Lincoln UTC is officially opened by Professor Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK.

November 26, 2015 1:24 pm

Professor Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, officially opened Lincoln University Technical College (UTC) on Wednesday 25th November 2015 alongside staff, students and representatives from over forty local businesses.

Lord Baker and the Baker Dearing Trust instigated the UTC movement. Lincoln UTC was created through the partnership of Siemens, The University of Lincoln and The Lincoln College Group.

Lincoln UTC is housed in a historic Grade II listed building on Lindum Road, Lincoln. The programme for completion was delayed due to the discovery of historic relics within the grounds. With the assistance of The University of Lincoln, the UTC was able to locate to a temporary Grade II listed building, Chad Varah House, in the historic Bailgate area, whilst work at the Lindum Road site continued. The UTC opened successfully in Chad Varah House in September 2014 with the first cohort of 140 students.

After a year of renovation and building developments, the UTC moved into it’s permanent home in September 2015. Today marked the completion of the project and the three hundred students and fifty staff were honoured to welcome a range of important guests to the official opening ceremony. Guests included: Lord Baker of Dorking; Charles Parker, CEO of the Baker Dearing Trust; Air Commodore Bruce Hedley of the RAF Air Warfare Centre; Paul Birt, HR Director for Siemens UK; Professor Andrew Hunter, Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of Lincoln; Gary Headland, CEO of The Lincoln College Group.

The event opened with speeches from Gary Headland, Chair of the Lincoln UTC Board of Directors, Paul Birt, Vice Chair of the Lincoln UTC Board of Directors and Dr Rona Mackenzie, Principal of Lincoln UTC. Professor Juergen Maier gave an inspiring speech and officially opened the building, cutting a ribbon with senior students Charlotte Jones and Jake Hill. A plaque was unveiled at the front of the building to rapturous applause from the distinguished guests.

The event continued with tours of the UTC, led by student ambassadors, to share with guests the impressive science and engineering facilities.

Year 13 student, Jake Hill said: “It was a special day and fitting to be celebrating with local Lincolnshire businesses who have been actively involved with Lincoln UTC since it’s inception. It was great to be able to thank important Directors and business partners who have been a critical part of our exciting journey.”

Principal, Dr Rona Mackenzie, said: “This is a proud day for us all: staff, students, business colleagues and directors. Our collective commitment, dedication and efforts over last three years has resulted in what we see today – a wonderful building, first class resources, inspiring teachers, committed Directors and engaged businesses who are collectively creating the next generation of scientists and engineers. I could not be more proud of our achievements.”

Professor Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK said, “I’m both thrilled and honoured to have officially opened the Lincoln UTC. Ensuring enough highly trained and motivated scientists and engineers is one of the stand-out issues facing Britain’s manufacturing industries. Having University Technical Colleges provides companies such as Siemens with high calibre candidates – while providing them with paths to very stimulating and rewarding careers.”

The celebrations continued as Year 13 student, George Barber, travelled to Manchester to collect the prestigious ‘Sir William Siemens Award’ for excellence in Engineering. Mr Neil Wright, Leader of the Cambridge Technical Diploma at Lincoln UTC, nominated George for the award. Mr Wright was astounded by George’s commitment to his studies, progress and development over the duration of his course and desire to achieve the highest standards. George has a bright future ahead and the UTC is immensely proud of him.

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