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University Technical College to be built at UEL

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UEL welcomes new UTC

The University of East London has welcomed the Mayor of London’s backing for new education facilities in Docklands, which it says will create the next generation of engineers and designers.

Boris Johnson has agreed a deal to sell four acres of land west of UEL beside the Royal Albert Dock.

A University Technical College for 750 pupils will be built on part of the land. UEL has the option to build more university facilities alongside in the future. The London Design and Engineering UTC will form a unique relationship with the University and fellow partners Costain and Thames Water. Academic staff from UEL will have a role in coaching staff and students at the College. The first pupils start in September.

UEL’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dusty Amroliwala – who chairs the UTC’s Trust – was pleased that the project had been given the go-ahead at City Hall. 

“We are delighted that our discussions with the GLA and other key stakeholders have led to approval from the mayor. This is wonderful news not only for the University but also for young people across east London,” he said.

“The College is a project the University is taking forward with the UTC Board, the Department for Education and the Baker Dearing Trust. 

“We are excited about the prospect of collaboration between the University and the College – and also with such major employers as Costain and Thames Water. This is another example of how UEL is right at the heart of the community of east London.”

UEL has pledged to guarantee a university place to college pupils who meet its entry requirements for engineering or design. 

UTC Principal Geoffrey Fowler was also thrilled by the mayor’s green light. 

“This is fantastic news for the young people of east London. We will be an innovative, forward-thinking school combining academic excellence with practical and technical training,” he said.
“I am excited about our collaboration with the University of East London and such prestigious partners in industry. It means that when they leave, our students will be equipped for a place in higher education or the 21st century workplace.

“We are creating a unique place of learning in an incredibly dynamic and diverse part of the capital.”

The London Design and Engineering UTC is the latest of around 30 such colleges to be built across England. Their aim is to produce pupils with the skills now demanded by employers.

The College and University will also combine to offer apprenticeships from GCSE up to doctorate level. In addition, there are plans for community education and to provide in-house training for people already working in the engineering and design industries.