Aston University Engineering Academy official launch

AUEA Launch
(From left to right) Lord Kenneth Baker, Professor Alison Halstead, Lee Kilgour, Lord Paul Drayson, Professor Dame Julia King and Councillor Mike Whitby
02 July 2013

Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) has officially been launched by Lord Drayson coinciding with the end of a successful academic year.

The £16.5m University Technical College (UTC) specialises in engineering and science alongside core subjects in English, Mathematics, Languages and Business.  

The launch took place yesterday (July 1st, 2013) at Conference Aston, on the Aston University Campus where Aston Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Julia King alongside Pro Vice- Chancellor Professor Alison Halstead welcomed guests. Attendees were later escorted to the Engineering academy for the formal opening led by Managing Partner of Drayson Racing and Aston alumnus, Lord Drayson. The event provided perfect opportunity to network and also tour the newly built Academy.

The academy is the first UTC in the UK to deliver apprenticeships offering students the opportunity to work with leading engineering firms and businesses, including Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, National Grid, Eon and Goodrich.

Lee Kilgour, Principal of the Aston University Engineering Academy, said; “It has been an exciting year for Aston University Engineering Academy. The professionalism and commitment of the AUEA team has ensured we are able to celebrate on the occasion of our official opening. Three years on from my appointment and I am immensely proud of our achievements which mean that in September we will have over 350 students aged from 14-19 attending AUEA.  We have very quickly established a reputation within the city of Birmingham aligned to our motto - engineering and science excellence for 14-19 year olds in Birmingham.”

“We are all delighted by the continued success of our Engineering Academy, the staff and students are outstanding and we have been oversubscribed by applicants. Offering science and maths A levels alongside apprenticeships is a first for a school in the UK and our students appreciate the business environment and high tech equipment that they can use.” said Professor Alison Halstead Pro Vice- Chancellor Aston University

She added;“Having Lord Paul Drayson to formally open the Aston University Engineering Academy today just after he has broken the world land speed record for a lightweight electric car at 204.2 miles per hour was inspirational to everyone.”

Based at Birmingham Science Park, Aston and developed in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Aston University Engineering Academy accommodates 600 students. Students at the Aston University Engineering Academy are offered a range of study programmes alongside core subjects. These include City and Guilds Engineering, STEM A Levels and BTEC National Diploma in Engineering.


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