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Merger Talks Commence

Bilborough Sixth Form College and the Derby College Group (DCG) have started initial discussions about a potential merger earmarked for January 2019. 

Two former A-level students at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre are busy raising money to fund a trip to Fiji where they will be taking part in an environment project to improve the lives of local people.

Amelia Sutcliffe (18) from Alfreton (pictured right) and Yasmin Crofts (19) from Riddings (pictured left) are both now studying Law at the University of Lincoln after attending Derby College together.

Former Derby College Student Wins Engineering Bursary

Former Derby College Engineering student Melissa Chimutanda has won a £1,000 bursary from a leading industry body to support her future studies.

Melissa (21) is now studying Mechanical Engineering at Leicester De Montfort University and applied for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Engineering Horizons Bursary which includes membership of the professional body.

A group of Education Support Workers from Derby College have successfully completed a pilot study programme – paving the way for teaching assistants from a wide range of Derby and Derbyshire schools to further upgrade their skills.

Seven ESWs, who work across the College supporting students in the classroom, have completed the new Higher Level Teaching Assistants certificate which has been introduced by Derby College.

More than 300 people attended Derby College's first Academy Awards which were held at the Roundhouse.

The event celebrated the success, achievements and commitment of employers, staff and students who are involved in the College's innovative Employer Academies and Employment and Skills Boards.

Derby College Student Union President, Carl Anderson, has attended a reception at the House of Commons to celebrate the success of present and past further education college students.

Carl was highly commended in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year Awards 2017 and attended the event with Derby College Inclusion and Support Co-ordinator Peter Benyon who nominated him for the award.

Derby Students Prepare For Warm Weather

With the winter weather gripping the UK, Derby College students who are members of the Performance Golf Academy education and player training programme are currently preparing to go overseas for warm weather training.

The students will leave for Roda Golf & Beach Resort, San Javier, Murcia in Spain at the end of January to undertake a rigorous training & competitive programme, including daily Physical and Mental preparation, technical work on long game, short game and putting.

Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino has been appointed to a new national group of Principals who will advise the Department for Education on a wide range of matters.

FE Commissioner Richard Atkins has brought together seven Principals and Chief Executives from leading colleges across the UK to advise on skills policy including the development of T-levels.

The achievements of students at the Joseph Wright Campus at Derby College have been officially recognised with a celebration evening attended by more than 100 people. Students who have either graduated from or are continuing their studies for A levels, Creative Industries or Computer Science and Information Technology programmes based at the Joseph Wright Campus were presented with subject prizes at the annual event.

The Outstanding Academic Achievement award was presented to Harry Lebeter (18) from Ilkeston who was the first in his direct family to go to university having achieved A* in Maths and Further Maths and A grades in Chemistry and Physics.

Movie Nights at Iconic Roundhouse

Following the huge success of its first movie night, The Roundhouse Events team based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are holding two further evenings to celebrate iconic movies 'Pretty Woman' and 'Grease'.

The beautiful Roundhouse will be turned into an indoor cinema on Friday February 2 for a one-off showing of 'Pretty Woman' starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Then on Saturday February 3 – the giant screen will show 'Grease' with Oliva Newton John and John Travolta.

Derby College Search For Alumni

Here at Derby College we are keen to hear from former students to further build its Alumni and highlight their career successes to inspire current and future students.

Derby College was formed in January 2002 as a result of a three-way merger – bringing together two former tertiary colleges, Mackworth and Wilmorton and a land-based College, Broomfield Hall.

The College further expanded in February 2002 with a merger with South East Derbyshire College in Ilkeston and Heanor.

Breakfast Club Inspiration for Derby College Leaders

Senior leaders at Derby College have visited Firs Estate Primary School in Raven Street to see the benefits of the new phase of the city's Breakfast Club programme.

The scheme, to offer funded breakfast's through local business to children across Derby city schools, is a collaborative project between Derby City Council, leading City entrepreneur Kavita Oberoi OBE, Aaron Thalman, Mike and Dana Copestake, Derby County Football Community Trust and HIS Church.

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