UTC Oxfordshire news round-up February 2017


University offers come in for school’s pioneers

The first sixth formers to complete their studies at UTC Oxfordshire are celebrating receiving offers from some of the country’s top universities.

A total of 18 Year 13 students – the first to complete their A-level and BTEC programmes since the UTC opened in 2015 – have applied to study at university next year.

The group, referred to as pioneers for taking up places before the school launched, have secured offers from Russell Group universities including Cambridge, Liverpool, Cardiff, Southampton and Warwick.

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BMW MINI apprentices inspire students

On Thursday 23 February, 22 UTC Oxfordshire sixth form engineering students signed up for a careers talk from BMW MINI.

Three final year degree apprentices from MINI Plant Oxford  spoke to our students about their experiences of the technician and mechanical engineering apprenticeships available locally.

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UTC Oxfordshire student leads fundraising campaign

Before half term, a UTC Oxfordshire student led a fundraising campaign for Young Carers National Awareness Day.

Sharmaine Iles put together a PowerPoint presentation to explain to Principal, Owain Johns, why and how she wished to raise awareness of young carers within UTC Oxfordshire. Sharmaine put forward a proposal to hold a charity cake sale, a non-uniform day and teachers versus students basketball match.

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Oxford Brookes University introduces “Antibiotics Unearthed” project

We recently launched our “Antibiotics Unearthed” project, which is being supported by The Microbiology Society and the Oxford Brookes University microbiology department.

Dr Hee-Jeon-Hong, a senior lecturer in Medical Microbiology at Oxford Brookes, and Sam Connolly, PhD student, introduced the project to 12 of our biology students by explaining the importance of the worldwide search for new sources of antibiotics.

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STFC present apprenticeship opportunities to students

Before half term, STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) visited UTC Oxfordshire to talk to students about its apprenticeship scheme.

Apprenticeships Manager, John Hill, and Apprentice Training Coordinator, Lisa Faircloth, explained to students that the scheme has been running for 24 years and has expanded to include areas such as IT, business and administration. Tthere are currently 16-20 places available each year, starting at ages 16, 18 or 19.

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CCFE launch employer-led project

Last month we welcomed a team from CCFE (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy) to kick-start the latest employer-led project.

Four CCFE employees visited the UTC to talk to the whole school about the project. Students were also given advice on applying for CCFE’s apprenticeships and work experience placements.

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UTC Oxfordshire students win trophy for professionalism

UTC Oxfordshire competed in the regional finals of the First Lego League competition earlier in the year. Students spent the autumn term working towards the challenge, comprising of three parts which were judged during the competition.

The competition was fierce, and we were delighted to see our team presented with the judges’ trophy for professionalism.

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