Our Values, Beliefs and Behaviours

Across the Derby College Group we share a common set of values in everything we do. They state what we believe in strongly and value highly and make a firm statement about how we operate. Everyone employed, in any role across the Derby College Group, is expected to contribute to our purpose and play their part in having a positive impact on our learners.


  • Collaborate and contribute to the team
  • Pull together and support each other
  • Be a role model for our learners and for others


  • Find better and new ways to do things
  • Act on the ‘what ifs’
  • Take calculated risks

BE PASSIONATE about what we do for our learners and our employers

  • Put our learners’ and our employers’ needs and best interests at the heart of everything we do
  • Really care about the safeguarding of our learners and everyone’s health and safety
  • Take pride in our fantastic facilities and resources and help to take good care of them

BE AMBITIOUS to excel in everything we do

  • Strive to achieve excellence and have high ambitions for ourselves, other team members and for our learners
  • Continuously seek to improve what we do and how we do it
  • Think ahead, anticipate, be proactive
  • Unlock potential – for ourselves, for other team members and for our learners

HAVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK and achieve so much more

  • Be open and ready for change
  • Take a flexible approach
  • Accentuate the positives

ACT WITH INTEGRITY in all that we do

  • Be open, honest and fair with people
  • Celebrate diversity and be inclusive
  • Take personal ownership and responsibility for all that we do
  • Build relationships that strengthen our organisation

Derby College is an approved partner of the University of Derby.

The University of Derby is a Top 50 UK university* and provides students with the best possible start in their careers through excellent teaching, delivered in cutting-edge facilities by staff who are experts in their field. 96% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree**.

*The Guardian University Guide 2017
** HESA 2016, graduating class over 2000

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