HRH The Duke of York, KG to officially open UTC Swindon

By Anita Jaynes on 10 December, 2014

The Duke will officially open UTC Swindon tomorrow, Thursday 11 December.

His Royal Highness will meet students, directors, teachers, and business partners of UTC Swindon at 10.00 am. He’ll then unveil a commemorative plaque and officially open the college.

Directors of Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells and Oxford Brookes University, who sponsor UTC Swindon, will also be at the event.

UTC Swindon Principal, Angela Barker-Dench, will show The Duke around the college site. He will see the stunning architecture and high quality build provided by Scott Brownrigg and BAM respectively. He’ll visit labs and engineering workshops designed especially for the UTC Swindon curriculum.

There will be photo and broadcast opportunities for the media on the tour.

The Duke’s upcoming visit follows his previous tour of UTC Swindon in February 2014, when the college was still under construction.

Looking forward to welcoming The Duke, Angela Barker-Dench said: “The official opening of the college is an historic moment for UTC Swindon – and another milestone in the town’s heritage. His Royal Highness has a passion for engineering, manufacturing and apprenticeships. He shares our beliefs about skills and preparing students for the workplace or University.”

As Patron of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, The Duke encourages parents, businesses and others to help young people develop. He supports enterprise-focused education and helps providers promote their opportunities.

UTC Swindon occupies a new, £10 million state-of-the-art facility, with the Old School Building and the iconic Water Tower featuring prominently. Both structures, which are Grade II listed, have been treated sympathetically, with the Water Tower being restored and brought back into educational use.

Students can apply for a place at UTC Swindon, which caters for 600 students aged 14 to 19, by emailing or by completing the application form at For more information call UTC Swindon on 01793 207 920.

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