Scarborough's new UTC opens its doors

UTC Principal Tim Englefield with pupils at the start of the first day.

UTC Principal Tim Englefield with pupils at the start of the first day.

The first group of students have started life at Scarborough University Technical College.


On Monday the town’s new £14 million University Technical College opened its doors for the first time at Weaponness.

Leah Petrie and Libby Booth meet up at the UTC

Leah Petrie and Libby Booth meet up at the UTC


Scarborough University Technical College is funded by the Department for Education so is open to all students aged 14-18.


It is part of a £47 million development combining Coventry University and a sports village at Weaponness.


The University of Hull is the lead education partner. The UTC is also supported by international businesses such as McCain, Unison Ltd, Scarborough Borough Council, Castle, Dale Power Solutions, Deep Sea Electronics, Firmac, GCHQ, Plaxton (ADL), Schneider Electric Ltd, Severfield, SWC Trade Frames and York Potash.


Later this month it will be joined by the Coventry University Scarborough Campus, which is backed by Scarborough Council. Staff moved into the building this week ahead of its opening at the end of September.

Tim Englefield chats to Leon Boon. pic Richard Ponter 164002c

Tim Englefield chats to Leon Boon. pic Richard Ponter 164002c


Peter Wilkinson, chairman of the board of governors for the UTC, said: “Scarborough Univers ity Technical College offers young people a ‘dream ticket career-based education in 21st Century engineering


“On graduation at 18/19 years of age they will have the opportunity to become an engineering apprentice or continue to university.

“The Scarborough UTC team and staff have excelled in their desire to open a Scarborough-based UTC which is a paradigm shift in career-based education both locally and regionally.

“In time it will attract investment to the town and provide the young talent we need to cope with that investment in business."

Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill welcomed the town’s new additions.

He said: “It is a very exciting time to be in education in Scarborough.

“It is the biggest change for a number of years and will also, i’m sure, see the existing providers up their game to keep pace.

“I know Yorkshire Coast College have some exiting plans going forward.

“I think what stands out about the UTC is that there are so many different businesses involved, with some you see they are backed by just the one but there really is a range of options open to the students who will attend.”

Coventry University will be hosting its first open day for prospective students on September 24 from 10am to 2pm.