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Representatives from Microsoft, Cisco, Network Rail, Peter Brett Associates,
The University of Reading and Oxford and Cherwell Valley College
meet to discuss progress on UTC Reading.

East Reading, UK, 23rd October 2012 - UTC Reading, the new University Technical College to specialise in Computer Science and Engineering, launching in September 2013, is pleased to announce that a special dinner will be taking place tonight for all sponsors, partners and councillors involved in the project to meet each other, receive a progress update and discuss future plans. Newly appointed Principal Joanne Harper will also be meeting partners for the first time and sharing her ambitions to make the Thames Valley’s first technical college a success.

Sally Dicketts, Chief Executive of OCVC, lead sponsors of UTC Reading, comments on the first ever Partner event and her aspirations for the evening:

“Since the funding agreement was signed, UTC Reading has been gaining momentum quickly and tonight is all about bringing everyone involved in the project together to get to know each other, share information, get an update on progress and activities and be aware of their role and what’s to come. Tonight’s dinner will be the first time everyone (including new Principal, Joanne Harper) will meet and the theme for the evening will be; UTC Reading is on its way, how can we all work together and pool our skills and resources, to make it one of the most successful specialist education facilities in the Thames Valley.”

Reading College will be hosting tonight’s dinner at its premises in Kings Road from 6.30pm to 8.00pm and talented catering students from The Kitchen will be producing a three course meal. Attendees will first receive short presentations from lead contractor, Kier; a representative from OCVC and Joanne Harper; who will provide an outline of developments in the pipeline. Attendees also include the Department of Education; Rob Wilson MP for East Reading; Rob Stanton from Wokingham Borough Council and Clare Riley from Microsoft. Tonight’s dinner will allow supporters and influencers to network together; share ideas and aspirations for UTC Reading and to think about the role they will be playing in ensuring that students receive the best possible educational experience.
The dinner will also be showcasing UTC Reading’s new 2013/2014 prospectus and launch of its new official website, which means that interested students can now start applying for September 2013. Joanne Harper, new Principal at UTC Reading who takes up the post from January 2013 onwards, comments:

“We launched our new prospectus at Wokingham and Bracknell Careers Fair and received a fantastic response and sustained level of interest from students and parents. A few students wanted to sign up there and then! Preliminary copies of our prospectus were available and we spoke to several students who were passionate about the opportunity to come to UTC Reading and follow their dreams in either Computer Science or Engineering. We’re looking forward to showcasing this to the team tonight and demonstrating that UTC Reading really is on track for a successful first year and our unique collective skills will help us to stand out from the crowd.”

If you are interested in finding out more about UTC Reading and what it has to offer, come along to one of the taster events arranged in the next few months:

14 November 2012 - Taster event hosted at academic partner Reading College

12 December 2012 - Taster event hosted at industry partner Cisco

23 January 2013 - Taster event hosted at industry partner Peter Brett Associates

14 March 2013 - Taster event hosted at industry partner Microsoft

16 May 2013 - Taster event hosted at academic partner Reading College

More information can be found on our website: www.utcreading.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to talk to someone please call us on 0118 955 4544 or email enquiries@utcreading.co.uk.

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About UTC Reading
UTC Reading is a new University Technical College that will specialise in Computer Science and Software Engineering, taught alongside the national curriculum. UTC Reading opens its doors in September 2013 and will welcome girls and boys aged 14 to 19 within a 15 mile radius of Crescent Road, Reading RG1 5RQ.

The specialist curriculum proposed by UTC Reading will appeal to secondary school-aged pupils interested in Computer Science and/or Engineering, who are keen on pursuing and developing their talents in these areas.

If you are interested and want to find out more about UTC Reading, please email enquiries@utcreading.co.uk or call the UTC Reading team on: 0118 955 4544. You can also visit our website www.utcreading.co.uk.

Media Contact:
Janine Mitchell
C8 Consulting Ltd
janine@c8consulting.co.uk
+44 1189 001132


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