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Professor Alan Reed

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It’s wonderful to see new life being breathed back into this once desolate dockland

Professor Alan Reed, Director of Regional Development at the University of Greenwich, in common with leaders from Medway Council, had a vision to bring a very different type of school to Medway. It would give young people a combination of academic and technical skills to provide a route to future employment in engineering, construction and design in the region and beyond.

The result has been the creation of Medway University Technical College (UTC), one of 40 such colleges across the country. The UTC works in partnership with leading employers, colleges and universities such as the University of Greenwich, to give students the technical knowledge and skills that are vital to kick-starting their future careers. It opened its doors to the first 190 students in September 2015.

“The positioning of the University Technical College in the heart of this important regeneration project is much more than symbolic in that it will feed this burgeoning area with the technical skills and creative talent to make Medway flourish in the long term. It’s wonderful to see new life being breathed back into this once desolate dockland and now we have an amazing 21st century school at its heart – it’s given it the energy and air of positivity that enthusiastic students and their education bring.” 

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