Welcome from the Head of UK Partneships

‌Welcome to all our colleagues and friends at our UK partnerships.

The University is committed to be an institution which is regionally rooted and community engaged. Partnerships are an important dimension to the work of the University. This also aligns with widening participation and the recognition that some of our students want to study in their local Colleges near their home and work enabling them to fit study around their existing work and family commitments.

The establishment of the University Strategic Partnerships Unit in 2014 has given UK partnerships a new momentum to build on the success of the last two years. The UK Partnerships Strategy will consolidate the inner circle of existing established local Further Education College partners to ‘cultivate our future generations’ capacity to bring value and impact to the region’ and to grow their HE in FE portfolio. The geographical clustering of partnerships will consolidate the knowledge, experience and understanding of local and regional market needs. The ability to deliver a skills escalator at regional and national level will be a critical success factor demonstrating the impact and influence of the University and its partners. UK partnerships are a means by which the University of Derby will deliver graduates to local communities within the region and beyond.  

The University currently has fifteen UK partners with circa 800 students studying University of Derby awards. Many of our UK partners represent long standing mature partnerships notably: Central College Nottingham, Chesterfield College, Derby College, Loughborough College, Stephenson College and Vision West Nottinghamshire College. Three of our partners are private providers: Atlow Mill Centre for Emotional Education, the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals and The London College UCK. New partners include New College Nottingham September 2013, Barnet and Southgate College, New College Telford, Newcastle under Lyme College and South Cheshire College for September 2014 and Preston’s College and Expressions Academy of Performing Arts Ltd in September 2015. Certain of our more mature partners are keen to offer advice and guidance to the newer partners.

The Head of UK Academic Partnerships chairs the UK Partnerships Forum which meets three times per academic year to share good practice, debate current issues and further develop links between partners encouraging the notion of a neural network. Forty staff from partners and the university attended the launch event in March. UK partners make a significant contribution to the University’s annual Collaborative Conference. 

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Carleen Osborne
Head of UK Academic Partnerships
University Strategic Partnerships Unit