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UTC Swindon sees student applications treble

UTC Swindon’s 2015/16 student recruitment drive is in full swing.

Applications are three times as high as those received at the end of January 2014.

UTC Swindon has also been acknowledged by the charity, Young Engineers as one of the top schools in the country for nurturing students.

Young Engineers encourages young people to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Its recognition demonstrates that UTC Swindon has become one of the UK’s top 15 secondary schools, despite being open for only five months.

Speaking about the enthusiasm shown in the college, Angela Barker-Dench, principal at UTC Swindon, said: “It’s a thrill to be inundated with applications from local students. Clearly, young people understand the growing need for engineers in the UK. UTC Swindon’s profile has grown substantially since September. It’s already renowned for the excellent and unique education it provides – and that’s reflected in the volume of applications we’re receiving and the welcome recognition from Young Engineers.”

UTC Swindon has hosted two open days in its £10 million state-of-the-art facilities since the start of this academic year.

They gave prospective students and parents the opportunity to discover all that UTC Swindon has to offer.

Two more open days are planned at UTC Swindon’s Bristol Street site on:

  • Saturday 18 April 2015
  • Saturday 20 June 2015

UTC Swindon caters for 600 students aged 14 to 19, providing courses for young people who aspire to a career in engineering.

Students at the college can gain the skills necessary across all sectors of the engineering industries.

UTC Swindon is run by a trust sponsored by Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells and Oxford Brookes University.

There are over 90 different industry partners involved with the University Technical College.

As part of the original Great Western Railworks, the UTC Swindon site creates a link between the historic engineering and the engineering future of the local area, with the Old School Building and the iconic Water Tower featuring prominently.

Both structures, which are Grade II listed, were treated sympathetically, with the Water Tower being restored and brought back into educational use.

For more information, call UTC Swindon on 01793 207920.

Like UTC Swindon on Facebook: www.facebook.com/utcswindon   

Follow us on Twitter: @utcswindon

For more information about Young Engineers, visit www.youngeng.org.

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