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UTC Reading Newsletter May 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the UTC Reading newsletter. Take a look at the range of exciting activities that have been taking place over the past few weeks!

Year 13’s compete in the final of the Craftsman CUP Challenge

On Wednesday 23 May, Year 13 UTC Reading students headed to the Ministry of Defence, Lyneham for the final of the Craftsman CUP challenge.

Salesforce Trailhead Rangers at UTC Reading

Two staff members at UTC Reading; Robert Bradley, Teacher of Computing, and Erika Ujvari, Enrichment Instructor, have both achieved Salesforce Trailhead “Rangers” status - the highest rank obtainable.

Year 10 students successfully pass Microsoft exams

Year 10 UTC Reading students, Ben Emmons and Ben Foster have successfully passed their Microsoft exams!

Ben Emmons passed the Software Development Fundamentals (c#) exam which tests understanding of core and object-oriented programming, general software development and web and desktop applications and databases. 

Ben Foster passed the Microsoft operating systems exam which tests understanding of operating system configurations, managing applications and devices and installing and upgrading client systems.

An inspirational trip to the Royal Navy base

On Thursday 10 May, 27 students attended the Navy’s Portsmouth base along with UTC Reading Engineering Teachers, Andy Thacker and David Court.

The students were welcomed to the base by the Commanding Officer and then split into groups to investigate four aspects of engineering forensic work. 

The Brilliant Club 2018

Earlier this month, six students in Years 10 and 12 visited Kings College, London to celebrate the completion of their scholar programme with The Brilliant Club.

The event consisted of a graduation ceremony to celebrate the students’ achievements. All students received certificates (those unable to attend will be receiving these soon).

UTC Reading hosts the F1 in Schools - South East Regional Finals!

UTC Reading hosted the South East Regional Finals of the F1 in Schools competition.

Each team were judged by leading industry partners, Peter Brett Associates, Rockwell Collins and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on a set criteria...

Leading expert gives cancer insights to A-Level Biology students

UTC Reading received a visit from Dr Martin Christlieb, who works in the Department of Oncology at Oxford University.

Martin delivered a  presentation to A-Level Biology students that covered: how we define cancer, the problems it causes to the body, identifying cancer cells and possible ways of treating it.

UTC Reading host Cyber Security Council to address skills gap

UTC Reading hosted a Cyber Security Council, attended by 17 industry leaders, discussing how a national approach to developing a talent pipeline across UTCs could be developed and to address the skills gap.

Representatives from across 13 leading businesses attended this event: Fujitsu, Symantec, The Prince’s Emergency Resiliency Group, Secure Data, QTM Global, Palo Alto Networks, Forcepoint, Cyber Security Challenge, Checkpoint, Logrhythm, IBM, McAfee and SGS Berkeley Green UTC.

Year 13 student catches attention of Reading Buses' CEO

Year 13 UTC Reading student Jonathan Foot secured a summer job at Reading Buses after catching the attention of their CEO.

Jonathan developed a programme, which would drastically improve efficiencies and customer experience in their business.

NASA Engineer gives space lecture at UTC Reading

NASA  Engineer George “Gabe” Gabrielle visited UTC Reading to give a talk to staff, students, and members of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) on life in space.

Meet the mentor: Gargi Gupta

Gargi has a degree in Computer Engineering and a PGCE. She is also an NLP Practitioner, has previously led the promotion of women in STEM campaigns and represents UTC Reading in the British Computer Society (BCS).

UTC Reading to host interactive event for budding programmers

The Future Marker Lab project, held on 23 June, focuses on an interactive AI and Bots experience, with coding and AI experts sharing their skills and knowledge in order to discover the UK’s future inventors and tech leaders. 

Teachers: learn more about the implications of the new Science GCSE

On Thursday 7 June from 09.00-16.00 we will be hosting a course to enable teachers to consider the teaching and learning implications of how practical skills are being assessed in the new Science GCSE.

Register for our July Open Event!

We will be opening our doors on Tuesday 3 July from 5.30-7.30pm to prospective students and their parents to take a look around and see what we have to offer. 

Don't miss out! Register here

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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