Principal appointed for new Lincoln University Technical College

The deputy head teacher of North Kesteven School, Rona Mackenzie, has been appointed as the principal of the new Lincoln University Technical College (UTC).

She is taking up the role from September, and prepare over the next year for the opening of the £7.5 million college for 14 to 19-year-olds.

A bespoke building will be built for the UTC at the rear of the Grade II listed Greestone Centre, off Lindum Road.

The University of Lincoln currently uses the site as part of their art school but are scheduled to vacate the property this summer.

The site development is fully funded by the government, while the college will be developed and supported by Lincoln College, the University of Lincoln and Siemens.

The Lincoln UTC designs by John Roberts Architects

The Lincoln UTC designs by John Roberts Architects

Speaking to The Lincolnite, Dr. Rona Mackenzie said: “The Lincoln UTC is an exciting new venture and a unique opportunity for students, the Lincolnshire engineering industry and for me as a leader in education.

“I am passionate about science and engineering and I am highly driven to provide an education designed to meet the needs of young people and their community industries.

“One of my first priorities is to raise awareness across the full region, to link with our ambitions for the UTC to be a regional resource.

“I will be engaging with pupils and parents in all our nodal points and running a series of events across the region so that they can actively engage with our exciting new college.

“The Lincoln UTC is greenfield in every way and I am delighted to be leading this new and innovative educational model,” she added.

Lincoln UTC will be open to students from September 2014 when it will greet some 260 students in years 10 and 12.

The student population should then incrementally increase until it operates at a full capacity of 640 students from September 2017.

Lincoln UTC will aim to provide an additional educational choice to the young people in the area, with a curriculum influenced by the employers and businesses.