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Celebration of success for UTC Reading

UTC Reading staff, students, alumni and industry partners congregated at Reading’s Hilton Hotel on Thursday 7 January for an evening of celebration.

Following opening remarks from Chair of Governors Lee Nicholls, students who completed engineering and computer science qualifications last summer were officially presented with their certificates by one of the UTC’s industry partners.

Representatives from Network Rail, Peter Brett Associates, Microsoft and Cisco awarded certificates to students, while also sharing their experiences of working with UTC Reading.

Keith Mitchell, Chairman of Peter Brett Associates, said:

“We’re hugely proud of our work with the UTC, and what this brings to the education of the young people here. It’s great for us too, because it creates an environment in which young people come into our organisation and challenge our young professionals with fresh ideas and thinking. We’re absolutely delighted to have this relationship, and I would like to congratulate all of the pupils who have completed their courses this year.”

Guy Howell, Cisco Executive Sponsor, said:

“This year, three of our apprentices came from the UTC, so they are now colleagues. Our relationship with the school is a mutual one; it benefits the UTC because students get industry experience and build contacts, but it also helps us to discover talent which will translate into our next wave of engineers and architects. We look forward to our continuing our relationship with UTC Reading into the future.”

Six students received special awards recognising exceptional effort and achievement. Four of these were sponsored by one of the UTC’s industry partners, with the remaining two being awarded by Activate Learning and University of Reading. Congratulations to the winners, who were as follows:

  • Israr Hassan - Student of the Year Award (Post 16)

  • Thomas Stanley - Student of the Year Award for Computer Science (Post 16)

  • Luke Waterson - Student of the Year Award for Engineering (Post 16)

  • Hannah Goddard - Student of the Year Award (Key Stage 4)

  • Yeukai Jiri - Student of the Year Award for Computer Science (Key Stage 4)

  • Gareth Colwill - Student of the Year Award for Engineering (Key Stage 4)

The ceremony was brought to a close with remarks from Professor Gavin Brooks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at University of Reading. Professor Brooks said:

“I would strongly encourage each student here today to continue the hard work that you have been engaged with and make the most of what I think is an amazing opportunity. It puts you in a very strong position for future employment and future study. Congratulations to all of you on your achievements.”

Principal Joanne Harper said:

“It was a wonderful evening, giving us the opportunity to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our students. We are extremely proud of them all and are looking forward to hearing about their future successes.”

Further photos from the evening are on our Facebook page.

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