in employer partnerships internationally

A leading educational delegation from South Africa visited UTC Reading today to learn about how industry partnerships are helping boost employability for thousands of Activate Learning students.

The delegation included five senior members of staff at the Department of Basic Education in South Africa: Dr Maboya, Dr Joshua, Mr Ndlebe, Dr Simelane and Ms Nabunda. Their two-day visit focused on seeing how industry partnerships are helping develop excellence in vocational education in practice.

Students inspired by over 30 industry partners at Drop Down Morning

Over 30 industry partners attended our Drop Down Morning, running a series of employability and career workshops, inspirational talks and group mentoring sessions for Years 11, 12 and 13.

Partners from AIM Apprenticeships, Equinix and QA ran workshops on CV development, giving students top tips on how to make their CV stand out.






 Open event success at UTC Reading

UTC Reading had a fantastic first open event of the year, for prospective Year 10 and 12 students who wish to join the UTC in September 2018.

Students and parents were given the opportunity to explore the school independently, taking the time to talk to teaching staff and students about what it’s like to study at the UTC. Two presentations took place during the event, one for each prospective year group, detailing what makes UTC Reading a unique and great place to study.

UTC Reading celebrates Ada Lovelace Day

A gifted Mathematician, Ada Lovelace was an influential woman for her time. Ada is considered to have written instructions for the first computer programme in the mid 1800s. However, her achievements in the field were not fully appreciated until the 1950s. She introduced many computer concepts and is now considered the first computer programmer.

So what can Ada Lovelace teach girls studying at UTCs?

As a female studying at a UTC, you have already made the conscious decision to pave the way for your future.

IET Talk on ARM Technology

UTC Reading hosted a talk this month by Jon Black, Principal Engineer at ARM; a British multinational semiconductor and software design company, whose chips and device architectures orchestrate the performance of the technology that makes modern life possible.

The talk that took place on Thursday 5 October was for the Intuition of Engineering and Technology. Jon spoke about IP and the basic technology that goes into chip and SoC design, as well as his work on developing software models of ARM-based systems. It was a really engaging talk on state of the art technology.

We look forward to hearing more from Jon soon at a talk for UTC Reading students. 

Royal Navy Training Week

A group of eight engineering students from UTC Reading spent a week at Portsmouth Harbour with the Royal Navy, learning an array of skills and having the opportunity to see what it’s like to work in the Royal Navy.

Various activities took place over the trip including: knot tying workshops, tour of explosive mines, tour of an active war ship, learning the meaning behind ship maps, a lesson on gas turbines, sailing a motor boat through Portsmouth Harbour and sleeping on board the decommissioned HMS Bristol battle ship.

Network Rail Introductory Presentation

Year 12 and 13 engineers at UTC Reading received a visit last week from Network Rail to explore the exciting opportunities open to them once they leave.

Network Rail representatives, Harriet Sergent and Jacob Bressington kicked off with a quick quiz, highlighting the important role the railways play in the UK. It was then followed by information on apprenticeship positions and graduate schemes they can offer.

IET Women in STEM Talk 

As part of Ada Lovelace Day, on Tuesday 10 October at UTC Reading we had an inaugural talk as part of our IET Women in STEM Talk series in collaboration with Kendrick School, Reading Girls’ School and Leighton Park School.

This talk series aims to showcase inspirational women in STEM and to highlight careers to girls that they might not have thought of before. The talk was given by Dr Caroline Cox, Earth Observation Algorithm Scientist from RAL Space.

Oracle Experience Day for Year 10 Students

All year 10 students were invited to Oracle for a day of tech inspiration on Wednesday 11 October.

The day began with a visit to a ‘Tech Fair’ to gather information on new technology and app building. The students were then set the challenge of building their own apps in teams. These apps were judged by apprentices and volunteers from Oracle.

Parent Networking Event: Children with Autism

UTC Reading hosted a networking event for parents and guardians of students with autism.

The event welcomed Jane Stanford-Beale from Autism Berkshire, James Cody, Emmanuelle Sangster, Katie Ellis and Nicole Targett from AWE and Caroline Hearst from AutAngel who were all available to talk to parents, offering them information and support.

Pathway CTM Introductory Presentation

An assembly to years 12 and 13 about alternative routes to university and general employability opportunities for young people was delivered last week by Pathway CTM, an award winning social enterprise that is transforming employment training, support and opportunities for schools and students.

This service supports students by ensuring that they are fully informed about all the options open to them and supporting them through the application process. This is a great opportunity for students to think outside the traditional route that follows after sixth form and begin to explore their options.

Open event: Wednesday 8 November, 5.30-7.30pm

Our open events are a great opportunity to find out more about studying at the UTC. You’ll meet students, staff and industry partners and have the opportunity to take part in some great science, engineering and computing activities.

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Applications for September 2018

You can now apply for a place at UTC Reading in September 2018. For more information, download our 2018-19 prospectus.

To apply for a place, complete the Year 10 application form or Year 12 application form on our website. We will be in touch shortly afterwards to confirm the next steps of the application process.

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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