This year’s Titan Annual Dinner took place on Wednesday 10th April at University College Birmingham. Attended by more than 100 Titan members, employers and key stakeholders we celebrated the successes and achievements of the Titan network over the last year. The evening was kindly supported by Aston University, Lloyds Bank and University College Birmingham.
Key Successes & Headlines
- In June 2018, Titan hosted its first Careers and Skills Fair at iCentrum where we welcomed 534 Year 6, 7 and 8 students from across the network. The event was so successful that this year we are hosting in across two separate days and are expecting almost 1900 students to attend.
- This year, Aston Olympians will take place over 3 days at Aston University, with 390 primary students taking part. Now in its 14th year, we will have seen more than 3500 primary students taking part in this annual event.
Since we last met for the dinner 12 months ago:
- Titan has hosted 72 different types of activities, events and meetings for students and staff across the network
- Since last March, 1245 members of staff have attended Titan event and activities and by the end of 2018/18 we expect this to rise to 1639 members of staff. In terms of comparison, last year that figure was 479.
- Since last March, we have engaged 1113 students from across the Titan network. By the end of this academic year we expect that figure to be 2575 and again, by way of comparison, last year this figure was 788.
Carolyn Chapman-Lees, Chief Executive of Titan Partnership opened the evening with a video showcasing the wide range of activities and events that have taken place across the network in the last year. Nicola Walters, Chair of the Titan Partnership, then welcomed guests to dinner and thanked the sponsors and keynote speakers.
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, Lynette Kelly, delivered a very personal and inspiring keynote speech on her experiences of education and the importance of social justice and social mobility in helping people to overcome disadvantage and discrimination.
George Feiger, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Aston Business School, then followed giving a thought provoking and insightful speech that echoed the theme of social justice and came with a very direct ‘call to action’ to Titan schools.
The Titan ITT programme was also showcased by Titan trainee teachers, Sabrina Clarke and Mark Bayley, speaking passionately about how the programme has supported them on their journey to becoming a great NQT.
The fabulous evening ended with the fundraising raffle. Thank you to all who purchased tickets; your contributions raised our highest total yet, £775. This has been further increased by the generous donation of £150 from Stephen Jones, Chair of Governors at City Academy Birmingham, and £500 match funding from event sponsor Lloyds Bank. This gave us an impressive total of £1425. The funds raised will be used to support events and activities for our young people in 2019/20. We would like to thank the following organisations for their kind support and donations to the raffle draw:
- Hays Recruitment
- Wesleyan Assurance
We were delighted to welcome so many of our members, employers and key stakeholders and would like to thank all those who were able to attend. The network is growing and thriving because of your passion to see all young people achieve and succeed whilst also supporting staff and leaders to make a real difference to young lives.
We would also like to thank the below schools for entering their students to participate in our table centrepiece competition. The pieces were wonderful and really served as a reminder that the students remain at the centre of everything Titan does. Students worked incredibly hard and provided pieces that not only reflected their schools but also themselves.
Finally, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to Aston University, Lloyds Bank and University College Birmingham for their invaluable support and sponsorship. A very special thank you must go to Andrew, Liz, Christine and all of the students and staff at UCB involved in making the evening such a success. The service, the food and the ambience were outstanding.