University in national top 3

Bondholder the University of Derby's oustanding reputation for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) has been recognised after being listed in the top three for undergraduate teacher training in the prestigious Good Teacher Training Guide 2015.

The guide is produced by Alan Smithers and Mandy-D Coughlan from the University of Buckingham's Centre for Education and Employment Research and compares 174 universities and school-centred and employment-based training programmes in the UK on their entry qualifications, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) grades and take-up of teaching posts.

Dr Lynn Senior, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Derby, said: "Derby has a rich heritage in teacher training and the University's origins can be tracked back as far as 1851, when the Derby Diocesan Institution of the Training of Schoolmistresses was created. Through our teaching offer, more than 600 students study at the University of Derby each year to become newly qualified teachers and go on to fantastic careers working with children and young people."

Ofsted recently awarded 'Outstanding' to Derby's Primary and Further Education (FE) and Skills (post-14) provision and acknowledged that the ITE partnership has an excellent reputation with its trainees, newly qualified teachers (NQTs), employers and partner organisations.

Civic award for £10.8m sports centre

Bondholder Derby Civic Society has awarded the University of Derby for the construction of its £10.8 million sports centre.

The £10.8m development was up against stiff competition for the Brighter City of Derby award including the iHub at Infinity Park, Markeaton Street Cottages, Full Street hotel and flats, and Castleward phase one.

The impressive sports complex includes:

  • eight badminton courts;
  • sports hall;
  • 70-station fitness suite;
  • dedicated fitness studio;
  • two squash courts;
  • climbing wall;
  • indoor spring track; and strength and conditioning suite.

Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at the University of Derby, said: "I'm thrilled that the Derby Civic Society has selected the sports centre for this prestigious award, recognising that, as a university, we are serious about sport and it is going from strength to strength."

Academy addresses skills gap

Bondholder Derby College launched the risual Autodesk Academy at the Roundhouse with a view to shorten the skills gap in construction and engineering.

Our continued partnership with risual will enable our own students and apprentices to have access to the latest software that will enhance their study programmes and better prepare them for the world of work
— April Hayhurst, Business Development Director at Derby College

The Academy is a partnership between Derby College, Microsoft IT Experts, Autodesk and Cadline. Autodesk is the world-leader in 3D design and engineering software for manufacturing, building and construction. Cadline is the industrial leader in the sector for delivering CPD workshops and training construction and engineering staff on specialist software.

The specialist software and hardware needed for the Academy have been installed in a dedicated learning suite at the college and aims to upskill teachers and students in the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology software. 

April Hayhurst, Derby College Business Development Director, said: "We work with a wide range of employers across all sectors to ensure they have the skills in place both now and in the future through our wide range of programmes from further education and apprenticeships to higher education and management training."

She continued: "Our continued partnership with risual will enable our own students and apprentices to have access to the latest software that will enhance their study programmes and better prepare them for the world of work."

Minister Praises Bombardier

Bondholder company Bombardier were recently praised by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, for cultivating the next generation of engineering talent.

The MP for Loughborough was given a tour of BTROS, the interiors and cabling division of Bombardier Transportation UK, where she commended the company for encouraging young people to pursue careers in engineering and manufacturing.

Mrs Morgan praised the “vital work” Bondholder engineering companies such as Bombardier, Toyota and Rolls-Royce were providing, by liaising with local schools and colleges. She noted that this relationship between businesses and education was essential to preventing any skill shortages.

Mrs Morgan said: “It’s really important for the future of manufacturing in this country that we do all we can to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering."

“It is important to the global competiveness of UK companies and I’m really pleased to see the good work that Bombardier is doing.”

The Education Secretary also met a number of apprentices during her visit to the rail engineering company.

She said: “It was great to meet the apprentices. It was also very inspiring to see that many of them were women.”