UTC Swindon will be giving students and parents the opportunity to discover what the Engineering College has to offer during an open evening hosted at Oxford Brookes University Ferndale Campus, Swindon, SN2 1HL on Thursday 26 June, 6.30pm until 8pm.
National Women in Engineering Day took place on Monday 23 June – a day dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of women in engineering. Coming from an engineering background, Principal Angela Barker-Dench, is keen to see more girls applying for an education in engineering.
Pictured by Richard Wintle of Calyx from right, UTC Swindon Principal Angela Barker-Dench, Chris Shaw, Sarah Robinson and Darren Howell of Intel with Galileo microcontroller boards donated by Intel, at the entrance to the new college which is undergoing restoration ready for the September opening.
The open evening is free for everyone to attend. An explanation of the curriculum will be provided by Principal Angela Barker-Dench and there will be presentations from UTC Swindon staff who will describe the specialist engineering education, the types of engineering careers available and how to apply for places.
Angela Barker-Dench, said: “As we are leading up to the opening of UTC Swindon in September, we know that it is important to have a final push this to get as many local residents involved with the project. We would love to see an increase in girls applying to UTC Swindon.
"Amongst the shows we will be present at this summer, we thought it would be productive to have another open evening at the Ferndale Campus, so we can go through various elements of the project in great detail. Our previous open evenings have gone down exceptionally well and we are looking forward to answering your questions.”
UTC Swindon will be run by a Trust sponsored by Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells and Oxford Brookes University. There are over 60 different industry partners involved with the University Technical College.
UTC Swindon will open doors in September 2014 and its vision is to be a college where engineering and innovation can flourish. It will cater for 600 14 to 19 year olds interested in pursuing a career in engineering. For these young people, it will provide a fantastic opportunity to gain highly desirable skills and raise their aspirations in progressing to careers in the engineering industry in all its diverse forms.
As part of the original Great Western Rail works, the UTC Swindon site creates a link between the ‘historic engineering’ and the ‘engineering future’ of the local area.