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Boost for business as Ron Dearing UTC launch unique virtual reality facility

Ron Dearing UTC launched a unique virtual reality facility on 19 December that will give businesses across the Hull region a major digital edge. The Green Port Virtual Reality (VR) Suite will enable businesses to drive innovation and productivity and allow them to work with Ron Dearing UTC students to help develop their digital skills using cutting-edge VR technologies.

The VR Suite has been funded by a grant from the Green Port Growth Programme and is thought to be the only such facility in the UK within a school that will be used routinely by local businesses.

Ron Dearing UTC Principal Sarah Pashley said:

We’re excited to launch the Green Port VR Suite. This is a major asset for the region and local businesses and a fantastic opportunity to develop a new highly-skilled workforce.

The support of our Major Partner Green Port Hull has enabled the creation of a facility which is the only one in the country hosted within an educational establishment that is available on an ongoing basis to local businesses.

The Green Port VR Suite is also a powerful demonstration of our unique employer-driven education model and our commitment to bringing learning and business together, for mutual benefit.

VR delivers an easy-to-understand global picture of production operations and produces 3D data that can be used in many ways, including design development and training.

Ron Dearing UTC Vice Principal Steve Willacy said:

The Green Port VR Suite will provide business opportunities otherwise out of the reach of small and medium-sized businesses as well as enabling students to use the technologies to produce virtual reality prototypes as part of their work on projects set by our employer partners. Virtual reality and augmented reality are fast-growing technologies that are in increasing demand in industry.

The suite’s centrepiece is a 4K-resolution active wall which allows for a fully immersive VR experience for up to 30 people.

Tim Rix, Chairman of the Green Port Growth Programme, said:

We are delighted to be supporting the new Green Port Virtual Reality Suite at Ron Dearing UTC, which will give companies in our region the chance to experience and explore the opportunities VR can bring to their business.

Ron Dearing UTC opened in September 2017 and has been established to develop a new pipeline of tech-savvy and work-ready young people. The new school offers a unique curriculum combining academic excellence in the core subjects of English, Maths and Sciences with the opportunity to specialise in digital technology and/or mechatronics – a combination of computing and engineering.

Ron Dearing UTC’s Founding Partners are the University of Hull and some of the region’s leading employers – KCOM, RB, Siemens Gamesa, Smith & Nephew and Spencer Group. It is also supported by Hull City Council and a host of other business partners.

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