Our Vision

To create world class, accessible education opportunities that enrich lives and to make bright futures a reality for all.     


Deliver educational excellence, Champion social mobility, Enable economic prosperity

At DCG we have high aspirations for our community and our vision, strategic intent and ambitions outline these. We will continually strive to create accessible education opportunities and achieve ambitious goals, stretching and challenging ourselves and inspiring our students to widen their horizons and see beyond the impossible.

Our 2025 vision and underpinning strategic ambitions have evolved from the solid foundations of our previous strategy and our transformational journey over recent years, build on a bedrock of extensive consultation, collaboration and an innovative, entrepreneurial and outward-facing approach.

Talent and skills, Future positive

The world is a fast changing place and our new five year strategy is launched against a backdrop of significant challenge and unprecedented times. As the country deals with predicted significant long-term economic and social implications the ability to deliver a skills agenda that sustains the UK economy, by training a workforce with the right kind of high demand skills, has never been more critical.

The role of Colleges has been described as vital ‘anchor institutions’. At DCG we are in a unique space as the key delivery vehicle and primary provider of skills across the City and County, delivering a broad spectrum of study programmes from entry level to degree level, with dynamic support services and vibrant learning environments.

We pledge to provide every student with an excellent education that will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be successful and confident in life, enabling our students to excel and achieve ambitious goals.

With a growing profile and reputation for responsive and pioneering practices, DCG is well positioned to support a stronger, more coherent education and skills system that works for everyone. Improving skills through the co-creation of an innovative offer for business is critical to nurturing and developing the future talent. As a driving force in the regional economy we will continue to improve business productivity, our vision is that DCG students will be the employees of choice by local businesses in the city and county.

Widening horizons, Seeing beyond the impossible

Derby has some outstanding economic assets and benefits from a strong advanced manufacturing base and high tech industries. However, there are some significant disparities across our region and in some of our City and County areas where we face 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, DCG plays a vital role in providing opportunities that stimulate aspiration, widen horizons and help shape positive futures for young people in the City.

Our vision therefore is to challenge perceptions and remove barriers to learning to enable adults and young people to develop skills, work ready behaviours, qualifications and valuable experience, enabling them to be successful and achieve their ambitions in work and life. We will be a true advocate and champion of social mobility.


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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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