The greater Midlands

Taken from a series of new blogs by the senior team at Bondholder the University of Derby, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kath Mitchell says why the Midlands is a great place to be.

In her piece about the importance of place, Profesor Mitchell talks about the Midlands as an outstanding place to live, work, study and visit, and that the University of Derby is well-positioned to support Derby and Derbyshire, businesses, schools and colleges, and its community.


She writes, "This region of the Midlands has continued to exploit its heritage and enabled innovation and manufacturing to continue to be the bedrock of its economic growth, whether it is quarrying in the north of Derbyshire or planes, rail or automobiles in Derby. However, this is a simple description of our city and county. Our wealth of heritage and the juxtaposition of rural and city living creates an attractive and convenient place where you can live well.

"Over the last five years, there have been many exciting projects across our region that highlight the collaborative partnerships between local authorities, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), business and national funders, such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. These projects improve opportunities for both working and living in the East Midlands, especially in Derby and Derbyshire."

Professor Mitchell goes on to highlight the importance of regeneration of key sites in Derby city centre, the city's burgeoning cultural offer and the strides being taken in Derby to improve outcomes for young people.

"We champion social mobility and strive to inspire and create opportunities for all across our region and beyond, regardless of age, background or location. The University is a significant heartbeat in our city and our region. We take seriously the responsibility we have to drive the economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental prosperity of our home, " she writes.

To read the full blog on "Why the Midlands is a great place to live, work, study and visit