New Principal starts at UTC Leeds

UTC Leeds has appointed a new Principal. Alex Burnham has 21 years’ experience of working in education and started in post last month at UTC Leeds, which is based in the former Braime factory on Sayner Road, Hunslet.

Alex Burnham has joined UTC Leeds as Principal

Alex said:

“I feel honoured and privileged to be part of a team that is supporting the next generation of world-class engineers and scientists.

“By working closely with regional businesses and the University of Leeds, our students are gaining the high level technical skills and academic qualifications that employers and universities need and improving their life chances.”

Before joining UTC Leeds, Alex was part of the senior leadership team at Rodillian Multi Academy Trust for six years. This included being Head of School at BBG Academy in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, which moved from special measures to an Ofsted ‘good’ rating during his leadership.

Mark Goldstone, Chair of the Governing Body, said:

“Alex brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and I am very pleased to welcome him to UTC Leeds.”

The £10 million UTC Leeds specialises in advanced engineering and manufacturing.

For more information about the next opening evening on Thursday 18 October 2018 from 6-8pm, visit or call (0113) 353 0140.

Students can complete technical qualifications alongside GCSEs and A Levels and join at the age of 14 or 16. The UTC recruits from across Leeds City Region.

UTC Leeds is sponsored by leading advanced engineering employers and the University of Leeds, which is among the top 100 in the world for engineering and technology and Leeds Chamber of Commerce.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are non selective and government funded technical schools that provide technical learning opportunities in partnership with employers and universities. They offer a curriculum that matches the skills needs of regional employers, supporting economic growth and employment.

More than 70 employers including Agfa Graphics, Braime Pressings Ltd, Lambert Engineering, Siemens, Sound Leisure and Unilever, support UTC Leeds, which opened in September 2016. They have helped to design the curriculum including setting industry projects and also provide work experience and placements.

Students learn in cutting edge, industry standard facilities, with areas designated for scientific research, advanced design, computer aided design, manufacturing and robotics.

There are 7,300 manufacturing and engineering businesses based in the region employing 144,000 people, representing the largest manufacturing base in the UK, according to Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).