Student Word Of Mouth Recruitment Inspires Work Of Art

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A unique work of art, inspired by its students, has been unveiled at Lincoln University Technical College (UTC).

The unnamed piece features comments made by Year 10 students as part of an English language compare and contrast exercise, which asked them to look at the differences between the UTC and their previous school.

“The students’ responses were so positive, especially from the 12 new students that joined us later in the academic year, having been referred to us by their friends who’d started with us in September, that we thought something should be done to showcase what make us different,” says Lincoln UTC vice principal, Stuart Hamer. “We put this to the students and they decided that a work of art would be the perfect way to capture the sentiment of the comments. What you see here is their idea and their hard work. I think it’s brilliant and so do the people who come into the UTC and see it!”

Sitting prominently at the top of the UTC’s entry staircase, the work of art features seven thought bubbles, laser cut out of stainless steel, each holding one of the positive student statements. The students were assisted by staff at Micrometric, a local specialist laser manufacturing firm who are one of the UTC’s business partners.

Observations that appeared in the compare and contrast exercise and now feature in the artwork included:

“We feel like we are being treated like young adults.”

“I have made more progress here in four weeks that I did in the whole of last year at my previous school.”

“Lessons are structured well. Lessons are interesting and don’t feel like they are going on forever.”

Opened in 2014, Lincoln UTC provides specialist science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for 14 to 19-year-olds. The school offers GCSEs, BTECs and A Levels and currently sits on top of the Department of Education’s league table for A Level progress, with student success outperforming all other Lincolnshire schools. It works closely with a range of industry partners and the University of Lincoln to provide a wide range of activities and experiences not offered by traditional comprehensives and academies.

Life at Lincoln UTC is significantly different to other schools. Students wear business attire instead of a school uniform; lessons are shorter and more focused, and the curriculum features project work designed to develop the skills students will need in later life.

Unlike other schools, Lincoln UTC accepts applications from students all year-round, with 12 students changing their minds about where to study and joining the UTC last month.

For more information about Lincoln UTC or to arrange a guided tour, please visit www.lincolnutc.co.uk, email enquiries@lincolnutc.co.uk or call 01522 775990.