UTC Oxfordshire news round-up July 2016


Awards celebrate talented young engineers

UTC Oxfordshire students were recognised among the most Team UTChigh achieving young engineers from schools, colleges and businesses across Oxfordshire at an annual awards.

The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Young Engineer Awards 2016, supported by Activate Learning and W Lucy and Co, are designed to celebrate young engineering talent in the county.

We were delighted to see two of our students win awards and a further two receive “highly commended” awards.

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Formula One inspires UTC Oxfordshire girls

A group of UTC Oxfordshire girls were recently given a full IMG_0699behind-the-scenes tour of a Formula One factory as they visited Williams Advanced Engineering.

The students learned how a Formula One car is built and put together on-site, from the company’s composites department all the way to the race bay where this year’s car is stored between races.

The girls were then taken to Williams’ Museum, which contains a selection of the most iconic cars from the firm’s 40-year history, including some of their championship winning cars.

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Rocket results are in

Our trip into the world of space biology has now landed – and Sixth form science  student Rui Manaia measring rocket seedling growth with laboratory technicia Victoria Simmonds June 2016the results are in.

UTC Oxfordshire science students spent a month contributing to an out-of-this-world science experiment with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and British astronaut, Tim Peake.

We received two packets of rocket seeds – red and blue – one of which had been to space and one which had remained on Earth.

A month down the line, and after lots of watering, measuring and data crunching, the experiment concluded and UTC student Ben Warr’s hypotheses now appears to be proven.

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Professional footballer inspires at UTC Oxfordshire

A visit by a professional footballer helped students at UTC image1Oxfordshire learn how to keep their eye on the ball and overcome setbacks.

On Thursday 23 June, the students were visited by championship footballer Alex Pearce. Alex is an English-born Irish professional footballer of Scottish descent who had a long career at Reading FC before transferring to Derby County.

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Award winning apprentices advise students

On Wednesday 29 June two members of the UKAEA (CCFE) image1 (1)apprentices team, who recently won the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, spoke to Year 10 and Year 12 students at UTC Oxfordshire.

David Godden and Thomas Cox explained more about working as a team on the challenge. This involved collecting points for activities such as promoting engineering apprenticeships in schools, raising £35,000 for Helen and Douglas House by working with Jack FM, and raising awareness of apprenticeships by engaging with employers on social media.

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Students experience surgical equipment manufacturing

On Wednesday 29 June, 13 of UTC Oxfordshire’s sixth form DSC_0156scientists and engineers were invited to Lombard Medical for a site tour and assessment centre.

During the visit, students were able to visit the new clean room, having dressed in protective suits to maintain the clean environment needed to produce medical equipment. They were also able to try some of the basic techniques used to manufacture surgical equipment.

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Rotary Club – Pupil of the Term

We are delighted to announce our winner of the Didcot Photo 07-07-2016, 13 56 18Rotary Club – Pupil of the Term: Carl Gregory.

Carl was nominated because of how much he has improved academically since joining the UTC, his excellent performance during his challenging work experience placement with Reaction Engineering, and his mentoring and encouragement towards younger students at the school. Well done Carl.

Looking for a new challenge?

We are seeking a Business Administration Apprentice to join our growing team this summer.

This varied role will include interacting with staff, students, parents, and business partners, and due to the unique nature of our school, the skills learnt will be transferable to the education and business sectors alike.

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