The University Technical College (UTC) Bolton was officially opened this week by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex.

Prince Edward, escorted by Lord Lieutenant of Great Manchester Warren Smith, was welcomed by University and UTC senior management.

The welcome party included University of Bolton Chancellor The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals, Pro Chancellor Dr Brett Warburton and Vice Chancellor Professor George E Holmes DL as well as UTC CEO Dr Zubair Hanslot and UTC Principal David Goddard.

Other dignitaries present included The Rt Hon Lord Baker of Dorking, Mayor of Bolton Cllr Carole Swarbrick, Leader of Bolton Council Cllr Clifford Morris, Baroness Morris of Bolton and Mrs Edith Conn OBE JP DL.

UTC Bolton, on Deane Road, is the first UTC in the United Kingdom on a University campus. It specialises in health sciences and engineering technologies.

After touring the £10 million UTC Prince Edward unveiled a plaque naming the building ‘The Stoller Building’ after Dr Norman Stoller CBE KStJ DL (pictured below). The building was named in recognition of his significant contribution to health care and his charitable works.

Dr Norman Stoller CBE is an Oldham businessman who is best-known as former Chairman of Seton Healthcare (now SSL International). He is well known throughout the region for his philanthropy through the Stoller Charitable Trust. He was awarded a University of Bolton Honorary Doctorate and a CBE in 2010.

‘I am thrilled and delighted by the decision to allow my name to be associated with this University Technical College,’ said Dr Norman Stoller CBE.

‘My greatest hope is that the young people who are going to develop their art in this fine building will go on to mirror my own success for the benefit of the town, their families and themselves.’

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward said: ‘It’s fantastic to meet so many of you and to hear such great enthusiasm about this new school and the applied learning.

‘I wish you all the very best of luck for your chosen careers and I hope that this UTC really helps you on your way.’

Finally, His Royal Highness was greeted by students of the UTC and its robot Cognito. Programmed by students, Cognito welcomed His Royal Highness to the institution before singing the national anthem.

Sixth form student Nabeelah Patel who welcomed His Royal Highness said that it was a very nerve wracking occasion to meet Prince Edward but that it was ‘great for him to come to the UTC and see how different we are from other schools.’







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