University opens the doors of its new Crewe and Warrington University Technical Colleges

Engineering Our Future: Manchester Metropolitan University opens the doors of its new Crewe and Warrington University Technical Colleges

The School of Engineering is proud to announce the opening of the Crewe Engineering and Design University Technical College and the Warrington Engineering and Energy University Technical College.

These two new schools are for 14 to 18 year old students who wish to join the engineering profession. These schools have excellent, state-of-the-art, specialist facilities and a flexible curriculum that will support the education of our future engineers and scientists.

This national programme is supported by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust. University Technical Colleges (UTCs) bring together the expertise and enthusiasm of local companies, local councils and a sponsoring university in order to ensure that young people have access to education, training, apprenticeships, work experience, university places and employment opportunities.

The School of Engineering has been incredibly fortunate to be able to work with some of the most prestigious and successful local engineering organisations in both Crewe and Warrington: Bentley, OSL Rail, Sellafield Ltd, Amec Foster Wheeler, Atkins, Nuvia, Rolls Royce, Tenet Consultants, Siemens, GE, Bosch, Chevron, Unipart Logistics, Optical 3D, Leoni, Air Products, Network Rail and James Walker. These organisations will provide practical industry-based projects for our UTC students. We have also been working with Warrington & Co and Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club.

Working with our partners to develop these new UTCs, we have developed a close working relationship with these companies. As a result, the School of Engineering is benefiting from new research, programme development opportunities, student experience opportunities and the potential to attract enthusiastic young engineers onto our programmes.

Our two UTCs opened on Thursday, September 8, 2016 with 120 students at Crewe and 190 students at Warrington. The two UTCs are both complementary and contrasting. The Warrington UTC is a brand new building capable of supporting the education of 600 pupils in the regenerated Stadium Quarter in the centre of Warrington.

At Crewe, the Francis Webb Building, the first of two, is a refurbished space containing specialist engineering facilities and equipment. The second phase, the Joseph Locke Building, is a new build due to open in September 2017 thus completing the 800 pupil school.

The School of Engineering would like to acknowledge the help and support of our industrial partners, Cheshire East Council, Warrington Borough Council, together with the Manchester Metropolitan University Team; Dr Georgina Harris, Prof Neil Fowler, Dr John McCann, Prof Phil Wheater and Peter Winter.