Our Vision

Create optimistic futures by nurturing talent that leads to aspirational destinations     


Enable economic prosperity, Increase social mobility, Excel in all that we do

Our 2020 vision and reinvigorated strategic ambitions have been built upon the transformational journey of our previous three year strategy.

We believe we have realised many of our ambitions to be a provider of inclusive and innovative learning to help shape lives, the community and the economy. Our vision now is to be the ‘creator of optimistic futures’ by nurturing talent leading to aspirational outcomes.

The world is a fast changing place. The Derbyshire economy, our business and civic communities continue to face specific challenges, yet our employer partners, from micro businesses and SMEs to global high-tech giants located in the area, continue to embrace future opportunities.

In an educational landscape that also continues to change ever more rapidly, the College is in a unique space, as the key delivery vehicle and primary provider of skills across the City and County, to support and enable economic prosperity across the region and beyond.

Improving skills through the co-creation of an innovative offer for business is critical to nurturing future talent and delivering a step-change in academic, technical and apprenticeship outcomes.

Raising sights, broadening horizons

Whilst Derby remains buoyant for employment opportunities in high-tech industries, the City faces concerns in dealing with skills shortages and tackling impact from high levels of deprivation and social mobility cold spots.

In Derby, not all young people have the opportunities they deserve to go as far as their ability and hard work should take them. This is why Derby has been identified as an ‘Opportunity Area’ by the Department for Education and a Partnership Board has been formed. As a Board member, the College plays a vital role in providing opportunities that stimulate aspiration and help shape positive futures for young people in the City.

Our vision is to remove barriers and inspire aspirations to achieve social progression and increase social mobility for everyone, young people and adults alike.

Finally, we will do all that we can to deliver an exceptional experience for all, championing excellence in all that we do. Crucially, we will continue to innovate and think differently, be responsive and competitive to maintain our status as a valued resource for business and the communities we serve.

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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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