Digital marketing drove 33% over application target

Say hello to the Ron Dearing University Technical College. A totally new conceptof education.

Our launch campaign started with no staff, no building and no proven track record,so we needed a compelling campaign to reach the right kind of young people to drive Open Event registrations and applications.

With a new website that appeals to our tech-savvy Generation Z audience, our strategy centred around a targeted digital campaign, through Search, PPC and social media.

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To fulfil recruitment requirements and attract 150 suitable students to apply for the UTC in time for its September opening.


#GetTheEdge was born

With dynamic creative and digital tech at its core, the campaign used hard-hitting messaging and eye-catching content to showcase the specialist subjects available to study at Ron Dearing UTC; aspiring students to pursue extraordinary career goals.

Audience segmentation allowed us to pinpoint behavioural characteristics which were then used along with geo-targeting, to attract students from specific locations who were interested in digital and mechatronics. Google search, display ads, remarketing and Facebook advertising were just some of the cost-effective tools we used to catch our audience’s attention, resulting in a measurable, results-driven campaign.

Once we had their attention, we used immersive Open Events and an engaging prospectus to really showcase this new education model, inspiring students to think differently and #GetTheEdge over their peers.


A stand out digital strategy, backed by traditional marketing and PR led to the UTC being 33% oversubscribed, 8 months before opening.

9,463 web views of the Open Event page in just four weeks, 12,939 clicks from digital ads and 78% email open rate.

Recruitment results
  • 1501% ROI generating nearly £1 million in fees in 12 months
  • 320 applications received for 150 places
  • An application was made to the DfE to increase intake due to demand