University Technical Colleges
University College London is one of several Russell Group universities that sponsor University Technical Colleges (UTCs). A UTC is a new type of school where students learn practical skills alongside academic subjects.
UCL is a co-sponsor of Elutec, a college teaching 14-19 year olds living in east London and Essex who are looking to specialise in engineering or design. Other sponsors are the Ford Motor Company, CEME (Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence) and Prospects Learning Foundation. The college is also supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation for education.
UCL is contributing to the educational programmes and the governance of Elutec, led by Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL Engineering, who himself completed an engineering apprenticeship in the East End of London.
Elutec offers cutting-edge facilities, including a dedicated manufacturing line, a robotics centre and a hydraulic and pneumatic training suite. The college also has access to UCL’s world-leading research and educational resources.
As part of the dynamic learning environment, industry and university experts are invited to deliver guest lectures, giving students an understanding of how science and technology are applied in the real world and how these subjects can improve lives.
As well as studying for their GCSEs and taking a course in modern foreign languages, students aged 14 to 16 work together on projects which are designed to solve real-life problems faced by industry. Students are supported through this challenging work by the sponsors and the Elutec teaching team, and present their findings to senior executives from the partner industries.
Approaches used by different universities vary but taken together these initiatives, and others found across the Russell Group, offer a significant opportunity to enhance the quality of education and raise attainment among pupils aspiring to go to a leading university.