About Derby College


Mandie Stravino - derby college ceo

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

The Group provides an excellent learning experience to thousands of students every year, enabling them to advance successfully to the next stage of their lives, be that higher education, the world of work, career progression or establishing their own business.

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

The Derby College Group offer is driven by market intelligence, local priorities, and economic requirements and through strategic discussion with key employers and stakeholders, including our Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Group has a positive impact on social justice, raising aspirations and play a pivotal role in the life of the city of Derby, the county and region.

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.

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.      

Ambitious for our community

The Derby College Group is determined to continue to build on its strong track record.

A high bar has been set but, through collaboration and innovation, the College will ensure what it does is relevant, fit for purpose and has maximum impact.

As the College works to transform its vision into a reality, it invites individuals and organisations alike to join in forging strong partnerships to make the College and its partners even more successful in achieving the ambitious goals and targets set.

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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