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UTC Reading newsletter November 2017

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

IET Women in STEM Talk at Leighton Park School 

On Tuesday 28 November Gemma Hood, Linda Hansson and Sarah Rowland from Volume AI spoke as part of our IET Women in STEM Talk Series.

This talk series is organised by UTC Reading in conjunction with Leighton Park School, Kendrick School and Reading Girls’ School and this talk was hosted by Leighton Park School.

UTC Reading students win places on the Scholars Programme 

Big congratulations to Rahima Begum, Marcus Doctrove, Jaleel Abbas and Frances Dresser for achieving a place on the University of Reading Scholars Programme for Art & Design and Elisabeth Smith for achieving a place on the programme for Business.

The Reading Scholars Programme aims to give Year 12 students a real taste of life as a university undergraduate, and to provide practical support as participants begin their Higher Education application process. Featuring input from leading academics and current undergraduate mentors, the programme will challenge participants academically and enhance current studies.

Senior Maths Challenge - Gold, Silver and Bronze

On the 7 November a group of Year 12 and Year 13  UTC Reading pupils took part in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge.

Over 100,000 pupils from across the UK returned scripts for the Senior Maths Challenge with the top 10% receiving a gold certificate, the next 20%, silver and the next 30%, bronze.

Open Event success

UTC Reading received an excellent turn out for the second open event of the year, targeting both applicants for Year 10 and Year 12.

Prospective students, parents and guardians had the opportunity to explore the school, speaking to students and teachers about studying at a UTC and its curriculum. A talk was then given by Vice Principal, Daniel Sydes, and Business Relations Manager, Michael Halliday, discussing in more depth about what awaits students starting UTC Reading in September 2018; what we are looking for and what we can offer students.

Thank you to all who came along and made the event such a success. 

Duke of York rewards UTC students

Over 30 UTC Reading students travelled to London to receive their Duke of York Award certificates from HRH The Duke of York himself at St James’ Palace on Monday 6 November.

The Duke of York Award for Technical Education recognises the success of UTC students who have pursued highly technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science. 

Nomination for this award is based on successfuly completing a process of work experience placements, academic acheivement and development of workplace skills, together with a rigorous assessment interview. 

Engineering Week 2017

This week we have been celebrating 'Engineering Week 2017' with a huge array of activities to enrich and enhance our students’ curriculum.

To kick start our Monday morning we had a rotation of three activities for the Year 10 NCFE Engineering students; these involved rocket launching, bridge building and an inspirational talk from SSE.

Students worked in teams to build their rockets and bridges; the rockets were tested by launching them down the Science corridor by air pressure, and the bridges were tested using weighted mass to see whose was the strongest!

Duke of York Mentoring Programme - Session Two

This Tuesday, we held the second session of the Duke of York Group Mentoring Programme at UTC Reading.

The project is supported by industry leaders, Microsoft, Cisco, Peter Brett Associates, Thames Water, AWE, Sage, Sage People, and Equinix. 

As part of this programme, each employer provides mentors, who each spend an hour meeting the students four times over the course of the year. The first session, held last month, focused on building trust and rapport between students and mentors.

Tuesday's second session moved into taking a look at technology in depth, whereby mentors described to the students how they experience technology on a day-to-day basis. Students then discussed their specific interest in technology, spurring some interesting conversations.

Student success at Bletchley Park

Tuesday 1 November saw a momentous occasion in which UTC Reading, as a Fujitsu ambassador school, took part in Operation Innovation - an exclusive event held for all the Fujitsu ambassador UTCs, schools and colleges in the UK.

The competition was launched in July at Fujitsu HQ in London and was spread over the course of four months. The team of four students from UTC Reading were working on this project over the summer.

Brilliant Club trip to Oxford

Twenty students visited Oxford University this week, Monday 30 October, as part of The Scholars Programme run by the educational charity, The Brilliant Club.

The aim of The Scholar Programme is to give students access to highly selected universities. The Brilliant Club works to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds that progress to highly selective universities, by training PhD researchers to share their academic expertise with pupils. The Scholars Programme is delivered by a PhD Tutor and involves two trips to the universities and six in-school tutorials.

BMW Girls Go Technical

New UTC Reading Year 12 students, Sophie Denson and Megan Williams had the opportunity to attend the BMW ‘Girls go Technical’ Work Experience programme last week.

Through this exciting and unique opportunity, they experienced the day-to-day challenges encountered by engineers and technical apprentices in their fascinating, world-class factories. Throughout the week, they gained an in-depth awareness of manufacturing and engineering processes, an insight into the range of careers available including technical roles and enhanced interview and job application skills.

Open Morning: Tuesday 12 December, 9.30-10.30am

Our open events are a great opportunity to find out more about studying at the UTC. You’ll meet students and staff and have the opportunity to tour around our fantastic facilities. 

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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