UTC@harbourside, the University Technical College in Newhaven sponsored by the Aldridge Foundation, alongside University of Brighton, Lewes District Council and Veolia, has fully opened its unique campus developed within historic Grade II listed marine and carpenters’ workshops on the quayside.
The UTC specialises in science, engineering, technology, computing and maths, and opened in September 2015, partly using temporary accommodation on site while the final elements of the ambitious building were completed.
The campus, which took just 18 months to complete, is now home to a super science lab, a fully functioning engineering workshop including an advanced robotic suite, six 3D printers and rapid prototyping facilities. It also has a boardwalk pontoon, a new canteen and student breakout areas, amongst the world-class teaching spaces.
Principal Jonathan Clarke, said: “We offer a unique learning environment with world-class facilities and equipment. We give young people the skills they need to innovate and invent and offer a variety of extra-curricular activities to support each student’s development. The building has a unique feel with parts of the original workshop still in place, including one of two gantry cranes which were originally used to lift and manoeuvre boats.”
Danielle Vences is a year 12 student studying Triple Engineering and Product Design. She said: “harbourside is a great place to study; I came all the way from South Africa to be here. Already I have found the tutors are knowledgeable and push you to succeed.”
“If you know you want to study science, engineering, technology or maths, this really is the place to be. The opportunities open to us are endless and we are always put forward for new challenges.”
Leader for Engineering, Bernie Flint, said: “Every student at harbourside is challenged and encouraged to make significant progress in every lesson. We achieve this through an engaging and challenging syllabus, which motivates and inspires everyone. With our STEM focus and local industry links, we prepare students for real life, instilling growth mind-sets and an entrepreneurial spirit.”
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