A principal hopes to promote excellence in science skills after being appointed a founding Fellow of a new national organisation. Sheffield City College Principal Julie Byrne has joined the NEF Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, which promotes excellence in science and innovation, and was launched at The Royal Society in London.

Mrs Byrne said: “I am delighted to be recognised on behalf of the college for the ground breaking work we have done in partnership with the New Engineering Foundation. This has involved developing greater innovation, and knowledge exchange and skills for our staff and students, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics areas of the curriculum.”

The appointment follows the college’s commitment to advancing the knowledge and science, dental, engineering and information technology skills of both staff and students.

In Sheffield, there has been a shortage of science, aviation and information technology technicians. The college has responded by increasing the number of course places available, and developing programmes to meet business and industry needs and maximise employment opportunities. The New Engineering Foundation is a science and technical education charity and think-tank. For more information, visit www.thenef.org.uk and www.theike.org.

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