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. Students come from as far afield as Worthing, Hastings, Haywards Heath and Tunbridge Wells.
The UTC provides the training today for the jobs of tomorrow, specialising in Marine and Environmental Engineering and skills to support the development of the ‘green’ industries. It has a strong technical and business focus alongside the key elements of the national curriculum.
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.
Danielle Vences is a year 13 student at the UTC 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.”
The exciting new campus is in the historic Grade II listed marine and carpenters’ workshops on the quayside in Newhaven. It combines 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.