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Nine Celebrities Who Studied Engineering 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

You will know them best for donning red carpet events or starring in hit TV shows and films, but these celebrities also have a hidden talent – STEM based degrees and qualifications!

If you’re considering a future within the engineering or technology industries why not take some inspiration from these world-famous faces. Whilst we can’t guarantee you will become a celebrity, we can guarantee you an exciting career path!

Bill Nye, Comedian (The Science Guy)
Currently known world-wide as “Bill Nye the Science Guy”, it was actually his background in Mechanical Engineering that helped him realise his comedy prowess. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1977, Bill headed to Seattle to work for Boeing, where he developed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor still used to date in the 747! He once stated in an interview that due to his fascination with aviation and space he applied to be a NASA astronaut several times but was unfortunately rejected each time. During his time in Seattle, Bill entered a Steve Martin look-a-like contest that eventually led to his appearances on Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central. Although he gave up his day job for comedy, his love for science and engineering still lives on.

Dolph Lundgrun, Actor (Rocky IV, The Expendables 2)
Before we knew him as Ivan Drago, Rocky Balboas 6’5” opponent, Dolph studied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Not just once either, Dolph actually holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Chemical Engineering and was studying at MIT on a Fullbright Scholarship before he decided to quit to pursue acting.


Rowan Atkinson, Actor (Mr. Bean, Johnny English)
Rowan Atkinson, one of Britains most loved comedians, actors and writers obtained a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Newcastle University in 1975, just three years before beginning his long-spanning career.

Whilst studying at The Queen’s College in Oxford, to work towards his MSc in Electrical Engineering, Rowan pursued acting on the side with a variety of clubs, including the Oxford University Dramatic Society and the Oxford Revue as well as the Experimental Theatre Group. It’s here that he was bitten by the acting bug and decided to forgo his career as an engineer.

Donald Sutherland, Actor (Hunger Games)
Before he made Katniss Everdeen suffer in the Hunger Game trilogy, Donald Sutherland graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Usually being admired by younger actors due to his long-spanning 50 year career, Donald previously studied heat and mass balances that can inspire younger generations of engineers.

Teri Hatcher, Actress (Desperate Housewives)
Before Wisteria Lane made Teri Hatcher one of the highest pad TV actresses, she was able to answer a lot of complicated math questions. Whilst studying at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Teri was also taking a degree course in Mathematics and
Engineering at De Anza College in California.


Kalpana Chawla, American Astronaut
Born in Karnal, India. Kalpana completed an Aeronautical Engineering degree at Punjab Engineering College, before, pursuing further studies in the US. After joining NASA, she became the first Indian-American and the first Indian woman in space.

Despite her death in the tragic Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, her determination and curiosity ensure that she still remains an inspiring figure for the next generation of young engineers.

Rahul Mandal, The Great British Bake Off Winner 2018
Rahul Mandal, is best known for being crowned as this year’s GBBO winner but during the day is better known as Dr Rahul Madal, an engineering researcher at the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Born in India, Rahul came to the UK in 2010 on a scholarship to study for his PhD in Optical Metrology at Loughborough University. He joined the Nuclear AMRC in 2015, to develop innovative automated techniques for inspecting components for any contamination or flaw.

Upon winning he stated “Quite a lot of guys and boys at school – they think they can’t bake. Anyone can do it. Baking is a science. It’s a mixture of physics, chemistry and engineering.” With his research specialising in light-based measurement of engineering components, Rahul started baking cakes for his colleagues only two years prior to his Channel 4 success.

Alfred Hitchcock, Director 
Famous movie director Alfred Hitchcock, was schooled in engineering before entering the film industry. He graduated from the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation before looking to the suspense and physiological thriller genres. Hitchcock’s detailed practice of meticulously drawing scenes and his ability to think like an engineer allowed him to not only work out whatever technical problems that arised but also helped him work to strict deadlines, plan ahead and mix creative thinking with practical application. Perhaps his transferable skills from engineering was what made his movies so memorable.

Oti Mabuse, Professional Dancer (BBC Strictly Come Dancing)
Whilst we all know and love Oti for her position as a professional dancer on BBCs Strictly Come Dancing, her first career destination was to become a Civil Engineer! Before finding her love of dance, Oti graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology, with a goal to help design irrigation systems for hartebeespoort dam and RDP in Garankuwa.

However, her passion for dancing became evident as she went on to win several South African Latin American Championships, various German dance championships and came second in the European Championship Latin, before joining the BBC. Oti still recalls her time of studying civil engineering as a contributing factor to the ambitious woman she is today.

To find out more information about where the world of engineering can lead you, why not contact our team for a personal tour of our facilities on 01724 878100 or info@enlutc.co.uk.

The RAF National Engineering Competition Finalists 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

On 22nd September, three of our current year 10 students and members of the Air Cadets 119 Squadron, had the exciting opportunity to attend the National RAF Engineering competition at RAF Duxford.

As 2018 is the National Year of the Engineer, the RAF chose its centenary year to launch its first ever Engineering Competition. The 18-month team challenge was open to all personnel and youth organisations to encourage a widespread interest in engineering and to inspire people of all ages to get involved in STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The challenge was to design an engineering solution relating to air and space activities, based around one or more of the broad categories; The Royal Air Force – the next 100 years, size, weight and power, height, reach, speed and endurance, the information age.

In total there were 26 finalists that comprised of 16 youth teams and ten whole force teams, and we are so proud to announce that the STEM team from the 119 squadron came 3rd!

James Danby, Joe Johnson and Liam Welch, helped lead their team to victory by undertaking a dragons den style pitch in front of a myriad of judges and RAF chiefs. The presentation showcased their design and prototype for a new age UAV system for ground intelligence and reconnaissance missions.

For their prize, the 119 cadets were awarded a once in a lifetime, red letter day experience at the MBDA Systems in Stevenage on Friday 2nd November, to congratulate them for all of their hard work throughout the competition!

The Royal Air force Cadets in Scunthorpe, offer exciting opportunities for cadets aged 12-10 years including flying, gliding, shooting, camping and much more.

Half Term 1 Roundup 2018 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

We are proud to present to you our first half term roundup of 2018. 

This interactive newsletter provides you with an exciting overview and insight into a typical half term at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire.

From record breaking results and radio interviews, to weekly work placements and industry partner engagement, 2018 has got off to a very successful start! We can’t wait to see what the rest of the academic year brings.

To find out more, please follow the link below! 

Celebrating WiME 2018 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

On Friday 12th October 2018, a number of our female students had the exciting opportunity to attend the Women into Manufacturing or Engineering (WiME) careers event, at Grimbsy Town Hall. WiME is an initiative by Green Port Hull, Siemens Gamesa, Airco and Jobcentre Plus to encourage, inspire and help women to discover the opportunities available in manufacturing and engineering.

Green Port Hull states that “in the Humber region, manufacturing contributes 17% of our employment compared with 8.7% for England – and this number is set to grow thanks to the investment in renewable energy. However, despite the high demand for people with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) qualifications, women are under-represented in these roles.”

So why should women choose careers within these industries? We asked four of our female students to discuss the stereotypes usually associated with these job roles, and what they hope to achieve in the future upon completing their studies.

  1. What made you choose Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire?

Maddison – “I wanted to be an engineer and I knew the UTC would give me the best education so that I could get a good job.”
Eleanor – “I chose the UTC because I could get better qualifications then my old school.”
Zoe – “I chose the UTC as I enjoyed engineering beforehand and wanted to make a career out of it.”
Guilia – “I chose the UTC as I enjoyed the fact that it focused on engineering as a whole.”

  1. What are your future career goals?

Maddison – “I want to go into the armed forces as an engineer.”
Eleanor – “I want to be a mechanical engineer, travel the world and earn money.”
Zoe – “I want to be a mechanical engineer.”
Guilia – “My dream is to be an aerospace engineer.”

  1. What are your thoughts on women being under-represented in the industry?

Maddison – “The world needs to know that women can be engineers and can do the exact same things as men.”
Eleanor – “Because we are girls we don’t get picked to do engineering because of our genders.”
Zoe – “I think that we shouldn’t be under-represented just because we are a different gender and be made out that we are not able to do engineering types of activities.”
Guilia – “I don’t think that people should underestimate women. We can do a job just as good as a man can do.”

  1. How would you like to see women overcome this stereotype in the future?

Maddison – “I would like to see more women coming into schools and showing girls that we can do this, and we can do what men can do!”
Eleanor – “Women should get paid the same as men and should get the same career advice and the same opportunities.”
Zoe – “Girls should have the same opportunities as boys and be offered the same career advice too.”

To find out more about the opportunities available at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, you can download our 2018/19 prospectus here. Or if you would like to find out more about the opportunities available then please click here.

George’s GCSE Results Day 2018 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

This year, we achieved our best GCSE results yet, so we caught up with some of our Year 11’s to find out how they did, and how they’ve found studying at a UTC. Here, George tells us his favourite part about being at ENL and his plans for next year. 

I think my favourite part of being at the UTC was socialising, I got to see my friends every day. As well as the practical learning – I really enjoy engineering.

Next year I’ll be moving to Leeds to start an apprenticeship. From September, I’ll be doing Mechanical and Electrical Engineering for J N Bentley. I’m looking forward to starting a proper job and just being in a work environment.

What would be your advice for students starting their GCSEs?

Don’t worry! Focus on what you’re best at and stick at what you want to do.

Kyle’s GCSE Results Day 2018 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

This year, we achieved our best GCSE results yet, so we caught up with some of our Year 11’s to find out how they did, and how they’ve found studying at a UTC. Here, Kyle tells us how ENL has helped him prepare for the apprenticeship he’ll be starting later this month. 

All of my results were 5’s and 6’s, which are all passes, and I’m pretty pleased with that. It means I can do what I want to do now I’m leaving school. For the apprenticeship I want to do, you need to pass English Maths and Science, and I’m happy because I’ve done that.

I’ve enjoyed my time at ENL because it was different to other schools. It was much more practical.

What’s the apprenticeship you’ll be going into?

I’m going to be an electrician with a local business. I’ll be working during the week and then doing a day at college once a week, on a Friday. Now I’ve got my results, I feel ready to go into it.

What’s been your favourite part of studying at the UTC?

Definitely the practical side to it. It’s something new, and I think it’s much better than just sitting in a classroom 24/7. It’s a different way to learn.

What would be your advice to students joining ENL in September?

Try your hardest and stick at it. There are lots of cool trips to go on and stuff like that. It’s a bit different, you learn life skills and become much more mature.

100% Pass Rate for Year 13 Students in Engineering Qualifications 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

All of our Year 13 students studying Level 3 Cambridge Technical Engineering Qualification have performed on or above target and have also achieved 100% pass rate in their Level 3 Maths qualification.

These qualifications equip our students with the knowledge and confidence to enter the world of work, ensuring they are ready for the next steps in their future career choices.

All students have the opportunity for an apprenticeship role or job after leaving the UTC, therefore these qualifications are important for their development. Industries in which many of our students have built their careers in include: The Navy, Cristal and British Steel.

Marc Doyle, Principal of UTC said, “In our third year of opening we are delighted to have achieved a set of fantastic outcomes. The Year 13 students have worked hard to secure excellent results, particularly in engineering where our pass rate was 100%, many of them top grades. Thanks to all of the staff and parents for their support and to our industry partners who have been instrumental in showing our students that by following their aspirations, the opportunities are endless. We are extremely proud that 100% of our year 13 students have secured apprenticeships or employment, with over 50% joining degree apprenticeship programmes. We are confident that our continued success will bring strength to the local economy, putting our students at the front of the queue.”

Carly Boden, Business Engagement Leader of UTC said, “I am so proud of our students’ achievements and thrilled that all students have successfully achieved their Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Engineering. Our engineering staff, students and industry partners have all worked together to ensure that our students are at the front of the queue for apprenticeships. This has resulted in a number of successful apprenticeship and job opportunities. We are looking forward to celebrating the success of our alumni and welcoming our students back as mentors in the future, to talk about their successful engineering careers.”

Come Along to the Big Summer Get Together 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

On Saturday the 4th of August, the UTC will be hosting North Lincolnshire Council’s Big Summer Get Together. The aim of the day is to bring together residents of all ages and backgrounds within the local community for fun, food and friendship. The event is free and will feature live music from local bands The Dirty Pitchers, Ramble Gamble, and performances from singer Miss Marina Mae.

There will be a variety of activities and fun for all the family with crafts, games and gardening sessions and also live drumming sessions.

Everyone is welcome and food and drink will be served throughout the day. Please join us from 11am to 4pm, booking not required!

Lab Rascals Return to the UTC! 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Lab Rascals will be returning to the UTC to deliver their interactive hands-on Science experiments throughout August. We are thrilled to be hosting these sessions for children in the area as an exciting school holiday activity. The UTC and Lab Rascals have been working together in partnership to promote STEM activities to children and families.

Sessions throughout the Summer will be taking place every Tuesday and range from making bath bombs to Lab Rascals impressive planetarium show. There will also be exciting dry ice experiences and “wow” factor demonstrations to inspire children of all ages.

Booking is required and the event is on our own and Lab Rascals Facebook page.

Chloe Overton: Work Experience 2> By | Latest news | No Comments

Chloe was chosen by British Steel to take part in their work experience programme. We asked questions about her overall experience and what her favourite part was. She explained how the skills she had learnt at ENL UTC had helped in the process. Well done Chloe!

  1. What was your role? How have you found your placement overall?

I was a part of the central engineering team, focusing on engineering drawing and gas pipes. I really loved the placement, it was a great experience and taught me a lot. British Steel was a wonderful place to be.

  1. Describe a typical day – what kind of things did you get up to?

I would go on site with a supervisor and assess the problem reported by the inspector. Then I would go to the main department to look at the photos of the issue and create a report outlining the problem, and information on the correct materials required. Being accurate and clear was very important.

  1. What’s been your favourite part?

Getting to work on an actual site as I see different sides of engineering. I loved meeting the engineers and working with them. I enjoyed learning to do engineering drawing accurately.

  1. What challenges did you face?

Finding the correct part for the gas pipes. Making sure my engineering drawing was accurate.

  1. What skills have you gained from the placement? And what skills did you get to put to use that you picked up from the UTC or elsewhere?

I used the maths I studied in school, which was a little difficult but it was interesting to see how engineering and maths connect. I have already done engineering drawing in class but this placement let me improve that skill and use it in real life. Now I feel confident enough to say in class ‘this is how you do it’.

  1. How did you secure the placement? What was the process?

British Steel came to the UTC and spoke about the placements on offer, so after that, I applied. Speaking to them helped me decide to apply and do well in the application process. I completed an online application that wanted to know my details, qualifications, achievements, and why I am applying. Following that, I was interviewed and then completed a health and safety test that introduced me to the site. The interview was okay and I think it was a good experience.

  1. Having completed the placement how do you feel towards engineering? Is engineering something you want to pursue?

I’ve wanted to do engineering since I was ten, before that, being a firefighter was the aim! I really enjoy engineering and I feel there are so many different areas to choose from, so there’s something for most people. It’s not repetitive so you’re never bored.

  1. Do you think this placement has benefitted you in terms of looking for a job or going to university?

Yes, I know I want to do an apprenticeship and in the future, I want to look at opportunities at British Steel.

  1. Do you have any advice for other girls considering engineering or doing a work placement?

Just do it! You need to be strong and hardworking. I think the UTC is the best place to be if you want to do engineering. There are not as many girls as boys here but I think that the girls do progress and have the chance to do so. British Steel is the best place to go for a work experience placement!

 Year 10, Central Engineering Team, British Steel