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UTC Reading Newsletter January 2018

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

IET Women in STEM Talk

Last week, Tuesday 23 January, Amanda Walker and Katie Munday from DP Architects gave a Women in STEM talk at Kendrick School to students from nearby schools, including Reading Girls, Leighton Park School and UTC Reading.

UTC Reading host Careers Fair

UTC Reading hosted a Careers Fair for students to attend, as well as opening the invite to parents in the evening.

The Careers Fair took place in the afternoon with each year group having the opportunity to come in and sit with a range of leading industry partners, such as Cisco, PBA and BMW, in small groups. This ensured that all students were able to speak to all employers relevant to their currently pathway of study.

CPD Training Session 

On Monday  8 January, Director of Mathematics, Cimen Sahin organised an all staff CPD training session on “Outstanding Teaching & Learning and Classroom Management ideas” delivered by Pietro Tozzi.

Pietro has 33 years of mathematics teaching experience, has mentored many ITT’s and NQT’S and also delivered training programmes for Pearson/Edexcel.

Internal Celebration Event - 14 December 2017

UTC Reading celebrated the achievements of their students with a Celebration Event during the school day on Thursday 14 December 2017. 

The awards handed out included award for the top positive bytes, which went to Anshul Saini,  award for the team that put together the World Class Schools application – Adam Carter, Jonathan Foot, Caitlin Sutherland, Frances Dresser, Holly Maddox and Fraser Bradshaw and a large number of students were given awards for perfect attendance. 

UTC Reading Celebration Event

The internal Celebration Event on the afternoon of Thursday 14 December was followed by an external celebration for those students who gained qualifications in the summer term 2017, in both Years 11 and 13 at that point.

Eco Engineer Challenge - Judging Event

120 pupils from Redlands Primary School and Hillside Primary School took part in the ‘Grand Finale’ of their term-long project ‘UTC Reading Eco Engineers Challenge’.

The challenge consisted of pupils dividing into small groups to design an Eco House using AutoCAD software and using their engineering and mathematical knowledge, along with the support of their teachers over the autumn term.

Innovation in Education – Working with Cisco

UTC Reading now features as a successful case study for its collaboration with Cisco, leader in IT and networking. Read the full case study here.  


UTC Reading receives the World Class Schools Quality Mark!

UTC Reading has once again been recognised for the contribution it makes to the young students who study in the school and has become one of only 60 schools in the country to receive such an award.

PBA Work Experience Success

On 30 November, a number of students took part in interviews for work experience placements at Peter Brett Associates (PBA) in Reading.

STEMhub event

Representatives from Bion, CGI, Buckinghamshire Learning Trust and the University of Reading met with school representatives from Reading and Wokingham to discuss enriching the STEM education of their pupils.

Green Meets Grey Event

22 UTC Reading students joined students from Leighton Park and JMA at Green Park in Reading to take part in the Green meets Grey event.

Students worked in teams alongside major industry partners to solve problems related to IOT (internet of things) devices. The industry partner came to each table and sat with the students to present the idea, brainstorm potential solutions, decide on a final solution and then create a prototype and present it to the judges.

Leading expert gives STEM talk at UTC Reading

Graham Simms, an Engineer from Proctor and Gamble visited UTC Reading to deliver a lecture to our Year 12 and 13 physicists.

The talk, "Innovation Sparks" was created when Proctor and Gamble asked Graham to give a talk at their annual innovation award ceremony event held in London. The talk was then repeated at a larger European meeting held in Brussels and Graham has since delivered it to their Boston and Cincinnati Innovation Centres. As a STEM Ambassador, he now gives this talk to local schools.

Drop Down Morning

The Big Drop Down Morning took place on Wednesday 10 January which saw our industry partners mentoring KS5 studnets, providing careers talks and leading on employability skills workshops. 

Thank you to Microsoft, Cisco, PBA, AWE, Thames Water, Sage, Equinix, SSE, Thales, QA, Ultima and Eton Bridge Partners for making the day possible.

In other news...

Sage AI Labs – a new workshop format was launched to students during specialist enrichment

Cyber Security – all KS5 students are now given access to the Digital Cyber Academy training platform which is currently ranked 4th in the UK, alongside other UTCs and universities

Appsbroker visit - 17 January, Year 13 computing students discussed degree apprenticeships and Google Cloud careers

Cyber Centurion Challenge  - 19 January, 3 x teams entered the competiton and achieved top 50 rankings

AutoDesk - 23 January Fusion 360 technical training delivered to Year 12 students to support their high level CAD work. Examples from automotive industry were used to convey the different ways in which CAD supports design and manufacturing processes

Army REME - mentors visited the UTC to support Year 13 engineering students in their Specialist Engineering Project

UTC Reading Post-16 Open Evening: Tuesday 6 February, 17:30 - 19:00pm

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 still 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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