Welcome from the CEO

RaoThe South Bank Academies is a Multi-Academy Trust sponsored by LSBU established in January 2016. The Trust currently has two Academies, the University Academy of Engineering South Bank in Southwark and the South Bank Engineering UTC in Lambeth.

The South Bank Academies Trust aspires to be the leading provider of professional educational opportunities for young people in South London through innovative learning and teaching at our outstanding academies and colleges, creating pathways into higher education, apprenticeships or employment. Our Academies are strongly aligned to the University and supported by world leading employers and institutions.

The links with the University are varied and growing. The staff and students of our academies are automatically associate students and staff of the University with access to the University's high technology laboratories, sporting facilities and the Library. The University staff support the students by conducting demonstrations of engineering projects, computing workshops, visits to high technology facilities etc. Further expansion of these activities are planned to include master classes, supervision of projects and mentoring of students. The University students worked at the Academies as interns and some of the graduates from the University opted to become teachers by undertaking teacher training.

Problem based learning is a key vehicle for our learning and teaching strategy. These projects are in the form of “big ideas”, designed by employer partners and the University, for students working in teams to brain storm, research and develop solutions while learning the core curriculum in a contextualised setting. Participation in enrichment activities is mandatory for all students including participation in national international competitions such as Fi in Schools, VEX robotics and Shell Eco-marathon.

Project based learning allows us to enhance learner engagement and to foster transferable skills such as research, self-organisation, team work, time management, communication and value for money, which the employers increasingly value in their employees. The University and our Academies are jointly conducting research into how to achieve the best learning outcomes through project based learning and self-determined learning approaches to enhance learning outcomes.

Thank you for taking time to visit our website. Please contact us if you are a parent and would like to discuss opportunities for your child or if you are an employer looking to collaborate with us. I would be delighted to meet with you to discuss the outstanding opportunities our academies offer in partnership with parents, the University and employers for young people.


Professor Rao Bhamidimarri
Chief Executive