THE UTC AT A GLANCE
- A Single Academy Trust jointly sponsored by the University of Brighton, Lewes DC, Veolia and Aldridge Education
- A college for students interested in science, technology, engineering, maths & computing
- Opened in September 2015. 600 14 – 18 year old students by 2020/21.
The multi-million pound bid to set up a University Technical College (UTC) in Newhaven, specialising in marine and environmental engineering received the green light from the government in March 2013. UTCs have been developed by the Baker Dearing Trust as colleges where employers and universities help structure the curriculum and all students undertake a range of employer challenges or commissions.
UTC@harbourside opened September 2015, with its first cohort of students coming from as far afield as Worthing, Hastings, Haywards Heath and Tunbridge Wells. The campus is in the historic Grade II listed marine and carpenters’ workshops on the quayside in Newhaven, combining conservation of the old with new buildings. In July 2016 the campus won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award for the quality and excellence of its design.
UTC@harbourside aims to attract 14-18 year olds in Sussex interested in science, technology, engineering, maths and computing. With a focus on engineering, and a real interest in the environment and in creating a sustainable future, the UTC works with leading employers to give students the real skills, real experience and real qualifications needed to succeed in the workplace, at university and beyond.
The UTC launched it’s Technical Skills Centre (TSC) in September 2017 which is for the technical strand of their curriculum. This is a purpose-built facility for students who wish to train as electricians or plumbing engineers and want to learn in small classes and through close contact with industry. The TSC is partnered with sector leaders Plumbase, Adey and Monument Tools.
Former student Danielle Vences studied Triple Engineering and Product Design at the UTC. 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, described the UTC: “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.
In August 2017 the UTC students’ first set of exam results produced some excellent performances. Freya Bowie achieved triple Distinction* in engineering, with plans to study further at university. Kyle Brackenfield took up an apprenticeship that was especially created for him in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Engineering following his results which included a Distinction* in engineering and an A in Electronics. Overall nearly two-thirds of all vocational qualifications passes were top Distinction or Distinction * grades.