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“Microsoft has a long and proud history supporting education in the UK. One area of focus for us is the promotion of computer science in schools for young people. This promotion is essential so that we can develop talent and ensure the UK continues to produce world class computer science and programming graduates.”

Steve Beswick, Director of Education for Microsoft

“The inclusion of the Cisco Networking Academy provides a route to globally recognised industry qualifications that will tangibly improve the employability prospects of UTC Reading students. Our staff, interns and apprentices are directly involved in many events, projects and activities at UTC Reading allowing us to encourage more students and increase the gender diversity of those that follow a career in IT and engineering where there has been a steady decline through the traditional education system.”

Nigel Townley, Engineering Director, Cisco

UTC Reading is very fortunate to be supported by sponsors and partners who are working together to make sure we have everything in place for an exemplary computer science and engineering UTC.

Our lead partners are involved in a number of ways, including:

  • Consultancy and advice on curriculum content
  • Product and services donations
  • Employer accreditations
  • Employer-led projects and challenges
  • Coaching and mentoring for staff and students
  • Providing work experience opportunities
  • Participation in the governance of the UTC

Our associate partners are also involved in a number of ways including:

  • Access to selected project information to provide ‘real-life’ case studies to facilitate project challenges and enhance the students’ learning experience
  • Opportunities for pupils to meet apprentices and graduates to share their experiences in their business and the work they do
  • Coaching and mentoring for students and staff

Lead partners

Activate Learning

Activate Learning brings together secondary, further and higher education, workforce training, consultancy and social enterprise.

Reading Uni logo The University of Reading

The University of Reading is a global university ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. It is one of the UK’s top research-intensive universities with 87% of our research deemed to be of international standing.  We have a strong reputation across a broad range of subjects including information technology, computer science, cybernetics and electronic engineering.


Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In education, the company is empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.

Cisco LogoCisco

Founded in 1984 Cisco (Nasdaq "CSCO") is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate.  Today, networks are an essential part of business, education, government and home communications, and Cisco Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions are the foundation of these networks.  The Cisco name has become synonymous with the Internet, as well as with the productivity improvements that Internet business solutions provide.
Cisco Networking Academy

Network RailNetwork Rail

Network Rail is the authority responsible for the United Kingdom's railway network.  Network Rail's main customers are the separate and mostly private-sector train operating companies(TOCs), responsible for passenger transport, and freight operating companies(FOCs), who provide train services on the infrastructure that the company owns and maintains. Ultimately both Network Rail and the train operating companies have the shared responsibility of delivering train services to the travelling public

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Peter Brett Associates LLP

Peter Brett Associates is a multi-disciplinary consultancy of independent thinkers: engineers, transport planners, scientists, technicians, environmentalists and project managers.  PBA has its headquarters in Reading where it has had an office for 40 years.

Associate partners


Founded in 1976, CGI is a global IT and business process services provider delivering high-quality business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing services. With 71,000 professionals in 40 countries, CGI has an industry-leading track record of on-time, on-budget projects, aligning our teams with clients’ business strategies to achieve top-to-bottom line results.

On-systems Limited

On-systems is a power supply design and manufacturer that specialises in the military market. Meeting the demands of military equipment from man portable to secure satellite systems. They have a team of dedicated engineers that move projects from concept to prototype and production. They have to comply with a number of very stringent military specifications to provide systems that will work in the very harsh environment military customers expect.

Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies is the world's leading electronic measurement company, transforming today's measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its HP and Agilent legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and defence, and semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. The company's over 9,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries.

Thames Water

Thames Water provides the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 14 million customers across London and the Thames Valley. As the UK’s biggest water and wastewater services provider, every day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4bn litres, on average.


Denford Limited has a proud 60 year history as a British based manufacturer, with a well-deserved reputation for quality and technological excellence.  Denford’s products have been specifically designed for education and training, and are a familiar feature in schools, colleges, universities and training establishments throughout the world. Denford are proud founders and sponsors of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge – the only worldwide multi-disciplinary challenge for pupils aged 9-19 and the largest global educational initiative promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).


Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, is committed to partnering with teachers, students and organisations to build valuable workplace skills that can help shape the future of design and engineering education. Autodesk is focused on delivering free software to secondary classrooms in the UK through our dedicated academic resource centre, and to providing curriculum and easy to use apps for iPhone, iPad and Android, supporting everyone’s ability to create and share their ideas with the world.

Prodigy Learning

Prodigy Learning works directly with Certiport as a Certiport platinum elite solution provider, serving the UK and Ireland. Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the world's leader in standards based certification solutions that enable personal and professional advancement through globally portable qualifications. In addition to the Certiport, Prodigy Learning also provides a full range of courseware and practice tests for CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft IT Professional, Oracle certifications and more.


The FileMaker Platform’s smooth learning curve is well suited to students looking to develop technical skills to create multi-platform solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and web browsers. FileMaker’s flexibility means students can easily adapt a solution as a project's requirements change; a regular occurrence in modern business.

Sytel Reply

Reply is a dynamic network of specialised firms that compliment one another's capabilities and team together to provide unique solutions depending on clients' needs. Sytel Reply is one of the Reply network firms delivering innovative telecoms, media and technology solutions to its clients. Sytel’s specialisations range from network engineering and security, enterprise architecture and business process management, to programme management and business transformation.


Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing over 14,000 people. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors.

Francis Construction 

Francis Construction is a family owned business undertaking a wide range of projects along the M5 corridor, including housing, education, restoration, leisure, health, commercial and retail. The company believes in a pro-active, collaborative team approach, working with our clients to ensure they get value, high quality and completion on time and to budget. 

Kier Construction

Kier Construction is part of the regional construction division of the Kier Group, providing a comprehensive service for the design and construction of new buildings, refurbishment and fit-out works, for both the public and private sectors. From our local office in Newbury, we operate throughout the Thames Valley.


Salesforce is the leading enterprise cloud platform and CRM company. Industries and companies of all sizes can connect to their customers in a whole new way using the latest innovations in mobile, social, and cloud technology to succeed like never before. We also put aside 1% of our equity, 1% of our employees' time, and 1% of our product for charities through the Foundation. 

We Know Data 

We Know Data create innovative, cutting-edge FileMaker and Web database solutions, and deliver development, support and training to a wide range of clients - from local businesses to companies such as Apple, Rothschild and Team GB. We are proud to employ the largest number of FileMaker-Accredited developers in the UK.

Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers

The Corps of REME is the Army’s professional engineers, we are tasked with the maintenance, recovery, repair and manufacture that keeps battle winning equipment in fighting order. From repairing Challenger tanks at the forefront of the battle, through ensuring weapons keep firing, to maintaining the Apache Attack Helicopter, REME keeps up to date with the latest in advanced technologies and complex equipment.​​​​​​​

Women's Engineering Society

 WES - Inspiring women to achieve their potential as engineers, scientists and technical leaders


Associate community partners

Reading Rugby Club

Reading RFC is home to 17 youth teams (girls and boys), five men’s teams and the only ladies side in Reading. With one of the strongest youth sections in the county and a very competitive senior set up, Reading RFC welcomes players at all levels. We put our continuing success down to our inclusive ‘one club’ ethos, once you'veplayed for Reading you won't want to play anywhere else!

If you or your company would like to partner with UTC Reading, please email or call the UTC Reading team on: 0118 955 4544.


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