New name set to be unveiled for Humber UTC in Scunthorpe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Jan 2018

A new name for the Humber University Technical College (UTC) in Scunthorpe will be revealed at its open evening later on today.

The event comes after the Government named 2018 the Year of Engineering in a bid to tackle an estimated shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates annually in the UK.

It will work with industry partners to offer a million direct experiences of engineering to young people, with the aim of inspiring them to begin a career in the sector.

The UTC has strong links with engineering companies including British Steel, Cristal and Phillips 66, which owns the Humber Oil Refinery, and the re-brand aims to reflect its close relationships with employer partners.

These partners have become more heavily involved at the college since September, while a new team with backgrounds in industry has also been introduced and a student leadership team created to ensure students have a voice.

The new name will be unveiled at the open evening, which will be held today at the Church Square college from 5pm to 8pm.

Principal Marc Doyle said: "We will continue to deliver specialist academic and technical training for 14 to 19-year-olds but we’ve refreshed our focus.

"Starting with the new name, we wanted to broaden our scope beyond the Humber and better communicate exactly what it is that we’re working to do, which is deliver young engineers into industry in northern Lincolnshire.


Marc Doyle, principal at the Humber UTC in Scunthorpe

"We will also have a new logo to reflect our focus on clean, modern technology and move away from the preconceptions of engineering as a dirty-hands profession.

"These changes have been driven by student feedback and the re-brand is just the final step in a transition that in reality started at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year."

The open evening follows a successful event in November, which was visited by 60 people and saw them meet students and staff at the £12 million college, as well as exploring its facilities.

People wishing to attend tonight's open evening are encouraged to register at eventbrite.co.uk



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