Spotlight Article: Jack Davies, Year 13

Jack Davies is a Year 13 student, studying A Level Physics, Maths and Further Maths.

“I joined the UTC in Year 12 after taking my GCSEs at Our Lady’s School in Abingdon. The high quality facilities along with the great opportunities to work with industry partners on employer led projects really attracted me to the school.

The personal, professional development enrichment programme, that each student is involved with during our time here, helps us to prepare and plan for our future. We have one-to-one meetings with our tutors, going over areas such as; what career paths we are planning on taking, how to apply for university and help with writing our CVs.

I regularly volunteer to tour prospective students and their families around the UTC on Open Days and recently met UTC Ambassador, Michelle Dewberry on her visit last month. This helps to develop my soft skills such as speaking and presenting.

My plans for after my A levels are to go to University to study a marketing based degree. I already have offers form Swansea, Bristol and Coventry; I now need to make sure I get the grades!

The freedom to explore areas of interest outside of my chosen study programme is something that I’ve really enjoyed at the UTC. When we started the Pi in the Sky project in late February 2017, I was part of the communications team whose job it was to raise awareness of the project. I created a twitter account for the duration: @piintheskyutc, tweeting live updates of the project’s progress. On launch day I filmed the event and created a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK0iUUh4ddk – This got retweeted by the official raspberry pi account!

After this, I became the Student Digital Ambassador for UTC Oxfordshire and created a ‘UTC Oxfordshire student’ twitter account: @Student_UTCOx. This has been great fun and along with creating the video of the Pi in the sky project, I am gradually building up a portfolio of work that will help me in my future plans to work in a marketing environment alongside producing and editing videos.”

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