HAMPSHIRE students, parents and employers have the chance to have their say on a new college dedicated to science and engineering.

South Wiltshire Defence Industries, which will run the new University Technical College, has invited the public to take part in a consultation to shape its future.

The UTC will specialise in science and engineering and admit up to 600 students aged between 14 and 18.

It already has approval from the Government to prepare for opening in September next year.

Although due to be based in Salisbury, the college will welcome students from Southampton and Eastleigh.

Gordon Aitken, project manager, said: “At this stage of development all new UTCs have to explain to the public what their plans are and invite feedback.

“We want confirmation from the public that the proposals meet local needs while there is still time to reflect and adjust our plans.

“The results go back to the Government which will then give us the final green light to start recruiting students.”

To take part visit wiltshire-utc.co.uk/public-consultation.