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Swindon Advertiser: The site off Bristol Street which has been selected for the UTC The site off Bristol Street which has been selected for the UTC

THE public consultation on Swindon’s £10m university technical college has begun.

UTC Swindon, which will specialise in engineering with business and enterprise for 14 to 19-year-olds, is set to be built at an historic site in the town’s railway heartland, off Bristol Street.

As part of the development phase, the UTC Trust is undertaking a consultation, which runs until March 22 to gather stakeholders’ views on the proposals to date.

Oxford Brookes University pro vice chancellor Paul Inman said: “The proposed UTC will offer a different educational choice for young people aged 14 to 19.

“Sponsored by Oxford Brookes University and Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, UTC Swindon will give students an opportunity to follow a high-quality, industry-focused course of study specialising in engineering.

“As part of the development phase, the UTC Trust is undertaking a period of consultation. We would welcome any comments and feedback you wish to share.”

The UTC Swindon team have published a leaflet with more information on the proposals, including the proposed UTC day, the location, admissions, what will be on offer and the UTC culture.

The leaflet reads: “We will set out to prepare young people to progress to become outstanding engineers.

“UTC Swindon will ensure that each student feels supported and able to succeed.

“Particular attention and pastoral care will be given to those joining us in Year 10, so they are able to adjust and excel in their new environment.

“It is our intention that by the end of their time with us, all students will have the practical skills and experience to progress to the next step of their career, whether at university, an apprenticeship or a job.

“One big difference for students attending UTC Swindon is that they will be learning in a workplace environment, rather than a school or college environment.

“Students will be grouped into learning companies where they learn to act and behave in industrial teams just as in professional life.

“They will devise solutions to challenges and work on projects to solve problems set by employers. Through these companies, students will learn the language of business and the relationship between learning, industry and business.

“The advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors are crucial to the future success of Swindon and the surrounding areas.

“Through our conversations with local employers they have reported that they need more young people leaving full-time education with higher levels of achievement in technical subjects.”

The proposed admissions criteria for UTC Swindon are available at utcswindon.co.uk/admissions. Places will be offered across a wide catchment area.

To give your views visit www.utcswindon.co.uk.

An information evening will also be held at Steam on March 5 from 5.30pm to 8pm, where everybody is welcome to drop in and meet the sponsors, and find out more.

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9:03am Sat 16 Feb 13

I Could Do That says...

I quite like the idea of this use of ghe premises.

Very apt with its' historic use

We've already had a lengthy discussion, including photos and aerial pictures on the following thread

http://www.talkswind
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I quite like the idea of this use of ghe premises. Very apt with its' historic use We've already had a lengthy discussion, including photos and aerial pictures on the following thread http://www.talkswind on.org/index.php/top ic,9139.msg90237/top icseen.html#msg90237 I Could Do That
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9:08am Sat 16 Feb 13

I Could Do That says...

ghe = the

bit of a blighter when Olive is sitting in the wings with a red biro :):):)
ghe = the bit of a blighter when Olive is sitting in the wings with a red biro :):):) I Could Do That
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9:32am Sat 16 Feb 13

Morsey says...

There are businesses running in that complex ... with all the spare, empty Council owned commercial sites immediately available, why disrupt trades already sited?

Another historic slice up!
There are businesses running in that complex ... with all the spare, empty Council owned commercial sites immediately available, why disrupt trades already sited? Another historic slice up! Morsey
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10:45am Sat 16 Feb 13

darrey80 says...

Morsey wrote:
There are businesses running in that complex ... with all the spare, empty Council owned commercial sites immediately available, why disrupt trades already sited?

Another historic slice up!
Those small businesses can easily relocate - the development will enhance important heritage buildings which need attention.
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: There are businesses running in that complex ... with all the spare, empty Council owned commercial sites immediately available, why disrupt trades already sited? Another historic slice up![/p][/quote]Those small businesses can easily relocate - the development will enhance important heritage buildings which need attention. darrey80
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10:48am Sat 16 Feb 13

itsamess3 says...

Great news--Swindon will at last be at the forefront of fuel cell technology training--clean technology.
Great news--Swindon will at last be at the forefront of fuel cell technology training--clean technology. itsamess3
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10:49am Sat 16 Feb 13

Tim Newroman says...

I Could Do That wrote:
I quite like the idea of this use of ghe premises.

Very apt with its' historic use

We've already had a lengthy discussion, including photos and aerial pictures on the following thread

http://www.talkswind

on.org/index.php/top

ic,9139.msg90237/top

icseen.html#msg90237
@I Could Do That: you should have corrected your apostrophe error while you were about it. Although you probably didn't realise you'd got it wrong.

How come you switched back to your old login? You must have to keep a spreadsheet with all your logins, passwords, emails you've used to register here. What is it now, six logins on the go?

Seems like good news re. the university tech college. Should help those who aren't very academic, like I Could Do That, gain some useful skills.
[quote][p][bold]I Could Do That[/bold] wrote: I quite like the idea of this use of ghe premises. Very apt with its' historic use We've already had a lengthy discussion, including photos and aerial pictures on the following thread http://www.talkswind on.org/index.php/top ic,9139.msg90237/top icseen.html#msg90237[/p][/quote]@I Could Do That: you should have corrected your apostrophe error while you were about it. Although you probably didn't realise you'd got it wrong. [p] How come you switched back to your old login? You must have to keep a spreadsheet with all your logins, passwords, emails you've used to register here. What is it now, six logins on the go? [p] Seems like good news re. the university tech college. Should help those who aren't very academic, like I Could Do That, gain some useful skills. Tim Newroman
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10:55am Sat 16 Feb 13

faatmaan says...

why can't we go the whole hog, a proper full size university serving all the basic educational needs , the present plan can only lead to a fragmented development of a full university in Swindon, Swindon is the main hub of wiltshire, yet wiltshire through the past has neglected degree level type education beyond ignorance. yes estalish a full partnership with Oxford Brookes, lets go forward on this , establish a credible choice for our children.In another thread people are discussing the Canal, this idea of a university would inject a significant more vitality and ambiance into swindon and give local industry a chance to help guide the education it needs its future employees to attain, its a win win for the people of Swindon.
why can't we go the whole hog, a proper full size university serving all the basic educational needs , the present plan can only lead to a fragmented development of a full university in Swindon, Swindon is the main hub of wiltshire, yet wiltshire through the past has neglected degree level type education beyond ignorance. yes estalish a full partnership with Oxford Brookes, lets go forward on this , establish a credible choice for our children.In another thread people are discussing the Canal, this idea of a university would inject a significant more vitality and ambiance into swindon and give local industry a chance to help guide the education it needs its future employees to attain, its a win win for the people of Swindon. faatmaan
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12:36pm Sat 16 Feb 13

marine boy says...

darrey80 wrote:
Morsey wrote:
There are businesses running in that complex ... with all the spare, empty Council owned commercial sites immediately available, why disrupt trades already sited?

Another historic slice up!
Those small businesses can easily relocate - the development will enhance important heritage buildings which need attention.
It may well be those business can and will relocate but there will be costs involved for all of them which one would hope will be met from the proposed 10 million pound funding for the project.
the overall project has to be good for Swindons future but lets hope those directly affected will not be caused to much disruption or distress in the process
[quote][p][bold]darrey80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: There are businesses running in that complex ... with all the spare, empty Council owned commercial sites immediately available, why disrupt trades already sited? Another historic slice up![/p][/quote]Those small businesses can easily relocate - the development will enhance important heritage buildings which need attention.[/p][/quote]It may well be those business can and will relocate but there will be costs involved for all of them which one would hope will be met from the proposed 10 million pound funding for the project. the overall project has to be good for Swindons future but lets hope those directly affected will not be caused to much disruption or distress in the process marine boy
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6:26pm Sat 16 Feb 13

Empty Car Park says...

Yes.
You would hope that existing businesses would be assisted during the regeneration process.

It does seem an otherwise good plan
Yes. You would hope that existing businesses would be assisted during the regeneration process. It does seem an otherwise good plan Empty Car Park
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9:21pm Sat 16 Feb 13

itsamess3 says...

It did used to be a very busy t/est with a variety of business-not so these days.
No doubt the remainder will be relocated to some of the many empty spaces on other half empty estates. It is normal for assistance to relocate.

In general with the Oasis plans and the bridge planned i strongly suggest the Mechanics will be put back into use.
It will not only bring precision engineering training back to swindon-it will create an area that has almost everything with the outlet village the new leisure complex-uni and steam plus all the history of the railway village--sounds great to me.
It did used to be a very busy t/est with a variety of business-not so these days. No doubt the remainder will be relocated to some of the many empty spaces on other half empty estates. It is normal for assistance to relocate. In general with the Oasis plans and the bridge planned i strongly suggest the Mechanics will be put back into use. It will not only bring precision engineering training back to swindon-it will create an area that has almost everything with the outlet village the new leisure complex-uni and steam plus all the history of the railway village--sounds great to me. itsamess3
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