Derby College is celebrating an increase in the number of students achieving higher grades (A* to B) in the first A level results published since the major curriculum re-structure.
A record 30% of A level students at the Joseph Wright sixth form centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 96%. Points per entry has also increased to 27.5 compared with 23.7 last year.
Derby College has hosted the national final of the Guild of Bricklayers' annual skills competition at its Derby Construction Academy.
Eighteen students and apprentices from throughout the UK attended the competition organised by the Guild of Bricklayers.
A local apprentice has gained a medal in her first welding competition – hosted for the first time at Derby College's Engineering Academy in Ilkeston.
Rosie Dales (25) from Ilkeston has joined her father and grandfather in the family firm Dales Fabrications in Crompton Road Industrial Estate as an apprentice welder and attends Derby College's Ilkeston campus on day release.
Five teams of three from Derby College are amongst the 20 teams who have signed up for the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon team challenge at Derby's Markeaton Park on Sunday July 23. The Derby College teams are all made up of first-time or novice triathletes who have come together with the aim of raising more than £1,000 for this year's charity partner Barnardo's.
Funds raised will go to the charity's Leaving Care Services in Derbyshire which aims to bridge the gap for children between living in care and the adult world. The service, based in Heanor, helps young people secure permanent accommodation, supports them with the life skills they need to look after themselves and remains available to offer support and counselling if necessary.
A group of Fabrication and Welding students have delivered the first of their specially-designed salt and pepper pot holders to take pride of place on the tables in the College's Engine Shed restaurant at the Roundhouse campus.
Harry Stone (18) from Hilton, Elliott Walton (18) from Mickleover and Lewis Long (19) from Swanwick decided to design and produce the cruet sets using cutlery as an eye-catching feature for the training restaurant.
Construction students at Derby College won their largest tally of medals in the regional Skillbuild competition held recently at Leicester College.
Twelve Colleges from the Midlands and Yorkshire regions entered 77 students into the different competitions which included set tasks in Brickwork, Painting and Decorating, Joinery and Plastering.
Students from Derby College who are recent arrivals to Derby from across the world have compiled a book of stories about the land of their birth, family memories and personal challenges. The book was officially launched at the final event of this summer's third Derby Book Festival.
The 28 young people, whose first language is not English, are on Derby College's Lexis intensive language programme.
Students at our Roundhouse Campus were recently selected to be the first young people in the county to officially meet the new Derbyshire Police Chief Constable Peter Goodman.
Mr Goodman met with students on the College's Transitions programme which provides individual support for young people looking to progress onto a full time College programme or work. He told them about his own experiences in education, why he joined the police service and the attributes that the service looks for in new recruits.
Derby College has appointed Mark Hadfield as Head Chef of commercial operations at the Engine Shed restaurant at the Roundhouse Campus. Mark learnt his trade at Wilmorton College, which is now part of Derby College, and has since worked in a wide range of fine dining restaurants.
An exhibition depicting the past, present and future of an historic part of Derby's St Peters Quarter will be held at St Peter's Church on Friday June 23 from 6pm – followed by a tour of premises across the area. The free exhibition has been organised by Derby City Council under the Townscape Heritage Initiative which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Two Derby College Art & Design students have won bursaries from Arts Society Derby to support their move into Higher Education. UAL Art Foundation Diploma students Danielle Smith and Lucija Hofstetere have won £400 and £200 respectively after being shortlisted for the annual Bryan Harris Bursary award – named after the Society's founder and former chairman who died two years ago.
Students and staff at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre have raised a record £1,121 for three charities at their annual RAG week.
A wide range of competitions and activities were organised throughout the week and the money raised has been split between local charity Children First Derby, Cancer Research UK and Barnardo's.