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London UTC in danger of closure just three years after opening

From FE Week:

Another university technical college looks set to close just three years after opening.

Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC, named after the former Conservative politician, announced last week it would be pausing student recruitment from the next academic year.

This is while “the UTC’s future is decided”, with chair Andrew Christie saying the “difficult but pragmatic” decision was taken as “the school has not attracted the level of interest that we had hoped from students looking at different options for their studies.

“As a consequence, we are working with the Department for Education to identify a way forward.”

The UTC opened in 2017 and specialises in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has capacity for 550 students aged 14 to 19 but has just under 150 on roll currently. The college is yet to be inspected by Ofsted.

According to its latest financial statements, for the year ending July 2019, the UTC had £319,000 in capital grants that year, on top of £395,000 in 2018, and just over £1 million in 2017.

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