About Ron Dearing UTC

We specialise in digital technology and mechatronics, working with the regions key employers

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Our approach to education is based on ‘learning by doing’ and combines study for core GCSEs and A Levels with the practical, technical and vocational learning and qualifications that employers and universities are crying out for.

If you are fortunate enough to become one of our students, you’ll work on exciting projects with experts from the University of Hull and hugely successful local employers in areas that interest you.

You’ll have the unique opportunity to develop your employability and technical skills in a real work environment – one you won’t get at any other school or college in the area.

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Who was Ron Dearing?

The UTC is named after Lord Ron Dearing of Kingston upon Hull, who was born and educated in the city and went on to become a senior civil servant and Chairman of the Post Office. He died in 2009.

Lord Dearing was famed for his integrity, intellect and determination. His Dearing Report of 1997 changed the landscape of higher education in the UK. Together with former Education Secretary Lord Baker, Lord Dearing developed the UTC model.

The Ron Dearing UTC has been championed by Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson, a former Education Secretary:

“The UTC is a fitting legacy for Ron Dearing. I knew him well, both as Chairman of the Post Office when I was a senior union representative and through his work on education for the Blair Government. The Ron Dearing UTC is a marvellous tribute to a great man and an enormous benefit to our city and its citizens.”


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Our specialisms

Our specialisms of Digital Technology and Mechatronics have been carefully chosen by our key employer sponsors because these are the skills that local industry is crying out for.


Does your brain think digital? Businesses are crying out for tech-savvy staff like you, which is why our focus on digital technology will help you develop the skills you need to succeed.


Where engineering meets computers – whether that’s developing F1 cars, using drones for scoping out new projects, wind turbine manufacturing or programming machinery.

University of Hull
Reckitt Benckiser
Smith & Nephew
Siemens Gamesa
The Spencer Group
Green Port Hull
Ideal Boilers
Sewell Group
A J Building
Air Products
Emmerson Kitney