About Derby College

The Derby College Group is accountable for meeting the needs of its community, both business and civic.

Mandie Stravino - derby college ceo

DCG plays a pivotal role in providing academic, vocational and technical education in Derby and Derbyshire, as well as the wider Midlands region.

Responsible for generating the future talent required by business, DCG ensures that the local workforce is equipped with the skills, education, attitudes and behaviours that employers require to compete in a challenging economic environment.

The provision is driven by market intelligence, local priorities, and economic requirements and through strategic discussion with key employers and stakeholders, including the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Accessible education opportunities, enriching lives, creating bright futures

The Group provides an excellent learning experience to thousands of students every year, enabling them to develop and progress successfully to the next stage of their lives; be that advancement to further study including higher education and university, the world of work or establishing their own business, career progression, independent living and to contribute as positive, socially mobile citizens.

It is no longer acceptable just to celebrate the certificate. We need to ensure that all our students not only arrive at their intended destination but also that they are prepared for success.      

Creating optimistic futures

The vision and strategic ambitions for the exciting future of the Derby College Group have been shaped by external influences and developed through extensive consultation and conversations.

The College has listened to all its stakeholders and used these views to form our three year corporate strategy.

Recognising that the College cannot stand still, the College needs to do even more to help create optimistic futures for its students, their families and the communities it serves. The College continues to adopt an innovative, entrepreneurial and outward-facing approach for all its stakeholders.

Our strategic ambitions remain resolutely focused on providing educational excellence, championing social mobility and enabling economic prosperity.

Our aspiration is to create accessible education opportunities that enrich the lives of all our students, delight our employers and stakeholders and positively impact on the communities, we serve, enabling the city of Derby, the county and region to thrive.

Derby College Making a Difference

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

The University of Derby has been awarded a Gold rating by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in the UK’s first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This puts the University in the top 20% of all providers in the UK for the quality of its teaching. 96.3% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree*.

The TEF has been introduced by the UK Government to encourage and raise the profile of teaching excellence in universities and colleges, and is intended to help students choose where to study by providing clear information about teaching provision and student outcomes

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