On Thursday 23 June, Doncaster UTC held a Celebration Evening for their year 13 students.
Having been asked if we could produce a trophy for one of the awards, our team at Stratford-upon-Avon Stores, led by Bob Jackson, worked on finding suitable Vulcan parts to be made into The Avro Vulcan XH558 Award for Excellence in Engineering.
Over the past year we have partnered with the UTC on an employer-led engineering project. The project saw the students using the original plans and sketches of the Vulcan, an iconic example of British aeronautical design excellence. Their task was to redesign the wing of the aircraft using modern materials and manufacturing processes.
Back in March we welcomed students to visit Vulcan XH558 after the project had helped towards a decision to award Doncaster UTC the award for New Educational Institution of the year – UK. The judges citation included that they:
“were impressed with the initiatives to inspire young people – in particular the Vulcan XH558 project. We appreciate how important things like this are to help the engineers of tomorrow visualise where their education could take them.”
VTST were proud to be celebrating the success of the students and sharing their Celebration Evening with them. Ian Straw from VTST attended and presented the trophy to the first recipient of The Avro Vulcan XH558 Award for Excellence in Engineering – Milly Barnes.
Images: Top – Milly with Ian Straw (VTST) and Victoria Allen (Assistant Principle Doncaster UTC) | Bottom Left – The Avro Vulcan XH558 Award for Excellence in Engineering | Bottom Right – Milly with the UTC Engineering Staff and Paul Stockhill (MD of Agemaspark), who has played a pivotal role in the development of the UTC.
On discussing her journey into an engineering career, Milly said:
“I have always been inspired by my family being in the engineering sector and this led me to attend the UTC and specialise in engineering along with Maths and Physics.
The Engineering teachers at UTC have massively helped me to decide what parts of engineering I enjoy and excel at and with the help of Miss Agate (careers adviser) I discovered Bio Medical Engineering and I realised that this is the course I wanted to pursue.
I’m interested by the development of new methods to solve modern problems. The fact that this research is critical to the improvement of human life for now and future generations excites me. And that my work could impact so positively on peoples health and lifestyle. I believe that there are still many new discoveries waiting to be found which are beneficial to humans and I would love to be a part of those discoveries.
The idea that my work could have so many positive outcomes is what drives me to further develop what I have learned so far at the UTC and move into this role.”
Congratulations Milly! Everyone at Vulcan to the Sky Trust wishes you all the success you deserve in your future Bio Medical Engineering career.