UTC Oxfordshire news round-up November 2017

UTC Oxfordshire hosts bustling Careers Forum 

On Wednesday 29 November, eighteen leading industry employers and educational providers exhibited at our Careers Forum.

The event was open to all Year 11-13 students from the public, as well as current UTC Oxfordshire students from the hours of 5 – 7.30pm.

Students and their families had the chance to tour around the employer and education provider stands, finding out more about what each company does and what they have to offer students for post 16 and 18.

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Sixth Form Open Event success

On Wednesday 29 November, UTC Oxfordshire held its final Sixth Form Open Evening of 2017, with crowds of prospective students and parents coming through the doors.

This event ran alongside a UTC Oxfordshire hosted Careers Forum event, with leading industry employers such as Williams F1, Oxford Spare Systems and BMW Mini exhibiting and speaking to students about future career options.

Those that attended the Sixth Form Open Event were able to tour the fantastic facilities and talk to dedicated members of staff.

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Visit from the Nuclear Institute

The Nuclear Institute visited UTC Oxfordshire this week to talk to 60 Sixth Form Engineering students and 25 A Level Physicists about the workings of a nuclear power station and its role in electricity generation in the UK.

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Duke of York rewards UTC students 

UTC Oxfordshire students attended the Duke of York award ceremony at St James’s Palace last week.

The Duke of York Award for Technical Education for HRH The Duke of York recognises the success of UTC students who have pursued highly technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science.

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Spotlight in Microbiology Today

Microbiology Today is the quarterly magazine of the Microbiology Society, a worldwide membership society based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools.

The magazine aims to provide informative and enjoyable broad-interest articles for professional microbiologists around the world. Each issue features one article aimed at schools and UTC Oxfordshire are delighted to have been selected for the spotlight in November’s edition of the magazine.

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Interactive workshop with Air Products

On 8 November, year 10 and year 12 students were lucky enough to receive a visit from world-leading Industrial Gases company, Air Products.

Air Products, founded in 1940, has built a reputation for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Today, they provide atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, and food and beverage.

The morning started with an introduction from Lynn Willacy, Community & STEM ambassador UK and Ireland, and Gavin Davies, Didcot Faculty Manager. Students were offered an insight into what Air Products do, and some of the innovative solutions that have benefitted the environment, enhanced sustainability and addressed the challenges facing customers, communities and the world today.

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Message to UTC Sport

A massive well done to some our students that took part in the health and fitness deadlift challenge!

  • Heaviest Year 12 Lift. Faraz Kashif with 170kg
  • Heaviest Year 10 Lift. Brandon Nheu Lay with 140kg
  • Heaviest Year 11 Lift. Daniel Cooke with 132.5kg
  • Heaviest Female Lift. Alisha Davies with 100kg


In the last few weeks, the Bloodhound Team has carried out very successful static and dynamic tests at Cornwall Airport Newquay. A rigorous set of runs saw the car driven at gradually increasing speeds and culminated on 26th October with a top speed of 210mph. Despite this slightly slower than predicted speed, the team feels satisfied that it has gathered enough data and hands-on experience to feed back into the next stages of development and planning.

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Applications for September 2018

You can now apply for a place at UTC Oxfordshire in September 2018. For more information, download our 2018-19 prospectus.

To apply for a place in Year 10, apply directly through your local authority and then confirm your application with us by completing our confirmation form. For Year 12, please fill out the application form on our website. We will be in touch shortly afterwards to confirm the next steps of the application process.

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