Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (UTC) has been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal.
HRH was given a tour of the building, where she met with staff and students before unveiling a plaque to mark the opening of the college.
HRH tours the building
The UTC opened its doors to students in September, offering a new concept in education for 14-19 year olds. Derby is the UK’s number one high-tech city, with 12% of the city’s population employed within high-tech jobs. The UTC focuses on giving its students the opportunity to develop the technical and employability skills that will enable them to thrive in key local employment sectors.
The Derby UTC is one of 55 new University Technical Colleges (UTCs) being launched across the country by 2017. Sponsored by the University of Derby, Derby College, Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Bombardier and Derby City Council, it is also supported by local employers and offers clear progression routes into higher education, further learning and employment.
HRH meets with students
Speaking at the event, CEO and Principal of the UTC, Philip Morris, said: “We were delighted to host the visit by HRH The Princess Royal today, to mark our official opening. It’s great that the UTC has been over-subscribed for places in year 10 and we look forward to more students joining us in the coming years.
“Our partners, my colleagues and I have a shared drive to ensure that we help these young people to achieve their ambitions of becoming the engineers of the future.”