Principal’s welcome

Welcome to the UTC@MediaCityUK. I am delighted to introduce you to our 14-18 University Technical College, specialising in the creative and technical digital industry. Our college is a member of the Aldridge Education family of schools and colleges. If you would like to know more about the Aldridge Education Trust please visit:

We are based in the heart of MediaCityUK, and are a short walk from our sponsors at Salford University and The Lowry. We offer the most exciting and challenging digital education for students across the region.

Studying at UTC@MediaCityUK ensures that our students gain the qualifications and experience employers are looking for – not just broadcasters and media companies, but every business wanting to reach its customers in the digital age. They will all be drawing from a digital media sector that already accounts for one in every ten jobs in the North West.

Combining core academic subjects with the opportunity to study and gain practical experience in TV & Film, Digital Publishing, or Interactive Media & Gaming, our curriculum ensures you will be learning skills for jobs at MediaCityUK and beyond. You will be engaged in developing real content using industry-standard equipment in a new building that has been purpose built for our unique curriculum.

Our UTC benefits from strong links with our partners such as ITV, BBC, and The Landing. Our goal is to produce the next generation of digital entrepreneurs by harnessing your creativity and providing you with the key tools to be successful in business. You will be supported by committed teachers who have worked in the digital media industry themselves, and who are passionate about their subjects, and about helping young people to excel.

Central to the vision of the UTC is the desire to prepare young people better for employment and further education and training, that is why we offer students opportunities through work experience and leadership activities. Since opening in September 2015 we have seen the vision and values of the UTC come to life. The young people who study here are growing in confidence daily, their communication and leadership skills are being developed through their frequent team work as they create projects to fulfil briefs set with industry partners.

These are exciting times for all who study and work at the UTC. As an art teacher and creative leader I relish the opportunity of developing the UTC provision and enhancing the opportunities for our creative students. I’m passionate about giving our young people a real competitive advantage when they apply for university or enter the jobs market. The talent we have amongst our students is exceptional, I really look forward to supporting them to realise their dreams and potential.

Best wishes

Colin Grand


Do get in touch with me directly to discuss any aspect of the UTC or to arrange a tour of the college.

Phone: 0161 661 3947