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October 15 2012.

The University of Brighton along with the educational charity, The Aldridge Foundation and Lewes District Council are backing the idea of establishing a University Technical College (UTC) to equip young people with engineering skills. 

Newhaven has been identified as a site for the college, which would focus on equipping young people with marine and environmental engineering skills to meet the needs of local employers.

These new government-funded colleges are for 14-19 year olds and have been set up to bring together the expertise of local business, further education colleges, vocational education experts and universities.

It is expected that students will travel from as far afield as Eastbourne, Shoreham by Sea and Haywards Heath to study hands-on technically-based subjects alongside core academic subjects and entrepreneurship.

Professor Andrew Lloyd, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: "A new college in Newhaven would provide a world-class facility to develop home-grown talent. It will benefit from the university's expertise in environmental engineering and nurture the next generation of engineers."

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