Awards Celebration Highlighting Professional Excellence

18 February 2011

Becky Slater

Becky Slater at Dene Quarry,picture courtesy of Tarmac.

Around 40 students who have studied on a range of professional and vocational courses to boost their academic and industry expertise will graduate tomorrow (Saturday) at the University of Derby.

The University is hosting an Awards Ceremony at its Kedleston Road site in Derby for students who have been studying on a range of BTEC, diploma and other education courses.

Students from the following courses will graduate:

  • BTEC Professional Diploma (Clinical Pharmacy Technicians)
  • BTEC Professional Diploma (Aseptic Services)
  • University Diploma in Quarry Technology
  • University Diploma in Asphalt Technology
  • Certificate in Construction Materials
  • Certificate in Ready Mixed Concrete Technology.

The event starts at 2pm and guests will be greeted by University Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes, and the special guest will be Terry Last, CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Tarmac.

The University of Derby Corporate, the University's business to business arm, works closely with the Institute of Quarrying and the Institute of Asphalt Technology to provide industry accredited courses, and works closely to ensure the education and training it offers meets industry specific needs. The collaboration was highlighted as an example of best practice between industry and academia by the CBI about three years ago.

The academic collaboration with Derby helps the quarrying and asphalt technology industries to address a number of key initiatives and legislation by training and supporting staff.

For example, in a bid to drive up safety standards in the quarrying industry, since the launch of the Health and Safety Executive's Hard Target Initiative in 2000, it is making excellent strides towards its target of achieving zero reportable accidents by 2015, and the University Diplomas feature health and safety training within its course content.

At Saturday's ceremony, the student vote of thanks will be provided by student Becky Slater, who also works at Tarmac as a site manager at Dene quarry in Matlock. She has responsibility for the day to day running of the site including health, safety and environmental issues.

Becky said: "It was an extremely valuable course and we learnt a wide variety of topics which are going to be invaluable for my job. Site safety is always the top priority on any site and this was extensively covered during the course.

"I would recommend the course to others as it provided us with vital knowledge and skills to put into practice within the workplace."

From this coming September, all students who study on any professional and vocational courses at Derby will study at the Enterprise Centre, which is the UDC's headquarters in Bridge Street, Derby.

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Corporate Sales at UDC, said: "This Awards Ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the excellence and achievement of students. Despite the current challenging economic climate they have balanced work and other commitments with studying for a professional or vocational qualification to help equip them with key skills and knowledge as their careers develop in the future."

For more information contact Deputy Head of Corporate Relations Simon Redfern on 01332 591942 or 07748 920038 or email s.redfern@derby.ac.uk

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