Students and staff reflected on a busy first year at UTC@harbourside’s first prize giving on Thursday 21 July.
The keynote speaker was Chantal Nobs, a young nuclear physicist at the University of Brighton working on an international research project to understand the innermost workings of an atomic nucleus. In 2013 she founded Physics FUNdamentals to give talks and demonstrations to make science more accessible.
Chantal praised UTC@harbourside students for their ‘drive and desire to succeed’ and urged them to “seize the day, embrace opportunities, challenge yourselves and strive to be the best version of yourself every day.”
After prizes were awarded for achievement and progress in all subjects Chantal commented: “I was overwhelmed by the amount of equipment here and the students’ enthusiasm for their subjects. If I’d had something like this when I was at school it would have been a much easier and obvious route for me [to become a scientist]. I think the students are very lucky and I wish them all the best.”
Also attending were Baroness Whitaker, President of the South Down Society, and Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes. Maria Caulfied said, “I am very impressed with the students who have got a real passion for science and engineering. They have come here not just to study but to immerse themselves in science and are really keen to push boundaries for the future”.
UTC@harbourside is the only university technical college in Sussex. Its mix of academic study and practical, real-life challenge projects, working with local employers, is helping to equip its 14 to 18 year old students for fulfilling careers or further study. It specialises in science, technology, engineering, maths and computing (STEM subjects) with a focus on marine and environmental engineering.