University of Derby

New to the team...

Marketing Derby has welcomed three new members to its team this summer with the appointment of Simon Kirk, Sarah McAllister and Christopher Tebbs.

Simon Kirk joins as an Inward Investment Executive and will work with investors and developers considering Derby and Derbyshire, as well as helping to raise the profile of the city and county to target audiences, attract investment and create jobs. Born in Derbyshire, he brings both public and private sector experience to the team, most recently from his time with the Invest in Nottingham team.

Corporate Administration Officer, Sarah McAllister, has worked previously for a number of Bondholder companies and joins Marketing Derby to provide support across the breadth of the business and to the company's Bondholders.

Christopher Tebbs is spending his summer with the company as a Digital Marketing intern to gain valuable work experience before he returns to Bondholder the University of Derby to complete his studies on the BSc Marketing (Digital) degree scheme.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin said “We are delighted to welcome Simon and Sarah to the Marketing Derby team; their appointments will further strengthen the activity we undertake to attract and support investment, and help us to provide even more valuable support to our investors, stakeholders and Bondholders.

"We are delighted to be able to offer Christopher an internship and hope his time with us provides a useful insight into the world of work and practical application of his degree studies. He is testament to the talent being produced by the University of Derby and their real world approach to learning."

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University honour for John

Marketing Derby managing director John Forkin will be named an Honorary Doctor of Bondholder the University of Derby at a ceremony next week.

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The award is made in recognition of his tireless work to get investors to ‘think Derby’ for more than a decade and Marketing Derby’s efforts to generate investment and development in the city for over 12 years, contributing to the creation of over 4600 new local jobs.

John said: “To be honest, I was totally surprised but also equally delighted to be offered the award. So many people have contributed to the development of the city and the University and it's a genuine honour to be considered. Derby is a city of innovation in ideas and making and I'm keen to support our continued evolution as an attractive location in which to live, work or visit."

John is one of six people from Derbyshire to be honoured by the University of Derby at ceremonies this month. Also receiving honorary degrees are:

  • Chris Shrigley, one of the creators of the Tomb Raider franchise and its heroine Lara Croft;

  • Andy Sneap, a rock music producer who has worked with some of the world’s top heavy metal bands, such as UK veteran rockers Judas Priest;

  • Judy Leden MBE, who runs a flying school in Ashbourne and is being honoured for her pursuit of excellence in hang-gliding and her promotion of the sport;

  • Brian Jones, who since 2006 has been chief executive of the SENAD group, which has developed high quality educational programmes for children and adults with a variety of special educational needs;

  • Chris Hughes, former chair of the University's Governing Council, who will be honoured for his work to promote the growth of the University and the wellbeing of its staff and students over the past 17 years.

The six will receive their honorary degrees in front of thousands of graduating students, their families and friends at ceremonies taking place at Bondholder Derby Arena on 17-19 July.

Professor Kath Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the work of six people from our city and county who have excelled in their very diverse fields and had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives.

“They each exemplify the values of boldness and brilliance to which we encourage our students to aspire, in order to achieve success in their careers and lives.

Rail innovation unveiled

A £1.4m rail innovation centre at Bondholder the University of Derby has been unveiled to the industry to help transform rail travel in the UK.

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The University of Derby’s Rail Research and Innovation Centre (RRIC), at Lonsdale House in Derby, was developed thanks to a £902,600 grant from fellow Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund.

The funding has allowed for the purchase of three technology ‘demonstrators’ to help improve innovation and productivity within the rail industry: Advanced Rail Composite Design and Manufacture; Rail Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence; and Future Rail Propulsion.

It is hoped that the RRIC will upskill upwards of 80 rail sector employees, while also supporting around 80 supply chain businesses, 15 new collaborative research projects, and shepherd 20 companies through innovation funding applications by 2022.

Professor Warren Manning, Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of the University of Derby’s College of Engineering and Technology, said: “We are grateful to D2N2’s Local Growth Fund for the support it has given the University of Derby to develop this superb facility."

“The Rail Research and Innovation Centre will provide expertise and technology with the capacity to transform the development of rail transport, allowing organisations to get the best value out of data and find better ways of decarbonising the railways."

“Secondly, it will provide opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in the rail supply chain and associated industries to collaborate with us in innovative and exciting ways. This will help to put them at the cutting edge of the industry, unlocking opportunities for them not just regionally and nationally, but potentially across the world too.”

Tom Goshawk, D2N2 LEP Capital Projects Manager said of the opening: “The Rail Research and Innovation Centre project has provided an excellent opportunity for D2N2 LEP to invest in the important rail industry in Derby."

“Transport Equipment Manufacturing is a sector of great importance to the D2N2 area and this investment enables greater efficiencies and enhances the inward investment offer to rail supply chain businesses in the region."

Arts Council Hub for Derby

Bondholder Derby Theatre has been awarded £1.5m by Arts Council England to become a pilot Performing Arts Producing Hub from September 2019.

As one of only two venues selected as a Producing Hub, Derby Theatre will use the three years of funding to programme work in community settings across the city; produce new small-scale productions that will tour into these hubs and beyond; produce new mid-scale work which will play on the Derby Theatre main stage and produce new outdoor work which will play at festivals like Festé and across the city.

The exciting consortium of companies who will help to support, deliver and develop the Producing Hub model in Derby include: Bondholders Déda, Derby City Council, Derby County Community Trust, QUAD and the University of Derby, along with Baby People, China Plate, Crying Out Loud, Maison Foo, Milk Presents, Not Too Tame and Wild Rumpus.

Sarah Brigham (Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Derby Theatre) said:“We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Producing Hubs funding which will enable us to forge and develop new and exciting relationships with artists, local people and organisations across the city and beyond.”

Neil Darlison (Director, Theatre at Arts Council England) said: “These pilots will examine whether a better connected performing arts sector increases production capacity and provides greater opportunities for artists and audiences.”

In addition to the Arts Council England Funding, Derby Theatre along with Bondholders Artcore, Déda, Derby County Community Trust, Derby Museums, QUAD and Sinfonia ViVA, as well as Baby People and East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (collectively known as the Derby Cultural Education Partnership) has also been awarded £1.1 million from the Arts Council Youth Performance Partnership Fund for the continuation of This is Derby.

The overall aim of the Arts Council’s Youth Performance Partnerships programme, through This is Derby, is to provide new opportunities for more children and young people, aged 8-18, particularly from areas of low cultural engagement and high levels of deprivation to take part in high quality cultural activities. It is a 3-year programme running until August 2022.

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Let’s talk partnership

Let’s talk partnership.

Not the nicey-nicey, process-focused Kumbaya type, but collaboration that makes genuine impact and change.

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Marketing Derby is what is called in the business an Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) with a role to promote Derby and Derbyshire in order to attract inward investment.

Every city, region and country has an IPA – I recently received an invite to meet with Invest in Iraq – meaning the world of inward investment is intensely competitive.

Investors can’t go everywhere, but they do like to have options, and, in my experience, their decisions are invariably based on a cocktail of the emotional and rational - perception and reality – plus how they are received and encouraged by a place.

Marketing Derby is itself a collaboration with a unique business model.

Our single largest source of funding is our Bondholders - the 350 companies, large and small, who contribute a fee which drives our activity.

Complementing this is funding from the public sector, including a 12-year relationship with Derby City Council, a new relationship with Derbyshire County Council and the support of D2N2, via ESIF funding.

We recently engaged a company called Conway – world-leading investment consultants based in Atlanta, Georgia – to carry out an independent analysis of our impact. Conway work globally for the likes of Invest in Paris or Invest Toronto meaning they were therefore able to apply their evolved assessment tools to our numbers.

We will be communicating the key conclusions to stakeholders this summer but headlines include the fact that, over the past three years, Marketing Derby has attracted 1,354 jobs and £359m of capital investment, delivering an impact to the city’s GVA of £333m.

Of course, we keep a tag on all our numbers so some of this wasn’t a surprise. What was interesting though was the emphasis Conway made in identifying that key to this success is our business model – that of a trusted, independent, honest broker, sitting between the investor and place, focused on helping to land the investment.

It’s always good to receive third party endorsement which is why we were especially pleased when the Financial Times FDI award was presented to us this year for having the best Digital IPA Strategy in the world, beating both Invest in New York and Hong Kong into second and third place respectively.

Core to our pitch to investors is the strength of the local economy which we promote as being the UK Capital for Innovation.

This is based on a 300-year track record, from being home to the world’s first factory - the UNESCO recognised Derby Silk Mill in 1721 - through to today being the world headquarters of one of the most innovative companies on the planet, Rolls-Royce plc.

Investors like to feel a place is ‘on the up’ which is why items such as last week’s news of Bombardier’s £2.5bn deal to design and build the Cairo monorail system in Derby is so welcome.

Earlier this month we held one of our ubiquitous Marketing Derby Embassy events on the 34th floor of a city of London skyscraper, Broadgate Tower. There, it was interesting to hear investors talk openly about how the rise of the University of Derby in the league tables, now standing at 26th with the Guardian, was a factor in their thinking.

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Some time ago, we created the Invest in Derby Red Carpet, a deceptively simple concept designed to handhold investors through their journey. It starts with our London footprint – where we have an office and Ambassadors’ Club – and continues locally as we strive to ease their investment experience.

No matter how fancy, a red carpet cannot replace a viable business case, but when investors can meet the City Council leadership, one-to-one, at our Embassy in London, it makes a tremendous difference to their experience of place. They begin to feel part of the team.

We are of course focused on bringing investment into Derby and Derbyshire but we are not parochial and so recognise the benefit of regional collaboration.

Marketing Derby helped initiate the incredibly successful Midlands Pavilion at the MIPIM commercial property show, held each March in Cannes. Investors love the fact that we are big enough to see the benefit of working across regions and we have received record enquires at MIPIM as a result.

International platforms will always be one of the main drivers of co-operation and the work we now do in China – Derby being twined with Hefei and Derbyshire with Anhui – is supplemented by midlands-wide collaboration in missions and exhibitions across China.

We believe and practice ‘collaboration with purpose’ and so it’s appropriate to end with a Chinese expression that neatly sums up this approach – ‘many hands make light work’.

 

University rises in league table

The University of Derby has risen again in The Guardian's University guide, from 29th to 26th, its highest ranking ever, putting it one place behind Edinburgh and ahead of Manchester (40th).

The methodology is based on subject-level tables, ranking universities’ subject areas against 9 statistical measures. Prospective students rely on the annual guides published by national newspapers to decide where to study.

The University of Derby scored highly in student satisfaction, placed joint 3rd out 121 institutions. Derby also achieved top 10 rankings in the following subject area:

Accounting and Finance
Building and Town and Country Planning
Business, Management & Marketing
Criminolgy
Hospitality and Event Management

The University of Derby has also been ranked in the Top twenty for:

Art
Fashion & Textiles
Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations
Nursing & Midwifery
Social Work

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, said the improvements are a "reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students."

She said: “At Derby we have worked to deliver a powerful regional university that addresses the needs of our students, region and beyond. This has established us as a leading institution for social mobility, achieved through our academic and student frameworks, and highlighted by this latest Guardian University Guide position."

“This improvement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students, the support of key partners across the region, and our commitment to delivering excellence in teaching and learning, providing an outstanding student experience, and increasing graduate employability."

“It also demonstrates how our strategic framework and our values, which we launched almost a year ago to the day, are driving us forward to where we want our University to be - making a positive impact in our city, county and region, creating the next generation of game-changers, and opening doors of opportunity to anyone wishing to access education, regardless of their background."

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E4E awards night

Enterprise for Education (E4E) - the partnership between Bondholder Derby City Council and local businesses which works to inspire young people to aim higher and achieve more - is holding its first awards event.

The partnership brings employers into city schools to provide inspiration and share real-world careers experience through personal mentoring, mock interviews, career search support, careers events and industry visits.

The first awards event, organised by Derby City Council and sponsored by Copemann Ashby and fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce will be held at Bondholder the University of Derby's Law Faculty on Tuesday July 2 starting at 4.45pm and finishing at 7pm.

The keynote speaker will be Stuart Garner of Bondholder Norton Motorcycles and awards will be presented by representatives from businesses who have sponsored each category.

E4E Chair Mike Copestake said "Having established excellent relationships with both employers and schools through a number of activities organised by E4E, we were keen to showcase the positive impact that local business people are having on the lives of young people."

“This first awards event will therefore bring everyone together to celebrate the achievements of young people, schools and volunteers who have both supported and benefited from the innovative E4E programme.”

All city secondary schools have been invited to submit nominations for the awards which recognise young people’s engagement and achievements through the E4E programme.

Awards to be presented are:
- Aiming higher (sponsored by the Titan Trust)
- Young Achiever (sponsored by Bondholder Rolls-Royce)
- Good Citizen (sponsored by David Nieper)
- Young Improver (sponsored by Bondholder Bowmer + Kirkland)
- School of the Year (sponsored by Bondholder Freeths)
- Debating competition (sponsored by Derby Law Society)

There is also an award for the Volunteer of the Year from a local employer who has made a particularly outstanding contribution to E4E activities.

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In the sports day spirit

Twenty teams from businesses across the city will take part in the third annual Derby Business Games this Thursday.

The popular event is organised by Derby-based Choose Sports and the headline sponsors are Bondholder Timms Solicitors with additional support from the fellow Bondholders the University of Derby, BEAR and DNS.

Teams of eight will compete in a wide range of competitions based on the traditional schools sports day from rounders and netball to sack and wheelbarrow races. The afternoon finishes with relays and a tug of war finale before trophies and medals are presented.

Timms Managing Partner Fiona Moffat said: “The two previous Derby Business Games have been hugely successful afternoons and we are delighted with the great response from companies who want to take part this year."

“Everybody enters into the friendly but competitive spirit it is always great to see so many people recapture their youth and hark back to their school sports day.”

Jo Jackson from Choose Sports added: “We are very grateful to the University of Derby for providing the wonderful facilities for Derby Business Games and to our headline sponsors Timms who have been so instrumental to the growing success of this annual event.”

In last summer’s event, Bondholders reigned supreme: FHP Consulting retained the rounders trophy as well as winning the three-legged and wheelbarrow races, Smith Cooper won the netball, HUUB won the sack race, the egg and spoon title was clinched by DNS and Cain Henry from HUUB won the welly wanging competition. Who will scoop the prizes this year?!

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Your chance to say...

Bondholder the University of Derby has pledged to develop a Civic University Agreement as part of its ongoing commitment to the city and county’s prosperity and wellbeing.

The first phase of this is understanding and establishing the needs and priorities of communities, businesses and organisations across Derby and Derbyshire.

The Agreement will be co-created with local partners and the University would therefore welcome input, thoughts and ideas on this, and on how it may be able to deliver long-term positive impact for Derby and Derbyshire.

Please share your thoughts by visiting derby.ac.uk/civic and completing the online survey.

In addition, the University is holding its first ‘Derby Civic Forum’ event on Thursday 27 June 2019 (9am-12.30pm). If you would like to hear more about the University’s civic ambitions, and would like to input further into its plans, then visit www.derby.ac.uk/civic-forum to find out more and to book your free place.



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University league table success

Bondholder the University of Derby has risen three places in The Guardian University Guide from 29th to 26th place – its highest ever ranking. This puts Derby one place behind Edinburgh and ahead of Manchester (40) and Liverpool (50)

As well as being ranked in the Top 30, Derby has been placed joint third out of 121 institutions for the number of students satisfied with teaching quality (up 18 places) and in the Top 10 for student satisfaction with its courses and feedback.

Welcoming the results, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell said “This improvement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students, the support of key partners across the region, and our commitment to delivering excellence in teaching and learning, providing an outstanding student experience, and increasing graduate employability."

Professor Mitchell went on to say “At Derby we have worked to deliver a powerful regional university that addresses the needs of our students, region and beyond. This has established us as a leading institution for social mobility, achieved through our academic and student frameworks, and highlighted by this latest Guardian University Guide position."

“It also demonstrates how our Strategic Framework and our values, which we launched almost a year ago to the day, are driving us forward to where we want our University to be - making a positive impact in our city, county and region, creating the next generation of game-changers, and opening doors of opportunity to anyone wishing to access education, regardless of their background.”

As well as an overall ranking, The Guardian University Guide 2020 also produces league tables for each subject area, which has seen some equally impressive performances for Derby.

These include Top 10 rankings for:

· Accounting and Finance
· Building and Town and Country Planning
· Business, Management & Marketing
· Criminology
· Hospitality and Event Management

The University of Derby has also been ranked in the Top 20 for:

· Art
· Fashion & Textiles
· Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations
· Nursing & Midwifery
· Social Work

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Winning Businesses

The winners of the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019 have been announced at a prestigious event in Bondholder Derby College Group’s Roundhouse. Marketing Derby was a proud sponsor of the pre-dinner Champagne reception.

Now in its sixth year, the Awards, run in association with Bondholder Champions UK plc, celebrate the best of our local businesses and their successes.

So who won what?

COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Derby College

Winner: Ward

Runners-Up: Gin & Rum Festival, YMD Boon

SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: Hackwood Farm

Sponsored by University of Derby
Runners-Up: BlocDigital, ThreeGuru

START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: White Peak Distillery

Sponsored by Wheeldon
Runners-Up: Bear, Gin & Rum Festival

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Winner: Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print)

Sponsored by HUUB
Runners-Up: Steve Haseldine (Alerter Group), Leah McLaren (Hotpod Yoga), Robert Carlin (Superior Spas)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD
Winner: Smith Partnership

Sponsored by Cloud Central
Runners-Up: Rhodes Wealth Management, Sibbalds

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Ward

Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Runners-Up: Air IT, Midland Lead

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING AWARD
Winner: Stirland Paterson

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management
Runners-Up: EPM Composites, HL Plastics, TidyCo

APPRENTICE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winner: Imperial Commercials

Sponsored by Apprenticeships by Impellum
Runners-Up: Derby Homes, HL Plastics

CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD
Winner: Cosy Direct

Sponsored by Lubrizol
Runners-Up: Gift Wellness, RDS Global

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION AWARD
Winner: Headway

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Runners-Up: Derventio Housing Trust, Treetops Hospice Care

LEADERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner: Silver X Logistics

Sponsored by Thomas International
Runners-Up: Midland Lead, Xpertise Recruitment

CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: Bloc Digital

Sponsored by Derby City Council
Runners-Up: Busy Things, FutureProof Films

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Winner: Oviso Financial Services

Sponsored by Aspirational Magazine
Runners-Up: Morley Hayes, Silver X Logistics

SALES AND MARKETING AWARD
Winner: Tecquipment

Sponsored by DNS Limited
Runners-Up: Anchor & Crew, Smith Partnership

EDUCATION SECTOR: BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY AWARD
Winner: University of Derby

Sponsored by FurnitureCloud
Runners-Up: Derby College Group, Chameleon School of Construction

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARDS
Winner: Xuper

Sponsored by Specsavers
Runners-Up: Gowercroft Joinery, Nowcomm

Bondholders in blue. We apologies if we've missed anyone. Congratulations all winners and finalists.

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China Links Bloom

The number of Chinese students enrolled at Bondholder University of Derby onto full-time degree programmes has more than doubled since last year. This is the largest intake from China since 2012.

The most popular subject areas for Chinese students being international business, accounting and finance, business and management.

Commenting on their time at the University we spoke to a current student and a recent graduate.

LIU Shiyu who is studying a Masters in Education said “Derby is a small city and everyone is nice. My tutor helps me a lot with my studies and patiently answers my questions. One piece of advice to fellow Chinese students is to read more books and references, because there is a lot of work that needs your own study and research.”

A graduate from the Business School SU Yalun said “I was proud to study at the University of Derby. It is a big family with students from all walks of life. You can definitely build a great network, share happiness and explore the unknown future here. It provided many opportunities to be involved in professional networks that were really helpful for in finding my first job in China. I truly believe that University of Derby is a magnet for aspirational students who hope to build a strong academic foundation. Thank you, Derby.”

Five University of Derby students have also been selected as volunteers to offer help the City Council in creating content for Chinese social media and support with translating documents.

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of the Derby City Council said “It was a real pleasure to meet with the students and their enthusiasm was evident. It’s fantastic to meet these young people who want to volunteer and I’m really looking forward to hearing about their time here and the activities they engage in.”

Huiying Ma, one of the student volunteers said that meeting with Councillor Chris Poulter was a huge inspiration to her and other volunteers and that they would like to act as a cultural bridge between Derby and China.

Derby has a twinning partnership with Hefei city in China and Derby City Council have a number of major links to help local businesses to develop economically and internationalise, led by the newly appointed director Mr Shiller Zheng, with education being one area of focus.

University of Derby Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs Professor Judith Lamie said: “The University of Derby is a global institution, and it is excellent news that more and more students from countries such as China are choosing Derby as the place they would like to come to study. Not only do they come here to learn and to help them achieve their career ambitions, but they bring with them essential knowledge and skills, not to mention a fascinating cultural perspective, which we all benefit from. It is also great to know that they are getting involved in Derby by volunteering to help our local communities and by socialising here, really getting the most from their experience at our University and in our city.”

University and Chatsworth House announce partnership

University of Derby are set to work together with the Chatsworth House Trust and the Devonshire Educational Trust to generate new opportunities for students, and to benefit visitors to Chatsworth and local communities across the county.

A strategic partnership agreement has been signed by University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, and Lord Burlington, University Chancellor and son of the Duke of Devonshire.

The agreement paves the way for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Professor Mitchell said: “This agreement is an important and exciting development for the University of Derby, and builds upon the very positive relationship we have had with Chatsworth over many years now.

“As the county’s only university we aim to make a positive impact on people’s lives. We want to open doors to opportunities and experiences for our students and our local communities.

“We also want our students to become game-changers in their chosen areas of study and career, and this partnership will help to raise their aspirations and fulfil their potential to succeed.”

The agreement identifies opportunities for students to work, volunteer and study at the world-renowned visitor attraction in a range of roles, developing their skills in a busy working environment, such as the kitchens of the Chatsworth restaurants. Students will also undertake business development projects; applying their skills and knowledge to challenges and opportunities. The potential to connect learning and Chatsworth is immense, including business, humanities, hospitality, tourism, engineering and the environment.

House of Lords Embassy celebration

Marketing Derby hosted its first joint Derby and Derbyshire Embassy event at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster in October to celebrate the strength of Derby and Derbyshire.

Two hundred guests from the city and county joined London ambassadors and to hear from speakers including the Earl of Cavendish about connections with the capital.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, who opened the event, commented: "Marketing Derby has been running these unique and innovative Embassies for over ten years. We started at the House of Commons and we are delighted to finally be at the House of Lords".

Event host Bishop Alastair Redfern former Bishop of Derby encouraged guests to work together and told them that real innovation comes from creative relationships and the spirit of confidence.

This year Marketing Derby were especially delighted to receive the support of headline partner Pick Everard and associate partner Burnthebook.

Messages of confidence also came from Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter who announced that with support from Flint Bishop, Geldards, Rigby & Co and D2N2 LEP, the Council had just completed the purchase of run-down buildings in the Becketwell area of the city to open it up for much-needed regeneration.

Echoing these sentiments from the City was Frank Horsely Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council who said: “Derby and Derbyshire share a fantastic identity, and we're a world class destination. I strongly believe we have a unique offer that makes us stand out from the rest for investment.”

Headline sponsor of the Marketing Derby Embassy, Pick Everard’s Managing Partner Duncan Green, who spoke about some of their recent successes said: “Building mutually beneficial relationships has resulted in the significant growth of our business. We’re seeing significant regeneration taking place in Derby - and across the region - and our relationship with the capital is continuously strengthened by this.”

William Cavendish, Earl of Burlington and Chancellor of the University of Derby announced the launch of a strategic partnership between the Chatsworth House Trust, the Devonshire Educational Trust and the University of Derby.

The partnership will generate new opportunities for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Click here to view our exclusive MDTV film report on the Embassy.

University unveils city vision

University of Derby celebrated its rise up the national league tables by announcing its intention to grow its estate, creating greater synergy and connections with the city.

Speaking at a Marketing Derby event, Vice Chancellor Kathryn Mitchell said

"We are a confident University with ambitions for the city and county.

"The University is proud of its achievements to date and recognises that it is time to take ambitious steps in terms of what we do and how we do it, and a real determination to embrace change and deliver an outstanding experience for everyone who wants to engage with the University of Derby."

An early image of how the University's city campus could look was presented by Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, Hari Punchihewa focusing on a possible new Business School, digital and conferencing facilities,

"We want to create a student zone in the city including a new University Enterprise Zone and we are looking for partners to get behind this."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby opened the event saying that great cities need great universities and Derby is a city on the up and clearly has a University which is also on the up.

"We must remind ourselves that Derby is still a young University - only 26 years old - but has already made its mark as its position in league tables is beginning to show."

At the event the University launched its 2018-2030 Strategic Framework, its ambitions for the future and its civic role within our region.

Speaking about the framework the Vice Chancellor said,

"The framework provides the foundations and direction on which to plan, perform and succeed in a changing and globally dynamic environment, and sets out a clear purpose and promise to its students, staff and region."

The University has a long line of achievements this year which includes:

13th best university in the UK for teaching quality, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 league table

Ranked as one of the UK’s top 30 universities overall in The Guardian’s University Guide for 2019 – it’s highest ever overall position

Named among the world’s top 250 modern universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University rankings

Presented with the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs)

Those successes followed the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award from the Higher Education Funding Council in 2017, which puts the University of Derby in the top 20 per cent of all providers in the UK.

University 13th best for teaching quality

Bondholder University of Derby is the 13th best university in the UK for teaching quality, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 league table.

The league table shows that the University has climbed from 22nd to joint 13th in the country for its teaching quality.

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, said: “The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide ranking is a very important assessment of a university’s progress across a range of measures. To be ranked joint 13th in the country for teaching quality is a fantastic achievement, and further reinforces our commitment to delivering teaching and learning excellence at Derby.

“Our teaching strategy encourages our academic teaching staff to be innovative in their approach to teaching and to be flexible enough to support the learning needs of individual students. We aim to help every student fulfil their potential and prepare them for their future career or further study.”

This league table position is the latest in a long line of achievements for the University of Derby, which this year has also seen it ranked as one of the UK’s top 30 universities overall in The Guardian’s University Guide for 2019 – it’s highest ever overall position and named among the world’s top 250 modern universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University rankings.

These successes followed the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award from the Higher Education Funding Council in 2017, which puts the University of Derby in the top 20 per cent of all providers in the UK.)

This year’s Times and Sunday Times league table also puts student experience at the University of Derby at number 40, up from 55th last year. Overall, the University was ranked 75th, up from 81st in last year’s table - its highest ever overall ranking in the Times and Sunday Times league table.

Professor Mitchell added: “The importance of the student experience of Derby is inextricably linked to outcomes, and we have worked hard with our student body to ensure that they have a greater voice in the way the university is run, as well as investing in new accommodation and facilities.

“Our vision is for Derby to be recognised as an inclusive university, providing the knowledge, experience and support that give our students the skills and confidence to achieve what they are capable of.”

20th Anniversary marks importance of twinning

20th Anniversary marks importance of twinning

Representatives from Marketing Derby, Bondholders the University of Derby and Toyota as well as the region’s City, County and District councils joined government ministers and MPs in Westminster this week for an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning of Derbyshire and Toyota City.  

City ‘University Zone’ planned

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A masterplan showing how a university zone will be created in the city is currently being drawn up by University of Derby.

University vice-chancellor Professor Kath Mitchell, who expects the plan to be publicly revealed early in 2019, said the blueprint for the institution's physical development follows the newly-published Strategic Framework, which plots the university’s development through to 2030.

Professor Mitchell is proud of the accolades the University has achieved and remains ambitious for both the university and the wider community in Derby.

She stated that any zone should have clear objectives, and although she did not want to reveal too much at this stage, she did mention a few teasers for the future.

Professor Mitchell said: “For example, we would like to see our Business School sited in the city centre. But what should it contain and where should it be to make sure it links up with existing business and the community?

“We have various buildings and parcels of land around the city but I would like to see a university zone developed that links us here at the Kedleston Road campus with the city centre.

“In fact I would like to see more zoning of the city as a whole into different types of activity which the university zone would slot into such as restaurants, retail and enterprise.

“We have buildings that we need to look at to see what benefit the community will have from their presence such as Britannia Mill in Mackworth Road.”

The Agard Street area is likely to be developed further as part of the university quarter as there is already a considerable student presence there, including the Law School and numerous halls of residence.

Professor Mitchell confirmed that a newly-acquired car park on Ford Street would also be playing a part in future plans.

Equaliteas in the workplace

Bondholder University of Derby recently supported Pauline Latham OBE, MP for Mid-Derbyshire as she hosted an 'Equaliteas' event to remember and celebrate how women's rights have changed in the 100 years since voting rights were extended to women for the first time.  

Following a welcome of tea and cake guests were inspired by talks from female speakers including Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Affairs for Bondholder University of Derby, Anna Ince, Chief Executive Officer for Bondholder and rail technology company Resonate, Georgia Vicars who is Project and Account Manager at Bondholder Fluid Ideas as well as Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, an award-winning human rights campaigner and Jacci Woodcock who spoke about her Dying to work campaign.

Within her empowering speech Judith Lamie said "Education is a powerful tool that will enable us to overcome inequality and we must keep on ensuring fair and full opportunity for all to access education so that we realise a place of working and living in an equal society."

Georgia Vicars who talked about the need for more women in technology based roles said "I was really honoured to be asked by Pauline Latham OBE MP to talk at her Pankhurst and Equaliteas Tea Party. It was an incredibly tough act to follow, following Judith, Jasvinder, Anna and Jacqui, all sharing such inspiring stories. Everybody who attended left the event feeling extremely empowered, myself included!"

Following the event a wreath was laid in the Derby City Council's Council House to mark in memory of Emmeline Pankhurst, a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement which helped women win the right to vote.  The wreath was also to remember Alice Wheeldon, Derby's own suffragist who was recently honoured in the Made in Derby walk of fame.

University win Times Higher Education Teaching Award

Bondholder University of Derby has won a prestigious national award for its Teaching and Learning Strategy 2016-2020.

The institution scooped the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).

Now in their 10th year, the THELMA Awards celebrate the best examples of innovation, teamwork and enterprise at UK universities, and are the only national awards honouring the full range of professional and administrative services.

The University was one of six institutions shortlisted for the category, designed to recognise ‘a teaching and learning strategy that is distinctive and innovative, has enhanced both the student and staff experience, and reflects an institution’s core values.’

In developing its strategy, the University sought to offer a transformational learning and teaching experience for all students, whatever their background or method of study. The strategy was based around three pillars: teaching quality, employability and delivering a curriculum linked to research.

As the first of the priorities to be delivered, the University achieved a 10 percent increase in graduate employability in 2016/17 through a range of measures, including the introduction of a student entitlement for a minimum of 30 hours’ work-related learning in every undergraduate programme. As a result, 74.1% of students are now in graduate level jobs within six months of finishing their course.

As well as graduate employability, a key priority for the strategy was building the digital capabilities of staff and students. To achieve this the University introduced a digital baseline for all courses, appointed student digital champions, initiated staff development to build digital capabilities following an institutional audit and has worked to inform sector practice in this field.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said “The University of Derby is committed to providing a ‘best in class’ learning experience. We offer a flexible and innovative approach to teaching designed to meet different learner needs; one that enables our students to fulfil their potential and prepares them for the opportunities ahead.

“Our teaching and learning strategy builds on the significant achievements of recent years, in which every aspect of the academic offer within the University has improved, with strong uplifts in student satisfaction, performance and outcomes.

“We were rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and we are delighted to receive this latest accolade, which further reinforces Derby’s position as an institution that delivers excellence for its students.”