National Women in Engineering Day

The Leigh UTC Girls excelled themselves in a challenge taking place a Greenwich University where students in groups had to design a sustainable city and present their designs and marketing videos to an audience in one of the University’s lecture theatres.
Our girls took the lead in group design work, including collaborating with visiting students from other schools. There were some very competent speakers, commended by the organising Lecturers and design architects.
Some of our girls took the opportunity to visit the Art and Design work carried out by graduating students at the University, prompting them to say that they would wish to pursue a degree in Design. A big well done to our female Engineers!

Fujitsu, Intel, Brocade and Kyocera launch Education Innovation Hub at The Leigh UTC

A new Education Innovation Hub opened on Wednesday 22nd June at The Leigh UTC, under the Fujitsu Education Ambassador Programme, supported by Intel, Brocade and Kyocera. The hub is situated at the centre of The Leigh UTC in Dartford, Kent and follows the announcement at Bett 2016 of the growth of the Ambassador Programme and The Leigh UTC as the first educational institution to open its Innovation Hub in the second phase of the programme.

The Ambassador Programme is a national engagement initiative led by the four global IT leaders that aims to highlight the use of computing power to underpin knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and drive forward innovation and digital skills development at The Leigh UTC as well as its wider community.

The Innovation Hub will form the central piece of an on-going partnership between The Leigh UTC, Fujitsu, Intel, Brocade and Kyocera. The hub will be equipped with a range of the latest computing technology, and will be used to promote the use of technology and development of digital skills.

The Leigh UTC is committed to being actively involved in the economic, social and cultural development of the people and businesses that surround it. Once opened, one example of how the Innovation Hub will be used is to support the training of local primary students as they prepare to access the STEM related programmes at secondary level.

Ash Merchant, Director of Education at Fujitsu, said: “The Leigh UTC is passionate towards digital transformation and the role of digital in supporting its students – and we’re excited to be a part of that with the launch of the Innovation Hub. A recent survey by Fujitsu revealed that around a fifth (22%) of consumers believe that digital education should be part of the modern education curriculum, which points towards a real need to see education establishments focusing on the digital journey. Educational institutions like The Leigh UTC will play a crucial role in making this happen – and Fujitsu, supported by our partners, is committed to supporting them in bringing their vision to life.”

Tracey Rawling Church, Head of CSR at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK said: “We’re proud to have been selected by Fujitsu as one of only three partners for this initiative, and to support in meeting its goal to establish 20 new Hubs in Ambassador organisations this year to inspire students and equip them with the practical skills and knowledge for the digital future ahead.

Amit Samani, Education Manager at Brocade said: “Brocade is dedicated to cultivating innovation and harvesting creative potential within students as a conduit to the changing network requirements and the new IOT era. On this programme we look forward to creating a platform for students to continue their journey through technology while creating ambassadors for the digital future.”

Councillor John Burrell, Mayor of Dartford and Mrs Eija Burrell were guests at The Leigh UTC for the first time and were given a guided tour by some of the students. Councillor Burrell commented that he had not realised that such a fabulous facility existed in Dartford and that it is working so closely with not only local but international businesses. The Mayor and Mayoress are looking forward to visiting again in the future.

Steve Leahey, Principal of The Leigh UTC said: “The students are extremely excited by the opportunities this programme will provide; development of their digital skills is fundamental to their future career pathways. This partnership will be central to our future plans in igniting a STEM passion amongst the younger students across the area”.

The main objectives of the Ambassador programme are to support greater collaboration between industry and education, aiding career skills development and providing expertise on personalised technology in teaching and learning.

‘Founders 132’ celebrate successes of the last two years

A wonderful morning celebrating the many successes and achievements of our ‘Founders 132’. Made up of students from Year 11 and Year 13, the ‘Founders 132’ leaving assembly took place on Thursday at The Leigh UTC. All of whom have and continue to help The Leigh UTC be a STEM centre of excellence.

We wish them well in their extremely bright futures and look forward to keeping in touch #founders132

Maths In Action event inspires Year 10 students

On Monday 13th June a group of ten mixed ability year 10 students went to Greenwich University’s Maritime Campus to attend a ‘Maths in Action’ event organised by FMSP.
The day consisted of two workshops and two lectures. The students were also able to take a Campus tour around the Naval College which was conducted by current undergraduates.

The two workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by all students. The first one was on Magic Tricks and the second one was on Body Balance which introduced the students to Mechanics.

The afternoon lectures were very diverse. The first one was run by Katie Steckles. She introduced some amazing mental maths and then went on to show how barcodes are created and how they can be checked to ensure that they have been scanned correctly. The second lecture was by Ed Bloomer from the Royal Observatory. Ed showed us how us how to do Spherical Geometry and the fact it would take a Lamborghini over 1000 years to drive to Pluto.

One of the students stated “The Maths day at the University of Greenwich was a fun experience overall. The interactive day has taught me a lot about how Maths can link to a range of careers and how Maths can be enjoyable. The day opened my eyes to career paths that I would not have even thought of taking”.

The ​L​eigh UTC and SEMTA Apprenticeship Partnership

Since opening in September 2014 The Leigh UTC has had many enquires with regards to apprenticeship programmes, apprenticeship reforms and opportunities to develop related partnerships. Starting in September 2016, SEMTA and The Leigh UTC are pleased to announce a Partnership to offer Advanced Apprenticeship Programmes including HNC at Level 4 for Manufacturing Engineering.

A number of local SMEs attended a briefing yesterday at the UTC where we discussed Trailblazers, the proposed apprenticeship levy and the associated benefits to business of taking on an apprentice. There is a real appetite from our business partners to be part of this programme and ideally they would look to recruit UTC students to take up the vacancies.

Principal, Steve Leahey and Director of Apprenticeships, Jay Wright spoke about the technical qualifications along with the added pastoral support trainees would receive at the UTC. Malcolm Healy from SEMTA explained how the partnership would work and the active roles that each party would take. SEMTA are following up all interested businesses with a visit to discuss personal requirements.

We are very excited by this opportunity as it will provide our students with through routes into employment across the North Kent area.

Leigh UTC Student Wows Microsoft Judges

image1Michael Hilsden successfully completed his vendor qualification using Microsoft products at The Leigh UTC this academic year.

Such was the quality of his work and examination results, Microsoft awarded him along with twenty of the best students across the UK a chance to compete for a place at the world finals.

Michael finished 4th overall. We are all very proud of his achievements.