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UTC Reading students commended at The Duke of York Awards for Technical Education at St James’ Palace

On Wednesday 30 January, UTC Reading students and alumni joined over 140 students from UTCs across the country at the 2019 Duke of York Awards Ceremony at St James’ Palace in London.

The Duke of York Awards for Technical Education, now in its sixth year, recognises the hard work of UTC students who have pursued and performed well in technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science. Nomination is based on successfully completing work experience placements, academic achievement and developing workplace skills.

At the ceremony, each student was presented with their award by HRH The Duke of York and Patron of the Baker Dearing Trust. The students from UTC Reading accepting Gold awards were: Max Grimmett who is now studying computer science at Durham University, Jack Clayton who is doing a degree apprenticeship with BMW in Oxford, Anthony Campbell who is studying Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Portsmouth University, Rebekah Kinchin who is studying biomedical science at the University of Reading, Oliver Hayes who is studying computer science at the University of Reading, and Joshua Ryan who has a degree apprenticeship with Fujitsu.

Neil Pouney, Vice Principal at UTC Reading, said:

"This award shows that students can work directly on projects with employers; they  have achieved technical level 3 qualifications and they are confident in interviews. This award sets them apart in the race to secure high quality technical destinations. It is for this reason it is so positively supported by the Duke of York."

His Royal Highness The Duke of York said:

“By seeking out University Technical Colleges, you have set yourself apart from others in the education system. Those who make a success of it - as you all have - have a level of self-determination and motivation that means you will move quickly through the ranks in the workplace.”

Charles Parker, CEO, Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity that promotes and sustains UTCs said:

“The Duke of York Award for Technical Education provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of UTC students and the importance of their technical education. These young people have had a flying start because they went to a UTC. They are already making a huge contribution to society because of the relevance of their education to the modern economy and their experience of dealing with adults through the employer led projects, which are a key part of a UTC education.”  

Well done to our students for their fantastic achievements!

Please find the official photographs here

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