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UTC Reading celebrates former students’ achievements at Celebration Event

Former Year 11 and Year 13 students from the last academic year visited UTC Reading on Tuesday 10 December to celebrate their achievements.  

The evening was opened by Professor Gavin Brooks, Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Reading, who has given the college unwavering support since it opened. As well as supporting our Senior Leadership Team (SLT) in handing out certificates, we also had Industry Partners sponsoring special prizes for students that have stood out over the past year.  

Simon Peacock from Network Rail awarded Samuel Morgan the prize for ‘Key Stage 4 Engineering Student of the Year’. He won a behind the scenes tour of Paddington Station.  

Microsoft sponsored the prize for ‘Key Stage 4 Computing Student of the Year’, awarding Thomas Walker a VIP tour of their flagship store in London.  

Ilyas Sung won the trophy and prize for ‘Key Stage 4 STEM Student of the Year’, while the winner of the overall ‘Key Stage 4 Student of the Year’ award was Grace Dresser, who received a prize sponsored by the University of Reading.  

For Key Stage 5, Luke Pond was the lucky recipient of the award for ‘Post-16 Engineering Student of the Year’, presented by Claire Whitehouse from Stantec.  

The award for ‘Post-16 Computing Student of the Year’ went to Isaac Fountain and was awarded by Kathryn Baddeley from Cisco.  

Chris Stylianou from the University of Reading awarded Joshua Mabbs ‘Post-16 STEM Student of the Year’, whilst James Carter, now apprentice at Stantec, was the winner of the ‘Post-16 Student of the Year’, fittingly sponsored and awarded by Emma-Mai Eshelby of Stantec.  

In 2018, our Celebration Event launched two new awards. The first is the 'Edward Gilder Award for Outstanding Commitment to UTC Reading', in honour of a former student of UTC Reading tragically killed in a road accident in May 2017. We were honoured that his father, Warren Gilder, came to present the prize to Benjamin Lewis for Key Stage 4 and to Frances Dresser for Post-16.  

The second memorial award is in honour of former student Mohammed Dad. Mohammed showed real resilience in the face of terminal illness and ‘The Mohammed Dad Award for Outstanding Perseverance and Resilience’ was awarded to Harley Gorst for Key Stage 4 and Ravleen Kaur for Post-16. It is really important to UTC Reading to remember these two outstanding students and their legacy at the college.  

Congratulations to all students for their achievements! We look forward to following your progress in the future. 

Thank you to our wonderful industry partners who gave up their time to support this event.  

You can view all of the photos via the link below:


  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett