Aston University Engineering Academy

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Aston University Engineering Academy
Established 2012
Type University Technical College
Principal Lee Kilgour
Chair of Governors Professor Alison Halstead
Location Lister Street
West Midlands
B7 4AG
England Coordinates: 52°29′21″N 1°53′09″W / 52.4892°N 1.8859°W / 52.4892; -1.8859
DfE number 330/4003
DfE URN 138222 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Ages 14–19

Aston University Engineering Academy is a university technical college (UTC) that opened in September 2012 in the Gosta Green area of Birmingham, West Midlands, England. Aston University is the lead academic sponsor of the UTC,[1] along with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network. Business partners of Aston University Engineering Academy include E.ON, Goodrich Corporation, National Grid plc, PTC and the Royal Air Force.[2]

The new purpose-built school building of the UTC is located at the edge of the Aston University campus.


Aston University Engineering Academy has an initial intake of students aged 14 and 16 (academic years 10 and 12) in 2012, but will expand to accommodate students aged 14 to 19 over the following two years. The schools catchment area covers the entirety of the Birmingham metropolitan borough.


Aston University Engineering Academy specialises in different aspects of engineering.[3] Pupils aged 14 to 16 study a core selected number of GCSEs along with either a Higher Diploma in Engineering or BTEC First Diploma in Engineering.

For sixth form education, students can choose between four study programmes:

The building[edit]

The Academy building is a new-build scheme, built on the site of a former manufacturing facility demolished many years before. It backs onto the Grand Union Canal and is opposite Faraday Wharf, and within easy walking distance of the sponsors Aston University campus. The scheme formed part of Birmingham's Building Schools for the Future programme before it was cancelled, and as such was built by Lend Lease. The Architect was Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, with civil and structural consultants Cox Turner Morse, and building services consultants Cundall.

The academy comprises approximately 6,500m² of accommodation over 3 floors (excluding basements). Unusually, due to changes in ground level from front to back of the site, the main entrance is at first floor level, with the reception area opening out into a triple-height atrium and staircase at the heart of the building. Site constraints, and the proximity to the inner ring road of Dartmouth Middleway, required the building to be very compact and needed to insulate the occupants from external traffic noise and poor air quality. Consequently the building has a high performance sealed facade and glazing system, and required a heavily serviced solution to provide the necessary heating, ventilation and comfort cooling for the occupants. To offset potentially high energy consumption and running costs, the services design incorporates a full fresh air ventilation system with free cooling and energy recovery, a basement thermal labyrinth, a small Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine, energy efficient lighting systems, and 50kWp of photovoltaic panels. The canal elevation is more sheltered and provides for hard landscaped dining and community areas for students.


  1. ^ "Aston University | Aston University Engineering Academy". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Industry | Aston University Engineering Academy". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  3. ^ "University Technical Colleges". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 

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