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UTC Reading newsletter April 2016

Welcome to the April edition of the UTC newsletter. Take a look at the range of exciting activities that have been taking place throughout the past month.

UTC Reading awarded Centre of Excellence status

UTC Reading has been awarded "Centre of Excellence" status for equipping students with digital skills and qualifications.

The award comes from Prodigy Learning and recognises the variety of ways in which the UTC develops industry standard qualifications.

Among the achievements so far this year, our Year 13 students are building their CVs with “prof quals” (professional qualifications) from Microsoft, AutoDesk, and Adobe. This will help them to seek out the best apprenticeships and sponsored degree programmes when they finish this summer.

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Industry and education unite at STEM Hub

UTC Reading’s latest STEM Hub meeting was a great success, with industry partners and other local companies coming together to explore ideas relating to science, technology, engineering and maths.

UTC Reading experimented with a new format for this meeting, which went down extremely well. Jon Brydges, from Creat3d Ltd, said: “Today’s meeting was well focused on finding solutions to industry training needs.”

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Industry experts support computer science assignment



Before the Easter break, Filemaker and We Know Data came into the UTC to deliver four lectures to our Year 13 computing students. 

The sessions covered database planning, development and testing.

The lectures were designed to help students with one of their assignments being completed as part of their BTEC Level 3 qualification. 

The students highly valued the professional input and we are extremely grateful to both partners for sharing their expertise.

Engineering students take on disaster relief challenge

UTC Reading students joined young engineers from University Technical Colleges across the country at HMS Sultan in Gosport on Thursday 10 March.

A total of 34 teams took part in the Royal Navy challenge Operation Antarctica 2016.

Themed around the Royal Navy’s role of providing disaster relief, the students were tasked with designing a boat capable of negotiating dangerous ice floes and retrieving lost supplies from a mission zone in the Antarctic.

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Salesforce developers community meetup

On Thursday 17 March, 20 software development companies who use the Salesforce platform came together for a community meetup at the UTC.

This was the first time this has ever happened, so we were delighted to be able to be a part of it. We look forward to being able to host more of these events in future.

British Army challenge for computing students

Students at UTC Reading have been designing and developing disaster relief products as part of a challenge set by the British Army.

Divided into four teams, each group was asked to design and develop a different product, complete with assembly instructions and interactive user guides that could be delivered by Army teams to 14-18 year olds.

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Confident communication masterclass for Year 10

Last month, the whole of Year 10 took part in a communication workshop with expert trainers from Talk The Talk.

Students took part in individual, pair and group activities throughout the day with the aim of developing their use of structure in presentations, essay writing and exam answers. At the end of the day, they delivered a structured presentation to the rest of the group.

The workshop provided the opportunity for students to learn how to improve their employability skills and interview techniques, as well as exploring key presentation methods, so was a highly valuable experience for everyone who took part.

Security experts deliver e-safety workshops

On Tuesday 22 March, four volunteers from Intel’s security team visited our Year 10 and Year 12 computer science students.

The security team at Intel is made up of developers who build internet security software, such as virus checkers, firewalls and spam filters. They came to UTC Reading to run workshops exploring the safe use of technology.

Daniel Sydes, Assistant Principal Computer Science and Mathematics, commented: “This was an important experience for our computer science students. Safe use of technology is a key area for UTC Reading as we aspire to be digital role models for the local community.”

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