UTC Sheffield Students Celebrate Cambridge University Places First

Jake Stuchbury-Wass and Oliver Smith have made history by being the first at UTC Sheffield to get to one of the world’s top universities.

The 18-year-olds have just completed their studies at UTC Sheffield City Centre campus, on Matilda Street. Now, they are both going on to the University of Cambridge to study degrees in engineering.

Both Jake and Oliver achieved three A* grades in maths, further maths and physics. They also gained distinction* grades in their engineering technical qualifications.

Jake said: “I feel really proud and very relieved. Studying at the UTC has really prepared me for my longer term university and career ambitions, and I want to thank the teachers for all of their support.”

Oliver said: “I felt shocked and very pleased when I opened the results envelope as my grades have exceeded what I needed to get into the University Cambridge. It feels a real accomplishment to have got in and it’s also great for the UTC.”

Both Jake and Oliver were inspired to apply to the University of Cambridge by their maths teachers who also studied there.

Jake added: “I hadn’t thought about Cambridge but my maths teacher suggested it, as she had studied there. I felt very nervous about the interview but I did some preparation and that really helped.”

Oliver said: “I would never had thought that getting into Cambridge was possible, but my maths teacher thought I had the potential and encouraged me to apply. I felt very nervous at the interview but did some research beforehand.

“The focus was very much on problem solving skills, and being at the UTC has helped me to develop that mindset. That’s why I enjoy engineering – it’s all about learning how to apply theory to real world solutions.”

As part of his studies at the UTC, Jake took part in WorldSkills 2016 and was part of a team that won a gold medal in the industrial control category.

He added: “I’ve had a great time at the UTC. I chose to move to the UTC at 16 because of the engineering specialism and A level subjects that support that, which makes it different to other schools.

Jake continued: “I’ve really enjoyed the hands-on technical learning, and taking part in the WorldSkills competition helped me develop team working, problem solving and time management skills.”

Oliver added: “I would definitely recommend the UTC. The teachers have been fantastic, nothing is too much for them. The facilities are great and so is the atmosphere. A lot of the students are really interested in their studies and the technical specialisms because they have chosen to study at the UTC for that reason.”

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