UTC@harbourside is a University Technology College that delivers a high quality, specialist courses in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing to 14 to 18 year olds.

The UTC@harbourside Trust announced in July that they had formally asked the Secretary of State for Education to terminate the contract to fund the UTC and that he had agreed to do so. They did this because they were unable to attract enough pupils to the UTC for the college to be financially viable and deliver its vision of a high quality education.

Academic year 2018 – 2019

The Government have agreed to fund the Trust for a further year until the end of August 2019. This will enable students who are part way through their studies to complete their courses without interruption. It will also allow those students who had enrolled onto a one-year course to continue with their studies as planned. This year will be focused on ensuring the students gain the best results possible and are prepared for the next stage of their career path.

Prospective students

Students who were due to start new two year courses (GCSE, A-Level and BTEC) in September 2018 will have been found new courses supported by their local authority and current school. The UTC will not be recruiting any further students at this time.

The UTC building and specialist facilities

The future of the UTC or the buildings has yet to be decided. The Government will be making a decision about that in the next few months. They will want to listen to local residents, students and the education community about the best options going forward. Please see further updates about when that listening period begins.

Who are the UTC@harbourside sponsors?

The UTC@harbourside Trust is a charitable trust supported by four partners:

The University of Brighton is our University Sponsor. It is a leading university for the professions, particularly medicine, nursing, pharmacy and engineering.

Veolia is our Employer Sponsor. Veolia group is the global leader in optimised resource management. With over 187,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries.

Lewes District Council is committed to promoting prosperity and enterprise, improving skills and providing a wide choice of local work.

UTC@harbourside is also sponsored by Aldridge Education. Aldridge Education is a charitable Trust of entrepreneurial community schools and colleges that help young people to reach their potential.