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Ron Dearing UTC

Construction has started on site to deliver the £10 million Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC), which will teach up to 600 students aged 14-19.

The four-storey building will be built on the site of the former fire station offices and John Street car park in Hull city centre, with an entrance onto Kingston Square close to Hull New Theatre.

The UTC will specialise in digital technology and mechatronics but also include traditional academic subjects, with the aim of inspiring young people to become the next generation of engineers and digital technicians.

Funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), the UTC is backed by Spencer Group, Siemens, Reckitt Benckiser, Smith and Nephew, KCOM and the University of Hull, and is expected to open to students in September 2017.

Hull City Council, along with Hull Esteem Consortium and Sewell Construction, have been working with the UTC sponsors, University of Hull, the EFA, and the Department for Education (DfE) to develop an affordable, innovative and design solution for the city’s first UTC.

The UTC is championed by Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson and sponsored by the University of Hull,  Siemens, Spencer Group, Ebuyer,  KC and supported by  Hull City Council.

The UTC will cater for students aged 14-19 and specialise in digital technology and mechatronics – a combination of mechanical engineering, computing and electronics as used in the design and development of manufacturing techniques. The focus of the UTC will complement and supplement existing education and skills provision in the city and region.

Students will study English, maths and computer science, with at least one, and probably two, other sciences and the option to study art and design and/or French. In the sixth form, they will have the opportunity to develop their preferred specialism further and acquire the further qualifications they need to progress either to university or higher level apprenticeships.

The UTC will adopt a business-like approach to learning, with a longer school year and school day. It will foster innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism among its students, encouraging them to develop real-world solutions to real-world business issues faced by the employer sponsors.

The employer backers will make major, practical commitments to the UTC, including significant input into curriculum development; providing one-to-one mentors; setting business projects for students; providing high-quality work placements; and guaranteeing job interviews with sponsor companies.

Those UTC students who wish to go on to higher education will also have a guaranteed conditional offer from the University of Hull if they apply to study engineering.

A key objective of the UTC is to reach girls who are under-represented on engineering and technical courses and within these areas of employment.