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Dylan – ROK Cup Superfinal 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

At the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, relationships matter. From celebrating regularly and praising positive behaviours, to encouraging skills and supporting each other, it’s what makes us professional, responsible and loyal and helps to prepare our young people for their futures.

Supporting student’s skills and interest’s means that we love hearing what they get up to outside of school and how they apply their knowledge into real world scenarios. For year 10 student Dylan, it’s his love of karting that inspires his passion for engineering.

Racing since the age of eight, Dylan has regularly competed in the British Karting Championships and worked hard to progress. After taking a year out, Dylan and his family put together a package to help him get back onto the circuit and through his hard work, determination and focus, came in 2nd place at the British ROK Championship, progressing onto the ROK Cup Superfinal, in Italy!

Not only do Dylan and his family commit time and money into competing but they also continuously develop their engineering skills to help fix and update their Go Kart, to ensure the best possible performance. Dylan’s dad has said

“Through this I have seen his passion for engineering grow. He loves to get his hands dirty and is always looking to understand not only his engine but also the setup of the go kart to maximise his chances of winning. One thing I said to Dylan before we went to the world final is that out of all the 500 competitors I bet that there is only one that has built his own engine and understands it, and that is something to be proud of whatever the result was going to be.”

What is the ROK Cup Superfinal?

It is a chance for all Rokker drivers from around the world to compete in a series of racing events across a week, assigning the title of the ROK absolute champions. This year the ROK Superfinal, saw 419 drives, 7 categories, 5 continents and 49 countries represent! You can find out more about the event by clicking on the button below.

During his time in Italy, Dylan placed in 7th position during the pre-qualifying practice and went from 36th to 14th in just one race! Extremely impressive to say that he experienced an accident in one race and a broken fuel pipe in another. Perfectly showcasing Dylan’s, capability and determination to be able to compete at world level.

We are so proud to hear of Dylan’s passion for karting and to be playing a small role in helping to develop his skill set further. It goes to show how far you can go with the right STEM skills!

“I am very grateful for the fact that Dylan attending the UTC has brought out a young man that is now more focused and who loves going to school to learn about different engineering techniques. The concept of the school has ignited a passion in Dylan which I hope can develop him going forward to one day make a very good engineer.”

We look forward to supporting Dylan’s career and helping him to progress even further through our extensive and exciting curriculum. If you are a local business wanting to help support and sponsor a young individual racing on the world stage, please contact us by following the link below.

Space School 2019 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

2019 has been a particularly important year for space, as we celebrated 50 years since the first human set foot on the moon in one of the most significant moments of human history and ever since then, our fascination with space exploration and the opportunities available through STEM haven’t dimmed. For Shanen, our year 13 student and resident physics mastermind, her deep interest in all things space and astronomy has cemented her decision to work towards a career in Cosmological Research.

As the ENL UTC, continuously encourages our students to explore as many exciting opportunities as possible, whilst offering them everything that they need for their chosen pathway, it seemed only fitting that we celebrated Shanen’s passion for physics with a trip to Space School at The University of Kent!

The exciting three day residential event runs every year and is perfect for inspiring the next generation of scientists. Involving hands-on astrophysics and space science workshops, it is run by academics, postgraduates and undergraduate students, and provides students with the opportunity to do some observing outside of this world.

To see how Shanen, got on at Space School, carry on reading.

Commencing take off in 3… 2… 1…

Friday 2nd August

  • 1.00pm start with a welcome talk and introduction the the staff
  • Separated into groups for the rest of the weekend, Shanen was part of Team Nebula, alongside of four other students
  • An ice breaker activity where the groups had to create a ‘space capsule’ that would hold the egg and allow the ‘eggstronaut’ to survive a 3m drop. Team Nebulas did and was the only one that bounced!
  • A talk about the Rosetta Mission from a university researcher
  • A talk from a university Physics lecturer regarding the upcoming Lunar Gateway Missions
  • Dinner and a quiz where Team Nebula came second
  • A quick talk about the different telescopes the university uses
  • From 9pm to 11.30pm the students were able to observe the night sky with the local Astronomy club, who brought in telescopes for a variety of observation sections, whilst talking about the campus Beacon Observatory

Saturday 3rd August

  • 8.30am start for breakfast followed by a talk about the different activities the students could expect over the weekend
  • Rocket building! Students were given a five hour period to design, build and simulate their rocket ready for take-off
  • Lunch break
  • Lunar geology session, equipment tour and mission proposal work
  • Dinner break
  • Further rocket building
  • The students were unable to observe this night due to overcast weather, so instead they were able to experiment with freezing various items in liquid nitrogen
  • A quiz before lights out

Sunday 4th August

  • 8.30am start followed by a ‘Lunar Rover’ Lego coding activity
  • Each team finished off their mission proposals and rocket
  • A special 20th Space School anniversary lunch
  • Official rocket launching. Each team launched their rockets but unfortunately Team Nebula’s ‘eggstronaut’ did not make it due to the lack of shock absorption
  • Mission Proposal presentations
  • An award ceremony that saw Team Nebula win! As a prize they each received a book called What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. Each student also received certificates and a 20th anniversary Space School pin badge

The University of Kent Space School, is now in its twentieth year, and is an annual staple in the School of Physical Sciences’ calendar. It is the perfect experience for any young individuals with an interest in anything Space. We are so glad that Shanen, had a great time and are so proud to be part of her exciting journey into her future career.

For further details of Space School, or to find out more about how the ENL UTC can help you to access tomorrow’s career opportunities, please follow the links below.

Applying to University – Shanen, Year 12 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Thinking of applying to university? As the deadline for applications gets closer this could be the ideal time to start thinking about the route you want to go down when preparing to leave school. No matter the university or course you are looking at it is important to understand the application process and how you can demonstrate yourself as the ideal student.

Whilst the process may seem daunting to some, UCAS have released many useful guides and tips that help when filling out your application form. To put it into perspective here are the top things admissions teams look for when reviewing your application form;

  • Qualifications
  • Content of written personal statement
  • Quality and content of reference
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the subject discipline
  • Good attitude to learning and personal development
  • Ability to articulate yourself fluently and accurately in writing

At the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire, we work closely with our students to ensure that they have all the industry knowledge, qualifications, business acumen, technical skills and employability skills required by employers to fulfil future ambitions. We also work closely with industry partner University of Hull, to provide further detail regarding life on campus, studies and career progression.

So whilst we have you covered for gaining all those experiences and qualifications required to fill your applications form, how do you effectively translate all of this into a personal statement?

A personal statement is a vital part of your UCAS application, the supporting piece, which gives you an opportunity to showcase your ambitions, skills and passion for the chosen field on just one page. It is the ultimate way to sell yourself to the admissions team.

Whilst some of our students are in the process of finalising their applications for the deadline, we have taken the time to note down tips from Year 12 student Shanen, on how she successfully completed her personal statement.

1 – Map out a simple structure for your content

Don’t make this structure too complicated. Simple is key as you can throw in extra detail later on once you have the bulk of your content in place. By following a concise plan it allows you room to edit later on without forgetting your place.

Shanen was able to do this by following a simple yet effective structure that allowed her to present a confident image of herself to the admissions team;

  • Introduction
  • Interests that relate to the course and how it inspires her
  • Studies and qualifications so far and how it is relevant for future progress
  • Skills and qualities
  • Conclusion, reminding the university why she is suitable for the course

2 – Don’t start with “I wish to apply for this course” or “I want to do this course because…”

The first paragraph of your personal statement should be short, catchy and with the ability to express yourself as an individual. Use this as an opportunity to showcase your interest and how this results in your chosen subject.

From the outset, Shanen makes it clear that her passion lies within the physics field by stating “What sets physics apart from the other sciences, in my opinion, is that it can be practically applied to all instances in life.” This will spark an interest in the reader to want to find out more about you as a person.

3 – Why should they choose you over the other applicants?

Be modest but always make sure that you sell yourself. Indulge the reader in information that can make you stand out compared to other applicants. Shanen, as part of her application, provided information relating to her deep interest in space and astronomy; “Books such as The Martian and Endurance have inspired me to pursue further studies in astronomy and the corresponding physics.” It helps to show that your interest in the course runs far beyond the class timetable.

4 – Your studies and qualifications so far

Although this information will be provided in further detail within your application form, it is essential to highlight your successes within the personal statement too. Shanen uses her time at the ENL UTC to showcase her ability to learn by stating, “I am currently working towards a Level 3 Engineering qualification, a Quantitative Reasoning qualification and an Extended Project Qualification at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire.” Whilst also taking the time to highlight additional certificates and achievements that she has gained prior to her most recent studies.

5 – Any desirable skills and traits?

Treat a personal statement like a CV cover letter by highlighting your key qualities and skills that can be applied throughout your studies. This will show the reader that you have a strong business acumen and can perform to a high standard. Shanen visits previous work experience to expand on the skills she learnt by stating, “I have over 350 hours of paid work experience within the customer service sector showing that I can adapt to different situations, perform well under a deadline and can work efficiently to a specific schedule.”

Not only does this highlight to the reader that Shanen has strong communication skills but also that she has the ability to complete work to a deadline.

6 – What are you future plans?

Try and think beyond education and how you can use your qualifications and experiences for the future. It is inspiring for people to hear how their work can help lead you towards your dream career.

Shanen, uses the above to close her personal statement with, “I would like my degree to lead to a career in Cosmological Research, as it would keep me abreast of new discoveries in the physics sector.”

7 – Tailor your content to fit a variety of university applications

You may find that when you start looking into universities you have several options in mind that you want to apply for. Whilst every kind of university has a recommended set up for your personal statement as they each look for different qualities, it is important to remember the above points so that your content will fit all of them to an extent.

Always keep in mind that your content should be tailored around your chosen course so that it is easily translated to all course supervisors for them to see your suitability and interest.

For any further information on how the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire can help prepare you for your dream STEM-based career, you can contact our team via info@enlutc.co.uk or call 01724 8787100.

Meet the Students – Isabella, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Isabella, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about her experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“At home I really enjoy reading, drawing and watching YouTube videos.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“I have always been interested in engineering as it is very mathematical, which is one of my favourite subjects. It was a very easy choice to come and study at the school as I know it would help me to progress further.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“I am very interested in studying at University and then progressing onto a career in White Hat Hacking or Software Engineering.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“I feel that the UTC is helping as it is more like a business than the typical school. This makes it feel like they are more invested in helping us to get the career that we would like for the future whilst building up our employability skills.”

What inspires you?

“The two things that inspire me are my mum, as she is always there to help and to motivate me, and also my choice of job role as I know that I need to study hard in order to be successful.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The UTC is different because we do not have a uniform, instead we wear business clothing to help us feel smart and professional. There is also much more respect between students and the staff members, as they all want you to do well and to feel confident as individuals.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“For me personally one of my favourite things is the fact that the subjects are maths-orientated, as this is one of my core strengths so it is helping to build up my knowledge and skill in this particular area.

I also really enjoying getting to know other individuals who have the same interests as myself.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“The staff members at the UTC are really nice and respectful, they make us feel more like adults rather than school children. I also really like the facilities at the school as they reflect what it would be like in industry, meaning that I am confident in my skills and knowledge when applying for job roles.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“If you are interested in STEM, then definitely come and have a look around the ENL UTC!”

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 fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Luke, Year 12 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Luke, aged 16, one of our current year 12 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC. Luke is currently studying his Level 2.5 Engineering in Manufacturing and Design, a bridging course for his Level 3 next year;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends, upcycling old furniture to sell on for a profit and helping my granddad to fix up old car engines.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“I originally heard about the UTC through a family friend who told me all about the school’s opportunities and industry partners. I was really interested from the start and wanted to know more.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“I would like to eventually become the Managing Director of a manufacturing plant or a car manufacturer. This is because it is a highly skilled and fast-paced job role that requires leadership, communication, industry knowledge and much more! It would be great to eventually lead my own team to see the positive impacts that you can have. “

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“The staff members are incredibly supportive and are always there to help you with anything that you need. Most recently I have had support in writing my CV to prepare for future applications.”

What inspires you?

“My main motivation is that I want to eventually travel the world and to secure myself a good job with good money. To do this, I know that I need to work hard now in order to gain a successful career that I can build on.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“At the UTC we get treated like adults and not children. Staff members always speak to us with respect and in a calm manner which makes the environment more fun and comfortable. The school has definitely helped me to grow in confidence.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“My favourite things about the UTC are definitely the visits we have with our industry partners. One of my favourite trips out of school was to the car manufacturer, Land Rover Jaguar, as we got to look at the whole design and manufacturing process of the cars as well as doing an in-depth site tour of the facility.

I have also enjoyed our Lunch and Learn Sessions with industry partners, where we are able to meet experts within engineering roles – also we get free lunch!”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“If you really want a career within the engineering and technology industries and are passionate about developing your skills, then you will gain a lot from studying at the UTC!”

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 fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Harry, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Harry, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“I have a lot of hobbies outside of school as I like to keep myself busy and active. Some of my interests include writing, reading, watching films, origami, cooking, baking, going to the gym, archery, drawing and currently I am trying to learn another language!”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“After doing some research about engineering careers, I came across the UTC and it seemed like the best place for me to attend. This is because it offers a clear focus on STEM-based activities with different teaching styles to other schools.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“My goal is to work abroad in the renewable’s industry, ideally with wind turbines either on land or at sea, because this particular industry is going to be the future of energy that won’t harm the planet. Also, my dad works in this particular industry so it means that we are both very passionate about the environment.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“Whilst the UTC is helping me to understand the engineering and technology industries I would like a more focused view on the renewables industry as I know this is what I am passionate about. It is very interesting however, to learn about the different sides to engineering.”

What inspires you?

“What inspires me is my goal to help better the planet and to be able to provide for a future family with a steady but good income. I want to achieve as much as I can so I know that when I am older I am proud of what I have done.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“I’d say one of the biggest difference’s at this school compared to others is that there is mutual respect amongst both staff and students which makes people more ready to learn.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“I’d say one of my favourite things about the UTC so far is how many events I’ve been able to get involved in and how our student voice feels like it makes a difference.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“I think that they are all amazing because they all try and give the best possible learning experience.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“Come to the UTC if you’re interested in any kind of engineering and want a serious career in the future.”

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 fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Maddison, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Maddison, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about her experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“I am currently part of the air cadets, where I take part in range of different activities such as camping, Summer camps, rock climbing, canoeing and much more! I also like to regularly volunteer at my local church to help give back to the community.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“Because I’ve known for a while that I want a job in engineering and I knew that the UTC could offer me the qualifications that I need.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“I would like to go into either Chemical or Aeronautical Engineering because I love chemistry and planes, so helps to combine my interests.”

What inspires you?

“My family are incredibly supportive and really want me to succeed, so constantly motivate me to be the best I can and to achieve everything that I want to achieve.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The UTC provides you with many opportunities to experience the engineering and technology industries through mentoring sessions, site visits and more. They also let you work on real industry machinery to give you better knowledge.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“I really enjoy our engineering lessons, especially the ones with our senior lecturer Ian Bates as he has lots of experience to talk about and is always happy to help.

One of my favourite moments at the school so far has been our trip to the K-COM Stadium on Hull where we took part in challenges against other schools to show our entrepreneurial skills.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“The staff are really supportive, the facilities are great and the connections with industry are really interesting because we actually get to meet experts who do the job roles we are interested in and provide us with loads of good advice.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“Definitely come and look at the UTC to experience everything it has to offer!”

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 fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Josh, Year 12 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Josh, aged 16, one of our current year 12 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC. Josh is currently studying for his Level 3 in Engineering, and is developing his EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) for Jaguar Land Rover design;

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“The reason why I decided to come to the UTC is because I know that I want a future career in engineering. Also, it is different to other schools around the area that gives you a lot of knowledge and experience into these specific industries.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“My future goals are to go into the design sector of engineering i.e. drawing and CAD, as I am very confident in my skills of designing new things.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“Yes. The UTC is definitely helping me towards my future by helping me to gain experience through workshops and off-campus work experience.”

What inspires you?

“The people who inspire me the most are my teachers and my family, this is because they push me to do my best in any situation and I feel that this will help me in the future when I go into industry and start my career.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The UTC definitely provides more in terms of experience into industry than other schools do around the area. They get you involved with industry experts that support your work all year round.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“I think that the connections with staff at the UTC is really good as the staff are always there to help and advise you the best that they can. The connections with companies is really good as well because you get to see what real industry experts do and how they work on a day-to-day basis.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“The advice I would give to students in the area is that if you really want to get into a STEM-based career then the UTC is the best place to start, as you get a lot of experience and the people at the school are polite which makes you enjoy your studies more.”

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 fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Leigh-J, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | One Comment

Meet Leigh-J, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about his experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“Usually I like to spend time with with my friends or at home on the Xbox. Mainly I am interested in video games but I do also enjoy watching football and motorbike racing.”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“I decided to study at the UTC as I knew it would be a great place to gain relevant engineering qualifications as well as helping me to be noticed with local companies. It also impressed me that the schools pass rate was 75%, with an aim to increase it to 80%, so I knew I would do well here.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“In the future I would love to have an apprenticeship at a company such as Phillips 66 or Jacobs. This is because I find it easier to learn with hands-on activities and I know that they offer high-quality apprenticeships.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“The UTC is really helping me to prepare for future employment as we get given in-depth information regarding different career paths. Also people regularly come in from companies to help mentor us. This helps us to be noticed around companies for any future job opportunities.”

What inspires you?

“My family inspire me. Especially my step-dad as he has worked for both Phillips 66 and Jacobs, so has a lot of experience and knowledge into the industry.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“The main difference is that the UTC gives you an in-depth look into the engineering and technology industries whilst providing you with industry-standard machinery to work on and opportunities for work experience.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“My favourite thing about the UTC is being able to use the different types of machinery. On our last open evening I was able to demonstrate the CNC Lathe Machine for our visitors, and although I struggled to get the hang of it at first, by the end of the night I was really good at it!”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“The staff are really good here and the best part is that they treat you like adults and not children. One of our Seven Consistencies, is that nobody is allowed to shout at another person, which means that staff members always talk to us in a respectful manner.

The school facilities are really good and clean which makes the workshops safe and nice to study in.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“The best thing to do is research what the school is about and if you are interested in engineering, you should definitely apply.”

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 fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.

Meet the Students – Eleanor, Year 10 2> By | Students Say | No Comments

Meet Eleanor, aged 14, one of our current year 10 students who talks about her experience studying at the Engineering UTC;

What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?

“I am currently part of the sea cadets, where I take part in range of different activities from sailing, windsurfing and powerboating – to rock climbing, camping, music and much more!”

What made you want to study at the UTC?

“Because I’ve known for a while that I would like to be a Mechanical Engineer in the Royal Navy when I am older, and knew the UTC could offer me that head start.”

What are your future plans and career goals?

“I plan to go into the Royal Navy as my uncle is actually currently in it. I’ve always wanted to work with him in engineering and that inspires me.”

Is the UTC helping to prepare you for future employment?

“The UTCs focus on engineering will definitely help me gain the industry knowledge and skills for my future job role, but as the Royal Navy requires a high level of fitness, this is additional training that the school does not provide.”

What inspires you?

“People in my family motivate and inspire me the most because they always help me with what I need and support me throughout my training.”

What is different at the UTC compared to other schools around the area?

“My previous school was unable to provide the high level of engineering  and technology knowledge that I need to get into the Royal Navy, I knew the UTC could help me to reach my career goal.”

What is your favourite thing about the UTC?

“My favourite thing about the UTC is definitely the engineering lessons where we are able to work on machinery and projects that teach us new things.

I also love that the staff members take the time to help you fit into the school which makes it more enjoyable.”

What do you think about the staff, facilities and connections with industry partners?

“I think that the staff members are really nice and good because they will help you with anything that you need and will always listen.”

And finally, what advice would you give to potential students?

“Come to the UTC and get a whole new experience! If you like engineering as a subject then the UTC can provide you with really fun classes, with new machinery, tools and materials to use.

Also the teachers will welcome you and help with anything you need.”

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 fill out an application form for Year 9, 10 or 11 then please click here.