Ron Dearing UTC takes Digital Awards prize for tech-based education innovation
Ron Dearing UTC has been named among the winners at the Digital Awards, Hull and East Yorkshire’s celebration of tech excellence and innovation.
Hull’s employer-led school claimed the Best Use of Technology in Education prize for its innovative approach to producing tech-savvy young people with advanced digital and engineering skills.
Digital technology is one of the Ron Dearing UTC’s specialisms and the school is equipped with cutting-edge technology, guided by some of the region’s leading employers who are at the forefront of the digital revolution transforming the world of work.
The school’s state-of-the-art facilities include the Green Port Virtual Reality (VR) Suite, the only one in the UK within a school that is used routinely by local businesses, as well as enabling students to develop their digital skills using VR technologies.
The Digital Awards judges said Ron Dearing UTC had “demonstrated an innovative, tech-based approach to education” and highlighted how the school used technologies such as virtual reality and 3D printing to equip students with in-demand digital skills.
The judges added: “With impressive partnerships with some of Hull’s biggest digital businesses, Ron Dearing is waving goodbye to old-school teaching methods and providing a glimpse into the future of education.”
Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said: “We’re delighted to receive this award which recognises our focus on harnessing technology to give our students the skills they need to thrive in workplaces where digital innovation is critical to performance and productivity.
“Thanks largely to our employer sponsors, we are one of the most technologically advanced schools in the country and that means our students have a fantastic advantage. They are able to use the latest technology to apply their theoretical learning, working on real-life projects set by the employers.
“Our students are also working with software used by our employer sponsors, which eases their way to future employment with those companies.”
The Digital Awards recognise and reward digital talent, innovation and enterprise in Hull and East Yorkshire – a region now recognised nationally as a leading tech hub.
The awards are staged by the Hull Daily Mail’s Hull Live website and local communications provider KCOM. This year’s event was held at Hull’s Bonus Arena and was hosted by comedian, writer and star of Channel Four’s Balls of Steel, Mark Dolan.
The Best Use of Technology in Education award claimed by Ron Dearing UTC was sponsored by Hull-based internet service provider PureBroadband.
Ron Dearing UTC sponsored the Best Digital Start Up award, which was won by Good2Learn, based at Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) tech hub. Good2Learn uses a cloud-based programme used by students outside school to boost their English and maths skills.
Pictured: From left, Ron Dearing UTC Vice Principals Mark Ollerenshaw and Steve Willacy with Principal Sarah Pashley and Adrian Bolster, Managing Director of sponsor PureBroadband.