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UTC Oxfordshire news round-up December 2016

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Student impresses London Underground with engineering skills

UTC Oxfordshire student, James Lambeth, recently completed a james-lambeth-2work experience placement with London Underground.

James worked with London Underground for a week in total, spending different days with different teams and departments, including the Asset and Operational Support Engineering Rolling Stock Team. Transport for London employer Nick Povell commented on James’ time with the department: “James demonstrated a thorough understanding of the problem and a clear aptitude for undertaking CAD activities. The work completed by James is of real benefit to the team and is being developed further by an engineer.”

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William’s in pole position for work placement

Year 12 UTC Oxfordshire student William Fothergill has dsc_0749been selected by Williams F1 for a three-month placement within their 3D printing department.

To apply for the job, William had to submit his CV before being invited to interview. He was accepted onto the placement a few days later and has started this week. Throughout his placement, William will be working on 3D-printed models and parts for race cars.

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UTC Oxfordshire student secures apprenticeship with Pyrotec

UTC Oxfordshire student, Jack O’Donoghue, has been pyrotec-logo-2accepted onto an apprenticeship scheme with Pyrotec Services Ltd.

Jack was one of two apprentices to be offered a position at the company, starting full time in January 2017. The application process mirrored the process of other employees at Pyrotec, as Jack was required to submit a CV and application form before he was invited to interview.

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UTC Oxfordshire is awarded NCS Champion College status

UTC Oxfordshire has been awarded Champion dsc_0705College status by the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The NCS programme is a key element of UTC Oxfordshire’s Year 12 induction. It is run by Oxfordshire County Council to help young people aged 15-17 learn important life and employability skills. It also has a focus on building friendships through teamwork, which is highly valuable for students entering the sixth form.

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Video: A journey through NCS…

Year 12 student, Jack Davies, has produced ncs-videoa video entitled “A journey through NCS…” to summarise the highlights of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme that our Year 12 students have taken part in this term.

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Secretary of State for Education visits UTC Oxfordshire

Justine Greening MP visited UTC Oxfordshire a few weeks ago to meet our staff and students.

The Secretary of State for Education toured the UTC’s specialist dsc_0488science and engineering facilities and met students to hear about why they chose to join the UTC and their experiences of it so far.

Justine said: “I think UTC Oxfordshire is fantastic for young people in and around Didcot, who have now got this brilliant new choice in terms of their education. I also think it’s great for employers. The best scenario is one where employers get the skills they need for their future workforce and young people get the chance to build great careers. The UTC is an inspiring way to bring those two things together.”

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Business and Community Award Nomination

We are delighted that UTC Oxfordshire Sport was nominatednominated-2016 for a Business and Community Award this year.

The Business and Community Awards are organised by Didcot First, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the area in and around the town as a positive place to live, work and invest. They are prestigious awards and Didcot First’s largest event that celebrates all the good practice and community spirit in the local area.

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Students explore their options at University of Oxford

On Wednesday 10 November, seven Year 11 students were st-annes-collegeinvited to the University of Oxford to investigate their options for higher education.

The day started with an introductory lecture explaining the options they needed to be taking to get them into university. This was followed by three taster lectures given by postgraduates.

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Chemistry at Work Day impresses Year 10 scientists

Year 10 BTEC Applied Science students recently took 1apart in an action-packed “Chemistry at Work Day” at ISIS Research Facility.

This prestigious and world-leading research facility is part of the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratories.

Students took part in workshops designed to get them thinking about how scientists are able to not only determine the shape of crystals, but also how they and other substances behave during reactions or when subjected to changes in temperature. This led onto analysing research by published scientists that had made use of the neutron source facilities at ISIS and predicting the applications of this in the real world.

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Rotary Club – Pupil of the Term

We are delighted to announce our winner of the Didcot rachel-vaughanRotary Club – Pupil of the Term: Rebekah Vaughan.

Rebekah joined the UTC in September having completed one year of sixth form at City of Oxford College. She has impressed all her teachers with her motivation to do well and passion for science. Rebekah has been offered a place at Reading University to study microbiology and has proactively organised her own work experience placement at The Medical Research Council next July.

We are very proud of her success – well done Rebekah.


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