Open evenings at college to show case University Technical College in Newhaven

A series of open days will be held across Sussex to showcase the University Technical College currently under construction in Newhaven.

The college is aimed at young people motivated by science, technology, engineering, maths and computing.

The state of the art facility will open in September 2015 for 14 to 18 year olds in converted marine and carpenters workshops on Railway Quay.

Students currently in Year 9 or Year 11 and their parents are invited to attend the open evenings in Newhaven, Brighton and Eastbourne to find out more and meet the principal designate Jonathan Clarke.

The college, called UTC@harbourside, said it would offer an outstanding academic and technical education focused on science, engineering, technology, maths and computing.

The college will specialise in the skills in demand from the growing marine engineering and environmental technology sectors in the region.

Students can join at the start of their GCSE courses at age 14, and for post 16 courses both starting in September 2015. Applications are open now.

Mr Clarke said: “UTC@harbourside will appeal to students with ambition who enjoy finding out how things work, who care about the environment, who like to use maths and science to solve real-life problems and who want to make a difference to the world in which we live.

“We’ll be working with employers to create interesting projects and help our students develop the skills they need to pursue fulfilling careers in any field.

“The open evenings are a chance for young people and their parents to find out about the exciting opportunities UTC@harbourside has to offer.”

Open evenings will be on Monday October 20, 6.30pm-7.30pm, Huxley Lecture Theatre, University of Brighton, Queensdown Road, Brighton; Thursday October 23, 7pm-8pm, Hillbrow Lecture Theatre, University of Brighton, Hillbrow Campus, Denton Road, Eastbourne, and the next open evening will be held on Tuesday November 4, 7pm-8pm, Hillcrest Community Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven.