On 10 February His Royal Highness the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, visited UTC Swindon. University Technology College (UTC) Swindon is a new concept in engineering education located in Swindon – designed to equip the pupils of today to become the much-needed engineers of tomorrow.

HRH Prince AndrewPrince Andrew met the UTC Swindon board of directors before the group was joined by head teachers from secondary schools across Swindon. UTC Swindon Principal, Angela Barker-Dench, then showed the Duke around the new £10 million college site during which His Royal Highness met some of it’s students.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes, alongside Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells are the supporters of UTC Swindon, which offers young people, aged 14-19 another option with regard to further education whilst also filling the UK skills gap.

His Royal Highness has been directly involved in the growing UTC movement, as part of his focus on supporting the UK’s economic success and the creation of skilled jobs. Prince Andrew concentrates his efforts on three areas: education and skills, entrepreneurs and SMEs along with science and engineering. The Duke is also the patron of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust that sponsors UTCs nationally and has given his name to the Duke of York Awards that are based on achievements in academic and technical qualification.

This visit from the Duke of York follows on from that of Lord Baker on 28 January. Lord Baker is chairman of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust and former Education Secretary.