Royal tours school and set-top box firm to see how area promotes technology

Duke of Kent sees prowess of Bradford engineering

The Duke of Kent talks to pupils at Bradford Grammar School

The Duke is shown around the Pace headquarters

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The Duke of Kent visited the Bradford district to help promote engineering in the UK.

The Queen’s cousin was greeted by 120 first year pupils at Bradford Grammar School yesterday, where a high proportion of students go on to study engineering at university.

The main focus of his visit to the school was a tour of its new science classrooms and laboratories housed in the Alan Jerome Building and the refurbished Kenneth Robinson Building.

After watching demonstrations by pupils, the Duke had lunch and unveiled a commemorative plaque in the new Stephen Davidson Learning Link – named after the school’s headmaster – which joins the science buildings to the main school building.

The Duke, who also spoke to pupils who have represented the country at sport and members of the school’s Combined Cadet Force, said: “I was absolutely delighted to have met so many talented young people who were so articulate about their plans for the future.”

Six-year-old Ava Hanafin presented him with a gift of cloth from Bradford textile manufacturer Bulmer and Lumb, whom the Telegraph & Argus recently revealed made cloth for the honeymoon outfits of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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10:49am Fri 13 May 11

Avro says...

Just a shame that successive Governments have decimated UK engineering!
Just a shame that successive Governments have decimated UK engineering! Avro
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3:52pm Fri 13 May 11

Steve30d says...

Not entirely successive Governments. IMechE noticed engineers tended to move into management as it paid better. Accredited courses then required management components. That then shifted focus away from designing things, towards managing people, making it even more difficult to keep engineers. If people want to do management why do engineering?
Not entirely successive Governments. IMechE noticed engineers tended to move into management as it paid better. Accredited courses then required management components. That then shifted focus away from designing things, towards managing people, making it even more difficult to keep engineers. If people want to do management why do engineering? Steve30d
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