Anyone interested in learning more about UTC Swindon and in helping to shape its future is encouraged to attend a public information evening being held on Tuesday 5 March, 5.30pm to 8pm at STEAM Museum, Swindon.
There will be the chance to hear about the latest plans for UTC Swindon, ask questions and receive feedback on the first-rate engineering academy proposed for the town.
Paul Inman, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University, commented: “This is an excellent opportunity for people to hear more on an exciting project which will provide a boost for the region. We are continuing to work with partners in developing UTC Swindon and look forward to telling people about our latest plans.
“I would encourage anyone with an interest to come along to the STEAM Museum for next week’s event. We’re keen to hear your feedback on a development which we believe will make a real difference in producing the next generation of high-quality engineers.”
The event will also be an opportunity to view photographs which display the rich history of the Mill Site, which was recently announced as UTC Swindon’s preferred location. These include historic photographs by former unofficial British Rail works photographer who covered the visit from Princess Diana in 1989.
Below, Roy’s photo of a plaque outside Mill Street showing the site’s previous link to education provision.
Those who can’t attend the 5 March presentation but wish to respond to the public consultation can complete an online questionnaire available at www.utcswindon.co.uk
The consultation will run until Friday 22 March 2013.
University Technical Colleges, or UTCs, are a new concept in technical education for students aged 14 to 19 and are focused on delivering first class teaching which also supports the needs of regional employers.
During a typical 9 to 5 day at UTC Swindon, which is due to open in September 2014, students will combine practice and theory to integrate academic requirements with key technical and practical elements. Engineering employers who will provide project support and work experience for students will heavily influence the college ethos and curriculum.
Joint sponsors Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells and Oxford Brookes University submitted a bid to government in 2012 to host the college in Swindon. The bid was fully supported by Swindon Borough Council and Swindon College, both of whom were involved in the detailed planning of the proposal and its subsequent development.