Students at the South Bank Engineering UTC

Students at the South Bank Engineering UTC

Royal reception for new South Bank UTC

The South Bank Engineering University training college (UTC) received a royal reception when it opened its doors last month.

His Royal Highness The Duke of York KG officially opened South Bank Engineering University training college (UTC) on Wednesday 17 January.

The UTC is a new school for 14-19 year-olds in Brixton, specialising in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.  

His Royal Highness is Patron of The Baker Dearing Educational Trust and has created The Duke of York Award for Technical Education and The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA).  

He was taken on a tour of the UTC with principal Dan Cundy, head boy Ben Shardow and head girl Ciara Moore, and participated in a number of activities including 3D printing, laser cutting, virtual and real-life welding and materials testing.

Prof Rao Bhamidimarri, CEO of South Bank Academies Trust, said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of York is a strong supporter of technical education and skills.

“That he chose to open formally our UTC is testament to his support of the commitment of South Bank Academies to offering young people in South London the very best opportunities.”

Principal Dan Cundy added: “Our staff and students were honoured to welcome His Royal Highness to conduct our official opening ceremony. 

“The duke took an extensive tour which included finding out first-hand about laser cutting, 3D scanning and printing, virtual welding and other activities that our engineering students take part in to build their skills and employability as part of their academic curriculum.

“The duke unveiled a plaque which was designed, fabricated and installed by UTC staff and students using on-site technology.”