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UTC Reading presented with Royal Navy UTC Partnering Charter

This week, UTC Reading had a visit from Captain David Joyce, who leads the Royal Navy's affiliation programme with UTCs, to present them with the Royal Navy UTC Partnering Charter, signifying their intention to affiliate with UTC Reading.

Students at the UTC have already been engaging with the Royal Navy across three separate events (Royal Navy experience week, The Royal Navy Challenge and the Junior Leaders Field Gun competition) and will continue to do so throughout the academic year.

The Royal Navy experience week saw a group of eight engineering students spend a week at Portsmouth Harbour, learning an array of skills and having the opportunity to discover what it’s like to work in the Royal Navy.

UTC Reading students also joined other young engineers from UTCs across the country at HMS Sultan in Gosport last year for The Royal Navy Disaster Relief Challenge.

Their most recent involvement was during the Junior Leaders Field Gun (JLFG) Competition debrief, detailing how their participating team of students will spend their four days in Portsmouth, staying on HMS Bristol and training for the competition, followed by two days of competing in the challenge itself.

Captain Joyce’s visit continued with a presentation to all Year 12 and Year 13 students to provide further details of the JFLG competition. The presentation was brought to life by three UTC Alumni students who left in summer 2017 and were able to give an account of their experience taking part in the competition last year.

Jonathan Nicholls, Principal at UTC Reading, said, “This affiliation further strengthens our ties with the Royal Navy and allows us to develop future engagement programmes between our students and the RN both in and out of the UTC.”

Captain David Joyce presenting Principal, Jonathan Nicholls with the Certificate,  joined by Caitlin Sutherland (Left), Year 13 Engineering student and team member for the Royal Navy challenge and Sophie Denson (right),  Year 12 A Level student studying Maths, Further Maths and Physics and also a Royal Navy Challenge team member.

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