Top students in the spotlight at city UTC

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Super students were in the spotlight at an awards ceremony held at Sheffield’s newest college.

The event at University Technical College Sheffield on Matilda Street in the city centre celebrated young people who are set to be rising stars in the creative and digital industries.

The college opened last September and is the first of its kind in Yorkshire.

Prizes were presented to the most outstanding, promising and improved students, all aged between 14 and 17.

They recognised innovative work in a variety of fields, including animation, comic strips, photography, radio, music video, television, graphic design, computer games pitch and best film trailer coursework.

Parents and employers attended the ceremony, which was opened by special guest Shamir Masri of BBC Look North.

Molly Keyworth, 17, who won the Year 12 Most Promising Student Award, said: “I like the fact that you get the best of both worlds at the UTC by doing academic and technical qualifications. I really enjoy the focus on real clients.

“It is brilliant to have the chance to meet, and create something for, a top film company,” added Molly.

Assistant principal Brigidin Crowther said: “The UTC aims to connect with the local digital economy and find routes into this dynamic and growing sector for our students. Events such as our awards ceremony show that connection is happening fast, and becoming a reality.”

Curriculum director Victoria Allen added: “I am proud of the exceptional achievements of our students, and was delighted by the turnout from our creative and digital employer partners.”

UTC specialises in two key sectors that have been identified for growth - the creative and digital, and the advanced engineering and manufacturing industries.

Key supporters include Sumo Digital, the video game developer, and independent production company Warp Films, which set two of the award winning project briefs.

Warp Films visited students to present to them and they were all then given the opportunity to create an original trailer to produce and present to the film company.

Sheffield Live, the city’s first digital TV channel which opens in September, is also supporting the UTC.