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The Duke of York meets UTC Swindon students

Duke of York officially opens UTC Swindon

The Duke of York kept a year-long promise and officially opened Swindon’s University Technical College on Thursday.

Prince Andrew met students, teachers, directors, and supporters from the business world before being shown around the college by its principal, Angela Barker-Dench.

She said: “ “The official opening of the college is an historic moment for UTC Swindon – and another milestone in the town’s heritage. His Royal Highness has a passion for engineering, manufacturing and apprenticeships. He shares our beliefs about skills and preparing students for the workplace or University.”

UTC Swindon opened this September in Grade II listed buildings formerly part of Swindon’s railway works.

The Duke was last at the facility back in February, when building work on the college commenced.