Derby Manufacturing UTC

Derby in Times of India

Yesterday, Derby featured in the Times of India, the country's largest English language newspaper with 2.1million copies sold daily. 

This follows a Derby City Council hosted visit by a delegation of Kolkata-based business investors. Meetings were held with Bondholders East Midlands Chamber, the University of Derby and Marketing Derby, as well as a visit to Bondholder Derby Manufacturing UTC.

Derby City Councillor, Baggy Shankar, who hosted the delegation commented: “We are committed to opening the doors to joint business investors and inward investment.”

The article outlines the city as a hub for rail, aerospace and automotive industries as well as the home of Lara Croft. It describes the similarities between the two cities, in terms of industrial heritage but that Derby’s hi-tech economy puts it a decade ahead of Kolkata.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Derby City Council and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, committing the parties to deepening trade, investment and cultural arrangements.

John Forkin, MD of Marketing Derby, who presented to the delegation, commented:

“Following the links already made with China it seems logical to extend Derby’s reach into India. We hope this can contribute to jobs and investment and Hefei and Kolkata are perfect partners in making this happen."

UTC gets new boss

Bringing 30 years' experience in the education sector to Bondholder Derby Manufacturing UTC, new Executive Principal John Ferguson plans to ensure all students are highly-employable by the time they leave.

It is our aim that students of Derby Manufacturing UTC will be confident, well-rounded and articulate.
— John Ferguson, Executive Principal of Derby Manufacturing UTC

Looking forward to his third UTC Principalship, John commented: "As a committed professional, I am passionate about education and, in particular, that provided by University Technical Colleges, which offer a broad curriculum that combines and academic education with technical and practical learning backed by both the University and local employers."

He continued: "It is our aim that students of Derby Manufacturing UTC will be confident, well-rounded and articulate. Their ability to work both independently and as team members combined with their creative and dynamic attitude towards working and learning, will ensure they are both highly employable and successful in obtaining places at universities or with employers of their choice."

STEM Skills Careers Week

Bondholder Derby Manufacturing UTC is set to celebrate the success of its opening year by holding a STEM and Careers Week running from 18th - 22nd July 2016.

With the aim of inspiring students to work on STEM projects involving problem solving, team working and presentation skills, students will receive careers advice from sponsors and industry figures.

They are seeking partners to work with them on engaging with the workforce of tomorrow.

For further information regarding how to get involved, please contact Shobha Tynan at