1 September 2016

New research reveals how “stress-busting power” of nature brings emotional balance and well-being to humans

Spending time in woodland regulates human emotions and the heart helping to restore a healthy balance when compared to time in urban environments, according to new research.


30 August 2016

Actor gives up centre stage to educate the next generation

A University of Derby graduate, Tim Gough, is set to give up his space in the limelight to educate the next generation of actors.


25 August 2016

First same sex couple wed at place of worship in Derbyshire

Today (August 27) will go down in history as the first same-sex couple tied the knot at a place of worship in Derbyshire.


25 August 2016

New University campus is a shot in the arm for health and business

A new University of Derby campus due to open in Chesterfield on October 17 will help transform the region’s health care sector and boost the town’s growing advanced manufacturing industries.


24 August 2016

Secrets behind theatrical legacy of Buxton to be revealed at special heritage event

The history of theatre in Buxton over the past 200 years will be revealed at a special heritage event next month.


24 August 2016

Secrets behind theatrical legacy of Buxton to be revealed at special heritage event

The history of theatre in Buxton over the past 200 years will be revealed at a special heritage event next month.


23 August 2016

Martial artist and lecturer to take on 100 opponents to raise funds for ex-servicemen

University of Derby martial artist Charles Spring is helping to give injured ex-service personnel a fighting chance in civilian life – by taking on 100 opponents one after the other.


17 August 2016

Parents still urging teens to choose traditional subjects even though newer degrees are more likely to lead to a job

Parents across the country continue to encourage their children to pick traditional degree subjects, according to new research by the University of Derby.


11 August 2016

University launches Immersive Suite for healthcare students to hone skills in safe environment

A state-of-the-art Immersive Suite has been launched at the University, providing nursing and healthcare students with a real life simulated environment to hone their skills.


10 August 2016

University of Derby goes live with Careers in Sport

The University of Derby is set to host Careers in Sport LIVE to encourage the next generation to embrace sport and go on to achieve greatness on October 11, 2016.


8 August 2016

Clearing 2016: Five top tips for parents to help prepare their children for university

Gareth Hughes, Researcher and Psychotherapist at the University of Derby, gives his top tips to parents to help their children avoid tripping up when they first start university…


4 August 2016

University invests in the future of entrepreneurial graduate

The University of Derby has invested in lorry advertising from DrivenMedia which is owned by graduate Edward Hollands.


25 July 2016

University hosts Big Book competition to increase reading among children across Derbyshire

The University of Derby hosted a competition to increase reading among children in Derbyshire in order to raise aspirations and enhance their prospects.


21 July 2016

Take a trip down memory lane and help improve Matlock Bath

Day-trippers who enjoyed childhood trips to Matlock Bath are being asked to help the Victorian resort become a successful 21st Century tourist destination.


19 July 2016

Celebrating ten years of success – with another ten years to come

Buxton celebrated ten years of success as a university town on Wednesday – and was promised that the next decade would bring even more exciting developments.


18 July 2016

Judges to study University’s role in East Midlands in Bloom contest

Judges from the East Midlands in Bloom contest visited the University of Derby’s campus in Buxton on July 15 to see how its sensory gardens and plans by students to create a herb garden could help the town win in this year’s competition.


18 July 2016

Graduate scoops award for humorous animation documenting historic Paignton Pudding Riot

A graduate who created an animation to document an historic pudding fight has won a top award for his work.


15 July 2016

Detective Chief Inspector graduates while tackling multiple homicide investigations

A Detective Chief Inspector who has tackled numerous homicides and serious crimes at Greater Manchester Police will graduate with a Masters in Criminal Investigation from the University of Derby today (July 15, 2016).


15 July 2016

Student who overcame battle with dyslexia and set up her own business to graduate today

A student who left school with no qualifications and battled with dyslexia has gone on to set up her own business and will graduate with a First-Class Honours degree at the University of Derby today (July 15, 2016).


13 July 2016

Dual degrees: Mother and daughter to graduate together

A mother and daughter who studied at the University of Derby will graduate together this week at the University’s award ceremonies.


11 July 2016

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor, academics and students respond to the EU Referendum

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, responds to the EU referendum and what this will mean for University of Derby students and staff.


8 August 2016

Clearing 2016: Vice-Chancellor warns spaces are filling up fast at University of Derby

Students hoping to start University in Derby this September, who don’t already have a place, are being urged to pre-register for Clearing in advance of A-level results day.


28 June 2016

Experts gather at bee summit to address decline in species

Bumblebee experts from across the country gathered at a Bee Summit to address the decline in species hosted by the University of Derby on June 24, 2016.


13 June 2016

Smartphone addicts significantly more anxious than nature lovers, according to pioneering research

Smartphone addicts are more anxious and have lower self-esteem than nature lovers, new research by the University of Derby has revealed.


8 June 2016

Student illustrates importance of recycling through award-winning artwork

An Illustration student who has created artwork showing the damaging effects not recycling can have on wildlife has won a top award.


2 June 2016

Student whose fashion collection was inspired by great grandfather’s time in World War Two scoops top award

A student who was inspired to create a fashion collection after reading the diary entries of her great grandfather about his time serving in World War Two has won a prestigious award.


1 June 2016

Student encourages people to talk about testicular cancer through hard-hitting photos

A photography student at the University of Derby is urging men to check for symptoms of testicular cancer through a series of powerful images.


26 May 2016

Architecture student designs ‘E-Hub’ to encourage young professionals in Derby to combine work and leisure

A specialist hub to allow professionals in Derby to “work and play” in the same building has been designed by an architecture student at the University of Derby.


24 May 2016

New teacher resource launched to help digital career literacy

Teachers and career practitioners across the country can benefit from a new resource to support the development of digital career literacy, which has been launched by the University of Derby.


24 May 2016

Textile Design student weaves colourful car fabric to fix “gap in the market”

A custom car enthusiast has used her creative skills to design colourful fabrics for automotive interiors after spotting a “gap in the market”.


23 May 2016

Derby climbs 25 places in Guardian University Guide 2017

The University of Derby has been ranked in the Top 50 in The Guardian University Guide 2017 after climbing 25 places.


13 May 2016

Fast-track health care degrees launched at Derby to help combat national shortage

A series of fast-track health care degrees have been launched by the University of Derby to help combat the UK-wide shortage of nurses, diagnostic radiographers and sonographers.


12 May 2016

Students set to rock out on stage at Music Showcase for 2016 degree show

Music-lovers will be given a preview of Derby’s emerging musical talent when students take to the stage at Derby Theatre tomorrow night (May 13).


9 May 2016

Owner of Derby County Football Club and Hollywood actor among latest to receive Honorary Degree from University of Derby

The owner of Derby County Football Club and a Hollywood actor are to receive an Honorary Degree from the University of Derby this summer.


6 May 2016

“Inspirational” creative work of final year students to go on display during 2016 degree shows

The best of emerging contemporary art and design practice from students at the University of Derby will be showcased to the public during the 2016 degree shows starting next week.


15 April 2016

Industry experts share insights into future of digital marketing

The University of Derby is set to host ‘Marketing 2020’ for the second year running, led by industry experts focusing on digital marketing.


13 April 2016

University introduces first short course in sports psychology

With a summer of sport ahead, University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) has launched a short course for sport psychology enthusiasts.


16 March 2016

Tracing Cinderella’s DNA for British Science Week

Students and graduates from the University of Derby celebrated British Science Week (March 11-20, 2016) by bringing forensic science to life through the mode of fairy tale.


11 March 2016

University hosts event to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs

Business leaders will take time out next week to take part in an event aimed at inspiring a future generation of entrepreneurs.


10 March 2016

University nursing team scoops four nominations at national awards

Nursing students and staff at the University of Derby have been shortlisted in four categories at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016 – the only national awards to celebrate student nurses and nurse education.


4 March 2016

Top tips from leading women in business

Ahead of International Womens Day (March 8, 2016) the University of Derby has collated some top tips from leading women in business.


1 March 2016

University magazine wins External Stakeholder Publication at IOIC awards

The University of Derby magazine has won ‘External Stakeholder Publication’ of the year at the Institute of Internal Communications (IOIC) Central and North Awards.


29 February 2016

Top leaders in business address gender inequality at University event

The University of Derby hosted an ‘An Evening With Jacqueline Gold CBE’ as part of their Women in Business event, on February 25, 2016.


29 February 2016

Internationally recognised dietitian to host talk on compassion and body respect for overcoming eating struggles

An internationally renowned dietitian is to give a lecture at the University of Derby on overcoming eating struggles and body confidence issues to find peace with food.


24 February 2016

Education students celebrate success at University of Derby

Aspiring leaders within the early years sector have celebrated success after completing their programmes of study at the University of Derby.


23 February 2016

Pioneering research shows children “connected to nature” achieve better SAT results

New research from the University of Derby has revealed children who are in touch with nature achieve better results in their Year 6 SAT exams.


18 February 2016

Lord Judge to officially open Derby Law School

Right Honourable Lord Judge QC, will officially open the University of Derby’s Law School at One Friar Gate Square on February 29, 2016.


18 February 2016

European Referendum: University to host debate with leading politicians and business leaders

A Cabinet Minister and former Foreign Secretary will be among the panellists in a public debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union, organised by the University of Derby.


18 February 2016

Brian Lamb OBE to give Inaugural Lecture on SEND reforms

Brian Lamb will visit the University of Derby to deliver an Inaugural Lecture, to discuss the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms influencing policy change in education on March 2, 2016.


15 February 2016

University hosts event to tackle behaviour management in schools

The University of Derby will be hosting a short course to address behaviour management in schools with education consultant, Dr Bill Rogers on February 25, 2016.


12 February 2016

University attracts international companies to high profile event on Big Data and cyber security

Technology academics at the University of Derby are joining forces with cyber security experts and businesses to discuss the importance of security and predictability when moving large amounts of data.


11 February 2016

University seeks to increase innovation in operations management

The University of Derby is launching a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled ‘Innovating in Operations Management’ aimed at Directors and Operations Managers.


10 February 2016

University students host event to discuss Calais refugee camp crisis

A group of students from the University of Derby hosted a talk to discuss and address the Calais refugee camp crisis.


10 February 2016

UDOL graduate works with Oxfam Response Team to tackle Ebola

A University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) graduate has been working as part of the Oxfam Response Team to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone.


9 February 2016

Film lecturer’s movie wins top French post-production contract

A film lecturer at the University of Derby has scooped a top award for her Victorian period drama.


9 February 2016

Film lecturer’s movie wins top French post-production contract

A film lecturer at the University of Derby has scooped a top award for her Victorian period drama.


9 February 2016

University of Derby scholarship student develops 3D printer

João Victor Araújo Tavares has developed a 3D printer after completing a scholarship with the University of Derby.


8 February 2016

Battle of Britain: Journalist to deliver special lecture to mark 80th anniversary since first ever Spitfire flight

A journalist who has spent more than three decades documenting the lives of Battle of Britain veterans is to give a talk at the University of Derby to mark the 80th anniversary of the first ever Spitfire flight (March 5,1936).


8 February 2016

MOOC to tackle Dementia 2020 Challenge back by popular demand

The University of Derby’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled ‘Bridging the Dementia Divide’ is back by popular demand after the University received high levels of requests to run the course again.


5 February 2016

University chosen as viewing party for TEDx talk ‘Transforming Lives’ from Geneva

The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, will present a live talk from the University of Derby on February 11, as part of a TEDx talk titled ‘Transforming Lives’.


4 February 2016

New radiography course at Derby first in UK to be approved by College of Radiographers

A new course designed to get radiographers who have taken a career break to return to practice has been launched at the University of Derby.


1 February 2016

Ann Summers CEO to headline University’s Women in Business event

The University of Derby will be hosting an ‘An Evening With Jacqueline Gold CBE’ as part of a series of talks from inspirational figures on February 25, 2016.


3 February 2016

Student sponsored through Computer Science degree at University thanks to Infinium IT

A Computer Science student at the University of Derby who was left with life-changing injuries following a cycling accident during a family holiday has been sponsored to complete his degree by Infinium IT.


1 February 2016

University publishes new degree enabling students to gain a foothold in competitive industry

The University of Derby is introducing a Masters (MA) in Publishing from September 2016, enabling students to gain a foothold in the hugely popular and competitive publishing industry.


28 January 2016

Graduate lands art residency in Iceland

A Fine Art graduate from the University of Derby has been awarded a prestigious arts residency in Iceland.


22 January 2016

1,000 years’ service honoured at University Staff Loyalty Awards

Forty seven members of staff at the University of Derby – who have accumulated 1,000 years of service – have been honoured for their hard work.


22 January 2016

Tackling violent extremism: Academic to give talk on how terrorism can be addressed

A sociologist at the University of Derby is to question what can be done to tackle violent and non-violent extremism in a public lecture next week.


15 January 2016

Inseparable sisters graduate together

Two sisters who immersed themselves in University life have graduated from the University of Derby’s Award Ceremonies this week.


14 January 2016

Mother and daughter who studied same University course land job in same hospital team

A mother and daughter who both studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Derby have gained a job in the same hospital team.


14 January 2016

Mother and daughter who studied same University course land job in same hospital team

A mother and daughter who both studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Derby have gained a job in the same hospital team.


12 January 2016

UDOL student implements praise initiative into the NHS

A Patient Experience Manager who implemented a ‘praise initiative’ into the NHS in order to reward good practice will graduate from the University of Derby this week.


11 January 2016

Student to wear kilt in Derbyshire-inspired tartan designed by mum for graduation ceremony

A student at the University of Derby will take to the stage at his graduation ceremony this week wearing a kilt made from a Derbyshire-inspired tartan designed by his mum.


8 January 2016

University’s International Student Centre ranked number one in UK for student support for second year running

The University of Derby’s International Student Centre has been ranked number 1 out of 43 for student support in the Autumn 2015 International Student Barometer (ISB) for the second year running.


7 January 2016

Trio of students prove their entrepreneurial skills in the real world

Three business students from the University of Derby have shown their entrepreneurial skills by setting up their own businesses before they have even graduated.


7 January 2016

Trio of students prove their entrepreneurial skills in the real world

Three business students from the University of Derby have shown their entrepreneurial skills by setting up their own businesses before they have even graduated.


7 January 2016

University of Derby lecturer publishes book to help professionals working in end of life care

Michelle Brown, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Derby, has recently published a book to support healthcare and nursing professionals working in palliative and end of life care.


7 January 2016

University of Derby lecturer publishes book to help professionals working in end of life care

Michelle Brown, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Derby, has recently published a book to support healthcare and nursing professionals working in palliative and end of life care.


6 January 2016

Thousands of students set to graduate from University of Derby

More than 3,000 students are set to graduate from the University of Derby next week.


18 December 2015

Royal Society of Biology grants accreditation to University of Derby courses

The Royal Society of Biology has accredited two courses at the University of Derby following independent and rigorous assessments.


17 December 2015

Top engineer from NASA delivers lecture at University of Derby

Dr Ravi Margasahayam (one of NASA’s top engineers), visited the University of Derby yesterday (December 16) as part of a NASA tour.


17 December 2015

College of Policing provides accreditation to the University of Derby

The University of Derby’s Policing course has recently received accreditation by the professional body for policing, which could reduce the amount of training students need when they apply for a job at their chosen police force.


11 December 2015

Derby reclaims Silver Plate against Nottingham in annual Law competition

Two University of Derby Law students regained the silver plate in a ‘moot off’ against Nottingham Trent University last week.


10 December 2015

MP Pauline Latham hosts the University of Derby in Parliament for event on innovative solutions to combat Dementia

Pauline Latham MP OBE hosted the University of Derby at the Houses of Parliament last week, for an event highlighting innovative approaches to cope with the rise of dementia.


10 December 2015

Primary Education students launch Christmas single to raise funds for charity

A group of trainee teachers and staff at the University of Derby have recorded a Christmas single to raise funds for children’s charity Barnardo’s.


4 December 2015

Mental health researcher highlights humanity’s struggle with its dark side

A mental health psychologist is to explore what separates our species from being the cruellest to the most compassionate on the planet in a lecture at the University of Derby next week.


30 November 2015

Silver nanoparticles: technological marvel or the next big environmental pollutant?

Research from the University of Derby has found that nanoparticles, which are used in a wide range of commercial products, can be damaging to the environment.


26 November 2015

University of Derby first in the East Midlands to offer Liberal Arts aimed at creating “dynamic graduates”

The University of Derby is introducing a BA (Hons) Liberal Arts degree from September 2016, and is the first university in the East Midlands to offer this highly-regarded 21st century qualification.


18 November 2015

Derby artists showcase latest designs at distinctive Open Studios event

More than 70 artists from across Derbyshire, including six from the city are preparing for this year’s Banks Mill Open Studios and Artisan Fair, which invites the public and arts community to view a showcase of talent from the city.


18 November 2015

Zoology student awarded for voluntary commitments to the city

More than 70 people attended the Green Space Forum Awards this week (November 16), co-hosted by Derby City Council Parks Team and the University Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, at the University of Derby.


16 November 2015

Work begins on new £12.5m STEM facility at University of Derby

A sod-cutting ceremony took place today at the University of Derby to mark the start of work on a new £12.5m 4,200 square-metre building for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


13 November 2015

Experts available to comment on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The University of Derby has wide range of media friendly academics on hand to provide expert comment ahead of Black Friday (November 27) and Cyber Monday (November 30).


12 November 2015

28% of students wish they’d done their homework when choosing a university

A recent study conducted by the University of Derby has revealed that 28% of current students and recent graduates wish they’d done more research before choosing a university.


10 November 2015

University lecturer calls for scientists to save coral reefs

A recent research paper published by Michael Sweet, Lecturer in Invertebrate Biology at the University of Derby, has found that in order to save coral reefs and fisheries, scientists must improve their collaborations in small island states.


10 November 2015

University of Derby boosts local economy by £270m

More than 5,000 jobs are supported by the £270m worth of spending generated each year by the University of Derby, an economic impact report has revealed.


4 November 2015

Splendour of Cosmos to be projected onto University for Inter Faith Week

As part of the celebration of Inter Faith Week (November 15-21), the University of Derby Chaplaincy has arranged for ‘Splendour of the Cosmos’ by international artist Sudha Daniel, to be projected onto the exterior wall of the Multi-Faith Centre.


4 November 2015

3D music and sound installation by University of Derby features on BBC’s Autumnwatch Extra

A 3D audio and visual installation of starlings created by University of Derby College of Arts staff has been showcased on BBC’s Autumnwatch Extra.


2 November 2015

University signs Memorandum of Understanding with ALICE experiment at nuclear research organisation CERN

The University of Derby signed a Memorandum of Understanding with delegates from the ALICE experiment at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, today (Monday, November 2).


30 October 2015

Delegates from ALICE experiment at nuclear research organisation CERN to visit University of Derby

Physicists and engineers from the ALICE experiment at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, are to visit the University of Derby next week.


28 October 2015

University installs defibrillators as part of first aid initiative

The University of Derby has installed 14 automated external defibrillators (AED’s) across its sites this week, as part of a first aid initiative.


27 October 2015

Derby day for England as Uni welcomes roadshow

The Together for England Roadshow rolled into Derby for October to mark the formal opening of a multi-million pound sports facility.


26 October 2015

Fashion student crowned ‘Emerging Fashion Designer’

University of Derby BA (Hons) Fashion student Sarah Woodward was crowned ‘Emerging Fashion Designer’ at the Midlands Fashion Awards 2015 on Friday (October 16).


21 October 2015

University launches stunt in the city

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners made a surprise guest appearance in the city yesterday (October 20) as part of a stunt hosted by the University of Derby.


15 October 2015

Bestselling author to host two events on career education at University

Bestselling author, Professor Jim Bright, will visit the University of Derby to host two events on career education next month.


14 October 2015

University Professor to lead two debates at Battle of Ideas Festival

Dennis Hayes, Professor of Education at the University of Derby, is leading two debates at the Battle of Ideas Festival this weekend (October 17-18) which is being held at the Barbican in London.


14 October 2015

Team Derby score a double at city sport awards

This week Team Derby was named ‘Team of the Year’ and ‘Coach of the Year’ at the 2015 Derby Sports Awards.


9 October 2015

Top sailing champions hail University’s Young Adventurers Awards

Two teenagers who are world sailing champions have hailed the UK Young Adventurers Awards.


9 October 2015

How to clone a mammoth – University lecturer explains all

A lecturer at the University of Derby is to explore the possibility of cloning mammoths in a free public lecture next week.


8 October 2015

Hundreds of graduates attend recruitment fair at University to find their dream job

Hundreds of students and graduates attended the University of Derby's GRIP (Graduate Recruitment, Internship and Placement) Careers Fair today (October 8) where 65 local, regional and national employers were in attendance.


8 October 2015

University of Derby MOOCs ‘buck’ the trend

Two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which were launched by the University of Derby have defied the trend, significantly exceeding the industry retention rate.


6 October 2015

Derby business student invests £10,000 in setting up truck advertising company

A University of Derby student has set up a business supplying advertising space on lorries after saving thousands of pounds while working at a supermarket.


5 October 2015

Action-packed day planned for finalists of UK Young Adventurers Awards 2015

The finalists of the UK Young Adventurers Awards 2015 are to be treated to an action-packed day of activities at the University of Derby’s Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre.


1 October 2015

University honours geologist who mapped hidden worlds from the Peak District’s Bottomless Pit to the Grand Canyon

A geologist whose fascination with rocks started as a boy in the caves of the Peak District and who is still publishing research at the age of 90 is to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Derby.


30 September 2015

Finalists announced for UK Young Adventurers Awards 2015

Awards for slalom kayaking, dry slope skiing and top titles for mountain and fell running are just some of the outstanding accolades held by finalists of the UK Young Adventurers Awards 2015.


28 September 2015

University celebrates record number of visitors at Open Day

Saturday (September 26) saw a record numbers of visitors attend the University of Derby’s Open Day, where more than 4,500 people arrived to explore its sites in the city.


24 September 2015

Educating Yorkshire former head teacher to give key note speech at NEMCON launch

Former head teacher Jonny Mitchell – who rose to fame after appearing in hit show Educating Yorkshire – will be the key note speaker at the North East Midlands Collaborative Outreach Network (NEMCON) launch on October 6, 2015 at Vision West Nottinghamshire College.


15 September 2015

Photography lecturer showcases ‘dystopian view of future’ in London

A photography lecturer at the University of Derby, who has been studying a Masters degree alongside teaching, is to showcase her ‘dystopian view of the future’ in London this week.


14 September 2015

Young people lack the necessary letter writing skills

The University of Derby and the Royal Mail have released a new report about the importance of letter writing for young people’s employability to launch National Letter Writing Week (Monday 14 to Friday 18 September).


4 September 2015

University hosts two day nature connections festival with BBC’s Chris Packham

The University of Derby will host its brand new Nature Connections Festival on Friday September 11 and Saturday September 12, 2015.


3 September 2015

University shortlisted for Most Improved Student Experience Award

The University of Derby has been shortlisted for a top accolade in the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.


2 September 2015

University launches mobile App to link experts and journalists

The University of Derby has launched a new App today (September 2, 2015) for the Guide to Expertise, which hosts all of its media friendly experts in order to provide comment on everything from smartphone addiction and geology to zombies and daydreaming.


27 August 2015

University of Derby supports plans to build new student accommodation in city centre

The University of Derby has backed plans to build new student flats in the city centre.


20 August 2015

Fashion student nominated for ‘Emerging Designer’ award

A fashion student at the University of Derby has reached the final of the Midlands Fashion Awards 2015 for her modern glamour clothing collection.


19 August 2015

First cohort of University of Derby police cadets graduate during special parade

A group of thirty-five teenagers have graduated from a bespoke University of Derby police cadet training programme.


12 August 2015

University invests £100m in new developments for students

Students heading to the University of Derby this September are set to benefit from around £100m worth of exciting new developments.


12 August 2015

Graduate who suffered accident hails Derby for helping get career back on track

A University of Derby graduate, who suffered a broken leg after being involved in a motorbike accident, has praised the Clearing system for helping to get his “education back on track”.


12 August 2015

University of Derby celebrates best ever student satisfaction score

Students at the University of Derby have given their institution its highest ever rating as part of the independent National Student Survey (NSS) results, released today (Wednesday, August 12).


7 August 2015

Expert to host lecture considering future of career education system

Careers development and employability expert Professor Tristram Hooley will be hosting an inaugural lecture titled ‘Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery’ at the University of Derby on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 5.30pm.


6 August 2015

Double glory for Derby in national student accommodation survey

The University of Derby has scooped two awards in the prestigious National Student Housing Survey (NSHS) 2015.


5 August 2015

Derby graduate kick-starts his career in professional football

University of Derby graduate Mark Farthing has gone onto pursue his dream career in professional football at the League Managers Association (LMA), one of football’s elite associations.


31 July 2015

University helps secure more than £1.9m to improve research into policing

The University of Derby, in collaboration with a number of police forces, other universities and agencies, has helped to secure more than £1.9m from the Police Knowledge Fund to help improve research into policing.


29 July 2015

Queen’s Nurse Honour for University’s lecturers

Two nursing lecturers from the University of Derby have become Queen’s Nurses.


23 July 2015

Online learning student awarded ‘Graduate of the Year’ by CIEH

A University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) student has been awarded ‘Graduate of the Year’ by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).


23 July 2015

Derby graphic design student celebrates sweet success at national awards

A graphic design student who created a Play-Doh bakery to help distract children from technology has scooped a national award for her project.


22 July 2015

Korea exchange puts East and West in harmony

Aleksandra and Andy Heyes were chosen to take part in the annual exchange between the Buxton campus and Daegu Haany University which allows Hotel, Resort and Spa Management (HRSM) students to immerse themselves in the customs, food and lifestyle of the Korean people.


9 July 2015

Online learning students cross borders to attend UK psychology residential

Students studying for the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree with the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) gathered at the University’s Kedleston Road site in Derby, for a week’s long residential on Monday (June 29, 2015).


2 July 2015

National survey ranks Derby graduates among UK's 'most employable'

University of Derby graduates are more employable than most other UK universities, according to new official figures.


2 July 2015

University partners Cloudbass to launch Broadcast Engineering degree

The University of Derby’s College of Engineering has partnered with Cloudbass Limited to launch a new undergraduate degree in Broadcast Engineering and Live Event Technology.


1 July 2015

Graduate Textile trio exhibit collection at New Designers One Year On

Three University of Derby graduates, who set up their own label, were selected to exhibit their latest collection last week (June 24-27), at part one of the New Designers One Year On.


24 June 2015

University course designed to help social care workers and foster carers has contract extended

A pilot University of Derby course, which was introduced to help social care teams interact more effectively with children, young people and families, has had its contract extended for a further two years.


5 June 2015

Rising stars play for Team Derby in National Badminton League final

The University of Derby’s franchise badminton team, Team Derby, will compete for the Championship title in the inaugural National Badminton League (NBL) Finals Day this Sunday, June 7 at K2 Crawley.


5 June 2015

Sir Tony Atkinson to deliver a guest lecture titled ‘Inequality: What can be done?’

Sir Tony Atkinson will be visiting the University of Derby on Monday June 15 at 5.30pm to host a conference titled ‘Inequality: What can be done?


3 June 2015

University staff to cycle from Buxton to Derby to raise money for Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal

This year’s annual Buxton to Derby bike ride will take place on Friday July 3 to raise money for the Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal.


22 May 2015

University lease Friar Gate Square

The University of Derby has recently signed a lease for one Friar Gate Square which will house Derby Law School.


19 May 2015

New arrival at the University of Derby

Dr David Russell has been appointed as the new Dean of the College of Business at the University of Derby.


18 May 2015

History lecturer explores hidden history of home front in public lecture

Professor Paul Elliott will deliver the public lecture 'British Public Parks and the First World War: Recovering a Hidden History of the Home Front' on Wednesday May 27 at the Derby QUAD.


1 May 2015

History Conference marks 800th anniversary of Magna Carta

History students at the University of Derby will deliver a public conference on ‘Law and Democracy’ to mark 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.


29 April 2015

University scoops Learning on Screen Award for the second year running

The University of Derby has been awarded a prestigious accolade at the British University Film and Video Council (BUFVC) Learning on Screen Awards.


23 April 2015

University hosts a series of Science Talks

The University of Derby will be hosting a series of talks from bee extinction and UV skin damage to the apocalypse as part of a series of Science Talks throughout May, in partnership with the British Science Association.


22 April 2015

€5 million research project’s hi-tech approach to European obesity

A European obesity project has been awarded €5 million (£3.9 million) to research the effectiveness of mobile phone apps and other hi-tech aids in helping people lose weight and maintain their weight loss.


22 April 2015

Students' Union staff get election candidates’ vote

A campaign by staff at the University of Derby's Students' Union to get more young people interested in politics was given a vote of confidence this week by the candidates seeking to be the next MP for High Peak.


16 April 2015

Psychology researchers at University of Derby release new study on fussy child eaters

Researchers from the University of Derby have discovered similar behaviours found in anxiety disorders underlie picky eating in children, in what is believed to be the first study of its kind.


8 April 2015

Former Lord Justice of Appeal to officially open University Crown Courtroom

Sir John Mummery will be visiting the University of Derby on Thursday April 16 2015, to officially open the new Crown Courtroom.


2 April 2015

University hosts key General Election debates

With the May 7 General Election fast approaching, the University of Derby and its Students’ Union have organised public General Election hustings with the parliamentary candidates in Derby and Buxton.


31 March 2015

University launches team of Incident Responders

The University of Derby is launching a new team of Incident Responders who will be responsible for first aid, fire marshalling and incident support duties.


30 March 2015

University encourages engineers to study on the job

The University of Derby hosted an open evening for prospective engineering and technology students and employees at its Markeaton Street site on Thursday March 26, 2015.


27 March 2015

University hosts an evening with Honorary Derek Latham

Visiting Professor and Honorary Derek Latham returned to the University of Derby on Wednesday evening (March 25) to deliver a public lecture on sustainable architecture.


17 March 2015

University’s unique deal to help modernise Malaysian Police

Every police officer in Malaysia will have their training accredited by the University of Derby, in what is thought to be the first ever such partnership between a foreign country and a UK university.


13 March 2015

As mad as a hatter – University hosts second STEMpunk Extravaganza

Racing car simulators, Dodo’s, disappearing cats and Lego hermit crabs will be among the vibrant attractions at a University of Derby science exhibition.


9 March 2015

Leading marketers share insights into future of marketing

The University of Derby is set to host ‘Marketing 2020’ – an event that will set the scene for future marketing skills and deliver insight into how marketing is continuously evolving.


6 March 2015

Students host NHS Change Day to raise awareness of dementia

Students from the University of Derby will host the East Midlands regional NHS Change Day on Wednesday 11 March 2015, to raise awareness of dementia.


4 March 2015

Marksman Hamad has Olympics in his sights

Events Management lecturers are helping a Qatari sports star prepare for his nation's emergence as a major player on the world's stage


3 March 2015

University hosts an evening with Sam Rush

The University of Derby is hosting a series of talks from inspirational senior figures, the first of which is with CEO of Derby County Football Club, Sam Rush, on Wednesday 4 March 2015.


3 March 2015

Smartphones are addictive – reveals first UK study from the University of Derby

The nation is becoming addicted to smartphones, according to new research from the University of Derby.


26 February 2015

Hip-Hop birthday party on the cards for Kevin

A global youth movement will be celebrating its 40th birthday in style if a University of Derby student wins a competition set up to find Britain’s most creative events manager.


26 February 2015

University welcomes return of Professor Catherine Belsey

Visiting Professor and scholar Catherine Belsey will return to the University of Derby next month (Wednesday March 4) to talk about John Milton's sonnet 19 on the apparition of his dead wife.


17 February 2015

Fashion student wins prestigious Young Designer Awards

Derby based BA (Hons) Fashion Studies student Nicole Wells was awarded ‘Young Designer’ at the St Andrews Young Designer Awards (YDA), last weekend (Saturday 14 February 2015).


13 February 2015

From Dubai with love – Caroline helps couples to pop the question!

We have all heard of a fairy-tale romance but for University of Derby graduate, Caroline Garvey, her happy ever after has become a reality.


13 February 2015

Derby is top UK university in Euro contest

Three students at the Buxton campus of the University of Derby beat all other UK entrants in a competition to find the most daring young entrepreneurs in Europe.


12 February 2015

University of Derby at the cutting edge of new sound environments

The University of Derby will be the first university in the UK to have a Wave1 processor installed.


9 February 2015

Studying whilst tackling Ebola proves no barrier for UDOL student

Duane Stapleton a University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) student has been working as an Environmental Health Technician tackling Ebola in Sierra Leone.


5 February 2015

Women’s rights advocate returns to University to head up forced marriage discussion

Graduate and honorand Jasvinder Sanghera will return to the University of Derby as head of a panel discussion on forced marriages.


5 February 2015

Buxton martial arts expert fights for people with disabilities at Loughborough event

Martial arts expert Charles Spring is fighting to make it easier for people with disabilities to take up the sport.


5 February 2015

Health is wealth, students tell Euro judges

Three students at the Buxton Campus of the University of Derby are to face a Dragon’s Den style panel of experts in a competition to find the most daring young entrepreneurs in Europe.


3 February 2015

University ‘Community Fund’ helps Belper youth club bounce back after blaze

The University of Derby’s Community Fund is helping five local projects, including The Blue Box Community Group in Belper, after the first winners of funding for 2014/15 were announced.


29 January 2015

Top women engineers to show it’s not just ‘jobs for the boys’

Top women engineers will tell school and college girls how they built successful careers in their industry at a University of Derby event.


29 January 2015

University of Oxford Geologist to deliver guest lecture

Professor Mike Searle, a Geologist at the University of Oxford, will be delivering a public lecture titled ‘Colliding Continents’ next week (Wednesday, February 4) at the University of Derby.


29 January 2015

Community counts when saving county heritage

Sarah McLeod, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society, will use the regeneration of Buxton as an example of the importance of public consultation in her lecture, Community Counts.


28 January 2015

Top honour for Buxton campus chef lecturer

University of Derby Culinary Arts lecturer Leonard Cseh has been awarded the Institute of Hospitality's top honour.


22 January 2015

Derby graduate awarded by Royal Historical Society for ‘outstanding’ dissertation

A University of Derby graduate will see her dissertation printed in History Today early next year.


14 January 2015

Studying from Kenya proved no barrier for UDOL army student

University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) graduate, Lieutenant Corporal Charlotte Miller, has used online studying as a platform to develop her career.


13 January 2015

How tunes for tots are gaining musician big time airplay

Original songs about dragons in the bedroom and grumpy dogs by a University of Derby Education Studies graduate are proving a big hit with tots and their parents.


12 January 2015

Marketing qualifications help graduates rise to success

A trio of marketing graduates from the University of Derby have gained First Class Honours degrees, enabling them to develop successful careers in a variety of industries.


8 January 2015

‘No time’ for graduation for busy Film and Video graduate

Working on a new BBC TV series filming in Lithuania means University of Derby Film and Video graduate, Justina Petkevičiūtė can’t spare the time to attend her own graduation ceremony.


8 January 2015

Derby Business School wins trio of awards at annual University Trading Challenge

A team of undergraduate students and academics from the University of Derby Business School scooped up three awards in the University Trading Challenge (UTC) 2014.


7 January 2015

Top ten tips when filling out your UCAS application

Writing your personal statement, finding references and gathering information can be an overwhelming task.


5 January 2015

Graduate recognised for voluntary work in Rwanda with academic excellence award

A Clinical Nurse who volunteers in Rwanda has been awarded the 'Florence Nightingale Award for Academic Excellence' from the University of Derby.


3 December 2014

You can hear the coral reefs dying

You can hear the sound of former bustling coral reefs dying due to the impact of human activity; according to new research from the Universities of Essex, Exeter and Derby.


3 December 2014

You can hear the coral reefs dying

You can hear the sound of former bustling coral reefs dying due to the impact of human activity; according to new research from the Universities of Essex, Exeter and Derby.


24 November 2014

UDOL programmes first to gain online accreditation

The University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) has gained accreditation for four online hospitality management programmes from the Institute of Hospitality.


14 November 2014

Creative arts project tackles health staff's baby blues and bliss

Health professionals involved in pregnancy and birth are invited to take part in a research project at the University of Derby, to see if the arts can help them better express feelings about their work - good or bad.


12 November 2014

University to Host BSC Midlands Regional Network Event

Policing in the 21st Century is the topic of discussion this November (26) at a public lecture held by the University of Derby.


12 November 2014

University to Host BSC Midlands Regional Network Event

Policing in the 21st Century is the topic of discussion this November (26) at a public lecture held by the University of Derby.


29 October 2014

Films of horror and heartbreak set for success in UK and US

As Halloween looms, two University of Derby student films will both be hoping for monster success tomorrow night (October 30) - on two different continents.


27 October 2014

University builds a Network of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are being invited to attend the Derby University Network of Entrepreneurs (DUNE) launch event on Thursday November 6, 2014 at the iPro Stadium in Derby between 4:30-7:30pm.


21 October 2014

Graduate lace-maker selected for Small Business Saturday

Local lace-maker and University of Derby graduate, Louise West has been selected to be featured as part of the Small Business Saturday promotion, 'Small Biz 100'.


20 October 2014

Lord Falconer explores state of British Constitution

On Thursday 16 October, the Rt Hon Lord Falconer visited the University of Derby's Kedleston Road campus to give a lecture on the British Constitution in the light of Scotland's decision to say no to independence on 18 September.


20 October 2014

Lord Falconer explores state of British Constitution

On Thursday 16 October, the Rt Hon Lord Falconer visited the University of Derby's Kedleston Road campus to give a lecture on the British Constitution in the light of Scotland's decision to say no to independence on 18 September.


26 September 2014

Trio of Derby art graduates selected for prestigious festival

Recent graduates from the University of Derby have been chosen to participate in the upcoming UK Young Artists' Leicester Festival 2014, which will take place between Friday November 7 - Sunday November 9.

10:10 Campaign Gathers Pace

28 July 2010

The Derby Telegraph's 10:10 campaign to encourage people in the city to reduce household carbon emissions by ten per cent is gathering momentum.

The campaign is being supported by the University of Derby, Derby Homes and Derby City Council and a number of other partners in the city.

Today the newspaper has published a Household Guide supplement charting some ideas to inspire people to reduce emissions.

The campaign will feature a number of households in the city in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint over the next few months - including Derby students Lizzie Gawen, Laura Barnes and Rosie Marriott.

Read more about this and other articles in the 10:10 housing guide supplement in today's Derby Telegraph or at: www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/featuresandsupplements

For more information about this news release, 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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100-year-old Bowls Club Holds Open Event To Attract New Players.

12 August 2013

One of the country's oldest bowls clubs and the University of Derby are inviting new players to try out the sport for free this Thursday evening (August 15).

Visitors attending the Derby West End Bowls Club, at the junction of Markeaton Street and Mackworth Road, Derby, from 6pm will be able to try flat lawn green bowls, with help from the club's experienced players.

The University of Derby, which has two sites very close to the club, became a partner in 2009, to help it recruit more members. This year the Derby West End Bowls Club is marking its centenary with a number of different projects.

After the free bowls challenge event, the clubhouse will host a free Indian meal for those who've taken part. Food will be provided by the Hana Puri restaurant, based in the Derby Westfield shopping centre. There will also be prizes for the best and worst performing teams.

For its 100th year the Derby club has so far in 2013 held a celebration match organised by the English Bowling Federation, run free taster sessions and held a friendly game with Mackworth Indoor Bowls Club in July. Another celebration match is planned for next month (September) to round off the season.

Earlier this year University graphic design students competed to design a new logo, badge, matchbook and banner for the club and to update its website. Second year student Nicola Doyle won the competition.

Peter Walker, Community Relations Officer at the University of Derby, said: "We are delighted to continue supporting the club especially in their centenary year. Our Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne will be at this year's event, trying out his bowls technique alongside his staff."

For further information about Derby West End Bowls Club or if you are interested in becoming a member visit their website at www.derbywestendbowls.com or call 01332 292863.

For more information about this University of Derby Community Relations news release contact Jason Nichols on 01332 591945 or email: j.nichols@derby.ac.uk


A Bit of Buxton in Bucharest

17 December 2013

Former students celebrated the past and caught up with the present in a reunion which brought a bit of Buxton to Bucharest.

Dr Tony Johnston, Programme Leader for Ecotourism, and Mikaela Balder, International Student Advisor, took time out from a recruitment trip to Romania to host a group of four alumni and one current student in the Energiea Pub in the heart of the buzzing city on November 27.

It was the third University of Derby Buxton reunion abroad, but the first in the Romanian capital, and the atmosphere was joyous from the start.

Mihai Ghinescu (class of 2012, BA Business Management and Law) had rushed across from work to describe his new job with Nestle as a Project Coordinator in the Events Management Department, Supply Chain.

Alexandru Aldea (class of 2010, MA Management) and Cristina Negut (class of 2010, MA Events Management) looked back to when they first drove together to Derby from Romania in Alexandru's car. Cristina is now a Project Coordinator for Ralcom Exhibitions and Alex is an Account Manager for the advertising company Quatro Team.

Cristina said: "I was happy to see the email inviting me to the reunion, and I was very curious to find out about the other students who had studied at Derby. I think a reunion is a great opportunity to talk about student life with those who shared the experience."

Joining the group was current student Alexandra Venetis, who studies BA Events Management and is on a work placement for an events company in Bucharest. Thanks to the alumni reunion she was able to network and meet Cristina who is now an event professional.

A reunion which gives alumni the chance to reminisce and catch up strengthens their relationships with each other and the university, said Alexandru.

"I had a fantastic time," he added. "It was such a great feeling to get back in touch with the Uni. I'm really hoping to get in touch more often from now and I'm going to look into the alumni programme and see what it's all about!"

For more information, contact Mikaela on m.balder@derby.ac.uk

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A Chance To Meet John Humphrys

14 November 2006

Six million listeners wake up to the sound of John Humphrys’ voice most mornings reporting the day’s news and helping to define the nation’s mood. He is arguably the UK’s most influential interviewer. Few politicians miss hearing what he has to say on the issues of the day, and he is respected and feared in equal measure for his incisive ability to cut through layers of waffle, asking questions which lay bare the truth.

But how well do you know the man behind the voice? Who is this steely inquisitor? He’s a man of many interests - a genial examiner of Masterminds and a punctilious guardian of the English language. He is also seeking to make a practical contribution to solving problems on a local level in Africa through his Kitchen Table Charities Trust.

On Friday November 24, John makes a rare visit to Derby to appear in the Court Room at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road Campus where he will talk about his distinguished career in broadcasting and his charity - for which the evening aims to raise much needed funds.

John began to learn his craft as an indentured reporter in Cardiff in 1958. In 1966 he moved to the BBC in Liverpool and moved to London in 1970. Aged 28 John became the BBC’s first full time television correspondent in the United States and the youngest television foreign correspondent. He worked in New York for a year and in Washington for five years, covering stories from Nixon’s Watergate scandal in North America to the revolution in Chile.

He moved to South Africa in 1977 and reported the transformation of Rhodesia into Zimbabwe, gaining insight into Africa’s problems. He returned to London in 1980 as the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent. In 1981 John became the main presenter of BBC One’s Nine O’Clock News and moved to the Today Programme on Radio 4, where he has remained for nearly 20 years.

In 47 years as a journalist John has interviewed Presidents, Prime Ministers and dictators, he has struck fear into the hearts of politicians of every hue, and has sensitively questioned interviewees about the most difficult subjects. In 2003 he won the Gold Sony Award (the radio industry’s Oscar).

An Evening With John Humphrys will raise money for the Kitchen Table Charities Trust, John’s own direct-action charity, which assists people in Africa with practical requirements that enable them to lead a more fulfilling life.

John’s experiences reporting on desperate poverty in Africa, and his awareness of the networks of small charities doing good work in the Third World inspired his drive to establish his Charity.

“There are a vast number of small charities all over the world who do a wonderful job. You’ve probably never even heard of them. They don’t have swanky offices or air-conditioned Land Rovers or money to spend on expensive advertising. Every penny goes to people in need. But they struggle to survive because they simply can’t afford their own fund-raising operations,” he says.

The talk is open to everyone, with tickets allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for a suggested donation of £12.50 - a figure boosted by your Gift Aid covenant. After his talk, which commences at 7pm, John will sign copies of his book, Lost for Words: The Mangling and Manipulating of the English Language, in the University’s Atrium.

John will talk with wit and candour about his life as a journalist and his privileged position as a close observer of our elected leaders. It promises to be entertaining, enlightening and (perhaps even) scandalous.

To reserve your ticket, please contact the University’s Events Coordinator, Angela Drinkwater, on 01332 591046 or email a.drinkwater@derby.ac.uk.

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A 'Greener' Take on Grey Concrete

24 January 2011

The grey concrete of our modern cities has a little known environmental cost which makes it far from 'green', a construction expert will tell an audience at the University of Derby's Enterprise Centre tomorrow (Tuesday January 25).

The heating of materials and chemical reactions involved in producing a tonne of cement (using Portland cement, an ingredient in almost all concrete) can release up to 900kilogrammes - or nine-tenths of a tonne - of polluting carbon dioxide gas emissions into the atmosphere; says Professor Peter Claisse, Professor of Construction Materials at Coventry University.

He will give a free presentation on Sustainable Concrete for the Midlands branch of the UK's Concrete Society at the University's Enterprise Centre in Bridge Street, Derby, from 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday).

The University's centre is the headquarters of its business-to-business arm, University of Derby Corporate; which runs certified courses for the concrete and construction industry, in partnership with trade bodies such as the Concrete Society.

Professor Claisse, the author of more than 100 publications in journals and conferences, has researched the environmental aspects of construction; including the use of waste materials in construction and waste containment.

His 45 minute talk will look at the various different, and more environmentally friendly, ways of producing construction grade concrete.

Professor Claisse said: "Replacing cement with by-product minerals, such as ash from power stations or slag from steel making, is one of the best ways to achieve an immediate reduction in the world's carbon footprint."

For further information please contact title Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

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A taste of Polish heritage

29 July 2014

Food is the last remaining taste of Poland for many of the grandchildren of migrants who came to Britain in the wake of the Second World War, research at the University of Derby Buxton has revealed.

In a study of how tourism can help a community rediscover its roots, Dr Asia Alder found that the language of food - from Granny's recipes to words for favourite dishes - survives even when English has taken the place of the mother tongue.

Polish migration to the UK is nothing new: Dr Alder shows how Poles have been coming here since the Industrial Revolution, and since Poland joined the EU, their language, shops and highly-regarded work ethic have become familiar across the country.

But she has concentrated on the 1,500 Poles who came to Derby after the Second World War as the Soviet Union took control of their homeland. They established many community groups, including the Polish Air Forces Association's Dom Polski (Polish Home) on Osmaston Road in 1953 and a Community Centre on Kedleston Road.

Despite this, Polish traditions and identity began to disappear.

"Perhaps surprisingly food preparation and consumption is the strongest and often the only surviving expression of Polish identity in the third generation," said Dr Alder.

"Food and cooking recapture the memories and experiences of their childhoods."

Dr Alder, an associate lecturer in Travel and Tourism, wanted to see how 'return tourism' helps preserve a cultural identity which crosses borders.

"There is a strong link between Polish identity and visiting the homeland," she said. "All three generations of Poles see return tourism as a powerful force in the construction and maintenance of national identity."

As one interviewee put it: "Poland is family and everywhere else is holiday."

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Academic Triumph For Amy Despite Tragedy

17 January 2012

A nurse who stuck with her studies despite her husband's death in a car accident - even working in an accident and emergency unit - will graduate from the University of Derby with an additional bravery award.

Rowland Jeffrey, 29, was tragically killed in January 2009 when his car was in collision with a bus. He and wife Amy had been married for just 21 months at the time.

Amy was only a few months into a three-year Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies course, at the University of Derby's Chesterfield site, when the tragedy occurred but showed great determination in continuing with the qualification. One of her work placements during the course even involved working in the accident and emergency unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Amy will graduate with course colleagues on Friday 20 January, on the second and final day of the University's annual Awards Ceremonies, held at the Derby Assembly Rooms. Around 2,000 students will graduate over the two days.

In addition her University Nursing tutors have already presented Amy with a special accolade - the Matthew Compton Achievement Against Adversity Award - in recognition of her determination.

Amy, now 28, of Langold, Worksop, said: "A lot of people have asked me how I managed to carry on but I didn't want to let Rowland down. I made a promise to him that I would finish my Nursing course and I stuck with that.

"In a way I think it has given me something to focus on in the last few difficult years. It was hard at times, especially when a road traffic accident victim was brought in during my work placement at the accident and emergency unit.

"Mine and Rowland's family, and my personal tutor at the University, Louise Sherratt, have been so supportive while I've been doing the course."

Rowland will, of course, be sadly missed at her graduation but his mother, Sharron, will be there with the rest of Amy's family to celebrate her achievement.

Amy now works at Chesterfield Royal Hospital as a Bank Staff Nurse, meaning she can be asked to attend wherever NHS nursing staff are needed.

Other people on the University's Nursing courses who received additional awards earlier this month (January) in connection with their coursework included:

  • Amanda Rice - Mental Health branch Excellence in Practice award
  • Sarah Lomas - Impact of Learning in Practice award
  • Rachel Slater - Special Achievement Award
  • Laura Jeffery - Florence Nightingale Award
  • Louise Bolton - Ann Jeggens Innovation in Practice award.

Students received a certificate, £50 book token and a commemorative paperweight.

For further media information please contact Press and PR Officer Joanna Colburn on 01332 593004 or 07909 533242, or email:j.colburn@derby.ac.uk

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Academics Welcome Report On Careers And Call For Action

23 January 2013

Academics at the University of Derby have welcomed the findings of today's Education Committee report into 'Career Guidance for Young People', on which they were consulted.

The 'Careers Guidance For Young People: The Impact Of The New Duty On Schools' report, launched at the House of Commons on January 23 (2013) argues that the Government's policy on career guidance has been regrettable, and has led to a decline in the quantity and quality of career guidance for young people.

The Education Committee benefitted from specialist advice from Dr Tristram Hooley of the University of Derby's International Centre for Guidance Studies as it produced this report.

The report found that the decision to close Connexions, a dedicated careers guidance service for young people, has led to a loss of resources and capacity in this area and has endangered the opportunities of young people to gain access to advice and guidance about their educational, career and life choices.

It goes on to suggest that the Government should strengthen the requirement on schools to deliver good quality, professional and impartial careers advice, and calls on it to increase funding to the National Careers Service, so that it is able to work with schools and to support them to deliver an excellent service.

Jo Hutchinson, Principal Researcher at the University of Derby's International Centre for Guidance Studies, said: "It is important that the Department for Education listens carefully to the Education Committee's recommendations. Its proposals to extend the role of the National Careers Service to work with schools, and to strengthen the importance of careers education and work-related learning, are vital in making the Government's current careers policy deliver the best outcomes for young people.

"The proposals suggest practical ways schools can be supported to implement a range of career learning opportunities which will help young people to make informed and considered decisions about their futures.

"Previous research we have carried out has identified a decline in the availability of career support within schools, and has also revealed that schools are crying out for more help and support in delivering on their duties in this area.

"International evidence clearly shows that devolving responsibility to schools without providing strong support will inexorably lead to a decline in provision. Implementation of the types of suggestions made by the Education Committee will represent an investment in career support for young people. This is critical at a time of high youth unemployment and under-employment, changes in access to higher education and the increasing complexity of the labour market."

The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) is a research centre based in the School of Education and Social Science at the University of Derby. The Centre has expertise in careers and career development. It conducts research, provides consultancy to the careers sectors, offers a range of training and delivers a number of accredited learning programmes up to and including doctoral level.

For more information visit www.derby.ac.uk/icegs

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Accreditation Is Big Event For University

15 October 2012

Students and lecturers on the University of Derby Buxton's Events Management degree are celebrating after the course was officially accredited by the Institute of Hospitality.

The University's Events Management degree, which can be taken as a single or joint honours programme, was recognised for its emphasis on providing real world learning opportunities. As well as industry placements students also get frequent opportunities to manage large scale commercial events at their Campus's Grade II* Listed building, the Devonshire Dome.

This is the fourth programme offered by the University of Derby Buxton to be accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. Its Foundation degrees in Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, and BA (Hons) Hospitality Management programmes have enjoyed links with the industry's professional body  since they were accredited four years ago.

The University also subscribes to the Institute's Education Membership Scheme (EMS) providing its learners with free student membership and access to extensive resources and benefits.

Julian Robinson, Programme Leader on the Events Management degree, said: "We are so delighted to be accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. This tells our prospective students that we are committed to giving them the best experiential learning possible, grounding theory in frequent opportunities to test and develop their skills at large events."

"This year many of our Events Management students were involved in aspects of the Olympic Torch Relay as it made its way through the Peak District, as well as a seated meal for 700 members of staff from the Chatsworth estate at their University Campus."

John Cunningham MIH, Director of Professional Development at the Institute of Hospitality, added: "Institute of Hospitality Accreditation confers on an organisation the international recognition of a quality standard. It gives students the assurance that the programme they are studying has been internationally benchmarked and is appropriate for professional career development within hospitality, leisure and tourism.

"We are delighted to see the University of Derby extending its choice of accredited qualifications, with the addition of an Honours degree in the exciting area of Events Management."

The Institute also sponsors a University prize, which is presented to a high performing student each year at the Annual Awards ceremony, which takes place this year on Saturday November 17.

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ADT DEGREE SHOWS '07: Jaw-Jaw Better Than War-War

31 May 2007

An Iraqi-born University of Derby student has developed plans for a unique device which could help protect British soldiers and the community in his homeland during the current conflict.

Amin Ismail is proposing the introduction of a verbal translator device, worn like a wristwatch, to help soldiers and civilians interpret key phrases in war situations – and save lives. Amin’s concept, entitled ‘Ahky’ is the Arabic translation for ‘Speak’ in English.

Now he needs support to put his idea into reality.

He has conducted research with the British Army and Iraqi citizens as part of his research to develop the device to translate English words and phrases into Arabic language and possibly vice versa, in real time.

He also sent a sent of questionnaires to a coalition force in Iraq through an interpreter who was working with them in the ground for feedback from the front-line.

It’s all part of Amin’s final year project for his BSc (Hons) in Product Design, Innovation and Marketing. The British Army was so enthusiastic about Amin’s work, they arranged for him to visit the 4th Battalion: The Parachute Regiment, based in Leeds.

Lieutenant Colonel Ben Baldwin, Commanding Officer of the 4th Battalion, welcomed the research, and said: ”This innovation is unique and will provide an interface with the local population improving the way we communicate, while at the same time enhancing the protection of the civilian community and the soldiers who have the task of improving the security within the environment in which they operate.”

And one of his serving soldiers, who has recently returned from duty in Iraq, explained how such a device could help soldiers in the field. He said: “This device is just what we need. We would be able to communicate freely with the locals, without having to rely on an interpreter. We could move people to safety quickly. The device would save lives and would help improve the trust and loyalty with the local population.”

In his study, Amin found:

  • 87% of soldiers welcomed the idea of a device which could translate key words in all languages
  • 78% of soldiers said they would welcome such a device to help communicate with Iraqis more easily
  • 69% of soldiers felt such a device would be useful in dangerous situations
  • Two-thirds of the 50 Iraqi citizens polled said they would be happy or not mind communicating with British soldiers through such a device.
  • Around the same number of Iraqi citizens polled said they had had contact with a British soldier since the war began.

The 21-year-old, from Bath Street, Derby, is initially from Baghdad but was forced to flee Iraq in 2002 ahead of the imminent war. At that time, he had just finished the first year of a mechanical engineering course at Baghdad University.

Amin’s work aims to incorporate voice recognition based technology to aid troops and civilians in high risk and ‘hot zone’ situations by translating buzz words such as ‘Don’t shoot’, ‘Stay back’ and ‘Help will be here soon’.

His idea has been formulated with the help and advice of University of Derby Product Design Senior Lecturer Karl Hurn.

Amin said: “One reason I wanted to undertake this project was because it was my way of thanking British soldiers for their honourable work, people who are abandoning themselves from their loved ones and sacrificing their sole to bring freedom to Iraqi people.

“Secondly, it is to improve the communication between soldiers and Iraqi people in high risk situations where any misunderstandings might lead to a tragedy. If this device can help save innocent lives in a conflict situation then that has to be good.”

For the project, Arabic language is chosen, because of the fact that the majority of Iraqi people are Arabs; but he says this could also be adapted for other languages.

His tutor Karl Hurn said: “It is an excellent project and Amin knows about the cultural sensitivities and needs of his fellow people in Iraq, as well as the culture he has familiarized himself with in the UK.

“This project explores how troops and civilians can communicate more effectively especially at combat and high risk situations and the research was also very good. It would be great for Amin to be able to take this work further forward.”

Amin has been living in the UK for five years and began studying at the University while working voluntarily as an interpreter for Derby Refugee Advice Centre – but admits life has been challenging.

He said: “Here I started a new life from zero. It was very difficult at the beginning going through cultural shocks on one hand and not having any family member to support me on the other hand. Yet, worrying about my family and friends safety back home was another problem.

“Ever since I was a child, I took the responsibility to look after other family members. So, from childhood caring and helping others became part of my nature. It has been very tough.

“I have been living here for nearly five years now. In the first two year, I worked hard to earn trust and respect and stand up on my own two feet. While, learning the English language, adapting to British culture and making friends became my sole companionship.”

Amin has enjoyed his time at the University making many friends, and used computer aid design programs such as Soldworks, Pro-engineering, Photoshop and 3D Max for his project. Part of the project brief was to approach the work in the same way as a leading product design firm would. He hopes to pursue a career in design.

Amin is looking for support to take his idea forward, which claims to be the first efficient device to communicate between the troops and civilians in real time, precisely at the high risk/hot zones situations. For this, he requires sponsorship from an external company and he is currently seeking a patent. You can email the University Press Office at pressoffice@derby.ac.uk to help.

Degree Shows

Amin’s work will be showcased at this year’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology's Degree Shows in June, which represents the culmination of the dedication and talent of this year's new graduate designers and artists at the University of Derby.

The Private View evening will be on Friday 8 June from 6pm - 9pm. The show will be officially opened at 6.30pm at Markeaton Street by David Joyce, Chief Operating Officer VINCI PLC.

This year's shows will be spread across our Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street sites. For all the information about the locations, the dates and times for public viewing and to see students work, please visit the Degree Show website, www.derby.ac.uk/degreeshow.

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ADT Degree Shows: The End Of Cot Death?

15 June 2006

Is this the innovation to end the horror of cot death which kills one baby every week in the UK?

The 'Little Gem' baby crib's design draws inspiration from the mother's womb and has been developed by University of Derby student Gemma Maddocks as part of her final degree for BA Hons Creative Product Design and Marketing.

The 21-year-old, from Southgate Close, Mickleover, has been studying the causes of cot death, researching statistics and interviewing midwives and dozens of new parents over the last year.

She has created a baby crib modelled on the shape of the mother's womb which she feels the baby would most naturally be at home in. She has then used her research to design out potential causes of cot death and other perils for babies when asleep.

For example:

  • her cot is egg shaped to prevent the baby from rolling off its back and at risk of smothering
  • The 'Little Gem' features an inbuilt heartbeat sound and moves gently to soothe a baby
  • the egg shape uses convection to regulate the temperature for the baby to optimum levels
  • the base of the cot is positioned so the baby's head is elevated slightly above the stomach to prevent colic and reflux.

She said: "The key to the design is recreating a womb-shaped environment which the baby instinctively feels comfortable in.

"By simulating the womb, with an in built heartbeat sound, and the gentle movement, this helps settle the baby and reduce anxiety and crying. These two points are also factors in cot death, if babies experience long periods of crying they are at a greater risk of cot death.

"I took on board all of the concerns and anxieties of parents, listened to the advice of midwives and designed what I considered to be a modern product which answered all of the concerns raised by parents by designing out these problems.

"Everyone has been very positive. It does need safety trials and further development but it has answered many problems with traditional cots raised by the likes of the Midwifery Journal, and I am pleased with my final design."

Aimed at babies aged between zero and six months old, the 'Little Gem' would be manufactured from plastic mouldings and aluminium.

The crib basket itself can be unhooked from the main stand to allow a parent or carer to transport the baby in the crib basket manually around the house - thus providing a dual-purpose for the product.

The 'Little Gem' will be showcased at the New Designers' Exhibition in Islington, London, from July 3-9. Gemma has applied for a patent and is also seeking sponsorships to take the idea forward.

Terry Watson, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Creative Product Design and Marketing said: "The Little Gem design itself is an extremely practical interpretation of the needs of the newborn child.

"It reflects a 21st Century Moses Basket and with backing could certainly be a success on the market."


The University of Derby is holding an Open Day on Saturday, June 24 at our Kedleston Road campus, from 10am to 3pm.

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ADT Degree Shows: The Thinking Post Box

8 June 2006

Ex-postie Chris Banks has come up with a first class idea - to develop a new style post box to tackle vandalism, boost efficiency and make life a little easier for his former colleagues.

The BA Hons Creative Product Design And Marketing student has produced a 21st Century Royal Mail post box as part of his final year degree at the University of Derby.

His work will be on display next week at the University's end of year Arts, Design and Technology Degree Show, being held at Kedleston Road, Derby.

The 25-year-old, from Catesby Avenue, Rugby, was a postman for three years in his hometown. He interviewed former colleagues, hundreds of customers and Mike Savage, Head of Marketing at Royal Mail in London, as part of his research.

He said: "I have worked in the industry and thought that to try to improve the design from an ergonomics and security perspective would be good. I am very pleased with the final designs and hope they provide food for thought for Royal Mail as possible futuristic designs."

Chris has applied for a patent for his design and hopes to send his ideas to Royal Mail for consideration.

The most striking aspect of Chris' design is a closed letter box opening which requires the consumer to insert a chip card into a keypad on the front of the box and key in their personal pin in order for the flap to open electronically to post a letter.

Chris said: "Thousands of letters a year are destroyed by wanton vandalism - people putting dog waste, fireworks and other rubbish in the boxes.

"My design minimises the risk of this and other threats such as terrorism as the post box will only allow people serious about posting a letter or parcel to do so."

The electronic keypad and weighing chute allow people to weigh their parcels and pay any extra charge there is, as opposed to visiting the Post Office, although the standard first and second class stamps would still feature.

Another key innovation is the introduction of an electronic forklift style mechanism inside the post box which holds three baskets and swaps the top basket to the bottom when it is full.

The move has been made to stop letters being lost when the postman opens the door to the post box and allows him to electronically move the baskets around and empty the top box without having to bend down.

Chris said: "Collecting mail has its hazards as with any job. My design should help stop the postman having to keep bending down to pick up letters and could prevent back injuries happening. It also helps the postman in their day-to-day job.

"With the traditional design you could do with three hands to collect mail! One to hold the door open, another to hold the mail sack and a third to open the chute.

"Obviously, it means postmen struggle to access the mail with just two hands and injuries result from trapped hands as well. I see benefits for all with my designs."

However, it's not all change for the new-style post box.

Chris concludes: "In the final designs, the post box, with its steeped 300-year tradition retains its red exterior and black base as my research indicated a strong affinity from the public to these colours. I think there could be national outrage if the colours were changed."

However, Chris has produced concepts of different colour post boxes emblazoned with the colours of other delivery companies such as Fed-Ex (white, blue and red) and UPS (yellow and red/brown).

He states neither has indicated a strong interest in the mail delivery market but has nevertheless produced possible concepts.

His lecturer, Karl Hurn, a Senior Lecturer in Computer Aided Design at the University, said: "Chris' idea is sound and he has the background of a postman to help him come up with these ideas.

"The mail service in the UK is a 21st Century service using a 19th Century collection process. His ideas are practical and could benefit the postal service in the long-term."

Royal Mail's External Relations Manager Sue Dakin said: "As a dynamic business we are always looking for ways of improving our service.

"Chris's design concept would certainly seem to have some interesting features and we look forward to receiving his proposal for future consideration."

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African Ceremony Highlights Academic Achievement

22 March 2012

Academics from the University of Derby swapped the cool British climate for the African heat when they attended the awards ceremony of students graduating from the Botswana Accountancy College (BAC), one of the University's international partners.

The University of Derby's Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, and Programme Leader, Dr Simon Dupernex, joined the 109 Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MSc Strategic Management (Online) graduates at the ceremony, which was held on March 10 at the College in Gaborone, Botswana.

The proud occasion was presided over by Michael Lesolle, Executive Director of BAC and Professor John Coyne, who were delighted to present each student, including BAC's very own UG Portfolio Manager, Aubrey Mbewe, with their awards.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "The ceremony was a great reminder of why higher education is so important. We had exceptional postgraduate students who had made huge personal commitments to complete our programme alongside very full professional lives.

"We were delighted to have as our guest speaker the Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank Botswana, Moatlhodi Lekaukau, and to have so many distinguished representatives of government and commerce in our audience. The University of Derby programme is clearly fully embraced by the community it serves."

Michael Lesolle added: "We're delighted that our partnership with the University of Derby continues to grow whilst generating such high calibre graduates towards Botswana's national strategy of skills capacity building and human capital development. Today's graduates take it a step further by raising the bar towards leadership and innovation. The ceremony marks the beginning of an exciting time for our graduates and we wish them the very best of luck for the future."

The BAC, which was established in 1996, is a well respected national institution characterised by a quality academic environment.

Students have on-site support and are taught directly by Derby staff in Africa; who they may also contact via email, Skype and video conferencing. They also have access to University electronic resources, such as library materials.

For further information on the University of Derby and its international partnerships, visit www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/partnerships and Botswana Accountancy College and its other offerings visit www.bac.ac.bw

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African Children Inspire Susannah's Moving Story

20 January 2012

An inspiring Derby student was so moved by summer volunteering with disabled children in South Africa that she has raised funds tirelessly for over two years to provide them with the 80 wheelchairs they badly needed.

Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) degree student Susannah Ali, 22, from Lichfield, will graduate from the University of Derby today (January 20) at its Annual Awards Ceremonies at Derby's Assembly Rooms.

Susannah spent six weeks of her 2009 summer break volunteering in schools in rural communities around the city of Durban, South Africa.

What she experienced during that summer affected her so deeply that she set up the charity 'Help 4 Happy's' on her return. More than £20,000 has been raised so far and used to provide functioning wheelchairs and wheelchair assessments to more than 80 children, and one electric wheelchair for a severely disabled student.

Susannah said "I spent some time teaching children out in the rural communities and once a week we visited a school specifically for disabled children. The children had a variety of disabilities, both physical and mental, and most had to live in at the school as their families couldn't afford to look after them at home.

"As the school was completely reliant on donations they had very little equipment and what they did have was in terrible condition, so most of the children's needs were not being met. For example, the children had to help each other get from their beds to their wheelchair, if they had one, and to use the toilets."

As an Occupational Therapy student at Derby Susannah knows all too well the challenges that people with disabilities face in the developed world, even with functioning equipment, and was struck by the lack of suitable resources in rural South Africa.

"I wanted to use my knowledge and experience to do something that made a difference," she added. "I began by making recommendations for layout changes and adaptations to the school that would help the disabled children to move around and access the school better, and then we worked to make these changes.

"But the main issue was still the lack of functioning and suitably sized wheelchairs, or wheelchair assessments to help find the best chair for a person's needs. To get more wheelchairs it was clear that we needed to raise some money to buy them."

On returning to Derby to begin the second year of her degree, Susannah and her partner Dan Bullock, a graphic designer based in Derby, set up the website, www.help4happys.co.uk and began to fundraise tirelessly with members of their Derby Bass Street Christadelphian Church community.

A 24-hour sponsored sing-a-thon, Lands End to John O'Groats bike ride, and donations through the website helped the charity - named Help 4 Happy's after the head teacher of the school, Happy - raised more than £1,000 in its first year. In 2010, Susannah returned to South Africa with Dan to purchase the first 40 wheelchairs for the school through a company which also carries out detailed wheelchair assessments for the children.

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"To be suitable for different children's needs the wheelchairs can have footplates, headrests or cushions added," added Susannah.

"For one very disabled child, called Nozipho, we were able to buy an electric wheelchair which she can control using a small joystick on her armrest. This has made such an incredible difference to her life, allowing her to move around independently."

After graduating from the University of Derby on January 20 (2012), Susannah will be looking to gain an entry position as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS but has pledged to continue to fundraise, and to return to Happy's in Durban each year to ensure the donations are well spent. She and Dan are also revamping their website to ensure people can find out about the inspiring students and give easily to the charity.

Karen Newberry, Senior Lecturer on the University of Derby's Occupational Therapy degree programme, said: "We are all incredibly proud of Susannah, both on her graduation and for all the fantastic work she has been doing in Africa. She has clearly made a massive difference to many children's lives, which is inspirational to us all."

Susannah added: "I have been so inspired by the students at Happy's school, and feel they have taught me so much more than I think I could ever give to them."

For more information on the Occupational Therapy degree programme visit website www.derby.ac.uk/health/ot  


Agreement Forms Pledge To Treat Indian Healthcare Issues

25 October 2012

A leading doctor from Indian healthcare organisation, MIOT Hospitals, and top Derby academics recently met at the University's Enterprise Centre to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU), designed to create a long-term sustainable partnership to improve healthcare in India.

The MoU, signed by Dr Prithvi Mohandas and University Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Plowden, reflects Derby's ongoing commitment to developing strong links internationally, creating exciting opportunities for students and raising the profile of the University around the world.

Philip said: "The School of Health has an outstanding reputation for its work and it is nice to see that this is being recognised through high quality international partnerships. The health service sector in India is developing fast and the School of Health is to be congratulated in forging this excellent relationship."

The University currently attracts international students from over 70 countries around the world, and has long-standing links in Botswana, Greece and the Middle East. There are a number of new relationships in countries including China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka - as well as the first cohort of Brazilian students who are attending the university under the exclusive Brazilian 'Ciência sem Fronteiras - Reino Unido' scheme.

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Aiming for success at world shooting championships

3 March 2014

As some of the world's finest clay pigeon shooters gather in Dubai for a competition offering £500,000 in prize money, a University of Derby student among them is hoping he'll be right on target.

First year BSc (Hons) Zoology degree student Ben McIlwaine is currently taking part in the first Nad Al Sheba Sporting Clays Championship, in Dubai; which began last Friday (February 28) and ends Wednesday (March 5). He is among 1,000 of the world's best clay pigeon shots aiming to win a slice of a total prizes package worth £500,000.

Ben, 20, from Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has been competing in clay pigeon shooting since he was 13-years-old and is a member of the UK's Gamebore Elite Clay Shooting Academy, which encourages and trains promising young shots. His technical mentor is multiple World Champion title-holder, Ben Husthwaite, and mental skills trainer, Phil Coley, Gamebore's director and a sports psychologist. Ben is sponsored by Pro Shock Ear Technology, manufacturers of shooting ear defenders and of Gamebore cartridges.

Ben said: "I've been practising five or six times a week in preparation for this competition, on top of my normal degree studies, as well as working with my coaches on aspects such as mental skills, to keep my focus and concentration.

"The competition in Dubai involves heats held outdoors, with shooters trying to hit as many out of 200 clay targets as they are able, over three days of actual competition. The key to winning some of the prize money will be to get into the top 50 places."

He added: "It is the first time I've competed internationally, never mind somewhere like the Middle-East, but I know many in the Great Britain squad, who are also taking part in the contest."

Ben has been given special dispensation from his degree studies' tutors to take part in this international sporting event.

Winners of the contest's individual prizes and a prize-giving ceremony to end the event will be held on Wednesday (March 5).

The event has been organised under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai, to raise the profile of sport shooting in the United Arab Emirates.

For more information on the Nad Al Sheba Sporting Clays Championship see website https://nadalshebawsc.ae/

To learn more about sport at the University of Derby, under its 'Team Derby' brand, see website www.teamderby.com

For further press information please contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Alice To Be Remembered On Stage

7 April 2011

One of Derby's historic but forgotten daughters is being remembered in the latest play to be produced by county theatre company Sustained Magic.

Alice is being performed in the Derby Studio community space at the University of Derby-owned Derby Theatre next week (April 12-16).

The plot centres on Derby-born Alice Wheeldon, who was accused of plotting to murder British Prime Minister David Lloyd George in 1917. She was a socialist, suffragette and a conscientious objector, and was held in Derby's Guildhall Prison cells awaiting trial.

She became known as 'that Wheeldon woman' and went on to be tried at the Old Bailey in London while the world's press watched.

Billed as 'One Derby woman versus The Government', Sustained Magic picks up the plot with a setting in the Old Bailey as the highest court in the land decides Alice Wheeldon's fate.

Sustained Magic Theatre Company's Angela Truby works as a Marketing Officer within the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences at the University of Derby and wrote Alice.

Angela said: "With striking resonances to the contemporary political landscape, Alice's story of activism in a country at war, paranoid over a fearful sinister foe, sounds eerily familiar.

"Find out what happens when an ordinary person dares to stand her ground. The establishment can wreak a terrible retribution."

Local history group Derby People's History are delighted that Alice Wheeldon's story is to be depicted in this way by being brought to the stage, and is organising a public talk on Alice Wheeldon in the studio at 2pm on Saturday 16 April.

The theatre company was in the news at the turn of the year when Rhiannon Prytherch battled back from a brain haemorrhage to star in the company's last play, Release. Rhiannon studied a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts degree from 2002 to 2005 at the University of Derby and is one of its graduates, and a member of Sustained Magic along with Artistic Director Matt Green, Ed Kennedy and James Glazebrook.

The latest play Alice will be shown from Tuesday 12 April to Saturday 16 April, with all showings at 8pm. For more details, contact Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800. Tickets cost £10, with concessions: £8, and NUS entry for £7.

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All Welcome To Celebrate Bard's Birthday At The Dome

20 April 2012

The life and work of William Shakespeare will be celebrated with a special bard-themed six course banquet accompanied by live entertainment, at a party being held at Buxton's Restaurant at the Dome on the evening of Friday 4 May (2012).

A team of University of Derby Buxton's BA (Hons) and Foundation Culinary Arts degree students have designed a delicious six course menu themed around Shakespeare's plays. While enjoying the banquet, dinner guests will be entertained by performances of his work by Buxton Festival Fringe favourites, Shakespeare's Jukebox.

BA (Hons) Culinary Arts and Hospitality degree student and one of the organisers of the evening, Malcolm Lomax, who is originally from Rotherham, said: "In a year when the eyes of the world will be focussed on Great Britain, we thought it would be apt to celebrate our most famous playwright with a birthday party in his honour."

When dinner guests arrive they will be met with a glass of Pimms and a selection of 'Best of British' canapes including pea soup shots and mini Yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish. They will go on to enjoy a delicious menu, which will be topped off with a trio of desserts.

"We hope many people from Buxton and the High Peak will take us up on our invitation, and join us for an evening of excellent food, hospitality and entertainment in Shakespeare's honour," Malcolm added.

Tickets priced £30 can be purchased by calling on 07788 202 247 or 07891 648781. All profits from the banquet will be donated to Buxton Samaritans.

Programme Leader for Culinary Arts, Leonard Cseh, said: "The students have worked incredibly hard to design and prepare a menu fit for such a celebration. Opportunities to put what they learn into practice such as this are incredibly important for our students, and we hope many people will join us to experience some fantastic food on the night."

For more information on studying Hospitality and Culinary Arts at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

For more information please contact Press & PR Officer Joanna Colburn on 01332 593004 or 07775 036988, or email j.colburn@derby.ac.uk

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Alumni Award Boosts Braves With New Equipment

10 January 2014

The University's Derby Braves American football team were the winners of the 'Alumni Sports Award' which saw them receive £1,000 worth of training equipment.

The Award courtesy of the Alumni Relations team at The University of Derby supports student societies, and promotes the benefits and opportunities that Alumni offer. Student sports societies bid for the bursary of £1,000 by explaining why they should win, and what they would do with the funding.

Alumni Relations met up with the Braves to handover the new equipment - two 60kg tackle dummies which allow the team to practice technique and form.

Richard Matthews, Derby Braves team President and second year Maths and Education Studies student, said: "The Alumni Sports Award is a fantastic idea, it's helped build a strong relationship between Alumni Relations at the University and the student societies, plus it has brought the societies together as a whole.

"The Derby Braves put together a great effort to win the award, and the equipment we received will help improve the team's technique, and more importantly, the safety in which we train."

New additions to the Braves society are the women's side which was formed this year. It currently has more than ten members and is looking to grow.

Richard added: "The new equipment will help improve safety and make starting American Football more accessible to new starters. It will also allow us to breakdown and analyse technique, which will be great, especially for beginners."

Laura Ratcliffe, Alumni Relations Officer, added: "Students are at the heart of everything we do at the University of Derby and we wanted to offer support to one of the Students' Unions sports team; helping the team to develop and thrive. The Alumni Sports Award does just that and it's been great to hear of the success of Derby Braves and how they've benefited from the funding."

To find out more about University of Derby Alumni, visit www.derby.ac.uk/alumni

Media requiring further information on this news release should contact Sam Parker, University of Derby Press and PR Assistant, on 01332 593316 or email: s.parker1@derby.ac.uk

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American Footballers Kick Off New US Flight

17 November 2011

Team Derby's American football team and cheerleading squad were invited to East Midlands Airport to help customers get into the American spirit before embarking on airline Jet 2's maiden flight to New York City this morning (Thursday November 17).

The Derby Braves and Ravens led the party, demonstrating some plays and cheers to Jet 2's excited customers while they enjoyed breakfast bagels and champagne before boarding the early morning flight via a red carpet.

For more information on the USDU Athletics Union's American Football and cheerleading teams visit www.udsu.co.uk/sports

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An App A Day Could Chase Blues Away

3 May 2013

A new mobile phone app developed and launched by University of Derby Psychologists aims to help people connect with nature, and boost their wellbeing.

The free 'Finding Nature' app, which is now available for Android devices, has been developed by the University's Psychologists and its Institute for Learning Enhancement and Innovation based on research which has shown that making a note of three good things that happen to you throughout the day for a number of days can have a significant effect on your wellbeing.

Dr Miles Richardson said: "We know that developing a closer connection to nature is great for our wellbeing and creativity. The restorative benefits of nature have also been shown to be greater than those from other leisure activities, such as sport or entertainment.

"This app offers people a new way to connect with the natural world and to discover whether their observations of natural events have a beneficial effect on their wellbeing.

"After downloading the free app all you have to do is take a photo of something you see, or write a sentence about something you have noticed in nature, three times a day for five days."

The app is also a research tool and, for those users that allow the psychologists to access their data, the results of the intervention will be investigated to measure its effects.

"When you start using the app you'll be given a simple test to measure how connected you feel to the natural world around you," added Miles. "At the end of the five days you'll see whether your score has improved and if the simple act of noting things that you have seen in the natural world has had a positive impact on how you feel."

For more information on the Finding Nature app and the project visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSXcsBpXzuk

or to download the app, search 'Finding Nature' in the Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.ac.derby.findingnature

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And They All Lived Happily Ever After...?

21 April 2005

Girls who hear fairytale classics such as Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast when they are children are more likely to stay in destructive relationships as adults, new research has revealed.

"Love won't always find a way," says psychotherapist Susan Darker-Smith. Victims of domestic violence repeatedly tell her that they believe 'if their love is strong enough they can change their partner's behaviour' and many identify with the characters in the stories.

Susan's research shows that girls who grow up in homes where they are read bedtime stories identify with the book characters as role models. These characters provide them with a template for future submissive behaviour.

Susan, who is studying for her Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course at the University of Derby, interviewed domestic violence victims and parents of primary school children in Leicester for her research.

Parents' most popular bedtime story choices for girls are Cinderella and Rapunzel, while the boys are more likely to listen to Paddington Bear and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Susan said: "Girls who have listened to such stories as children tend to become more submissive in their future relationships."

She feels the advent of television is exposing children to different stimuli. Coupled with having less literature read to them, Susan says children could grow up to be less submissive than the current generation.

Three abstracts of Susan's work are to be read at the International Congress of Cognitive Therapy in Gothenburg, Sweden, next month.

The study, 'The Tales We Tell Our Children - or over conditioning of girls to expect partners to change', will be read out to the world's most influential therapists including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy founder Aaron Beck.

Margaret Smith, who runs the Prevention of Domestic Abuse Centre, at the University of Derby, said: "We learn about ourselves and how we relate to others through stories in childhood.

"If we hold these beliefs deeply enough, and have submissive personalities as adults, it can be difficult to break away from destructive relationships."

Susan's other two abstracts are set to spark further interest in the fields of anorexia and post traumatic stress respectively.

'The Dual Mind-Set Of Anorexia Nervosa - conceptualism through to cure' looks at how anorexic victims often enjoy creative pursuits and struggle with mathematics - yet are able to become experts in weight and calorie calculation very rapidly.

Susan suggests an imbalance between the left side of the brain (critical) and the right side (creative) intensifies anorexia and could be treated by compassionate mind training currently being used to help schizophrenics.

'The Disappearing Self - or post traumatic stress disorder and identity in domestic violence survivors' suggests a new model for emotional trauma which looks at emotional age resetting in trauma survivors, relative to how long ago the abuse occurred.

Susan, who hopes to move on to study a clinical doctorate at the University of Derby, received EARP funding, a grant from the University of Derby, and financial assistance from the Leicester-based Sir Thomas White charity.

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Annette Weaves Her Way To Success

12 February 2014

A fashion and textiles student at the University of Derby has landed a prestigious £2,000 scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Weavers.

Annette Bates, 48, originally from Tamworth but now of Derby, was recognised by the Company after a successful submission about her interest in weave and also about ambitions for her future career.

Derby is one of only six UK universities to be endorsed by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, who were so impressed with the quality of education at the University that they invited it to join the organisation in 2011.

Every year, Derby nominates up to three of its students for scholarships. Naturally, Annette, who has owned a tattoo studio in Tamworth called Nala for the past 17 years, is delighted with her impressive achievement.

She said: "I am absolutely over the moon and this shows I definitely did the right thing in studying this course. I wanted another creative outlet and textiles really appealed to me, so much so it has become a passion.

"I named the tattoo studio after my late dad, Alan, who was always a big dreamer and when he passed on I really wanted to push myself and dream big myself. So, gaining this scholarship has helped me to achieve that.

"The tutoring and support I have had from the University of Derby has been second to none and my tutor, Jackie Williamson, has really gone above and beyond.

"I am now really looking forward to going to London next week to pick up the award - it is going to be a great opportunity to network with people in the textiles industry."

Annette will be presented with her award on February 18 at the Company's annual ceremony and will display her work at the Saddlers Hall, London.

Meanwhile, the fashion and textiles courses at the University of Derby have been handed a welcome cash boost to the tune of £10,466.

The programme was awarded the Support for Education grant after a successful round of bidding and will be spent on a new electronic loom and yarn for final year woven textiles students.

Professor Chris White, Head of School of Art and Design, said: "My sincere congratulations go to Annette on her excellent achievement. It is also fabulous news to have achieved a Support for Education grant which will further enhance our textiles offer here at the University of Derby."

Five University of Derby students have progressed into assisted graduate placements since the Worshipful Company of Weavers' award scheme began and graduates are in key design positions with the likes of Stephen and David Walters, Johnstons of Elgin, Heritage Trimmings and International Trimmings.

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Announcement On Derby Theatre's Bid For Arts Council England Funding

30 March 2011

The University was disappointed to hear today (March 30) that Derby Theatre's bid to Arts Council England for £726,000 per year for three years had been unsuccessful.

We fully understand the very difficult decisions Arts Council England faces in the current economic climate.

Key regional representatives from Arts Council England visited the University personally to deliver the news and to give a full debrief.

This included the news that Arts Council England has set aside a sum of £921,000 over three years to support theatre in Derby.

In 2009 the University took a 99 year lease on the theatre, reopening it after the former Derby Playhouse had been closed for 18 months. Since then it has put substantial investment into the theatre, with the aim of making it one of the country's foremost 'learning theatres' for students, as well as a quality venue for public live arts

In April 2012 a two-year contract with Derby LIVE - Derby City Council's performing arts organisation - to manage the theatre operations will end. Derby Theatre will then assume its own management, including that of producing theatre in-house at the venue and at other sites in the city.

The bid to Arts Council England was supported by annual funding - over a three year period from April 2012 - from the University and Derby City Council. In addition the University will be investing an additional £350,000 in building improvements, equipment and other infrastructure over the three years.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We were confident in Derby Theatre's bid to Arts Council England, which was strongly supported by Derby City Council, and are disappointed at today's result. It was an unusual 'model' but one which we felt had great merit and was submitted after taking extensive advice.

"We will now have to take time to explore in detail what this will mean for our 2012/13 theatre programme and we shall be doing this in consultation with the Arts Council England.

"They have indicated that a sum of £921,000 over three years has been set aside within their strategic fund to support theatre in Derby. They have offered to work closely with us to ensure that we provide the best programme possible in the city.

"What is certain is that we do not wish to lose the momentum we already have and we shall continue to work with local producers. Our vision for the theatre, and the future of produced original dramatic works in the city, will continue and we shall be taking up the Arts Council England offer to work closely with us in refining that vision.

"The contract with Derby LIVE will continue up to April 2012. We will now be exploring the Arts Council England offer and other avenues of funding. Let us not lose sight of the exciting programme of work already scheduled for the next 12 months. There will be some outstanding theatre in Derby."

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Appliance of science gives judo champ the edge

25 June 2014

A state-of-the-art laboratory at the University of Derby Buxton is helping a world-class martial artist in his bid for gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Cypriot Judo legend Andreas Krassas says the University's scientific approach to coaching is key to his campaign - which he hopes will also lead to the Olympics.

University strength and conditioning sports scientist Minas Mina uses the performance lab to find the best coaching regime.

"Minas always has a scientific explanation to justify why I should do a certain exercise in a certain way," said Andreas.

"I find that extremely helpful especially at a psychological level because I'm not just doing an exercise because my coach said so, I actually understand what it's for, where it applies and how it can translate in judo."

Andreas was inspired to take part in martial arts by his grandfather, a Greco-Roman wrestling champion, and he fell in love with Judo in his first lesson.

He has achieved number one in the European Judo junior section, won the first ever gold medal for Cyprus at an official European Judo Union A-Tournament, is the undefeated Cypriot national champion and has won or been placed in world cups and grand prix across the globe.

"I want to win in Glasgow - but my dream is to win the Olympic Games," he said.

And the University will continue to play an important role in his future.

"I would like to thank everyone who has helped, especially Minas. It's essential to follow a sophisticated strength and conditioning programme to perform well but what is even more important is being able to monitor progression through testing.

"The University provides a state-of-the-art performance lab set up by Minas, which allows us to assess my performance and make adjustments," said Andreas.

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Applications flow in for University of Derby's Community Fund

14 February 2014

Numerous community groups found out how they can get their hands on up to £500 of funding for their projects this week.

The University of Derby is reaching out to the people of Ilkeston and Swadlincote and offering them a share of a £5,000 Community Fund.

And they were out in their numbers at two events which took place on Tuesday (February 11) to consider how the fund could be of benefit to them. Anyone wanting to take advantage has until March 31 to apply for a slice of the cash.

Peter Walker, Community Relations Officer at the University of Derby, said: "The University of Derby is an active university committed to reaching out to all the communities it serves.

"We want to recognise the talent and energy shown by them, and perhaps help us all appreciate that we are all 'bigger than we think and better than we know' in what we do and in what we can achieve.

"I was very encouraged by the turnout at our information events and I can tell we are going to have some really excellent projects to work on. We have already begun receiving applications which is really positive and I urge any organisation which feels it could benefit to submit theirs."

The fund, which could help pay for paint, DIY materials, musical instruments, cupboards, shelves or heaters, for example, is supported by South Derbyshire District Council, Erewash Borough Council and South Derbyshire CVS.

Groups covering all manner of community initiatives and issues have declared an interest, including a travelling lunch club, South Derbyshire Forum, a parents' group in Long Eaton, Friends of Newhall Park, Homestart and a stroke charity called Different Strokes.

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Arctic Flight Among Cool Screenings At Student Film Night

28 May 2013

Unique footage of flights over the Arctic Circle, horror and suspense shorts, and social documentaries will feature in the University of Derby's annual showcase of final year students' films.

Students from the University's BA (Hons) Film and Video Production degree course will screen ten short films they've created for the 'Cinerama' event, at the QUAD Derby cinema from 6pm (films start at 7pm) on Monday June 10.

Awards will be presented by Robin Hardy, director of cult horror classic The Wicker Man; and fellow film directors Steven Shiel and Chris Cooke, who both have strong local connections. Alan Piper (Operations Director of RED Digital Cinema) will also be a special guest at the event.

The evening will be free and open to the public, with tickets available by ringing the Quad box office on 01332 290606 or online via website www.derbyquad.co.uk Dress code for the evening will be 'black tie'.

Among the night's proud film-makers will be Jess Victor, who had to delay the completion of her degree course after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

Jess, 23, said: "I finished the second year of my degree in June 2011 but fell ill before starting my third year in the September. When I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma I received chemotherapy treatment the very next day, as doctors told me my condition would otherwise be 'terminal' within a matter of three weeks."

During her year out, including six months of chemotherapy treatment which led to a remission of the cancer, Jess struck up a conversation with members of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) project.

This joint Met Office and Natural Environment Research Council collaboration uses a BAe-146-301 Atmospheric Research Aircraft to measure atmospheric conditions around the world, to aid UK research bodies. The aircraft is owned by BAE Systems and operated for them by Directflight Ltd, out of Jess' home county, Bedfordshire.

The chance meeting with FAAM team members led to two weeks in the Arctic Circle in March (2013), filming its work measuring the region's atmospheric conditions. The FAAM documentary was made by Jess and fellow students Adam Barnes, Sam Drake, Smita Odedra and Alex Simpson.

"The FAAM plane would do five hour circular flights running from their base hangar at Kiruna, in northern Sweden, and via Svalbard, north-east of Iceland and part of Norway, and back. We couldn't go on every flight but friends gave us expensive, small digital cameras which we could place in the plane to get footage and the University also provided a broadcast camera to us on an extended loan." added Jess.

A ten minute short FAAM film has been produced for the June 10 Degree Shows film showcase but its makers have enough footage for a half-hour version, which they hope to show at documentary film festivals internationally.

Other short films (each around ten minutes long) to be screened at the Derby Quad event include:

  • The Fisherman's Son - a fisherman with anxiety problems finds out he has a son
  • The Coolest Kid - a boy tries to fit in at his new school
  • Iblis - a psychological thriller
  • All The Wall's Clocks - a man has to deal with his past and issues of regret
  • The Last Meal - a horror story about two characters in an isolated setting
  • Monozygotic - a story of twin sisters, one of whom has severe agrophobia
  • Rebecca - a young woman is introduced to a stepdad who is not quite what he seems
  • My Ears, My Life Story - a short documentary featuring deaf children talking about their hearing impairment
  • Lumi - a commercial fashion film.

Funding for the film night has been raised by students working with the Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District. Film-makers will produce a promotional video of the Cathedral Quarter; highlighting different business sectors and the area's work, leisure and shopping opportunities.

The University's annual Degree Shows - this year called 'The Big Show' - feature free public displays of students' work in crafts, fashion, textiles, fine art, film, design, theatre, visual communications, architecture, music technology, creative expressive therapies, art therapy and many more subjects. All displays will be open to the public from Saturday June 1 to Tuesday June 11, at the University's Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites in Derby.

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Are Aliens Among The Stars?

14 October 2010

Is there anybody out there - and if so, will it be possible to talk to them?

These are the intriguing questions raised by the speaker for this year's Flamsteed Lecture, to be held at the University of Derby on Wednesday October 20 (2010).

The annual free public University event is named after the 17th century Derbyshire scientist and Britain's first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed.

Since it was founded in 1996 the lectures have been delivered by eminent scientific speakers such as Sir Martin (now Lord) Rees, President of the Royal Society; Professor Colin Pillinger, former head of the European Mars Express mission 'Beagle 2'; and last year, former NASA shuttle astronaut Dr Jeff Hoffman.

This year's lecturer will be Professor Martin Barstow - Pro Vice-Chancellor, and Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science at the University of Leicester - who will speak on: The real science of extra-terrestrial life.

Professor Barstow was closely involved with the development of the National Space Centre, helping to develop its space education programme for schools, and has lectured at the Royal Astronomical Society in London.

His talk at 6.30pm on Wednesday October 20 (2010) in The Courtroom (Room OL2) at the University of Derby's Kedleston Road site, in Derby, will look at the conditions necessary to allow life to begin on other planets in the solar system and how we might find it on worlds orbiting other stars.

Professor Barstow said: "The search for life in the solar system and beyond is no longer science fiction. We now have the technology to answer the burning question... are we alone?"

"In my lecture I will look at the discovery of planets outside our solar system and discuss the chances of finding intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy. While we can be sure that there is no intelligent life on other planets in the solar system, we don't know if any harbour more basic forms of life.

"We will look at Mars as the most likely host for simple life forms and outline the experiments, being built right now, that will finally tell us whether or not life exists there."

This lecture will be free and open to all but to be sure of a seat reserve your place online now at www.derby.ac.uk/flamsteed, or contact Angela Drinkwater in the University's Marketing Department on 01332 591046, or email: a.drinkwater@derby.ac.uk.

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Are ePortfolios The Key To Boosting Employability?

16 June 2011

Don't fear emerging technologies - they can boost student employability. That's the message from University of Derby student Shevani Raichura to delegates at a national conference later this month.

Shevani and fellow students Ruth Stebbing and Alix Wylie are University student mentors who have helped many peers on their degree course to use the ePortfolio development platform PebblePad as part of a personal development planning module.

Students nationally who embrace the PebblePad system or similar platforms, can create eye-catching electronic portfolios to help land jobs both in the UK and abroad.

Shevani has been invited to speak at ePIC 2011, the 9th international ePortfolio and Identity Conference, from 11-13 July at Savoy Place, London.

The conference will explore the benefits of ePortfolios for lifelong learning and employability and the limitations of such systems. The conference will attract policy-makers, researchers, teachers, human resource managers and technologists.

Shevani, 20, from Coventry, a second year student on the BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies  (Music Pathway) course at Derby, said: "I am honoured to be invited to speak at this conference. Becoming a student mentor in teaching PebblePad has helped me develop valuable IT and business skills.

"I have aspirations to move abroad after my degree to train as a psychotherapist or set up my own company offering creative therapies - I think my ePortfolio will help me to effectively sell myself to prospective employers in the UK and internationally."

Shevani will also attend a national conference at the University of Wolverhampton, on June 21, around the launch of a new book, Pebblegogy, which explains what PebblePad is and what it does. The book will feature a number of case studies including the work at Derby.

Judie Taylor, the University of Derby's Assistant Subject Head for Mental Health and Therapeutic Practice, and her team were successful in landing internal research funding to work with colleagues Charlie Davis from Learning Technology Team, CeLT, Jon Walmsley's video team, Jo Sibson in the Career Development Centre and the students to create customised training materials to enhance their ePortfolios.

She said: "At the ePIC conference, Shevani will promote the value of what she has gained from developing her own eportfolio, and supporting other students by developing training materials along with her two fellow students Alix and Ruth.

"It is an excellent example of students and departments working together with the shared aim of boosting graduate employability."

Charlie Davis added: "We have been able to share our experiences as academics, learning technologists and students in a supportive learning community. This has enabled us to identify innovative and effective ways in which PebblePad can be embedded into key curricular areas to support student learning activities. In addition, it provided tutors with a safe environment to explore and create different digital identities."

Through their PebblePad mentoring role, Shevani and Alix have introduced the system to 60 first year students at Derby who will join the PDP module next year. The student ePortfolios could feature CVs, video and film content, art work, sound files, personal development plans and other key information about their motivations, attitudes and beliefs. The students have also been working with the Media team to create a series of videos, which demonstrates how to use Pebblepad to other students new to the software, view the video.

The ePortfolios can be tailored to meet the employer's requirements, and by sending a link via an email, prospective employers from around the world can access their student profile and read about their achievements, aptitudes and abilities.

Matthew Wheeler, ePortfolio Consultant for PebblePad said: "It is fantastic to have students' supporting their peers in using PebblePad and identifying innovative ways of presenting and highlighting their skills to potential employers, regardless of where they are in the world."

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Art draws town together

15 July 2014

Street art by Buxton's young generation aimed at helping to draw the community together has been celebrated at special reception in the University of Derby Buxton's Dome campus.

Students from Buxton Community School and Buxton and Leek College turned hoardings on George Street, which mask construction work at The Crescent, into two areas of colourful murals to celebrate Buxton in Bloom and the town's opera and literary Festival.

"This is a brilliant example of the community working together," said Tina Heathcote, of the Buxton Town Team which organised the artwork. "It's all about a lot of people doing a little to make a big difference, which ties in with our motto: All together, better."

Mayor of the High Peak, Councillor Alan Barrow, introduced by Town Crier Bill Weston MBE, unveiled the murals sponsored by Trevor Osborne, of the Buxton Crescent Thermal and Spa Company; Fairfield Builders Supplies and Buxton Building Supplies.

The colourful work on the theme of Flowers and Festivals was also celebrated at the University of Derby Buxton, where a cake in the shape of an artist's palate was ceremonially cut at a reception in the Dome.

"This is a fantastic place for creativity and learning," said Buxton and Leek College Principal Len Tildsley.

Buxton Community School students who took part were Flora Galloway, Shannon-Kate Thomson, Niall Collier, Adam Mycock, Kayleigh Belfield, Sophie Bennett, Becca Baddeley, Tatjhana Rowe, Jake Lownds, Daniel Dobson, Cleo Thibault, Rachael Milllward, Gabrial Fox, Amy Gregory, Molly Lewis, Ally Thompson and Charlotte Paul.

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Art Proves Just The Tonic For Wellbeing

2 June 2011

The power of the arts to help empower people to health and wellbeing is the focus of a student exhibition in Derby this week.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Derby, Councillor Les Allen and Mrs Ruth Allen will be the special guests at the University of Derby's 'Statement of Image' exhibition tomorrow night.

The event, at the University's Britannia Mill site, in Mackworth Road, is the final year show for the BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies course. The event forms part of the University's annual Degree Shows, promoting the cream of creativity from final year students in a wide range of subjects, with events taking place at the Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street sites over the next week.

Students on the Creative Expressive Therapies course specialise in art, drama, music or dance as specialist subject 'pathways', with many taking the skills they learn out into the community or to help people in therapeutic practice in a variety of sectors including health and education.

One of the students who will be exhibiting her work as part of the Statement of Image event is Rebecca Dugdale who is also celebrating after securing work as a residential worker at the Lodge Trust in Market Overton, Leicestershire, to support adults with learning difficulties.

Rebecca, 21, from Braintree in Essex, has used glass in her final exhibit for her degree course. She has created four pieces of art using 40cm by 60cm panels of glass which have been used to portray the fragility of thought in relation to her sense of self.

Rebecca said: "I like how glass is generally thought to expose things due to its transparency and how it can be used to hide as well.

"For example, one piece is a window into my thoughts about the worries I hold and the restrictions I place on myself. The second piece is how one worry, thought or comment when added to others causes my outlook to become distorted. Problems and worries are blown out of all proportion which is shown by the magnification of the clear on clear glass."

Fellow student, Hannah Brewer, 23, from Ipplepen, near Newton Abbott, has hopes of getting involved in community art projects when she completes her degree.

She focused on the theme Mother-Daughter, asking a number of women to describe their relationship with their mother or daughter. These formed the inspiration for her oil paintings on canvas centred on themes of nature and flowers.

She said: "This was inspired by Mother Nature and the process of cycles within the relationship and how characteristics are passed through generations of mothers and daughters, for example, in the way seeds are planted back into the ground."

Another student Rachael Lilley, 22, from Bristol, took inspiration for her illustrations and photographs exploring her imagination for her final artwork from a week-long walk along a coastal path from Minehead to Georgham.

She said: "I walked for long periods of time without seeing anyone, the silence, the surroundings and the thrills of the danger and the often risky situations. I felt that walking long distances alone stretched my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state and I love facing the challenges."

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Artful Use Of Rubbish Launches University 'Go Green Week'

6 February 2013

'Rubbish' art will be created at the University of Derby when an artist-cleaner turns waste materials into a unique sculpture, as part of a public 'Go Green Week'.

The week devoted to environmental awareness has become an annual University fixture run with People & Planet, a national student-led movement empowering students to make change happen. People & Planet also produce the yearly Green League, which 'grades' higher education institutions on their environmental management performance - the University of Derby has a 'First Class' ranking.

Derby's Go Green Week - which is open to the public - will begin on Monday 11 February (2013) with the waste produced on one day at the University being displayed in the Atrium at its Kedleston Road site, in Derby.

Parts of the rubbish will be turned into a spiral sculpture by Del Coombs, a University cleaner and artist who specialises in making beautiful artworks out of waste materials.

On 'Travel Light Tuesday' 12 February people will be encouraged to try different modes of transport, to reduce the pollution they produce by commuting. There will be recycled bikes on sale, and fun events to try such as a Segway Slalom (a course for the two wheel, one person transporters) and a bid to see how many people can fit into a small electric car, the Renault Twizy.

Among the 17 exhibitors for the 'All Things Environmental' exhibition on Wednesday 13 February, again in the central Atrium at the Kedleston Road site, will be the Fairtrade organisation, Soundbites, the Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group, a bird ringing demonstration, and Derby City Council's energy efficiency officers. There will also be a chance to try out the carbon gym, which uses a rowing machine to demonstrate the level of carbon dioxide emissions released by different methods of travel, or pedal the Energy Bike to power an MP3 player or a lightbulb.

On Thursday and Friday 14 and 15 February Go Green Week moves to the University's Buxton Campus, to stage two days of different environmental exhibitions. In addition to the return of the Renault Twizy and the Segway Slalom there will also be displays by the Buxton Students' Conservation society, the Peak Park Environmental Quality Award scheme and a chance to try out Transition Buxton's giant Carbonopoly game.

Lynn Richards, University Environmental Manager, said: "Our Go Green Week is aimed not just at students and staff here but is also open to the public. It's important that the information we're offering, on how to take better care of the environment, is delivered to the different audiences in an interesting and entertaining way."

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Artist Sara Makes Her Stand - in Trafalgar Square

16 July 2009

Sara Burden is helping to make art history and she's going to challenge her sense of adventure and courage whilst she's at it.

The 31-year-old mum of one, who works from the University of Derby run business unit Banks' Mill Studios in Derby - and is also known as Crazyartlady - has been chosen to appear on the fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square as part of Anthony Gormley's 'One and Other' exhibition.

Sara, who lives in Belper, Derbyshire, won't reveal the details of what she'll be doing during her hour on the plinth but says that her time slot - between 9pm and 10pm on Saturday 18 July - is just right for what she has in mind.

She said: "I'm hoping for an exciting Saturday night when everyone's enjoying the spirit of the weekend and the square's full of revellers.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm hoping to take something special from the experience for myself that I can turn into further artwork and hopefully give something of myself to the project, and the people who are there in the Square with me."

The public have been intrigued by the project, which over the course of 100 days will offer 2,400 people the unique opportunity to occupy the empty plinth for one hour, where they can do whatever they like - within the realms of social decency and the law. The critics have been less kind and generally unimpressed.

Sara's dismissive of the critics, saying that the true value of the project will become apparent after the event is over.

She added: "It's been fascinating to watch the project unfold over its first two weeks. There has been a real mix of exhibitors and I get the feeling that people are going to continue to challenge themselves creatively as the weeks go on.

"This isn't supposed to be 'Britain's Got Talent', it's a collective experiment that is shaping itself as it develops over time.

"Art doesn't always make sense when it's happening and often it's the exploration of the experience after the event that reveals more."

Sara creates large, colourful paintings at her studio in Banks' Mill on Bridge Street, Derby, and says that her work is always inspired by her personal experiences. She runs art workshops for adults with mental health issues and helps to set up arts events and festivals in the local area.

Sara, who's originally from Abthorpe in Northamptonshire, moved to Derbyshire last year after completing a degree in fine art at Sunderland University.

She said: "I was looking for somewhere to set up a studio and Banks' Mill seemed perfect.

"There's a good sense of community and it's very inspiring to be working in the same building with other people who are working creatively."

Banks' Mill Studios is a business incubation unit run by the University of Derby. The units offer creative businesses the opportunity to rent subsidised studios and office space with the back-up of business support and training opportunities.

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Artist Wastes No Time Celebrating University's 21st Anniversary

10 June 2013

A University of Derby cleaner turned artist recently transformed corporate waste into a giant sustainable 'birthday cake', as part of the institutions 21st birthday celebrations.

Del Coombs, 67, created the birthday sculpture at the University's Kedleston Road site in the lower Atrium using modular blocks of polystyrene waste from old computer hardware packing to recreate the main University site.

The three hour artistic process was captured by Steve Taylor, a Faculty Manager at the University, who used a high-definition video camera to create a stop frame animation of Del's work.

Del said: "The installation reflects the sustainable development of the University and its eco-friendly approach to maintaining the physical environment over the course of the last 21 years.

"The project has also allowed me to continue to explore the themes of obsession and repetition in a way which engages people, and uses waste creatively to provoke thought."

Del also supported Derby's 'Go Green Week' in February (2013), where the equivalent waste materials from a day across the Kedleston Road site were used for a display in the Atrium.

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Artist's Blooming Career Gets Olympic Stamp

25 January 2011

A Derby graduate is among 13 artists with disabilities commissioned - at a cost of £820,000 - to produce work for a groundbreaking cultural programme for the 2012 London Olympics.

Artist Paul Cummins - who graduated from the University of Derby in 2010 with a 2:1 for his BA (Hons) Crafts degree - produces fine ceramic artworks, specialising in creating hundreds of different 'pot flowers', which are used to cover gardens and other open spaces. In May 2010, he decorated part of the grounds of Derbyshire stately home, Chatsworth, with 500 ceramic tulips for its Spring Florabundance festival.

Now Paul is one of 13 artists with disabilities commissioned by the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the UK Arts Councils and the British Council to produce works for 'Unlimited'; a programme celebrating disabled artists' work in the run up to and during the London 2012 Olympics.

Paul will create up to 10,000 individual, handmade blooms. The 'flower heads' are hand-thrown on a potter's wheel, in different sizes, before being coloured and fired, and attached to metal 'stems' of different lengths. The flowers will appear at UK venues selected for their historical or social significance, during 2012.

Paul, 33, of Chesterfield - who has severe dyslexia - said: "I am really pleased that my submission to be one of the Unlimited programme artists has been accepted.

"I will be producing 10,000 flowers to be planted at six locations around the UK, yet to be announced. It's a very large amount of work that should keep me busy for around the next 12 months."

More of Paul's work can be seen on his website: www.paulcumminsceramics.com

The Unlimited programme encourages collaborations between disability-led arts organisations, disabled and deaf artists, producers, and mainstream organisations to culturally celebrate the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ruth Mackenzie, Cultural Olympiad Director, added: 'This commission is about world-class artists creating brilliant work which will change perceptions of the work of disabled and deaf artists. Congratulations to the commissioned artists and we look forward to seeing how their work develops.'

The Unlimited programme, with a total fund of £3 million, is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

For further information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

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Artist's Talk To Fire Up Interest In Modern Ceramics

18 November 2009

An internationally known ceramics artist with family links to Derbyshire textiles pioneer Richard Arkwright says the modern digital world is breathing new life into traditional British crafts - in a way not seen since the Industrial Revolution.

Sebastian Blackie, the University's Professor of Ceramics, will deliver a free public lecture, called A Chemistry of Things - Some Thoughts On Contemporary Ceramic Practice, on Wednesday November 25 at 6.15pm, in Auditorium One, at the University's Markeaton Street site, in Derby.

He has exhibited works in London, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East - and last year (2008) worked alongside Chinese clay craft workers, to produce his exhibits for the Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museum (FLICAM) in Fu Ping, Shaanxi Province, northern China.

His family's traditional crafts roots go back to at least the 18th Century, when his great, great, great-grandfather received help from Derbyshire textiles giant Richard Arkwright, founder of the historic Arkwright's Mill in Cromford, to set up his own mill in New Lanark in Scotland.

Professor Blackie's lecture will focus on the need for modern British crafts artists, not just those working in ceramics, to show some of the same innovation and global thinking as those of yesteryear.

He said: "People like Arkwright, with his textiles, and Josiah Wedgewood, with his ceramics, were at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution. Although they were born into very isolated communities they were able to think big.

"Wedgewood for example sourced his materials from New South Wales and his designs were inspired by the art of many different cultures.

"My lecture looks at how ceramics artists from other countries have come to Europe to train and successfully blended their own and our cultures in their work. British crafts could also benefit greatly from our artists thinking more globally."

Foreign ceramics artists who Professor Blackie has worked with include the Kenyan born Magadalene Odundo and Japanese potter Takashi Yasuda, both of whom have had considerable success in Europe.

To book a place to attend the free public lecture phone Angela Drinkwater at the University of Derby on 01332 591046. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.

For further media information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

 

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Artist's Views Of Earth And Sky On Show At Free Exhibitions

29 November 2013

Images inspired by Earth-bound nature and views of the heavens will be displayed by the artist in a series of video installation exhibitions at the Multi-Faith Centre, at the University of Derby.

Artist Sudha Daniel, a former Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Derby, will put on four free shows at the Multi-Faith Centre, based at the University's Kedleston Road site in the city. They will feature video films of his 41 paintings capturing the wonders of the natural world.

The exhibitions will include:

  • On Tuesday December 3 and Tuesday January 28 (2014) - Enchanting Beauty of Nature; drawn from the artist's impressions of nature in countries including Portugal, India, Greece, Malaysia, the USA and UK.
  • On Friday January 31 and Friday February 7 (2014) - Splendour of Cosmos; inspired by the fantastic imagery of the cosmos produced by powerful telescopes such as the Hubble Telescope.

All the exhibitions will be held from 4pm-9pm on these dates (with the video installations running on permanent loop during that time). At 6pm each night, the artist will give a brief talk about his work and its inspiration.

Sudha - who became a full-time artist after the life-changing experience of escaping from the 2004 Indian tsunami - has exhibited his work in the UK and Europe, and is also due to exhibit it in India, America and the Asia-Pacific region.

He said: "By converting my original oil paintings into digital video art installations, complete with uplifting ambient background music, I hope to create an exciting and accessible display for the audience.

"The spiritual and universal outlook of the Multi-Faith Centre at the University fits well with the theme of my own work."

Entry to the four Sudha Daniel exhibitions is free. Parking at the University's Kedleston Road site, where the Multi-Faith Centre is based, is free after 4.30pm; drivers should park in the first available carpark, (first right off the site's main driveway). The Multi-Faith Centre can be contacted on 01332 591285 and its website is www.multifaithcentre.org

Media requiring further information about this press release should contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Arts Calendar Gives Old Sites A New Look

11 December 2008

Historic sites and events from around the East Midlands have been given a very different look by a University of Derby photo-digital artist, in a new calendar to mark a good year for regional arts.

 

John Goto, Professor of Fine Art at the University, has taken images of well-known sites, such as Lincoln Cathedral and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, and notable events in their history, and populated them with urban hip-hop and Bollywood style dancers. The project is a groundbreaking partnership between the University and Arts Council England, East Midlands.

The series of 12 images, entitled A Dance to the Muzik of Time: A journey through the East Midlands, can be seen in the regional arts organisation’s 2009 calendar. The calendar will be launched at 10.30am on Thursday 18 December at the Quad centre, Market Place, in Derby city-centre. A version of the project will also be shown over the festive season on the BBC Big Screen  in the Market Place

Copies of the limited edition calendar will be distributed by Arts Council England, East Midlands, and its partner arts organisations and the University. It will also be displayed at the East Midlands Europe, Brussels, and distributed to organisations across Europe.

Arts Council England, East Midlands, wanted something special for its calendar, to celebrate a year in which many of the new arts facilities it has invested in have opened. In 2008 the New Art Exchange in Nottingham, Derby’s QUAD centre, the First Movement LEVEL Centre in Rowsley, Derbyshire; and Curve in Leicester all opened. A fifth site, the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, will open in 2009.

Laura Dyer, Executive Director for Arts Council England, East Midlands, said: “This is one of the most exciting periods for the arts in the region, providing world-class facilities which, together with the region’s existing attractions and strong cultural scene, will put us firmly on the cultural and tourism map of England.

“We wanted to celebrate this success in a unique and special way and commissioned internationally recognised photo-digital artist John Goto to produce A Dance to the Muzik of Time.”

The calendar features 12 outstanding images which John has created, featuring professional dancers in iconic regional locations, which already attract great numbers of visitors.

The images, representing different counties, include:

  • Derbyshire – Chatsworth House and Cromford Mill
  • Lincolnshire – Lincoln Cathedral and All Saints Church at Great Sturton
  • Nottinghamshire – Southwell Minster and Newstead Abbey
  • Leicestershire – BelvoirCastle and Curve, Leicester
  • Rutland– NormantonChurch
  • Northamptonshire – Northampton Market Square and Althorp House.

John based the look of his images on that of toy theatres created by Victorian artist John Redington and old postcards of regional sites. He also read architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s guides to the counties’ buildings.

He came up with the idea of a route through the East Midlands, which would act as a timeline, charting historical events. This also echoes the development of the medieval pilgrimage into the 18th century Grand Tour, and then modern tourism.

John said: “One of the great things about the present day East Midlands is its vibrant diversity of cultures.

“I worked with breakdancing troupe Groundhogs, North Indian Kathak classical dancers Manushi and Bollywood dancers Desi Masti. The costumes they are wearing in the images are deliberately anachronistic, mixing period costumes with contemporary street and club fashions.

“It’s been tremendous fun making this series – working with great dancers and visiting marvellous locations – and I hope this comes across. The pictures also deal with weighty subjects such as time, history and shifting ideas of culture.”

John’s work has also been exhibited at Tate Britain, the National Portrait Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery in London, and shown widely in Europe. More of his work can be seen at website: www.johngoto.org.uk.

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For media information about the calendar, or an invite to the launch event, please contact David Storer, Communications Officer at the Arts Council England, East Midlands, on telephone: 0115 989 7580 or email: david.storer@artscouncil.org.uk

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Arts Excellence and Student Support Puts University In Awards Final

5 September 2013

The University of Derby has been shortlisted in two categories for one of the UK's most prestigious annual awards ceremonies for higher education.

Derby has been shortlisted in the 'Excellence and Innovation in the Arts' and 'Outstanding Support for Students' categories of the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards, run through the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine.

The shortlists for the THE Awards categories were released today (Thursday September 5), with the winners to be announced at a finalists' dinner at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on November 28.

In 'Excellence and Innovation in the Arts' Derby is shortlisted alongside the universities of Kent, Newcastle, York, Norwich University of the Arts and York St John University

Over the last few years the University of Derby has taken on and re-launched Derby Theatre in the city; staging innovative and interesting commercial productions and providing a unique 'learning theatre' environment for its students.

For the 'Outstanding Support for Students' category Derby is up against the universities of Essex, Leicester, Plymouth, Stirling and Sunderland.

Support for students is paramount at the University which, in partnership with its active Students' Union, listens to and responds to their needs and concerns. Last month (August) the independent annual National Student Survey reported that student satisfaction levels had risen for the third year running at Derby, with 86% of students quizzed agreeing that they were satisfied 'overall' with their course.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "Being shortlisted in two categories for these prestigious annual awards is yet further evidence of the hard work and commitment of all at the University.

"Our relaunch and continuing management of Derby Theatre has seen it go from strength to strength, in a way which benefits both our students and the wider theatre-going public.

"Within the University we continue to strive to do the best for our students and that is obviously recognised by them, as our excellent results in the 2013 National Student Survey show."

The University of Derby has previously won at the annual Times Higher Education Awards, scooping both the 'Outstanding Contribution To The Local Community' and 'Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative' categories in 2011.

For more information about the Times Higher Education Awards see website www.the-awards.co.uk

Media requiring further information on this news release should contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Ashbourne Road Community Survey

28 October 2011

A survey of almost 2,000 Derby residents on issues and ideas is being conducted by Ashbourne Road Church and the University.

The new survey of Ashbourne Road area residents builds on one in 2007. This resulted in community meetings between residents, the church, the University and local service providers, to resolve issues.

Peter Walker, University Community Relations Officer, has supported this initiative since 2008, strengthening ties between the University and residents.

The programme of work that resulted from discussions following the earlier 2007 survey was captured in a 'time-tree' poster by University of Derby graduate, artist Mair Perkins.

Peter said: "It surprised us all, just what had been discussed and perhaps what progress had actually been made in how we are working together."

James Beckett, President of University of Derby Students' Union, added: "Being involved with projects like these greatly helps us to build upon the relationships between local residents and students; to form friendly, safe and secure communities".

The new survey will assess changes since 2007 and any actions needed.

A printed survey has been sent to around 2,000 households and one made available online. The completion deadline for the questionnaires is Friday 4 November.

Analysis of the data will be done jointly by the University, the church and the community; and openly discussed at a residents' meeting at Ashbourne Road Church on Thursday 1 December. A decision will then be taken on what new projects are needed.

Ian Kemp, Minister at Ashbourne Road Church said: "With the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics in 2012, it could be a very exciting year for the local community and all its members."

Horace Gregory, a local community member, added: "Being a local resident I would encourage everyone to complete the survey and come along to the meeting on 1 December.

"This is an ideal opportunity to engage with the University, to resolve any concerns we have in a positive and friendly way. We also need ideas for social activities within the community."

For more information about this Community News story contact Jason Nichols at the University on 01332 591945 or email: j.nichols@derby.ac.uk

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Asthma Medication Project Wins Prestigious Pharmaceutical Award

9 July 2012

A University of Derby-led research project that discovered a pharmacist's intervention can improve asthma patients' lives has triumphed at the Pharmaceutical Journal's (PJ) 20th Pharmaceutical Care Awards.

Anna Murphy, who is a Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, carried out the research for her Doctor of Pharmacy award at the University of Derby with her supervisor, Professor James Elander, Helen Knight of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Jeremy Bennett, from Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, and Helen Langton, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of England.

The team received the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Pharmaceutical Care Award for the research project, which designed and tested the effectiveness of a community pharmacy intervention for patients with asthma, on June 28.

Anna said: "Research has shown that the delivery of regular structured reviews of people with asthma can reduce their day-to-day symptoms and the burden of providing emergency care on the NHS.

"Currently, such asthma reviews are mainly undertaken by practice nurses and GPs, however only two-thirds of people with asthma have a routine review each year.

"As asthma sufferers may in fact attend a pharmacy more frequently than they see a GP we wanted to know whether a pharmacist-led intervention could result in improvements in adherence to medication and a reduction in symptoms."

Pharmacists at 15 community pharmacies and 125 asthma patients took part in the study. Asthma sufferers were assessed on their level of asthma control, their quality of life and medication adherence before the intervention.

They then received the 'SIMPLE' structured pharmacy review designed by the team, which covered inhaler technique, adherence to medication and whether prescribing was in line with national asthma guidelines; SIMPLE an acronym for Signposting, Inhaler Technique, Medication Review, Peak Flow, Lifestyle and Education.

After six months 50 participants were assessed again. Statistically significant improvements were seen in the patients' quality of life, asthma control and inhaler technique, and medication adherence. There was also a 32% reduction in the number of unscheduled visits the patients had made to their GP over the period of the study.

The team has now registered its interest in a bid for funding to roll out the 'SIMPLE' intervention across community pharmacies and NHS asthma service pathways in Leicestershire.

On the team's win, Anna said: "I am absolutely delighted to take home such a prestigious award, especially as we were up against five projects of an extremely high calibre.

"We believe that many more low-risk patients' asthma can be controlled through our SIMPLE community pharmacy approach, and we hope that our bids to roll it our further will be successful."

Professor James Elander, Anna's Doctor of Pharmacy supervisor at the University of Derby, said: "Anna's project is a really good example of how applied research can make a difference to people's lives and health, as well as informing the development of national policy, in this case for asthma care.

"We are delighted that this research has been recognized by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Pharmaceutical Care Awards."

Full details of the research are to be published in PJ Online www.pjonline.com

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Astronomical Milestone Recreated At University For BBC's Stargazing Live 2013

6 December 2012

One of the world's most famous telescopes is being recreated on the University of Derby's grounds for the BBC's hugely popular programme Stargazing Live, which returns for a new series in January.

Sir Frederick William Herschel (1738-1822) is considered one of the greats of astronomical history for, among other achievements, his discovery of the planet Uranus and its moons, and for significantly advancing the design of the modern reflecting telescope.

One of Herschel's most famous telescopes - the 20ft long rotating telescope - is currently being recreated in a groundbreaking project by the BBC at the University of Derby's Markeaton Street site in Derby.

The project is a collaboration between BBC Learning, Stargazing Live and the Open University. The telescope will be a working model of Herschel's and a permanent fixture at the University site; home to its Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology (ADT).

The Herschellian design uses just one primary mirror at the base of the tube and an eyepiece located at the top. Herschel used the telescope design in the late 18th Century to catalogue the night sky and was responsible for discovering an astonishing 2,500 stars and galaxies.

The project will explore Herschel's revolutionary techniques in telescope design and will be used to attempt to observe the cosmos during the live Stargazing show hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O' Briain on BBC Two; on January 8, 9 and 10.

The University of Derby has supported the telescope's construction - part funding the base which will hold the telescope - and students from its School of Technology are involved with the project along with consultants from University College London.

Derby and District Astronomical Society members are also onboard - they will be marking out the points of the compass for the telescope and calibrating it - as is Derby Museums. Local schoolchildren will paint a mural around the structure with the help of Derby's Illustration degree students. It is also proposed that the University's Music and Textile students will be involved in activities around the project.

Karen Gregory, Executive Producer for BBC Learning, said: "Legacy and learning are at the heart of this ambitious project. We want as many people as possible to get involved with stargazing during the live programme, but also continue in their enthusiasm for astronomy and the universe afterwards."

Professor Huw Davies, Dean of the University's Faculty of ADT, added: "This is a very exciting and high profile project for the University of Derby to be involved in.

"Engineering has a strong presence in Derby city and at the University, and I'm sure our students will get a real buzz out of something like this happening right on their doorstep. It is also good to see the way educational institutions, the community and business are coming together to recreate Herschel's innovative telescope."

Everyone is being encouraged to get involved in stargazing. The BBC and various partners are also hosting a number of stellar events across the UK designed to encourage everyone - from the complete beginner to the enthusiastic amateur - to make the most of the night sky.

The events, which will take place from Tuesday January 8, will bring together astronomical societies, museums and discovery centres, country parks and local authorities. They will include planetarium shows, rocket making, astrophotography, recreating constellations, analysing meteorites, the chance to view the stars via telescopes, as well as topical talks and discussions contributing to a national stargazing celebration.

Entry to all the events is free but many are ticketed. Tickets will be available until 11.55pm on Tuesday December 11 from the BBC Shows and Tours website at www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours Tickets will be allocated by random draw.

To accompany them BBC Learning is producing a number of free resources including a Star Guide and a special Star Party pack, so that people can get involved by planning their own star party at home. They are available to download at www.bbc.co.uk/stargazing

As well as the BBC-led partner events, hundreds of other organisations are planning events and activities up and down the country. To find an event near you visit the BBC's Things To Do website at www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo.

*NOTE - Media requiring Stargazing Live images should visit BBC Pictures at www.bbcpictures.co.uk.

For further information about BBC Learning and the resources available please contact Jo Clayton, Publicist BBC Learning, on 07809 597 825 or email: jo.clayton@bbc.co.uk (Wed-Fri). Or contact Karen Williams, Publicist BBC Learning, on 0771 4957087 or karen.williams@bbc.co.uk (Mon-Wed).

For further information about the BBC Two Stargazing 2013 programme please contact Publicity Front Desk on 020 8576 9900 or email: publicity.frontdesk@bbc.co.uk

For further press information about the University of Derby's involvement in the project please contact Sean Kirby, University Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Asylum Seeker Turned Graduate Will Help Others Into Education

19 January 2012

An Iraqi Kurd refugee who fled to the UK as a teenager, despite speaking no English, is set to use his University of Derby Masters degree to help others in his country gain an education.

Awara Rasoul, now 32, will graduate with a Masters degree (MSc) in Marketing and Advertising today (Thursday January 19), as part of the University's two days of Awards Ceremonies at Derby Assembly Rooms in the city centre. Supporting him along the way has been partner Amanda, who he met after coming to the UK, and five-year-old daughter Parysa.

His graduation marks the end of four years' full time study at the University; first gaining an HND in Business and Management, then adding a 'top up' year to make this an Honours degree before finally obtaining his Masters degree. All of this was done while also working full time, first for Derbyshire companies and then by setting up his own car valeting firm.

Following his university experience Awara now plans to set up a new venture - an educational business to act as a liaison between UK institutions and the government in his native Kurdistan - to bring fellow Kurds over here for vocational training, before returning to help improve their country.

He was born in Iran, his family having moved there due to his politician father's opposition to Iraqi dictator Sadaam Hussein's regime. They moved back to Kurdistan when Awara was 13-years-old, where he lived through the First Gulf War and subsequent Kurdish uprisings.

Awara said: "I came to the UK in 2001 aged 19 as an asylum seeker and was granted refugee status. I didn't speak English and knew very few Kurdish people here, as the rest of my family remained in Kurdistan."

After taking English lessons in Wolverhampton he then moved to Manchester for work, before settling in Derby where he was employed on the assembly lines at Toyota's Burnaston factory for two years.

He added: "I then worked for an auto-parts company called Magna as a Supervisor. The management there encouraged me to do a higher education course and I ended up doing a two-year HND in Business and Management at the University of Derby.

"I did the course on a full-time basis but in the evenings, so I could continue to work full-time. The company were very good about letting me alter my shift patterns, so I would often finish at the University at 9pm and then go on to do a night shift.

"After I'd done the HND I was determined to do a 'top up' year to get an Honours degree, then wanted to do a Masters degree."

Whilst studying Awara has also been jointly running a company, the Spotless Hand Car Wash and Valeting Centre, opposite Derby Westfield shopping centre, with business partner Amjed Ghani.

But he has plans to expand into other enterprises, using the knowledge gained through his studies at the University of Derby.

Awara said: "I'm going to be jointly setting up a new company called Hewa House of Overseas Education, helping workers funded through a Kurdish government programme to get onto higher education courses in the UK. 'Hewa' in Kurdish means 'hope' and we hope we can help people get the training they need to then go back and help my country develop."

Dr Alison Lawson, University Programme Leader for Postgraduate Programmes in Marketing, added: "Awara worked hard for his Masters degree and truly deserves success. His academic ability and excellent general business knowledge were matched by his entrepreneurial spirit, and his keen desire to spread the word about the value of education.

"I'm delighted that the University of Derby has been able to help Awara achieve great things and I'm sure his future will be bright."

For more information about the University of Derby's business courses see website www.derby.ac.uk/dbs

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Athletics Union Launches Inclusive Sport Campaign

10 October 2012

Become a Part of It, an inclusive campaign aimed at breaking down barriers and increasing the participation of women, people with a disability, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals in sport has been launched by the University of Derby Students' Union.

The campaign kicked off when all 33 of the Union's sport clubs, along with the University's Vice-Chancellor, signed the Sports Charter -  a government led initiative which aims to combat homophobia and transphobia in sport.

Athletics Union President, Mark Farthing, said: "By signing the Sports Charter all of our clubs have reaffirmed their core values of inclusivity. We have seen LGBT students compete for Team Derby for a number of years,  some of whom have gone on to become our highest performers.

"We are dedicated to protecting the rights of our students and will continue to promote the opportunities Team Derby can provide regardless of gender, skin colour or sexual orientation."

The University of Derby is in full support of the Athletics Union campaign. Its Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, who was present at the unveiling to sign the Sports Charter on behalf of the University said:"This is not something the University has pressured its students to sign. Instead this campaign illustrates the values of our students and how they are considering not only how they can make things better for themselves but also, how they can make things better for their peers. That is what it means to be a student here as a part of Team Derby."

The strength of feeling for inclusivity in sport is integral to all the clubs within the Athletic Union and they have all shown full commitment to the Charter.

Jack Anderson, University's Men's Football Club President, said:"This campaign doesn't have to just be the LGBT students promoting it amongst themselves. Everyone in the club is now aware of the issue and every other committee seems keen to support it and promote it as well."

The campaign is being further supported by a video released on UDSU's YouTube page which highlights the discrimination of LGBT athletes across the world.

This charter forms part of a wider agenda regarding sport for students in further and higher education across the country. The NUS are currently promoting their 'Out in Sport' campaign as part of its commitment to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport through a series of focus groups and surveys. Data collated from this study will also prove valuable to the UDSU in furthering their own campaign.

A special panel discussion 'Football versus Homophobia; Is football ready for an 'out' gay player?' is being hosted at the University' Enterprise Centre on Monday October 22 and will have representatives from Kick It Out, the University of Derby, Derbyshire FA and Derby County FC.

For more information contact Mark Farthing at aupresident@udsu.co.uk or to support the campaign and sign up to the Charter for Action 'like' the 'I love sport, but I hate homophobia and transphobia' Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lgbtsportcharter

You can watch the Team Derby Sports Charter video at http://youtu.be/wgdZYOXf3NE

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Attitudes to disabled tourists found to be Fawlty

27 May 2014

Too many holiday resorts in southern Europe have a Basil Fawlty approach to disabled tourists, research at the University of Derby Buxton has shown.

Dr Eleni Michopoulou will tell the Destinations For All World Summit on accessible tourism that one of the major barriers to making resorts inclusive is still attitude.

One seaside resort astounded Dr Michopoulou with answers to her research questions which had a bluntness worthy of the hapless hotelier in television's Fawlty Towers.

"They even said they didn't want disabled tourists - they did not fit their market, and if they came, other tourists would leave," she said.

Destinations For All, to be held in October in Montreal, is the first world summit dealing with accessible tourism, which has never been more vital to the industry. Some experts claim that 15 per cent of tourists have disabilities, and with an ageing world population, demand for accessible tourism can only grow.

Dr Michopoulou carried out the research with help from German student Isabell Broich to look at accessibility and its importance to the sustainability of the industry.

They found a wide range of attitudes, with the northern European countries and Scandinavia being the most aware of accessibility issues, central European states less so and southern countries lagging behind.

The law, an awareness of the issues and each society's attitude all played a part in how welcome disabled tourists were.

"There are attitudinal barriers that need to be overcome," said Dr Michopoulou.

Students at the University of Derby Buxton who will become the tourism industry managers of the future, however, are taught an in-depth awareness of the issue and the kind of customer service needed to provide an inclusive experience.

The research will be presented in two papers, Michopoulou, E. & Buhalis, D. (2014) 'An investigation of European destination management organisations' attitudes towards accessible tourism', and Broich, I. & Michopoulou, E. (2014) "Can accessible tourism be sustainable? A link between accessibility and sustainability."

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Award Win For University's Chrissy

11 March 2011

A dedicated member of the University of Derby Buxton's Dome Events team has scooped a prestigious regional tourism award.

Chrissy Edwards won the 'Most Promising Student or Trainee Award' at Visit Peak District & Derbyshire's Excel Tourism Awards held at Chatsworth on March 10.

Christine works in Buxton's Dome Events team delivering some of the incredible events that take place in the Dome throughout the year. Public events such as Afternoon Tea with the Duchess of Devonshire, and private hire such as conferences and weddings.

She said: "It was a fantastic evening, and it just topped it off that I actually won the award. I'm so pleased. I really enjoy working in the events industry as every event we put on in the Dome is unique, and so every day is different."

A team from the University were among 170 guests, including the University's Chancellor, the Duke of Devonshire, at the glittering event in Chatsworth's Carriage House Restaurant.  They went along to support Chrissy and two students who were also shortlisted.

Fay Fallows, a third year BA (Hons) in Managing in the Service Sector and Travel & Tourism degree student, was also shortlisted in the 'Most Promising Student or Trainee' category. This was for the work she has done to develop and deliver the Devonshire Dome Visitor Experience Programme, a programme of guided tours showcasing the Dome's unique history.

Final year Buxton student Savvas Savvas made it into the last three of the Young Chef of the Year category after wowing the judges in a sensational cook-off.  Savvas, who is originally from Cyprus, is midway through a top-up year of a BA (Hons) in Professional Culinary Arts at Buxton.

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of the University of Derby Buxton, said: "We're incredibly proud of Chrissy for winning this award. She works hard and deserves recognition for the value that events held in the Dome add to tourism in the area.

"We also congratulate Savvas and Fay for their nominations."

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Award Winners To Showcase Latest Work

13 December 2006

A Derby film company which won a national BBC competition looking for the hottest comedy talent in the UK will promote its latest work in the city next week.

Current and former University of Derby students have helped form Little Circle, an independent film company based at Banks’ Mill Studios, in Bridge Street.

Little Circle Productions consists of: Daz Spencer, Graham Williams, Christopher J. Davies, Matt Wells, Paul Hammond, Claire Sharman, Mark Shaw, and Ali Powers (stage name Pow3rs).

Their latest work STALLARD, a comedy-drama pilot episode, will be screened at the Five Lamps pub on Duffield Road, Derby, on Monday, December 18 as part of a new film club in the city. Little Circle now hope to develop it into a four-part series.

STALLARD follows the unlikely friendship between raw police recruit Jacko Rubasingham and recently reinstated veteran detective Frank Stallard.

As the pair deal with the trivialities of small town policing and the bizarre case of a serial killer targeting ducks, STALLARD asks: what kind of mind does it take to murder waterfowl? What demons haunt Frank Stallard? And how close to a madman do you have to be in order to catch one?

The episode was filmed entirely on location in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire with kind cooperation from Nottinghamshire Police, based at Worksop, and local businesses and institutions including Scarsdale Veterinary Clinics, the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, the University of Derby, the Hill Methodist Church, and The Metro Cinema. Little Circle also wish to thank Morrisons Supermarket PLC and Select Stores.

Little Circle’s Co-producer Chris Davies, 24; Director and Co-producer Daz Spencer, 24; Cameraman and Editor, Graham Williams, 21; and Writer and Co-producer Paul Hammond, 23, beat more than 600 entrants to win the BBC’s Funny Hunt competition earlier this year.

The competition was seeking the funniest material that up-and-coming animators and filmmakers could produce and the filmmakers put forward an e xcerpt from Little Circle’s Sketch Show Michelangelo’s Heroes.

For their prize, the four visited the BBC studios in Manchester earlier this year, and they say the tips and advice from leading scriptwriters and directors have enhanced their skills further.

The Little Circle/Five Lamps co-run film night is on every Monday night at the pub showcasing the hottest film talent in the region to the public. This coming Monday will be a Little Circle night and is ticket only. Five Lamps’ web page is www.myspace.com/fivelamps

Anyone wanting to submit films for this week’s film night can do so by contacting Dean or Daz via; www.myspace.com/fivelampsfilms

Little Circle can be reached at www.myspace.com/littlecircle or little-circle@hotmail.com

STALLARD Synopsis

STALLARD – Episode 1 stars local musician/writer/actor Ali Pow3rs in the role of psychiatrically fragile PC Frank Stallard, while local entrepreneur, licensee and music promoter Amit Zala, takes the role of enthusiastic recruit PC Jacko Rubasingham. Other notable cast members include Jerry Hope, vocalist/writer/guitarist/flugelhorner of psychedelic industrial jazz fusion act ‘The Dust Collectors’ as the disdainful PC Barry Teggert; local actor Paul Hammond as haemorrhoidal PC Terry Dougherty; and Chris Shilling and Angela Goring, actors with a varied short film and theatre history appearing as Sinister Councillor Derek Clarke and Councillor Maureen Hargreaves respectively.

Ali Pow3rs has provided the score for the episode while further musical contributions come in the form of local Hip Hop MC Alex Blood who has received national airplay from Galaxy FM and Radio One.

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Award-winning Graduate Assesses Water Quality In Nigeria

27 April 2011

A University of Derby graduate has received three awards in recognition of his research work investigating water quality in Nigeria.

Temidola Adedayo Ojelabi, 28, from Merchant Street, Derby, undertook the study of ground water quality in his homeland for his final degree dissertation at the University of Derby.

He has been described by local water managers as a 'national hero' for his work, and an exemplar of the value of student projects abroad.

He identified some water pollutants in a stretch of water in the Offa area of Nigeria related to toxic elements and heavy metals. He found levels were at a high concentration - but not above WHO (World Health Organisation) or FEPA (Food and Environment Protection Act) guidelines for potable water.

Although the water meets WHO recommended standards, the water from most of the wells is not properly clean and pure enough for human consumption. Adequate treatment is required in some hand-dug wells in the study area to avoid unexpected water-borne disease that could lead to serious epidemic disease.

Alex Adegoke, a commissioner for water and waste management in Offa said: "Temmy's work was very helpful, assisting us to detect some drinking well water in the locality which could pose hazards to human health by causing pipe borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and other water related diseases.

"Temidola is a national hero and has laid a very good example of work for many Nigerian students abroad. His work will be remembered for many years to come and we will appreciate it if he can extend his analysis to other localities in the state. We appreciate his efforts and we wish him the very best in life."

Temidola was shortlisted for the 2010 Lifechanger Awards in the category of 'Young Male Achiever' in London which recognises excellence in community development, the NAPE Awards for international achievement, and also won a prize for his studies by the University of Derby. Temidola is now also working within Derby City Council's Infrastructure Support department.

Temidola said: "It was fantastic to receive such recognition for my research. I hope I have been able to raise the profile of water quality to improve people's lives in this area of Nigeria."

Temidola received an internship from British Petroleum to visit Africa and undertake his study. His ground water assessment covered an area of land in Offa, southwest Nigeria, to assess its suitability for human consumption.

He found the Agun and Atan streams recharge the ground water and the insufficient supply of pipe-borne water due to an increase in the population forced the majority of the people to depend on the well water as a source of potable water.

The water samples were analysed in a laboratory in Lagos using an atomic absorption spectrometer. Almost all of the pollutants detected in the well water samples were discovered up to 200 metres away from identified sources of pollutions.

In conclusion to his study, Temidola said: "These identified ground water pollutants can be tackled by increasing environmental interventions through public health education, which can be handled by a team of well-trained community health workers. Increasing awareness campaigns to improve household and environmental sanitation in rural and urban areas in developing countries would contribute greatly to combating groundwater pollution."

His University tutors were Dr Andy Johnson and Professor Aradhana Mehra in Geographical, Earth and Environmental Sciences, who were delighted with his achievements.

Dr Johnson, based in the University's Geographical, Earth and Environmental Sciences department, said: "From the outset, Temidola applied himself consistently and effectively to his project, acting on advice and turning out a commendable final report. I am delighted that his work has achieved recognition."

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Award-Winning Law Graduate Is Courting Success

16 January 2014

Aptly named Law graduate Natalie Lawman has progressed from her prize-winning University of Derby course to studying to be a barrister.

Natalie, 21, from St Albans, is due to graduate with a First Class LLB (Hons) law degree today (Thursday January 16) and give the traditional 'vote of thanks' from graduates to teaching staff, for the Faculty of Business, Computing and Law.

During the second and third years of her law degree Natalie worked voluntarily for the Witness Service, run through the Victim Support charity, which provides guidance and support to those giving witness testimony in UK courts, whether for the prosecution or defence.

Natalie said: "Whilst volunteering as a case worker one day a week in addition to my undergraduate studies, I was responsible for showing prospective witnesses around courtrooms to get them familiar with the surroundings, and help support them and their families when they actually attended the court case. Courts can be very intimidating places for those unacquainted with them."

Her voluntary work saw her chosen as the first recipient, in March (2013), of the 'High Sheriff's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law and Justice in Derbyshire'.

She graduates having also won the 'Sweet and Maxwell Prize (for Best Third Year LLB Student)' and the 'Nelsons' Prize for Best Student in Company Law'.

Natalie is now studying for her Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), to enable her to become a barrister. Barristers provide specialist legal advice and represent their clients in court, and through written legal advice.

"I have always been intent on a career in law and knew early in my studies that I wanted to practise at the Bar; it's the additional challenges facing barristers which attracted me to it. I am currently studying for the BPTC and will be applying for pupillage for the following year, despite the competition for places," added Natalie.

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AWARDS '09: Has Mark Put A Finger On Faster Forensics?

24 December 2008

Criminal investigations could be speeded up thanks to a forensic science breakthrough being developed by a University of Derby student.

Mark Burgess has discovered a unique approach to develop fingerprints using a sputter coater to coat items.

Sputter coaters are usually used to coat specimens prior to placing them in a scanning electron microscope which can develop magnifications up to 200,000 times.

Sputter coaters are in wider circulation than the traditional and more expensive Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD) equipment currently used to develop some latent finger print samples.

Mark said: “This is a new technique which is already gathering interest within the forensic science world.

“Police forces may use the microscope for tests such as analysing gun pellets, but could also use it to develop and enhance finger prints which need further observation, perhaps because they have been exposed to environmental elements such as weather.

“In comparison, only about 20 police forces have a VMD machine, so for major crimes, samples often have to be couriered to another force or forensic service providers for analysis. This can take extra time to process.”

Vacuum Metal Deposition is used to develop marks on non porous items that may have been wet or damp. Due to the cost, only a small number of forces have the equipment to do this. The sputter coater develops marks in a similar way but at a fraction of the cost.

Mark’s approach appears to be cheaper and just as accurate as using a Vacuum Metal Deposition approach. A VMD costs in the region of £100,000 to £125,000 where as a scanning electron microscope is just £8,000.

Karen Stow, Scientific Support Manager for Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “The technique certainly has promise and from the initial study it appears to perform on a par with the VMD. In the current financial climate it is important that we take advantage of more cost effective techniques such as this.”

Mark, 30, of Eastwood, Derbyshire, received the top marks in his subject area and graduates with First Class Honours at the University’s Awards Ceremonies on January 23 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby.

He has recently presented his findings to the Finger Print Society, a national organisation with representatives from more than 40 police forces and 26 overseas forces on its roll, looking to develop best practice in the industry. The presentation at Derbyshire Constabulary’s Ripley headquarters, impressed the society and he is now looking for support to take his work forward.

Mark’s project explored the possibility of using a sputter coater designed for coating specimens prior to examination with the scanning electron microscope – to develop latent finger prints. Many universities – including Derby – own scanning electron microscopes.

As part of his final dissertation, Mark wanted to find out if this machine could produce results as reliable as the VMD machine.

In controlled conditions, he set up 40 glass slides, each containing a fingerprint, coated in carbon and gold under set concentrations. This produced 40 individual slides each containing individual fingerprints.

The ridge detail on each slide was then compared with ink developed fingerprints containing 16 unique features. This resulted in 30 per cent of the index finger prints containing 12-16 features, 60 per cent of the middle finger, 80 per cent of the ring finger and 10 per cent of the little finger.

His tutor at Derby, Julian Love, Programme Leader for forensic science at Derby, used to work in the forensic science department at Strathclyde Police and was excited by the possibilities of the research.

Fellow lecturer Dr Ian Turner, added: “Mark’s project shows both the importance of undergraduate research to the University and potentially the police and that hard work can lead to great success for the student.”

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AWARDS '09: Shabila Facing A Testing Graduation Day

23 January 2009

Partially sighted Law student Shabila Kausar won’t have long to relax and enjoy her graduation day, as only hours later she will be taking an exam.

Shabila, 22, of Burton-on-Trent, will receive a 2:2 for her LL.B (Hons) Law degree course at the University of Derby’s Awards Ceremony at the Assembly Rooms, on Friday morning (January 23). She will then travel to Nottingham to take an afternoon advocacy exam, as part of the one year Legal Practitioners Course she is taking.

Such commitment is typical of Shabila says Christine Wiltshier, a University Librarian who has helped the student overcome degree study difficulties caused by her sight problems.

Shabila is registered partially blind, the result of medical issues as a young child. She can read small text, commonly found in Law books and legal research websites, but with great difficulty.

In addition to her normal librarian duties, Christine is a member of the University’s student support service team and helped Shabila with lecture note taking and internet legal research, often late into the evening.

Shabila said: “I got help from a notetaker and a reader. Different people helped me out but overall I preferred Christine’s help because she had had additional training from the Law librarian.”

She added: “I have my advocacy exam on the afternoon of the day I graduate. It’s one of those things, you just have to get on with it.”

Proud father Ghulam Rasool, mother Naseem Akhtar and family intend to be at the Awards Ceremonies.

Shabila hopes to become a family law solicitor.

Christine, who is originally from New Zealand, added: “I’ve actually learnt a lot about the law through this. It has also given me an insight into English culture.”

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AWARDS ’09: ‘Sisters in Law’ Make Graduation One In A Thousand

20 January 2009

Identical twins Emma and Kelly Shooter will be right beside each other when they graduate at the University of Derby Awards Ceremonies this Friday (January 23) – as they have been throughout their studies.

The 25-year-olds, from Derby, not only look alike but both:

  • left school at 16-years-old
  • became Legal Clerks based in the city
  • studied the same LL.B (Hons) law degree at the University, part-time whilst working
  • received a 2:1 grade for their degree.

They are also noteworthy for another reason – Emma will be the University’s 1,000thLL.B (Hons) law degree graduate and her sister Kelly the 1,001st

Emma said: “After we left school we both decided we wanted to do A-levels and then the University’s law degree.

“We were going to do it full time at first but at the last minute thought it would be better if we stayed in work and did it part time. That way we would still be gaining work experience, as we studied.”

Kelly said: “Our lectures were done after work, two nights a week, sometimes until 9.15pm. That could be hard, coming after a full day’s work, but we had some good tutors.”

Emma added: “We would do our studying and revise together. One of our lecturers said our written answers in exams were almost identical, but written in our own styles.”

The sisters said they were grateful for the help and support they had received from the Smith Partnership and CJH (incorporating Greenhill Cooper) solicitors’ firms in Derby, during their studies.

Their family will be watching when they pick up their law degrees on Friday morning, in the first ceremony of the University of Derby’s two days of Awards Ceremonies, at the Assembly Rooms in Derby city centre.

Tony O’ Neill, Assistant Head of the School of Law and Criminology at the University, said: “Emma and Kelly were a joy to teach. Throughout their four years at the University they demonstrated ability and exceptional commitment, and they really earned their degrees the hard way.

“It’s great that together they should mark the end of our first 1,000 LL.B graduates and the beginning of the next 1,000. We wish them every success for the future.”

Awards ’09: Background

Around 2,300 students will enjoy the celebration and colour of the University’s annual Awards Ceremonies in Derby on Friday and Saturday (January 23 and 24). Staff, families and friends can celebrate loved ones receiving their qualifications and hundreds will watch the ceremonies on the BBC Big Screen, just outside the Assembly Rooms.

Jasvinder Sanghera is one of this year’s six honorary award winners in Derby, receiving an Honorary Doctorate. She has been recognised nationally and internationally for raising awareness of forced marriages and honour related crimes, through her best selling novel Shame. She will receive her award on Saturday morning at 9.15am, at Ceremony Four.

Other honorary award winners are:

  • David Mannion – Honorary Doctor of Letters (HonDLitt): Editor in Chief of ITV News (award received Friday, 9.15am, Ceremony One);
  • John Tams – Honorary Doctor of Letters (HonDLitt): Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, and composer and performer of folk music (award received Friday, 12.30pm, Ceremony Two);
  • Peter Gould – Honorary Master of Music (HonMMus): Master of Music at Derby Cathedral (award received Friday, 3.20pm, Ceremony Three);
  • Professor Robert Howie – Honorary Doctor of Science (HonDSc): Research scientist, abstractor and author of the most widely known textbooks on mineralogy (award received Saturday, 12.30pm, Ceremony Five);
  • John Knollys Bather - Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv): Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire for 14 years (award received Saturday, 3.20pm, Ceremony Six).

There will be six ceremonies over two days. Graduating students wear mortar boards and robes, in the Derby colours of red and pale blue, to collect their certificates.

On both days there will be a procession to Derby Cathedral for a Thanksgiving Service. The Oriole Marching Jazz Band and the Heage Brass Band will perform en route, on Friday and Saturday respectively.

University Transport staff will work with local authorities to manage the University and city centre park and ride service.

Support staff at the University’s Kedleston Road site will ensure visitors are welcomed, fed and transported to the Assembly Rooms. Other staff and students will be on hand to help at the ceremonies, including the Buxton campus’s Catering and Hospitality students, who will cater for the VIP guests in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Council House.

The Graduation Ball, organised by University of Derby Students' Union, will be held at Kedleston Road on Saturday night. The entertainment will be headlined by top girl band The Saturdays.

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Awards 2010: Fund To Help Raise Awareness Of Genocide

20 January 2010

A graduate who balanced study with working as a human rights campaigner is launching a scholarship fund with the University of Derby to widen awareness of genocide internationally.

Sam Boarer will graduate with a 2:1 for his BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering degree course at the University's Awards Ceremonies this Friday (January 22), at the Derby Assembly Rooms.

While studying for his degree Sam was Chair of the international group Aegis Students - part of the genocide prevention organisation Aegis Trust - and established a Derby students' support society for it. He also spent a year volunteering with Aegis in Rwanda at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, established in 2004 by Aegis and the Kigali City Council as a memorial to victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Sam is now working as the International Co-ordinator for Aegis Students, an international student movement working to end genocide.

Impressed with the graduate's work, the University of Derby is to launch a new scholarship fund supporting Aegis's mission.

It will fund two places annually on Aegis's Discover Rwanda programme. This three week educational and volunteering trip is designed for people interested in learning more about the Rwandan genocide, when 800,000 people were killed in just 100 days of violence between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes, and the prejudices which can lead to such an event.

People on the programme experience Rwanda's vibrant culture, visit genocide memorial sites, participate in social activities; and engage with the Rwandan Aegis Students' groups and contribute to Trust projects in Rwanda. This year it is planned for volunteers to work with schoolchildren and young adults in rural areas, who were orphaned by the genocide.

Sam, 24, of Egmanton, Nottinghamshire, volunteered at The Holocaust Centre near Newark when he was a teenager. He continued to work for the anti-genocide cause when he went to University.

He said: "As International Co-ordinator for Aegis Students I co-ordinate our activities outside of the UK, mainly between Rwanda and the UK.

"Although on the surface there doesn't seem much relationship between the technical subject I'm graduating in and the humanitarian work I now do, what I learnt on my course has been very useful.

"Organising the Discover Rwanda programme and recruiting participants from different countries is a complicated business, so the practical and organisational skills I've picked up come in very handy. As has the business module we did as part of the course.

"I hope in a couple of years I will have the opportunity for further study which would tie together my technical knowledge and my work with Aegis."

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby - who worked with Sam and the University of Derby Students Union (UDSU) to create the scholarship places - said: "Sam Boarer is an impressive young man who has used his time at the University not only to benefit himself but the wider world.

"We're delighted that we could help him and Aegis with their very valuable work, through this new scholarship fund. It will enable current students, who will have to fundraise alongside the University's contribution, to learn first hand about world issues and to develop further their own expertise."

Caleb Jackson, President of the UDSU, added: "Sam made an outstanding contribution as head of the Aegis Society in Derby and his passion burns worldwide. He is an amazing individual."

Sam's efforts reflect the strong volunteering tradition at the University of Derby, which has a Student Volunteering section within its Career Development Centre. Each year over 1,000 students get involved in a wide variety of activities at home and abroad.

As well as benefiting others, students gain skills and experience that might interest a potential employer. People can work towards a University of Derby Award programme which formally recognises their contribution.

For further information about the work of the Aegis Trust see website www.aegistrust.org and for Aegis Students see www.aegisstudents.org.

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Awards 2010: Graduate Artist Says It With Flowers

12 January 2010

For hundreds of students the University of Derby's graduation ceremonies this month may be their only contact with its Chancellor, the Duke of Devonshire - but one artist could well meet him again later this year when he helps 'decorate' his ancestral home.

Paul Cummins will graduate with a 2:1 Class degree from his BA (Hons) Crafts course, at the University of Derby's Awards Ceremonies on Friday January 22 at the Derby Assembly Rooms. The 12th Duke of Devonshire will attend the event in his role as the University's Chancellor.

The Duke's Derbyshire stately home, Chatsworth, will hold the Spring Florabundance festival from May 1 to 6 this year. More than 25,000 tulips and other spring flowers will decorate the building and its garden.

Among the real blooms will be up to 500 ceramic tulips, created by Paul to decorate flower borders outside The Orangery at Chatsworth. They will be on display from April 24 to May 16.

Each tulip head is thrown on a potters' wheel and hand-carved, before being 'fired' or baked. Paul then hand paints them in rich colours using a tin-based Maiolica glaze, making each one unique. The flower heads will be in a range of sizes and sit on 'stems' of flexible galvanised steel rods.

His ceramic creations were inspired by the tulips to be seen in paintings hanging at Chatsworth and the real flowers that will be there during the festival.

Paul, 32, of The Green, Chesterfield - who gave up a career as an architect to become a ceramics artist - said: "Each tulip is handmade, so no two are exactly alike. They are thrown using a potter's wheel and then individually painted with a tin glaze.

"The 500 flowers will take me about three months to make. I am looking forward to seeing people's reaction to my ceramic flower heads among the real ones."

For his end of degree show last summer (2009), Paul created 400 ceramic flowers to decorate part of the University's Markeaton Street site in Derby.

Since then his work has been displayed at a series of UK arts and crafts festivals, and at art galleries.

Simon Seligman, a Chatsworth spokesman, said: "As ever the scale of displays at Chatsworth, masterminded by noted floral arranger Jonathan Moseley and our own garden team, has to be immense to balance with the grand interiors and this will be achieved wonderfully through the use of cutting edge floral design and striking flowers such as Parrot Tulips, even some that stand up to to one metre in height.

"When you add more than 16,000 tulips growing outside, donated by De Jager bulbs, and the hundreds of specially created ceramic tulips being made by Paul Cummins, the overall effect, celebrating both art and horticulture, will make Florabundance 2010 a not-to-be-missed experience."

For more information about Paul's work see website www.paulcumminsceramics.com.

For further information about Chatsworth House's Spring Florabundance festival see website www.chatsworth.org or call the bookings office on 01246 565300.

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Awards 2010: Graduate Gets Real With Computer Games

19 January 2010

Computer games expert Mat Henson is playing it seriously by creating realistic programmes for an international company whose clients include the US and UK defence departments, the police and major industries.

South African Mat Henson will graduate with a 2:1 from his BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming degree course at the University's Awards Ceremonies on January 22-23, at the Derby Assembly Rooms.

Part of his three-year course involved a year's work experience with computer games company Playgen, which has offices in New York, London and Coventry.

Rather than pure entertainment games aimed at the High Street market, the company specialises in educational and training ones depicting real life possibilities. Its previous clients have included the US Department of Defense, the UK's Ministry of Defence, West Midlands Police Authority; and science, technology and bio-medical industries.

Playgen was so happy with Mat's work at the company that it kept him on part-time during his final year back at the University and gave him a job at its London office after he finished his degree course last summer (2009). He is now employed at Playgen in a senior position as a Technical Director.

Mat, 23, said: "Before I came from South Africa to study in the UK I had looked into different universities' computer games courses and found a lot of them too general. If you're serious about working in the industry you can't just be a 'jack of all trades'.

"The Derby course was different. It has a very solid foundation in programming and maths, and a lot of the lecturers have previously worked within the computer games industry."

He added: "Playgen has worked for some very big clients and it is good to be doing something that is a bit different from the popular image of computer games."

Kam Star, Managing Director of PlayGen, said: "We are very pleased with the standard of students coming out of the University of Derby's Computer Games courses, as they seem to have all the qualities one needs to succeed in the industry; namely hard work, the ability to act on criticism and the resilience to maintain their thirst to succeed."

More than 2,000 people will graduate from the University of Derby during its Awards Ceremonies on January 22-23 in a wide range of subjects including art, business, law, engineering, computing, education and psychology.

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Awards 2010: Real 'Higher Education' For RAF Helicopter Graduates

22 January 2010

A female member of an RAF combat helicopter crew and her male colleague - both bound for Afghanistan - will be flying high when they graduate from the University of Derby.

Sergeant Stephanie Cole, 24, from Wiltshire, will graduate with a Foundation Degree in Applied Aviation Studies - a joint course with the RAF - at the University's Awards Ceremonies, held this Friday and Saturday (January 22-23) at Derby Assembly Rooms.

Stephanie works with several other female crew members - including Flight-Lieutenants Michelle Goodman and Joanna Watkinson, and Sergeant Wendy Donald - and is currently stationed at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire; a front line support helicopter base working within the service's Joint Helicopter Command. Stephanie is shortly due to be sent to southern Afghanistan for combat duty.

Whilst there, Stephanie and her colleagues will form part of Merlin helicopter crews flying missions taking troops and supplies to the frontline against the Taliban in Helmand Province. They will also airlift casualties.

Also graduating from Derby with the same Foundation Degree in Applied Aviation Studies is fellow helicopter Crewman Sergeant Lewis Tyrrell, 25, from Blackpool. He is also based at RAF Benson and due to be sent to Afghanistan later this year.

Neither of the RAF officers will be attending this week's Derby Awards Ceremonies because of operational commitments.

To prepare for their role Merlin helicopter crews train in the desert areas of California, USA, and at US airbase El Centro, to approximate the heat and dust they will have to deal with in Afghanistan.

Stephanie and Lewis's training has included gunnery practice on the helicopter's three 7.62mm general purpose machine guns, in order to be able to defend their aircraft in Afghanistan.

As a member of an RAF combat helicopter crew Stephanie said she accepted that whilst on duty they would come under enemy fire, with the possibility of being shot down or forced to ditch their aircraft in hostile territory.

Stephanie has been in the RAF for three years and is the youngest member of her crew. Her training chiefly involves being responsible for the passengers and cargo in the cabin, keeping the helicopter's pilots informed of obstacles around the aircraft and defending it if necessary.

She said: "If we are required to man the weapons it is to provide covering fire in a high threat situation to allow the aircraft to safely evacuate. In certain situations we will also be accompanied by an Apache or Lynx (helicopter) which will undertake the air assault role if required."

Asked what she thought male troops would make of a potentially all-female crew, Stephanie added: "I don't think an all-female crew would make a difference to anyone.

"We're all professionals capable of doing our jobs in the most demanding conditions and I don't think being female changes that in any way.

"There's always banter between the crews, and between the different Services, but it's all light-hearted and it is one of our coping mechanisms for the conditions that we face.

"I don't believe the guys on the ground would have any problem being picked up by females; the most important thing to them is that we are there to help them when they need it."

One of her toughest jobs is helping to guide the aircraft during dust landings.

Whilst practicing these difficult dust landings in El Centro, she said: "It's a lot easier by day than by night but it's been good. This is the great thing about the detachment to California before Afghanistan. Practice is the time to make mistakes.

"The Merlin is a great bit of kit, it's been great to fly. Because we've got the onboard communications you can actually get involved with the pilot more than the other aircraft; we can help offload some of their workload."

Lewis's family has a distinguished Services background. His mother was in the Navy, his father in the Royal Marines and his brother is in the Army.

He said: "I am nervous about going to Afghanistan but it's what I'm trained for. My parents support me in what I'm doing."

Lewis added that the Foundation Degree in Applied Aviation Studies, run by the RAF and Derby, had been useful in helping him assess his own leadership qualities, especially important for his role as a Crewman responsible for anybody boarding the helicopter.

The University part of the course is run through its School of Flexible and Partnership Learning (SFPL), which uses methods such as online and distance learning, and block release, to enable students to fit coursework in around their work and home lives.

Sarah Gibbons, Tutor in the Lifelong Learning Scheme based in SFPL and Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree, added: "Stephanie and Lewis's occupation is certainly an unusual one but, like all of our learners, they needed a course which would fit around the other parts of their life, which in this case are incredibly demanding. That's what our work is all about, really."

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AWARDS 2011: Chloe's 'Made Up' Over Film Industry Career

13 January 2011

A favour while at University making photographic models look good for the camera has turned into a career as a film industry make-up artist for Chloe Furze.

She will graduate with a 2:1 for her BA (Hons) in Film Studies degree course on Friday 21 January, as part of the University of Derby's Awards Ceremonies at the Derby Assembly Rooms.

Since finishing her course last summer (2010) she has rarely been out of work; doing the make-up for a music video and two feature films, a horror movie called Inbred and a Bollywood-style dance film called Some Day.

Chloe, 21, of Glebe Close, Bolton Percy, near York, said: "My flatmate when I was at Derby was a photographer and she asked me to do the make-up for some of her models, and I ended up doing the same for other photographers. I then worked on a short film called Sugar Drop, written by University lecturer Tom Craig.

"Since completing my course I've done the make-up for a video by an up and coming Belper musician called Leni Ward, and worked on two feature films shot in Yorkshire."

Chloe is currently working on Gallery, a short film by York-based production company MilesTone Films, whose 2010 feature CrimeFighters was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Gallery is being produced in association with fellow York production company Parashoots, whose chief executive is Mark Herman; director of acclaimed films Brassed Off, Little Voice and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

"It's been very much about learning on the job, which is fine. I would like to do some further training on hair styling, though.

"When I watch a film now I'm always looking at the way they've done the make-up and if they could have done it better," added Chloe.

Tom Craig, University of Derby Lecturer in Film Theory and History, said: "From the moment Chloe arrived on the Sugar Drop set, it was clear how naturally gifted she was.

"Furthermore, her background in both film theory and practise, one of the key strengths of our course, meant she really understood the effect her use of make-up would have on the audience."

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AWARDS 2011: Derby First Choice Despite Great Distance

12 January 2011

For one of this year's graduating students the University of Derby remained first choice, even while living on the other side of the world.

Julie Basford, 45, who graduates from Derby on 21 January with an MBA (Masters in Business Administration), will be celebrating her graduation in Perth, Australia, from where she studied the course online.

Originally from Belper, Derbyshire, Julie decided to study her MBA online with the Derbyshire Business School  at the University of Derby, despite relocating to Australia via Abu Dhabi. On graduating, she credits the course with getting her career and life 'Down Under' on the right track.

Julie said: "I studied at the University of Derby while I still lived in the UK and worked in the city. When my husband was offered a contract in Abu Dhabi I wanted to continue studying with Derby, so I enrolled on the part time online MBA and began the course while living in the Middle East."

The MBA included 'international culture', and Julie said it helped her adjust to a second move, to Perth, Australia.

"It was a culture shock in many ways," said Julie. "But I think I felt better prepared because of the course. Without the knowledge and skills I gained on my MBA I doubt I would have even embarked on the changes in my life, and I certainly now have tools to embrace new challenges and thrive in different environments."

A second graduate of the online MBA, Jeremy Oughton, 46, studied while working as the Head of Business Operations for the University of Abu Dhabi. The former Deputy Head of School at New College Nottingham, in Nottingham is now set to teach business at a large educational organisation in South East Asia.

Jeremy, 46, originally from Coventry, said, ''Completing my MBA has been fascinating experience, coupled with working in the Middle East, has made the research and study a real live experience.''

The University provides many programmes entirely online, which can be studied from anywhere in the world. The programmes include set reading suggestions for wider reading, case studies and exercises with lecturers providing support via email and the telephone.

Unlike many of the University's distance learning students who do attend the Derby Awards Ceremony at the Assembly Rooms on 21 and 22 January sadly the distance is just too great for Julie.

She said: "Instead, I'll have a 'tinnie round the barbie' and reflect fondly on my time at the University."

Julie Stone, Online Distance Learning Manager at Derby, said: "Knowing that students like Julie and Jeremy get so much out of their programmes at Derby that they continue to study with us even when they relocate around the world is fantastic to hear. We wish them both every success for the future."

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AWARDS 2011: From Ethiopia To Zimbabwe - While At Derby

21 January 2011

An international graduate at Derby's Awards Ceremonies believes what he learned during his online Masters degree programme could alleviate some of the challenges facing Africa.

Fasil Yilma's first ever visit to Derby will be to graduate with a Masters degree (MSc) in Strategic Information Technology Management, at the University of Derby's Awards Ceremonies.

After completing the online Masters degree he is now working as a Senior ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Officer at the African Capacity Building Foundation in Zimbabwe, developing IT strategy. Mr Yilma said: "The course helped me to gain an international view of how we need to structure our ICT unit and how we derive business value from our ICT investments."

Fasil hopes to begin some Africa-wide research on the strategic use of ICT, as he believes it could aid the future development of African countries. "I believe it is the cornerstone to alleviate many of the challenges the continent is confronted with", he said.

As an online distance learning student of the University of Derby programme, Fasil found studying in this way allowed him to further his career in a way that fit in with his busy working and family life.

He said: "Online study has been really perfect for me as there has been no adverse impact due to the nature of my profession or my relocations around Africa."

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AWARDS 2011: Is PTSD An 'Identity Cancer'?

17 January 2011

Psychology student Sarah Vine has travelled 10,000 miles as she prepares to collect her degree certificate from the University of Derby later this week.

Sarah studied for her BA (Hons) Psychology degree online from her home in Sydney, Australia, and travelled to the UK to spend Christmas and New Year with her family in Fife and introduce them to her recent new arrival - her second baby, Archer.

Sarah has decided to extend her stay in the UK on an extended break so she and her family, including husband Matthew and their other child Wilbur can attend the University's Awards Ceremonies on January 22.

As part of her course, Sarah lifted the lid on the effects of the devastating anxiety condition Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after gaining consent to interview four men and three women who accessed an online support group.

Some disturbing quotes expressing sufferers' internal conflict were captured as part of her research:

  • "I feel very unhappy about myself now, because I want to be who I was before my world exploded'.
  • "This person that I have become, I despise. I just have self-loathing and despise who I am now, I just can't accept that I have had a personality transplant."

Sarah asks if PTSD could be likened to an 'identity cancer' with sufferers talking about how their current selves are at war with their former identities as they battle to overcome the trauma.

One study estimates 61% of men and 51% of women will experience at least one traumatic incident in their lives such as abuse, assault, a disaster, rape or severe accident - and while many will initially exhibit some symptoms, very few will go on to develop PTSD.

Sarah wrote: "A PTSD sufferer's struggle to retain their old self is conceptualised by the majority of participants as engaging in a conflict with their disorder, which they attributed as the cause of their altered self concept.

"This sense of conflict reveals the fundamental theme of this academic paper - that PTSD has a dramatic effect on the sufferer's sense of self and identity.

"All of the participants described PTSD using war metaphors and winning their battle with PTSD was a symbol for regaining their former preferred selves. The loathing and contempt that all the participants expressed towards PTSD would seem to be the spark.

"However... there is a flame of hope that they can recover from PTSD and this is perhaps the motivating force which keeps them going."

Participants felt there was a stigma or lack of understanding about PTSD which had caused the people in their lives to withdraw from them or to alter how they interact with them, and feel that the disorder is a social, as well as a mental, disorder.

Her work was encapsulated by the following comment from a study participant:

  • "We all want to believe our brains (and therefore we) are unbreakable. Unfortunately, when our brains break, people cannot see the damage and they expect us to 'just get over it'. Unlike bones we cannot put a plaster on our brain and we cannot stop using it whilst it heals. Instead we have to use it while it is still damaged and just do the best we can."

Michele Rosenthal, a PTSD survivor who founded the online support group which Sarah accessed for her studies, said: "I believe the element of self-perception and identity is critically important in the healing process. The crux of this idea is that trauma survivors rendered powerless during trauma often develop PTSD. In this chronic state, it is difficult to heal. However, when that perspective or state is shifted and survivors begin to feel powerful there's an enormous change in progress."

Sarah was attracted to study the degree course as it is BPS-accredited, and praised the IPA Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis approach she used to help identify and glean information from sufferers.

She graduates with a 2:1 degree, and collects the University's McGraw-Hill Prize for Outstanding Independent Study for her dissertation entitled: 'Unbreak my brain: the meaning and experience of living with post-traumatic stress disorder: an interpretative phenomenological analysis'.

One of her University tutors Professor James Elander, said: "Sarah's study is a good example of how small scale research can provide important psychological insights, if the study addresses an important issue, and is well designed and carried out.

"It also illustrates the growing role of the internet in mental health and psychological research. Sarah is an online student who studied members of an online support group, and used the internet to collect her data."

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AWARDS 2011: Photographer Graduates - 30 Years After Picking Up A Camera

21 January 2011

A photographer who has been capturing images of major news events for 21 years is to graduate in the subject.

Notts-born Gary Austin, 46, learnt photography as a teenager while travelling the world as a Royal Marines Commando. After leaving the forces he covered news and sports for national newspapers and magazines as an agency photographer; then as a freelance photographer capturing events such as hunt saboteur actions, the G8 summit, and environmental and other protests.

In 2005 he set up the photographers' collective, Radical Images, to work on ethical documentary photography. Gary is also a freelance artist at Derby's QUAD arts centre working on digital arts, media (including photography) and public participation art.

He will graduate with a 2:2 in his BA (Hons) Photography degree course, at the University's Derby Awards Ceremonies - but Gary will not be able to attend his ceremony because he will be working.

Gary of Station Road, Little Eaton, said: "Even though I'd worked as a photographer for over 20 years I felt I wanted to learn more about the artistic side of the subject, the question of what makes a good picture?

"I think the strength of the Derby course is in the quality of its lecturers; such as Professor John Goto and Professor John Blakemore, as well as the other course lecturers."

"Because I did the Foundation year part of the degree course I also got to try other art techniques, such as drawing and sculpture, that I'd never done before, which I'm still using in my work with the QUAD centre."

Gary's photographic work was exhibited in the Foundry Gallery in London in 2007, and he has been selected as an exhibitor for the prestigious international 2011 Format Festival of photography, to be held in Derby from March 4 to April 3.

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AWARDS 2011: Sarabjit's Struggle To Get Onto Write Path

20 January 2011

A woman who has written movingly about the degenerative muscular condition which leaves her unable to even smile will graduate from the University of Derby tomorrow Friday 21 January.

Writer Sarabjit Parmar, 27, from Leicester, will graduate from the University at its ceremony at the Derby Assembly Rooms with a Joint Honours degree in Media Writing and Creative Writing. She and fellow student Kimberley Ellis will deliver the official student 'vote of thanks' for their faculty before their graduation ceremony.

Sarabjit has had facioscapulohumeral (FSH) muscular dystrophy from childhood. The genetic condition causes a progressive weakening of skeletal muscles in the face, shoulders and upper arms. In Britain it affects at least one person in every 50,000 to varying degrees.

In Sarabjit's case it means she is a permanent wheelchair user, has difficulty speaking and cannot smile.

She has written eloquently about her experiences of living with FSH muscular dystrophy and people's reactions to disability generally in a range of publications, including The Guardian newspaper in 2009, and on other subjects.

Sarabjit said: "Three years ago I had awfully big doubts about committing myself to a university course; where to go, what to study and so on.

"After much consideration I finally decided that Derby offered me what I needed if I was going to make writing my career. Looking back, that was the best decision and I'm extremely grateful to all those who have helped me since those first few anxious days."

Sarabjit has used her life experiences to inform her studies, writing a final year dissertation for her degree on the way that disability is portrayed in the fashion and modelling industry.

"I may be disabled myself but even I was surprised at how much I really didn't know about disability representation. It really has been a learning curve," she added.

Sarabjit now wants to use what she has learnt on her degree course to make a living as a freelance writer.

Colin Dyter, Subject Leader for Joint Honours Media Writing at the University of Derby, said: "Sarabjit is a very determined student who has overcome enormous difficulties to successfully complete her degree. I'm sure she will do well in her writing career in future."

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AWARDS 2011: 'The Only Way Out Is Through'

14 January 2011

A tattoo on Will Goring's left arm indicates how he summoned up the strength to get through life during his dad's courageous fight with cancer.

The 24-year-old, from, Mickleover, graduates at the University of Derby's Awards Ceremonies on Saturday 22 January with a 2:2 degree in BSc (Hons) Geography. He is now on course to secure his dream job as a teacher after he completes a teacher training qualification.

But graduation will be a difficult day for the Goring family as Will's dad Robert lost his 18-month battle with cancer in October 2009. A member of Derby Rugby Club, and former captain of the University rowing club, keen sportsman Will has the phrase 'The Only Way Out Is Through' tattooed on his arm alongside his dad's initials, RAG.

Will said: "Dad never gave up so I told myself there was no way I could give up on my studies. The tattoo I have on my arm includes his initials and the motto comes from my interest in rugby - when you have a difficult tackle you never go round it - you always go through it - and as a family coping with Dad's illness, that is what we have tried to do."

After an initial diagnosis of oesophageal cancer in May 2008 and following months of gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the family thought Robert had beaten the illness when the cancer went into remission the following January.

But they were dealt a crushing blow just a few weeks later as Robert, a JCB engineer, was hoping to return to work to embark on light duties as part of his recovery, when medics discovered he had developed cancer in the hip and ribs. Terminal bone cancer was diagnosed on May 16, 2009.

Will and his family continued to nurse and support his father through the following few months, helping him to achieve some of his lifetime ambitions such as seeing the first modern day flight of the Vulcan and taking a helicopter flight with wife Liz. Robert sadly passed away on October 23, 2009 in the Nightingale Macmillan Unit at Derby Royal Hospital, at the age of 59.

Will said: "My father had decided that cancer would not take him and that he would decide when he went. That was the sort of determined personality he had. He wanted to make the best of his last few months and there were some things he wanted to experience and see which we were able to help him achieve.

"He saw a battle re-enactment with his brothers Gerald and Steven, in which the Vulcan RAF bomber performed a bombing demonstration, and enjoyed a final family holiday with us in Devon.

"Not a day goes by now without us thinking about losing dad but he was so brave and would not give in, living life by the motto "don't worry, fate is in the cards you are dealt."

Will also had some good friends who have supported him through the last couple of years including Will Asher and Richard Mills. Will (Goring) and Will Asher also took part in a number of charity events including a 325 mile London to Paris bike ride - raising a total of £10,000 for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

With his father's illness, Will had to temporarily put his University studies on hold but managed to complete everything bar his final dissertation before his father was admitted to hospital in September 2009. Despite his subsequent bereavement, Will tackled his dissertation around Christmas 2009, completing his degree in March 2010 - his final project exploring legacies around the forthcoming London Olympic Games.

Will said: "With everything that happened, the dissertation was the only thing which had to be put on hold. I had carried on with my studies until that point, my mother and brother still had to work and we all took our turns to look after Dad and support him in his final few months."

Will is currently deputy managing at the Bluebell Inn in Farnah Green, Belper, and he is also hoping to start teacher training in the next few months at the University of Derby. He wants to become a teacher having enjoyed a trainee teacher role at Landau Forte College some years ago which first inspired him to apply to enrol on a degree course at Derby. He will attend the Awards Ceremonies on Saturday 22 January  with his mum Liz, brother Simon and Simon's girlfriend Claire.

Will's tutor at the University of Derby, Oliver Tomlinson said: "We are delighted that Will and his family are attending the Awards Ceremonies this January. I'm really proud of him as a person as well as what he has achieved through such adversity."

Will concluded: "Completing the degree has been a massive weight off our shoulders - it was the last thing on the cancer path which we had to negotiate as a family. Graduating will be emotional as Dad will not be there in person - but I know he is always with us inspiring us all to achieve our goals."

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Awards Accolade for University Learning Space Team Led By LEI

6 November 2013

The University was 'Highly Commended' at a prestigious national awards ceremony for the UK audio-visual industry.

Its Learning Space Team was shortlisted in the 'Education Project of the Year' category, along with its audio-visual supplier AVM Ltd, at the 2013 AV Awards, for the University's Learning Pods.

The Pods are seated booths on the Markeaton Street site's upper floors, fitted with the latest audio-visual technologies, to allow students and staff to hook mobile devices into the system and use screen displays to work collectively, or to just relax.

Derby was shortlisted for this award category alongside finalists from the universities of Cambridge and Bradford but was the only one to receive a 'Highly Commended' accolade. The category was won by Osborne Technologies for its SensoryPod project.

Simon Birkett, Technology-Enhanced Learning Manager for the University's Institute for Learning Enhancement and Innovation (LEI), said: "It's of great credit to the team behind the Learning Pods idea - which involved LEI working with the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology; IT Services and Estates' colleagues - to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, and then be 'Highly Commended'.

"The Pods have proven very popular with staff and students in the year since they were installed, and have turned what was previously unused space into vibrant, creative areas for learning."

The annual AV Awards recognise the UK's audio-visual leaders; with categories covering business, environmental, technical, educational and other aspects of the industry. The 2013 awards ceremony was held at the London Hilton in October.

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Awards Add Up For UDC

4 December 2012

University of Derby Corporate (UDC) Workforce Development Fellows Ann Minton and Carol Steed have secured another award for UDC after picking up the 'Best Workshop Proposal Prize' at the University Vocational Awards Council Conference, which took place in York in November.

Their winning presentation, Meeting The Challenges Of Developing High Impact Apprenticeships In HE, beat off stiff competition from other universities including Middlesex, Teeside and Northumbria.

Commenting on receiving the award, which came with a prize fund of £100, Ann said: "We were delighted to be awarded the prize, keeping up our 100% success rate as Conor Moss won it last year, and our certificate is on proud display in the Enterprise Centre. We were inclined to spend the prize money on a trip to the spa but decided to donate it instead to the Safe@Last charity which Carol recently climbed Kilimanjaro to raise funds for."

Carol added: "Safe@Last is a fantastic charity that works with children and young people throughout South Yorkshire, providing a 24 hour helpline, a missing young people's service, one-to-one outreach and support work. I'm thrilled that we can add the prize money to the funds already raised only a couple of weeks after returning from the climb."

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Awards Celebration Highlighting Professional Excellence

18 February 2011

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."

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Badminton Star Becomes University Ambassador

26 May 2011

A British badminton star is using her extensive experience and achievements to raise the profile and quality of sport at the University of Derby after becoming its Sports Ambassador.

During an impressive career, Donna Kellogg MBE, who hails from Spondon, Derbyshire, represented Great Britain in the women's and mixed badminton doubles in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, had a career world ranking of fourth, won 11 English National titles as well as Commonwealth Games and European Gold Medals. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2010 for services to badminton.

Donna will be using the experience she gained at the top of her sport to drive the development of badminton and other sports at the University through Team Derby.

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Donna to Team Derby. It reflects how serious the University is about sport.

"We want to increase participation, identify emerging talent and become increasingly competitive. We know that Donna, an elite performer, will be an inspiration to everyone within the University and the community she works with in this role."

Donna, who gained a BSc in Physical Education from Loughborough University before embarking on her badminton career said: "I'm really excited about working with the University, helping its teams and individuals in their pursuit of sporting excellence in the British Universities and Colleges Sport and beyond it.

"With lots of students studying on sport programmes, some fantastic facilities and a focus on sport through the new Team Derby brand there is a real opportunity to attract sporting talent to Derby and increase levels of participation and achievement," she added.

Ollie Shearer, Sport Development Manager said: "Donna will be a fantastic ambassador for the University and addition to the team, and as Head Coach of the student badminton teams we know she will bring her skills and experience to drive the sport forward."

Find out more about the University's sports degree programmes and for more information on extra curricular sport at the University of Derby visit website www.teamderby.com

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Baton Passed From Derby Torchbearer To Games Maker

26 July 2012

As the Olympic Torch ends its journey at the London Olympics' opening ceremony this Friday, another handover has taken place between two University of Derby students - one a Derby Torchbearer the other a 'Games Maker', who will be volunteering during the Games.

Olympic Torchbearer Debbie Watkins, 45, from Chaddesden, who is currently studying on the BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree at the University of Derby, carried the torch as it made its way through Derby on June 29. She ran with it from the Council House to the Flower Pot pub at 7.11pm on the day.

Debbie bought her torch into the University this week, and met BA (Hons) Business Management student Amy Hall, who is heading to London to volunteer at the Games from Saturday (July 28), and gave her the chance to hold it.

Amy, 22 from Derby, will be working at Olympic venue, Earls Court, as a steward at the volleyball competition for the duration of the Games.

Debbie got to carry the torch in recognition of her dedication to helping all of those around her achieve their dreams, and for having the courage to do so herself.

At the age of 43, Debbie began a higher education degree - at the same University as her children Stephen, 21, who is currently studying a BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology degree at Derby, and Claire, 23, who graduated from a BSc (Hons) Geography degree last year.

Debbie said: "I was working in accountancy and was very unhappy. I always wanted to write but just didn't have the confidence to put pen to paper. I'd encouraged my children to follow their dreams and study at University, and watching them enjoy the experience made me realise I should do it myself."

Since starting her course Debbie has been involved in scriptwriting and directing a short film set and filmed in Derby recently. "If I already have the confidence to contribute to films after my first year, then I'm so excited about what I'll be involved in once I graduate," she added.

Amy Hall said: "Having the Olympics Games in this country was too good an opportunity to miss and I just wanted to be involved. I am so excited to be a volunteering at the Games and can't wait for them to begin."

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BBC Explorer Discovers Unique Eco-Degree At Buxton

1 August 2013

Award-winning BBC travel presenter Simon Reeve took part in a special event at the University of Derby Buxton to launch a new BSc (Hons) Ecotourism degree, the only one of its kind in the UK.

Simon was invited to the Buxton Dome to talk about his adventures across the world and the impact - both positive and negative - that tourism can have on the ecology and economy of travellers' destinations. His career has seen him visit 110 countries, publish bestselling books and produce a number of travel documentaries, including his most recent series on Australia and the Indian Ocean. He is an adventurer in the truest sense of the word and has a keen interest in development and conservation work.

The University's new BSc Ecotourism degree explores the complex relationship between tourism and the environment.

Speaking at the event, Simon said: "It is about time that we had such a course on offer in the UK. Ecotourism is such a fantastically important subject and one that will become much more useful and important in the future.

"On my travels I see how economic development can help to lift poor people out of poverty. The course will give students really useful and professional skills which will be much in demand in the future by travel companies."

Course leader Dr Tony Johnston arranged the event to launch the degree to prospective students.

He said: "We are based in Buxton in the heart of the Peak District, one of the most visited national parks in the world. It is a great playground, and the perfect place to learn about ecotourism.

"I am particularly passionate about the social science of tourism and really looking forward to teaching students how it can be used as a positive force for economic, social and environmental change."

Some of the students already booked onto the course for September 2013 attended the launch.

Imogen Mason-Brown, a 22 year old student from Suffolk added: "I was looking for a course that dealt with travel and the outdoors so I arranged to come to the open day at Buxton hoping to find out more about the Adventure Tourism course. In the meantime, the Ecotourism degree was developed and I didn't hesitate to apply. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into the course and gaining the crucial skills that will help me in my future career."

The University is currently recruiting for September entry for the BSc Ecotourism degree. For any enquiries about outdoor programmes please visit www.derby.ac.uk/outdoor or contact course leader Dr Tony Johnston at a.johnston@derby.ac.uk. For further tourism programmes visit www.derby.ac.uk/business/hotel-resort-and-spa-management/tourism

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BBC’s Question Time Comes to Buxton

14 November 2007

Flagship politics programme Question Time will be broadcast from the University of Derby’s stunning Devonshire Campus in Buxton tomorrow (Thursday November 15).

In a special for the 28-year-old BBC One programme, Liberal Democrat leadership hopefuls Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne will face each other and the public’s questions in a debate chaired by Question Time host David Dimbleby.

An audience of around 150, including Buxton residents, in the Dome at the University of Derby Buxton, will have the chance to quiz the candidates in front of an anticipated TV audience of around 2.6million viewers.

Question Time’s visit to the campus comes almost exactly two years after the venue was used by BBC Radio Four’s politics panel programme Any Questions?, chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby. He declared after that show: "I can honestly say that I have never broadcast from a more spectacular venue in 20 years of Any Questions?"

Commenting on the preparations for Question Time’s arrival at the Dome tomorrow, Christine Sweetmore, Development Manager at the University of Derby Buxton, said: "Working on Question Time has been a great experience. The BBC work to extremely short deadlines with final details received only a matter of days before the event, so as a team we have had to react and deliver very quickly.

"I’m now looking forward to seeing the programme broadcast from such a wonderful setting."

Professor David Gray, Dean of the University of Derby Buxton, added: "We are delighted to have Question Time in the Dome at the Devonshire Campus, Buxton. Following on from the visit by Any Questions?, it shows the attraction of this fantastic venue."

The Question Time programme from Buxton can be seen tomorrow, Thursday November 15, on BBC One at 10.35pm.

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Best Ever 'Satisfaction' Score for University of Derby In National Survey

27 September 2012

It's official - the University of Derby's students are more satisfied than they have ever been.

The National Student Survey (NSS) of UK universities' final-year students is an anonymous annual survey (run since 2005) asking them to rate a range of their university's qualities including teaching, lecturers' enthusiasm, library resources and many others. Students rank questions such as 'staff have made the subject interesting' from 'definitely agree' down to 'definitely disagree'.

In all 23 'core questions' in the 2012 NSS survey - published today (Thursday September 27) - the University of Derby equalled or improved on its 2011 Survey results, and received its best ever 'overall satisfaction' rating of 83% (two percentage points higher than last year).

More than two-thirds (23) of the 34 subject areas in which Derby was rated had 'overall satisfaction' scores of 80% or more.

High-scoring courses for 'overall satisfaction' included:

  • BA (Hons) History - 100% (for the third year in a row)
  • BA (Hons) Applied Social Work - 100%
  • Foundation Degree in Children's and Young People's Services - 98%
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science - 96%
  • HND Business and Management - 94%
  • LLB (Hons) Law degree - 94%
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance - 94%
  • HND Sciences - 93%
  • BEd (Hons) Primary Education - 93%
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies - 93%
  • Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies (Adult) - 92%
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Studies - 92%.

Derby students' response rate for the 2012 NSS survey was 70% (or 2,063 students out of a possible 2,940), which was higher than the average for all higher education institutions (67%).

Pro Vice-Chancellor Philip Plowden, who has responsibility for enhancement of learning and teaching at the University, said: "These are excellent results for the University.

"Our staff take great pride in ensuring that all our students have an outstanding experience and we are delighted that these results show such high levels of student satisfaction."

Feedback from the NSS Survey, which is carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, is used by Derby to improve the way academic courses and other aspects of the University are run. It also informs the various university league tables which appear during the year.

The NSS Survey is aimed at final-year students but Derby runs its own ongoing Feedback campaign to assess the views of other students and members of the Students' Union also sit on the University committees.

For more information on the NSS Survey see website www.thestudentsurvey.com

For further press information on the University of Derby's results please contact Sean Kirby, University Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Big Day For Jacqui's Beautiful Bridalwear Design

15 March 2013

A Fashion Studies student who once designed bridesmaids' dresses for her own wedding has now seen a bridal gown she created take First place in a prestigious national contest.

Jacqui Luker, 49, a third-year student on the University of Derby's BA (Hons) Fashion Studies degree course, won the 'Best Student Designer' category at the Bridal Buyer Awards 2013, at the Harrogate Bridal Show. The annual Awards, which also feature other categories, is sponsored by Bridal Buyer magazine.

There were 12 student finalists in Jacqui's contest category (sponsored by bridal designer Ian Stuart and the magazine) including from Hull College of Art & Design, the University of Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam University.

She and other finalists had to design and make a full bridal outfit, with six of the gowns then being chosen to be modelled on the catwalk in front of industry experts and guests, as part of the annual British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate (March 10 to 12).

Jacqui, of Windmill Lane, Ashbourne, said her path into fashion design had been unconventional.

She added: "I actually trained as an accountant, and worked for major companies including DuPont and ICI, before starting up my own property company. But I had always been interested in sewing and making clothes, from my teddy bears when I was young to designing the bridemaids' dresses for my own wedding.

"I decided that if I wanted to study fashion it was now or never. The University tutors have been very helpful throughout my degree course, and the fashion studio technicians and graphics designer at Derby were great when it came to turning my design for the Bridal Buyer Awards into a real outfit."

Jacqui will complete her course this summer (2013) and is interested in joining a fashion house on the pattern cutting side of the industry.

Fiona Hawthorne, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Studies at the University, said: "Producing beautiful bridalwear requires incredible skill on the part of a fashion designer, as every bride wants to look perfect on her wedding day.

"Jacqui has done so well to win this category, and in front of professional bridalwear designers and buyers from all over the UK."

For more information about the Bridal Buyer Awards 2013 see website www.bridalbuyer.com/home/the-2013-bridal-buyer-awards

To learn more about the University of Derby's Fashion Studies degree course see website www.derby.ac.uk/courses/fashion-studies-ba-hons

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Big Impact For 'Little Black Dress' At Clothes Show Live

11 December 2013

A perfect party outfit created for Clothes Show Live's 25th birthday bash by a University of Derby Fashion Studies student has scooped her a 'Young Designer of the Year' award.

Joanne Street's unique take on the 'little black dress' was one of ten shortlisted, from hundreds of original entries, for the category at the special annual Clothes Show Live event at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.

On the final day of the 25th anniversary Show yesterday (December 10) Joanne - a second-year on the University's BA (Hons) in Fashion Studies degree - was crowned its Young Designer of the Year.

She received £1,000 prize money for herself and a week's work experience with a top British designer, and has won a further £1,000 for the University's Fashion Studies degree at its Markeaton Street site in Derby.

The Clothes Show Live judges, including fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, were very taken with Joanne's modern twist on a party dress standby; which featured an exaggerated turtleneck, laser cut fabric inspired by the stained glass window of a Gothic church, and incorporated the show's logo and '25s' to mark its anniversary.

Joanne, 19, originally from Codsall, Staffordshire, said: "It was a surreal experience, as none of my designs have been on a catwalk like that before.

"When Zandra Rhodes announced my name it was an amazing feeling. It's all been a bit of a whirlwind and an unforgettable experience. I'd like to thank my tutors for all their help and support."

This is not Joanne's first high profile award. As a first year she won an Asda Graduate Fashion Week prize for her men's T-shirt designs.

Fiona Hawthorne, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Studies, added: "To win two highly competitive student fashion competitions like this in a row is terrific. We're very proud of her.

"Joanne's drive makes you wonder what she will accomplish in the third and final year of her degree course."

Media requiring further information about this press release should contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Big Rise For Derby in Latest Guardian University Guide

22 May 2012

The University of Derby was one of the highest climbers in the 2013 University Guide, published today by The Guardian newspaper.

In the overall rankings Derby is now in 70th position (out of 120 UK higher education institutions), up from 94th in last year's guide. This makes it the fifth highest climber in the country, overtaking regional neighbours Nottingham Trent University and De Montfort University in the process.

The news was welcomed by Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, who said: "We're delighted that the work of the University is starting to be better reflected in the League Tables.

"What is particularly satisfying in this instance is that we have improved in six of the eight measures used by The Guardian, which highlights our continued progress across the board. These are challenging times for our sector, but we are rising to that challenge and relishing the need to continually evolve and improve."

As well as providing an overall ranking, The Guardian's University Guide also scores universities by subject area. Again here, there were some impressive results for the University of Derby:

  • Law scoring joint first for 'value added'
  • Tourism, Transport and Travel ranked in the top ten nationwide
  • Education ranked 14th
  • Music ranked 19th
  • History ranked 34th overall in a category dominated by the older universities, with a 100% satisfaction rate amongst students.

Professor Coyne added: "The subject scores reflect our versatility. We are already well recognised for our more vocationally-focused courses but strong performances in the likes of History highlight our ability to also deliver quality in more traditional subjects.

"Overall, the fact that we have scored particularly well in terms of 'student-to-staff' ratios and 'spend per student' highlights what is important to us. Our strength has always been to provide the personal touch to students through smaller class sizes, a personal tutor and a wide support network, and we will never lose sight of that."

The 2013 University Guide can be found at www.guardian.co.uk/education/universityguide.

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BioBlitz Has Moss Appeal

11 June 2010

Wildlife enthusiasts smashed a target to find 500 different species in 24 hours in a city park and made some exciting finds in the process - including a moss new to Derbyshire and a nationally rare beetle.

Derbyshire's first ever BioBlitz was a 24 hour period of wildlife recording aimed at providing a comprehensive list of all the animal and plant species in Markeaton Park. From 5pm Saturday (June 5) to 5pm Sunday (June 6), 597 species were identified.

One of the most interesting finds was a species of moss never recorded in Derbyshire before. Mosses belong to a group of plants called Bryophytes that are often overlooked as they are small and difficult to identify.

However, Tom Blockeel, the County Bryophyte Recorder, confirmed the identification of the moss. Another exciting discovery was a rare beetle, found by Graham Maynard, the Derbyshire Beetle Recorder.

The BioBlitz was part of the Springwatch Wild Day Out, a weekend of nature based activities to raise awareness of issues around biodiversity, which was organised by WildDerby in partnership with the University of Derby and the BBC.

Members of the public searched for wildlife, and experts were on hand to help identify what they found. The findings were then recorded on a database in the park's pitch and putt pavilion, which served as the 'hub' of the event.

Dr Graham Rowe, Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University said: "At 5pm on Sunday the total was 597, but there were still some species that we hadn't got round to identifying by that time, so the actual figure will be well over 600.

"And that is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm sure that, given more time, we'd find five times that amount living in the park.

"This activity shows just how diverse our surrounding wildlife is, and that there are so many species right under our nose."

The day itself was a great success and featured a range of activities including bat walks, bike rides and even worm charming!

There were dozens of local organisations exhibiting in the park, providing activities, information and advice. Very rarely can so many experts be found in one place, so it was a great opportunity for people to find out more about local wildlife.

A big screen broadcast films and slideshows across the park, as well as live images from a roving camera. Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter acted as compere for the event, and found himself carrying out all sorts of activities.

He said: "It immediately became clear that it would be a day full of learning, excitement and tired legs!

"It's amazing to think that I could be at a venue that I grew up next to and not actually know much about its environment or wildlife. Huge moths, bats, earthworms and over 500 different wildlife species certainly opened my eyes."

John Millar, chairman of the wildlife sub group, for Friends of Markeaton Park, and other group members took part in the event. He said: "It was great to have a weekend to promote some of the benefits of the park in terms of the wildlife there. We found more species than we expected and it was also a great opportunity to network and make friends."

Another highlight of the day was B-Active's 'Smoothie Cycle' activity, which involved making fruit smoothies by pedal power.

Peter Walker, Community Relations Officer at the University, said: "It was lovely to meet so many dedicated experts who clearly love their subject, and have a great ability in imparting this knowledge to the public with enthusiasm.

"I think the event was a tremendous success. Hopefully this will prove a great foundation for us to build on and we look forward to holding similar events in the future."

For more information about this news release, contact Luke Foddy, Community Projects, on 01332 591945 or email l.foddy@derby.ac.uk

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Biologist Shells Out For Extinct Giant Bird's Egg

30 July 2013

The egg of a long extinct giant bird is the latest cracking teaching aid to be acquired by the University of Derby.

The flightless elephant bird of Madagascar, which could grow to 11 feet tall and looked like a heavily built ostrich, was the world's largest bird until it became extinct in the 17th Century. It also holds the record for the world's largest egg - usually over a foot long from end-to-end and around 100 times the size of a chicken egg.

An undamaged elephant bird's egg sold for £66,675 at auction at Christie's in London in April this year. Now a similar, reassembled egg has been acquired by the University of Derby's Biology Department, as a teaching aid.

Graham Rowe, Programme Leader for Biology, sourced the egg for the University. It was found in the south of Madagascar and, although elephant birds survived until the 17th century, this one is much older, believed to be around 20,000 years old.

Madagascar is a former French colony and the University's egg was obtained from a specialist dealer in France. BBC presenter Sir David Attenborough also owns a reconstructed elephant bird's egg, built from shell fragments collected whilst filming in the former colony in 1961.

Graham said: "I was shocked by the size of the box shipped over to the University from France. Our bubble-wrapped egg had been buried amongst about 100 tightly packed empty Evian mineral water bottles. You wouldn't want something like this breaking again, after the obvious care with which someone has at one time glued the egg back together.

"It's amazing to think that you can hold in your hand the egg of what was once the largest feathered bird on Earth, more than 300 years after it became extinct.

"The University occasionally acquires these sorts of exhibits, as they are great teaching aids to instil that kind of wonder in our science degree students and in the schools' parties we have regularly visiting us. Of course, at £300 our egg cost only a small fraction of what the Christie's one sold for."

Graham added: "To see such an object in real life rather than in a book or on a screen makes Biology teaching at Derby come alive".

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Birthday Gift For 92 Years Young Customer

21 June 2011

Buxton's premium Spa at the Dome invited its oldest and most loyal customer to experience a revolutionary new skin analysis system this week - and discovered the 92 year-old has skin as healthy as a 60 year-old woman.

May Forder, from Lismore Road Buxton, recently celebrated her 92nd birthday, and as a gift to her, Hair, Beauty and Spa at the Dome invited her to experience the state-of-the-art Elemis SkinLab analysis; available at the salon for this week only (June 21 - 24 June).

Mrs Forder has been coming to the University of Derby Buxton's salons every week since 1983 when it was High Peak College, enjoying a range of treatments such as facials, manicures, pedicures and hair services during that time.

And it seems these weekly visits have paid off, as the analysis showed that Mrs Forder's skin was in excellent condition.

Amanda Garrington from Hair, Beauty and Spa at the Dome said: "Elemis SkinLab is a unique 15-minute experience where clients like Mrs Forder receive a personalised facial mapping analysis, showing evidence of invisible sun damage and ageing, both on and below the surface of the skin."

Heather Lloyd, a student on the University of Derby Buxton's Foundation Degree in Spa Management, said: "Mrs Forder has skin of a much younger woman; not much sun damage, good plumpness and no dehydration."

On the treatment Mrs Forder said: "Today's treatment was a nice surprise as usually I just get my hair done. It was really interesting to see the pictures of my skin and I enjoyed the facial."

The Elemis SkinLab combines state-of-the-art technology in facial mapping analysis and a lifestyle consultation to offer the client face and bodycare solutions. This special offer price of just £10 is redeemable on any Elemis products purchased on the day.

Appointments for the Elemis Skinlab are being taken now for Tuesday June 21 to Friday June 24. Book by calling Hair, Beauty and Spa at the Dome on 01298 338408, or call in at reception.

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Blackboard Mobile App Launched

18 February 2013

LEI's Technology Enhanced Learning Team, together with colleagues in ITS, has been working to test and launch Blackboard's own mobile app.

On February 4 the app went live to download and use. It has been designed for mobile phones and tablet devices such as Android, Apple and Blackberry.

The app allows you to log into your institutions' virtual learning environment, using your own log-in details to access the University's Course Resources, providing quick access to:

  • communication of course updates
  • access programs and module information
  • Blackboard blogs and journals.

With an internet connection the app is a user-friendly way of accessing content for both students and lectures, with the ability to view a range of formats via supported browsers or additional applications.

This investment in learning resources will allow students to receive announcements, participate in discussions and review content whilst on the move, which has the potential to enhance the student experience and their achievements.

Download the app for free by searching for 'Blackboard Mobile Learn' on devices' app stores via:

  • Android (Search Google Play)
  • iPhone/iPod/iPad (Search the App Store)
  • Blackberry (Search Blackberry App World).
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Blackwell's Acquires Waterstones Bookshop At The University

30 May 2013

Blackwell's Bookshops has today confirmed that it is to take over the operation of Waterstones bookshop at the University of Derby's Kedleston Road site from the 1st June 2013.

Britain's leading academic bookseller now plans to acquire more shops over the next year as the company continues to outperform the market.

While many bookshops are being forced to close their doors, Blackwell's is looking to expand its portfolio of shops which serve 56 higher education institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Following the recent announcement of the closure of their Library Services Decision, the move reaffirms Blackwell's strategy to focus on Bookshop and Digital opportunities, decentralising operations and giving authority back to local managers and their teams in order to return the business to profitability and ultimately to deliver a John Lewis style employee partnership scheme.

Blackwell's has confirmed that the current University of Derby Waterstones bookshop team will continue to work at the shop after it changes hands.

David Prescott, Blackwell's CEO said. 'We are delighted to announce our new bookshop at the University of Derby. Our discussions with the University have showed that they are a progressive and forward thinking institution and we are excited to be working with them on developing services which benefit the students as well as the University and ourselves.

'I'm particularly pleased that we have been able to retain the bookselling skills and experience of the current Bookshop team. We look forwards to welcoming them into the Blackwell's fold.'

Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at the University of Derby, said: "Blackwell's reputation in the academic world is second to none so we are delighted to welcome them to Derby. Having them located at the heart of our primary site affirms our ongoing commitment to provide the best possible range of services and facilities to our students."

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Blisters for BA

22 July 2011

You may have heard of students going the extra mile to complete their degrees, but a University of Derby student went the extra 220 miles when he organised and completed a coast to coast expedition for his final year dissertation.

As part of the final year of a Joint Honours degree in Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism at the University's Buxton Campus, Ben Watkinson, 23, from Chesterfield, organised a group expedition of four people to attempt the 220 mile trek from St Bees Bay on the Cumbrian coast line, through the Lake District, over the Pennines and through the North Yorkshire Moors to Robin Hoods Bay.

During the walk, Ben carried out a research study to ascertain whether it would be a suitable expedition for people with visual impairments; capturing observational data about pathways and terrain before making recommendations.

Ben planned every aspect of the coast to coast walk before leading the team. He said: "As I hope to work in adventure tourism once I graduate I decided to get some truly hands-on experience of expedition planning and implementation for my dissertation.

"As well as researching the route, booking accommodation, organising equipment, food, and a support vehicle, we also undertook a six month training regime to ensure everyone in the team was fit enough to walk the 30km each day."

The team completed the walk in just nine days; walking for an average eight hours and covering 30km each day.

Duncan Marson, Programme Leader in Adventure Tourism, said: "Ben did a fantastic job organising and successfully completing the coast to coast walk as well as the research project.

"The University encourages experiential learning as part of its degree programmes as they're the best way for students to gain the practical and managerial adventure tourism skills they'll need in their future careers. Ben and his team overcame challenges and obstacles to complete the expedition safely and in a great time, and he should be extremely happy with what he achieved."

Ben has studied at the University's Buxton Campus since he was 18, progressing from the Campus' college of Further Education provision; Buxton College, where he completed a BTEC in Outdoor Sports, into its higher education facility, the University of Derby Buxton, where he completed the joint honours degree in Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Tourism.

Moving from further to higher education is a unique feature of the University of Derby Buxton.

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Bob's Premier Challenge

18 April 2011

Former Arsenal and Scotland goalkeeper, TV presenter and University of Derby honorand Bob Wilson is embarking on the greatest challenge of his life this April.

In aid of the national charity, the Willow Foundation, he is helping to improve the lives of seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds throughout the UK. As part of the challenge, Bob will cycle more than 500 miles via every Premier League Club in England and Hampden Park in his homeland of Scotland.

The challenge began today with Bob starting at Fulham FC and Chelsea FC in London and will finish on 29 April at Hampden Park in Scotland.

Bob, who is originally from Chesterfield, is an Arsenal legend who was also capped by Scotland and went on to front sports shows on both ITV and the BBC. He has also been a goalkeeping coach and an author and in 2001 was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Derby.

Find out more about the Willow Foundation: www.willowfoundation.org.uk. Follow Bob's progress or sponsor him online at: www.bobwilsonsoccercycle.com.

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Bobsleigh Champ Takes Run At ‘World’s First’ Cycle Coaching Course

12 December 2007

With world class sportsman, retired Army Major and businessman already on your CV, most men would be happy to rest on their laurels.

But when Jonnie Woodall - a former Winter Olympian and tobogganing world record holder - looked around for a fresh challenge he settled on a unique sports course offered at the University of Derby’s Devonshire Campus in Buxton.

Jonnie is one of half a dozen students on the University’s new Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching. The two-year course, thought to be a world’s first, aims to create the next generation of champion breeding cycling coaches.

Launched in September 2007, the course gets behind the psychology, exercise science and nutritional know-how of the sport of cycling. Parts of the course also deal specifically with mountain biking, the pressures of competitive cycling, and the practicalities of promoting it in the community and amongst the young.

The course’s students actually include a second Olympian, Adrian Timmis, who was part of the British cycling pursuit team at the 1984 Olympic Games, and a Tour de France finisher and stages winner in 1987.

Jonnie himself has an impressive amateur cycling background.After swapping from running to cycling about ten years ago to keep fit, he first completed a 50 mile charity bike ride.

A few years later Jonnie moved his cycling up several gears by taking part in the 2004 L’Etape du Tour, a gruelling annual event which allows amateur cyclists to complete one of the same mountain stages as that year’s Tour de France, and competed in the World Masters Track Championship, at the Manchester Velodrome, the National Cycling Centre.

Not content with that, in 2006 Jonnie took part in the Gran Fondo Campagnolo, an Italian version of the L'Etape du Tour through the mountainous Dolomite region of Italy. He then founded a home version called the Gran Fondo Cymru, now staged annually in Wales and billed as the UK’s toughest one day cyclosportive event.

The same year he also rode from his home in Shrewsbury to Marseille, France, in seven days.

Jonnie said: “Earlier this year I read about the University of Derby Buxton’s Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching course.  I thought I could formalise what I’ve learnt about cycling through it and pass that on to others.”

He travels from Shrewsbury to Buxton every week for course lectures.

“I absolutely love it, I’ve found it fascinating and very stimulating. I’ve an open mind on what I will do with my qualification. 

“I think it will definitely include further research and some coaching. I am already doing some of the latter as part of my coursework module.

“Working with schools appeals to me and trying to get more people cycling,” added Jonnie.

The University of Derby Buxton’s ‘cycling pathway’ Foundation Degree was developed by course leader Paul Jakubowski, with Brendan Meehan and 70-year-old Richard Clark, a veteran cyclist and coach who recently gained a 2:1 for his BSc in Sports Studies.

Students on the two year course can choose to go on to do a third year, as Jonnie is doing, and gain a BA (Hons) in Sport and Recreation Management; or Joint Honours pathways in Sport Psychology, Physical Activity and Health, or in Sports Coaching.

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Body Cream Company Turns To Students' Smooth Design Skills

25 October 2013

A unique cream aimed at soothing the skin complaint psoriasis has been launched at the University of Derby - where students designed the brand packaging for the product.

Judith Hunt of Belper developed psoriasis - a condition which causes the body to overproduce skin cells, often leading to red and white scaly skin patches - when she was a teenager. After being given a body butter lotion containing cranberry derivatives which alleviated her condition she developed her own DermaEnhance salve, made from organic and local ingredients, which goes on sale online from today (Friday October 25).

BA (Hons) Graphic Design students at the University of Derby designed the packaging and look for the new brand, after it was taken on as a real life project for them to do as part of their degree course.

A launch event for the DermaEnhance salve was held at the University's Markeaton Street site in Derby yesterday (October 24), attended by the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Fareed Hussain.

Judith said: "Once I'd had the idea of launching the company and the product, my son Hugh suggested approaching the University for brand design help.

"It's been a very positive experience. The students were so enthusiastic, with lots of ideas."

Nine second-year students originally took on Judith's design challenge, with Amy Glasgow and James Nixon's ideas being selected by Judith. Both students completed their courses this summer (2013).

Amy, 22, originally from Scunthorpe - who now works as a graphic designer for major retailer Boots - said: "It was only the second design project brief we'd had in our second year but it went very well."

James, 22, originally from Stoke-on-Trent, is now running his own freelance design agency, Pale Fox Design (website www.palefoxdesign.co.uk).

"The attraction when we were working on the project was that this would eventually be a real product that we would see being sold. We had to consider the needs of potential buyers during the design process, including their age and gender," he added.

Their tutor Tracy Allanson-Smith, University Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Graphic Design, said she was very proud of the professional job her former students had done.

Tracy added: "This wasn't an easy task for them to do at that stage in their degree course. DermaEnhance is somewhere between a health and a beauty product, so the branding had to hit the right tone.

"This is a good example of how our courses offer real world learning experiences, to make students' projects as close as possible to the kind of work they'll do in their future careers."

To find out more about DermaEnhance Ltd and its products go to www.dermaenhance.com

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Booklet Illustrates Efforts To Be Greener

5 December 2012

A 'snapshot' of the University's fantastic environmental achievements during 2011/12 is now available in a booklet called 'Our Environment and You'.

A printed version is also available from the Environment Team on request.

It details facts about what the University has done, and is doing, to reduce its impact on the environment. You can learn about:

the amount of electricity and gas used, and carbon dioxide emissions produced, by the University over the last academic year

  • how, by following the three principles of the 'energy triangle', the University is attempting to be lean, mean and green with its power usage
  • how staff can take simple measures to help Derby achieve its rigorous carbon reduction target of 20% by the end of next year (2013)
  • how tonnes of University waste are being diverted from landfill to be recycled, with 59% of the 503.79 tonnes produced by its tutorial buildings between August 2011 and July 2012 being recycled or used to generate energy.

Lynn Richards, Environmental Manager, said: "I'd urge people to have a quick look at the booklet we've produced, read about the positive changes being made at the University and get involved.

"The University has already achieved both Bronze and Silver awards as part of the EcoCampus scheme (a Higher Education specific Environmental Management System), and in 2013 we will be aiming for the Platinum award."

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Boost For Students and Property Market As University Buys Apartments

3 September 2013

The University of Derby has acquired a luxury apartments complex right on its doorstep, further boosting its offer of quality accommodation for students.

The Birchover Apartments complex at Allestree, Derby, next-door to the University's main Kedleston Road site, has been bought for over £3million from its Derbyshire owners, Birchover Hotel Apartments. The deal was handled by Estates Agents Boxall Brown and Jones of Derby.

Each of the fully furnished 30 apartments features two double bedrooms each with their own en suite facilities and a shared open plan kitchen, lounge and dining area.

The apartments will be part of the University accommodation managed by its Derbyshire Student Residences Ltd (DSRL) company, known as Derby Student Living. They will be offered for rent mainly to mature, international and postgraduate students from the beginning of the new academic year this month (September).

Ian Willgoose, University Director of Estates, said the apartments - built almost 20 years ago - were a very good fit with how Derby was looking to expand and improve on its available halls accommodation.

He added: "The international and postgraduate students who come to study at the University of Derby are often looking for premium accommodation near the campus.

"Together with our Students' Union we've been looking to add accommodation that facilitates more independent living than our traditional halls of residence, so the Birchover Apartments came up for sale at just the right time."

The apartments were bought fully furnished but will undergo some internal and external redecoration to make their look more contemporary. The site also includes a 40 space car park.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, added: "This apartments complex is such a strategically important site for us, allowing the University to add some wonderfully configured accommodation to our portfolio.

"The apartments will enable us to offer high quality accommodation more suited to students who stay in Derby all year round, such as those on postgraduate courses. This transaction demonstrates our confidence in the University's future and the city."

Double rooms in the apartments will be offered for rent to students, at an introductory offer for the first year of £125 per week (normally £135). An 'en suite plus' room at the University's Sir Peter Hilton Court halls in Derby currently costs £115 per week.

For more information about the University's new Birchover House complex see website www.derby.ac.uk/halls

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Bowls Team Show Their Fashion Colours

27 August 2010

Members of one of the country's oldest bowls clubs are sporting a new designer top and badge thanks to fashion students at the University of Derby.

Derby West End Bowls Club, in Derby, was established in 1913 and will soon be marking its centenary. They have teamed up with the University, whose Britannia Mill site in Markeaton Street is next door to the clubhouse and green, to help attract new members.

Students on the University's BA (Hons) Fashion Studies degree course competed to design a new sports top and badge for the club earlier this year. Members have now donned the winning design for league matches and their latest bowls 'taster sessions', where they pass on their knowledge to University staff and Derby residents interested in taking up the sport.

The smart top features a white front, back and collar with royal blue sleeves and side strips. It has the University of Derby's logo on the right sleeve and a new breast badge showing the figure of Britannia - inspired by the statue that once stood on top of the University's Britannia Mill site next door to the club - with the DWEBC initials underneath.

It was designed by University Fashion Studies degree graduate Ravinder Matharu, 23, from Birmingham. He received a £100 prize. Around 100 tops were then manufactured.

George Riley, President of Derby West End Bowls Club, said: "There can't be many local bowls clubs that have their own team strip designer.

"It looks great when we're in competition, which is very good for team spirit."

Peter Walker, Community Relations Officer at the University, added: "Like many other University staff I have become a member of the Derby West End Bowls Club and can now sport my own custom designed club top.

"This partnership between the club and the University has proved of great benefit to both of us."

Anyone interested in taking up bowls and joining Derby West End Bowls Club can get more information at its own website at www.derbywestendbowls.com.

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Brains And Beauty Beat Job Losses

5 March 2012

An Essex student has proved she has business brains as well as beauty skills after buying her own spa, and saving three of her colleagues' jobs in the process.

Sophie Collins, 21, from the village of Blackmore in Essex, worked at the Kukana Spa at the Orsett Hall Hotel to support herself and gain vital work experience while studying a BSc (Hons) International Spa Management degree at the University of Derby Buxton.

In the final year of her studies the business went into liquidation but, rather than facing unemployment and a difficult job market Sophie drew on the confidence she had acquired on her course and her entrepreneurial spirit to take on the business herself.

Sophie said: "When I heard the business was going under I realised that it could be an opportunity for me to do what I had dreamed of and set up my own spa. My University degree had a focus on business management and throughout the course I had gained work experience in a number of spas, so I knew I had the confidence and the skills to give it a go.

"Stock was very low and most of the equipment was taken by the previous owners so we had to close for two weeks to get everything up and running again without losing any regular clients.

"It's been a real challenge but I'm proud that in going it alone and setting up the business myself I've been able to hold onto three of my full time colleagues."

Sophie's spa, which is still called Kukana, now offers a host of different treatments including complementary therapies such as ESPA essential, hot stone and Thai compress massages and bridal packages; all with chromatherapy lighting and acoustic therapy to create the perfect ambience.

"We're doing really well so far and hope that many of the changes we have implemented will give us the edge and make the Kukana spa a success," Sophie added.

Isobel Stockdale, Programme Leader for the International Spa Management degree at the University of Derby Buxton, said: "We encourage all of our students to gain real world work experience throughout their courses, and this often gives them the confidence and skills to launch their own businesses too. In Sophie's case, she's doing so before she even finishes her degree course, which is great.

"We all wish her every success for the future, and look forward to supporting Sophie in her business venture as she completes her degree."

For more information on the BSc (Hons) International Spa Management degree at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

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Brave Mother Reunited With Children

20 December 2010

A mother of four who fled Africa for England after the suspicious death of her husband - believing her own life was also in danger - will mark her first Christmas with her children in nine years.

But Albertine 'Betty' Phoba's happiness at being reunited with son Nabab, 14, and daughters Altesse, 17, Henrial, 16, and Ahn, ten, during the festive season will be tempered by sadness - as December also marks the ninth anniversary of her husband, Morro Mwamba Wa Ba Mulamba's, death.

A crusading journalist and human rights activist in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mr Mulamba died in December 2001 aged 38.

Mrs Phoba, 40, had received an odd telephone call telling her to come to the centre of town urgently. Whilst en route she learned he was actually dead.

To this day his wife believes he was murdered. There was confusion surrounding the exact cause of Mr Mulamba's death, and his campaigning for greater freedoms had brought him into conflict with DRC authorities and even seen him arrested.

Nine months after his death Mrs Phoba had to flee her home in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, when she became convinced her life was also in danger. She left her children in the care of family, knowing they would be safe without her, and sought asylum in the UK.

In her eight years here she has learnt the language, gained qualifications in English and Maths, become one of the community leaders for the 200-strong Congolese community in Derby, gained a job working with the University of Derby's Community Relations team - and been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office.

This Christmas will be the first she has spent with her four children since she fled the DRC, after they too were recently granted leave to come to the UK.

Mrs Phoba, who now lives in Alvaston, said: "When I came to this country I spoke very little English but I was determined to learn the language because I wanted to speak for myself.

"As an asylum seeker you are not really given a choice which town you are 'dispersed' to. I don't have any relations in England but luckily when I came to Derby I found people here who I had known in the Democratic Republic of Congo."

Her children are now improving their English and studying in Derby. Mrs Phoba's eldest daughters, Altesse and Henrial, are at Derby College, and son Nabab recently completed a language course and will take up a place at Littleover Community School in January.

"Of course, I am so happy to be reunited with my children but December is a very difficult time of year, as it marks the anniversary of Morro's death. I would like to think that next year I will be able to do something to mark the fact that it is ten years since he died," added Mrs Phoba.

Peter Walker, Community Relations Officer at the University of Derby, has known and worked with Mrs Phoba since shortly after she came to the UK.

He said: "Betty is one of the strongest people I know. From the tragedy of her husband's death and being forced to flee her own country she has built a new life for herself, and now for her children. She is truly an inspiration."

For further information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

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Brave University Cyclists Take On Buxton-Derby Bike Ride

22 June 2006

Over 40 members of staff – some from the University of Derby’s main Kedleston Road Campus in Derby and others from its Devonshire Campus in Buxton, North Derbyshire – have celebrated National Bike Week with an exhilarating ride south.

It’s the second annual ride for staff to promote the use of bicycles to commute to work rather than cars – although few would regularly make the full trip from Buxton to Derby! They’re also raising money for the Derby Hospitals Charity 'Gamma Appeal'.

Last year, during National Bike Week, staff cycled from Derby to Buxton, and had a fantastic time. Some were cycling enthusiasts and many were complete novices. Some people enjoyed it so much they have since taken up cycling to work!

At 10am they will set off from the Campus in Buxton, the highest university campus in England, for their ride to Derby – a distance of nearly 45 miles!

It’s one of the most beautiful cycle routes in the UK. This year they're cycling in the opposite direction along parts of the picturesque High Peak Trail and the Tissington Trail, through Parsley Hay, Ashbourne, Osmaston, Mercaston, Weston-Underwood, Quarndon and, finally, the Kedleston Road Campus in Derby late in the afternoon … or evening.

People and bikes will be transported from Derby to Buxton (or Buxton to Derby if the staff are from Buxton) unless they plan to ride both ways! Refreshments will be available at the Devonshire prior to the start and when they finally reach Derby.

University Transport Manager James Brown, who organised the ride with members of the University’s Bicycle Users’ Group, said: “For those staff based at Buxton who are inspired to cycle to work from now on, from this summer they'll have the benefit of new bike shelters at the Devonshire.”

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Brazilian Students Could Help Businesses Break South American Market

17 April 2013

Businesses could take on a skilled technical student from Brazil - one of the world's fastest growing economies - at no cost to their company.

The University of Derby will have 37 bilingual, Technology degree students available for 12-week work placements over this summer. The short-term positions would be at no cost to individual companies because the students are already being supported by the Brazilian government, under the international Science without Borders (SwB) scholarship programme.

Derby is part of the SwB initiative, which will eventually see the UK welcome up to 10,000 Brazilian students over a four year period; onto undergraduate sandwich courses, and sandwich and full PhD courses. The University's current Brazilian students will be based there for a year, before going home to complete their studies.

Organisations interested in offering placement positions - from relatively new 'start-ups', to major business bodies such as Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and UK Trade and Investment - had an initial opportunity to meet SwB students and their tutors, at an event at the University's Enterprise Centre in Derby.

Business people were given a presentation on the project and heard how employing students from it could help their organisations by:

  • providing a cost effective source of recruitment or temporarily fill a skills gap
  • bringing language skills and a knowledge of Brazil's growing economy
  • undertaking a research project to tackle a real work issue
  • improving links with the University, providing further opportunities to help develop their business.

Angela Dean, Head of the School of Technology at the University of Derby, said: "Brazil is on the other side of the world but these students have chosen to come to Derbyshire because they know companies here are already trading with their home country.

"The SwB students will get a lot out of working with real businesses here, both in terms of their current studies and in experience to help them into their future careers, and the companies will be employing a citizen of one of the world's fastest growing economies, with all the opportunities that might bring."

Gordon Binnie, International Trade Advisor for UKTI East Midlands, gave a brief presentation at the University event on the importance of international trade with developing economies.

He added: "There are several events coming up shortly in the Derby area where companies can get involved with emerging South American markets. It's important for local start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses, and larger ones to get involved in these markets, as there are so many opportunities out there."

The University is beginning the process of assigning SwB students work placements with the region's businesses but any companies interested in hosting a student for a 12-week work placement can still get involved by contacting Lewis Hunt, Science without Borders Project Coordinator at the University, on 01332 593109 or email: l.hunt@derby.ac.uk

A series of events to welcome SwB students to the region and introduce them to its business sector began with a presentation this week at the University by Rolls-Royce on its global operations. This will be followed by a tour of the company's Derby facilities, including its Heritage and New Products Centres, on April 24.

For further press information please contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Brazilian Students Warmly Welcomed By Derby Mayor

26 April 2013

More than 25 Brazilian students currently studying for a year at the University of Derby were welcomed recently by the Mayor of Derby and given a whistle-stop tour of the city's newly refurbished Council House.

The international students, currently studying in Derby as part of the Science without Borders (SwB) scholarship scheme, heard from the Mayor about her role and the responsibilities of the Council.

Joy Lewis, Team Leader for the University's International Student Centre, added: "We are extremely pleased that our Brazilian students had the opportunity to meet the Mayor. It is very important that our international students feel welcome here in Derby and understand their importance in the wider community."

Derby is part of the SwB initiative, which will eventually see the UK welcome up to 10,000 Brazilian students; onto undergraduate sandwich courses, and sandwich and full PhD courses over a four year period. The University's current Brazilian students will be based here for a year, before going home to complete their studies.

For more information about the Science without Borders initiative, visit www.derby.ac.uk/international/science-without-borders or for more information about the University's International Student Centre, visit www.derby.ac.uk/international/isc

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Britannia Mill Refurbishment Completed On Its Centenary

8 November 2012

The University celebrated one of its most special building's 100th birthday by unveiling its new look on November 2 2012.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, and Chair of the University's Governing Council, Chris Hughes, led the official opening of Britannia Mill after the completion of a five year, £6 million project, which transformed the 1912-built textile mill into a 'future-proof' contemporary learning space for hundreds of students.

Its five floors of teaching spaces, workshops, computer rooms and art studios are home to students on University degree programmes including Occupational Therapy, Social Care, Creative Expressive Therapies, Textile Design, Fine Arts and Visual Communication.

Classrooms are equipped with the latest audio-visual technology, new furniture and seating with an emphasis on flexibility for the different types of teaching taking place in the shared spaces. The library has also been completely re-designed and upgraded.

Dr Ruth Ayres, Dean of LEI, said: This opening with the virtual cutting of a ribbon seems apt for a building that we have future proofed. The improvements we have made to the learning spaces and library were done in consultation with students and staff to ensure the spaces fulfil the learning needs of our current and future students.

"I would like to thank colleagues in Estates, ITS, EHS and ADT, as well as my own teams within LEI for their extensive and collaborative work in preparing the building to welcome back students at the start of this academic year."

Chris Hughes said: "The refurbishment has made Britannia Mill a fabulous learning environment. It is now the best possible facility where our students can flourish and go on to make a real difference in their chosen careers."

Professor John Coyne added: "This is one of my favourite of the University's buildings. In 1912 it was built to produce clothes and textiles, and in 2012 it is now fashioning minds and careers by providing the very best learning spaces possible."

"For the building to have been made modern and future facing with due to respect to its heritage is splendid."

Member of Governing Council, Olivia Dean, said: "I think it makes a significant statement in the environment and looks like a positive and inspiring place to be now. It is a welcoming and uplifting space."

Mr Allan Spencer, who worked at the Mill as Production Director when it was a garment factory between 1952 and 1982, was invited back for the official opening. He said: "The building's transformation is absolutely wonderful."

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British Asian Festival and University partners launch digital music channel

30 April 2014

Fresh talent from the modern British Asian music scene is being captured on film at the University of Derby - to be broadcast on a new digital TV channel for the Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival 2014.

The annual Birmingham-based Festival (running this year from May 6 to 31) showcases some of the best performers across film, music, visual-digital arts, the spoken word and new music presentations; commissioned exclusively for the event. The British Asian Festival features online and off-line activities; and celebrates contemporary music in genres including electronic, punk, classical, contemporary, fusion, jazz and folk.

For this year's event, the Festival and University of Derby BA (Hons) Media Production degree students will launch a brand new digital channel - called Shaanti's EE (Eastern Electronic) Music TV Show - to provide a platform for exciting new music artists such as Layla Tutt, Driving Lolita, Shammi Pithia, My Panda Shall Fly, Maggie 8 and Sister Elements.

Interviews, music videos and 'behind the scenes' short films of the acts are being shot entirely at the University's TV studio, at its Markeaton Street site in Derby, by students working with other professional filmmakers.

These will be broadcast on the festival's website (at www.easternelectronicfestival.co.uk ) and YouTube channel, and other social media sites, at 8pm on Friday May 9 and then at the same time on following Fridays (May 16, 23 and 30).

Phil Basi, Programme Leader for the University's Media Production degree course, said: "I know the people behind the Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival from working on BBC and ITV arts programmes.

"My students are working with professional film-makers and also shooting their own 'behind the scenes' short films, which will also be available for people to see online.

"It is a great opportunity for the students to experience the very real pressures they will have to deal with in their future careers, while also working on a new and exciting film project."

Sharnita Athwal, Artistic Director and curator of Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival, added: "Partnering with the University of Derby is a great opportunity for everyone involved.

"Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival's ethos is to give budding talent the opportunity to capitalise on their skills. We want to give back to the community and nurture new talent, which we aim to achieve through partnerships like this.

"It's wonderful to see so much fantastic talent emerging from the next generation. The students of the University of Derby are brilliant and producing some fantastic video footage."

The Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival is supported by Arts Council England.

For more information about the Festival see its website at www.easternelectronicfestival.co.uk

More details about the University of Derby's BA (Hons) Media Production degree course can be found at www.derby.ac.uk/courses/media-production-ba-hons

For further media information about the University of Derby's involvement in this project contact Sean Kirby, Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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British Asian Festival launches music channel - with University help

12 May 2014

A new music digital video channel featuring up and coming British Asian musicians has broadcast its first show - featuring video content shot by University of Derby students.

The Birmingham-based Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival 2014 - running from May 6 to 31 - showcases some of the best performers across film, music, visual-digital arts, the spoken word and new music presentations; commissioned exclusively for the event. The British Asian Festival features online and off-line activities; and celebrates contemporary music in genres including electronic, punk, classical, contemporary, fusion, jazz and folk.

Last Friday (May 9) its new digital channel - called Shaanti's EE (Eastern Electronic) Music TV Show - made its first broadcast across digital channels including Festival website www.easternelectronicfestival.co.uk and YouTube, and other social media sites. Further ones will follow at 8pm this Friday (May 16), Fridays May 23 and 30.

University of Derby BA (Hons) Media Production degree students spent weeks shooting music videos of, and interviews with, new music artists such as Layla Tutt, Driving Lolita, Shammi Pithia, My Panda Shall Fly, Maggie 8 and Sister Elements. Much of the filming was done at the University's TV studio, at its Markeaton Street site in Derby, by students working with other professional filmmakers.

Last Friday's broadcast is on YouTube at http://youtu.be/GaiD0Cw1LSw 

Phil Basi, Programme Leader for the University's Media Production degree course, said: "The students have done a fantastic job.

"This has been a great opportunity for them to experience the very real pressures they will have to deal with in their future careers."

Sharnita Athwal, Artistic Director and curator of Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival, added: "Partnering with the University of Derby is a great opportunity for everyone involved."

The Shaanti's Eastern Electronic Festival is supported by Arts Council England.

More details about the University of Derby's BA (Hons) Media Production degree course can be found at www.derby.ac.uk/courses/media-production-ba-hons

For further media information about the University of Derby's involvement in this project contact Sean Kirby, Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Brochure Design Wins Big In Europe

14 March 2012

Italian city Milan and top designs go naturally together - but it was an award for a stylish marketing publication rather than high fashion that sent the University of Derby there.

A set of 'Z-fold' marketing brochures showcasing the undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology (ADT) received a Third Place award in the Corporate Publishing category of the 2011 Top Applications Award annual competition, run by international quality paper company Fedrigoni of Italy.

The four brochures were split into two separate sections; the front focusing on individual courses and student success stories, while the back highlighted facilities and student life in Derby. The innovative design features photos by the University's Matt Howcroft and Richard Richards, and fold-out panoramic images of key site areas by Matt Jones.

The brochures were designed by the Morgan Agency and printed by Team Impression, both Leeds companies.

The Corporate Publishing category had 260 entrants from across Europe, and Derby came third after Moroso: The World Travel Guide (First Place) and London's St Pancras Hotel (Second Place).

ADT Marketing Officer Erin Parker, Sam Burgess of the Morgan Agency and Simon Bucktrout from Team Impression journeyed to Milan to accept the award last week (March 8 - 9).

Erin said: "This is fantastic news for ADT and we're really proud of the hard work we've done with the Morgan Agency and Team Impression to show the Faculty at its best, through these innovative brochures."

The University's brochures were one of around 20 contest entries also featured in the Awards catalogue.

The Morgan Agency has also entered the publication in the Best Undergraduate Prospectus (Printed) category of the 2012 HEIST Marketing in Education awards. Winners for that will be announced at a finalists' dinner on May 31 at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.

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BUCS Bronze For Team Derby Futsal

16 March 2012

You may not have heard much about it - but futsal is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. And the University's Team Derby Futsal Club recently won the bronze medal at the British University College Sport (BUCS) Championships in their inaugural season.

Futsal is the indoor version of football officially sanctioned by FIFA. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, the field is delimited by lines, not nets or boards, which the ball may be played off.

The University of Derby Athletics Union Futsal Manager, Matt Hardy's, passion for the sport over the past 12 months has provided Team Derby with the foundations for its bright future.

Matt, who is currently in the third year of a BA (Hons) Journalism degree said:"It was very difficult at the start of the year with no-one at the University really knowing what futsal was. I can remember spending the first few games explaining the rules to some of the boys, so our expectations over the season were never too high."

The futsal manager went onto admit that it was hard finding enough players to play for the team initially with students having little experience of the sport.

"To begin with we used players from small sided leagues but as popularity increased so did the number of players. We were fortunate to obtain some very skilful players from the men's football team."

Despite only starting the futsal club in September the players involved picked up positive results throughout the season against other universities in the Midlands 1A Division. Their second place finish saw the team qualify for the BUCS Championships held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

"The venue was unbelievable," added Matt. "To see so many people in one place from other universities just for futsal was special. The tournament ran really well, the organisers deserve real credit".

Hardy also met Team GB athletes at the Sheffield venue who were in training for the 2012 Olympics.

During the competition, two wins and a defeat was enough to see Team Derby progress to the third place play off where they faced Loughborough seconds. Goals from Mark Farthing and Oliver Salami saw Derby win the game 4-2 and secure a bronze medal in their first BUCS Futsal Championships.

On winning bronze, Hardy spoke of his and the team's reaction: "It's no less than the boys deserve. Everyone's been first class all season so to achieve bronze is a fantastic achievement.

"It does feel a little strange because we're all disappointed that we haven't gone further and perhaps taken silver or gold but there's lots to build on for next year".

Team Derby Futsal Club also run a team for non students. Training takes place on Sunday Evenings from 6-8pm. For more information email teamderby@derby.ac.uk or visit For more information visit website www.teamderby.com

Article supplied by Team Derby Sports Participation Officer, Alex Molloy.

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Business Battle To Be Named The Entrepreneur On Screen At University

11 May 2009

A contest between young business brains eager to prove to a critical guru and their ‘henchmen’ who is the best will be screened tomorrow night – at the University of Derby.

In the film of The Entrepreneur contest, ten University students from a range of courses compete against each other in a business task.

A panel judges their success, or otherwise. It is lead by Fiona Church – Dean of the Faculty of Business, Computing and Law – assisted by Rob Moon, Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and Marketing Officer Jenny Baldwin.

The one hour film of the contest will be screened for the first time at the University’s Kedleston Road site, Derby, at 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday 12 May) before an audience of staff, students, contestants’ families and Derbyshire business leaders.

The 2009 winner of The Entrepreneur will also be revealed, which up to now has been kept a closely guarded secret. 

The screening will be followed by a drinks reception where the contestants will be presented with prizes provided by Derbyshire businesses Orchid IT and Action coach.

During the film two teams of five students battle it out in a challenge set by the Dean. Their results come under scrutiny in The Entrepreneur’s executive boardroom, with one team then shown the door. From the remaining team, Fiona picks one student to be the holder of the University’s first The Entrepreneur title.

One of the contestants, Joel Cope, 19, on the BA (Hons) Business Studies, from South London, is already a budding entrepreneur, having set up a small video game company Gamers Edge, which bought and sold videos, and generated £17,000 in a year, enabling him to go travelling before joining the degree course in Derby this year.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge – we have already covered modules on entrepreneurial skills and enterprise on the degree course and I enjoyed my success with Gamers Edge so The Entrepreneur should be fun.”

And fellow contestant Laura Williams, 22, from Derby, on the BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree course, helped run her family’s jam factory business before coming to Derby.

She said: “I’ve not just learnt the theory I’ve been out there running a proper business. I know my strengths and my weaknesses and I think will really give me an advantage over the other contestants.”

The project aims to promote interest in business and demonstrate the skills students have acquired so far in their studies at Derby, and show how enterprising and innovative they can be.

The ten contestants, selected following auditions, were drawn from courses including business, photography, textile design and electronic engineering. They include a gospel singer, a swimming coach, a writer and a distance runner.

Fiona Church said: “The teams were expected to present themselves in as professional a manner as possible and we didn’t make it easy for them. I was very impressed with all the contestants but in the end only one person could be named The Entrepreneur.”

Rob Moon added: “The University is keen to get students of any discipline with a good idea to think about becoming an entrepreneur, not just those on business degrees. The students showed great ability during this contest.”

And fellow ‘henchman’ Jenny Baldwin said: “I wanted to see what the students could do under pressure and they really impressed me.”

Laura has joined the Enterprise Inc programme – formerly Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in EDucation (or SPEED) – at the University of Derby since taking part in the competition. It provides funding and support for students looking to turn an idea into a new business.

The competition was filmed throughout by the University’s Creative Media team.

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Business Guru And Secret Millionaire At University

15 November 2010

A philanthropist, International Businesswoman of the Year and star of Channel 4's Secret Millionaire TV programme will be a guest speaker at the University of Derby on Thursday 18 November.

Dawn Gibbins set-up a home-based commercial flooring business called Flowcrete with her inventor father, Peter Gibbins, which grew to be a world leader; with offices in 30 countries and 12 manufacturing plants around the globe. She sold it in 2008 for an undisclosed multi-million pound sum.

She has won a string of accolades; including 'Most Influential Person in British Manufacturing', a recognition from Her Majesty the Queen as a 'Pioneer for the Life of Our Nation', an MBE awarded for services to industry and was named as this year's She magazine 'International Businesswoman of the Year'.

Dawn will talk about both her business and philanthropic work - through her anti-poverty, not-for-profit initiative The Barefoot Foundation - as the guest speaker at the annual event held by the University's Derbyshire Business School and professional body, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The free event open to the public, students and business people will be held at the Courtroom (Room OL2) at the University's Kedleston Road site, in Derby, at 6.30pm on Thursday 18 November. It will take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Dawn said: "I am really pleased to be asked to this event. I hope that I can pass on some of my knowledge and experience to help others achieve great things in business."

Peter Rudolph, Head of the Derbyshire Business School, added: "We are proud of the success of our entrepreneurial courses, and of the many graduates and students who go on to establish their own businesses.

"Dawn Gibbins is not only an incredibly successful businesswoman but someone who can get over to an audience her passion for enterprise. I'm sure that those who come to listen to her, whether out of general interest or because they are in business themselves, will be inspired by what she says."

The event will begin at 6.30pm with a free buffet and drinks. The evening will be hosted by Dr Bruce Johnstone, Enterprise Development Fellow in the University's Centre for Entrepreneurial Management; with introductions from Peter Rudolph and Peter Blake, Derby branch Chair of the CMI.

For further information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

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Business Hub To Put Students At Centre Of Employability And Enterprise

18 September 2013

A new centre aimed at training future business leaders and entrepreneurs will be launched tomorrow (September 19) at the University of Derby before an invited audience of major employers.

The Employability and Enterprise Hub will enable students and recent graduates to network with and be mentored by senior business figures, attend exclusive business seminars and workshops, access funding to start-up their own enterprises, gain employment with top level companies and use their skills to help good causes.

The Hub in the Atrium of the University's Kedleston Road site, in Derby, will open to invited guests for the first time - including representatives from Rolls-Royce, telecoms technology business Roscom and Marketing Derby - from 11am to 3pm on Thursday September 19.

Activities during the launch will include:

  • information for employers on a new funding scheme to help towards the costs of employing a University of Derby graduate or student;
  • the launch of a competition to give 50 free annual Institute of Directors' Student Memberships (worth £50 each) to the most promising student or graduate business brains;
  • a demonstration of the Hub's new Careers IT portal, to help match applicants with available vacancies.

The Hub is a joint venture between the University of Derby's Derby Business School, its Institute for Learning Enhancement and Innovation (LEI), and University of Derby Corporate (UDC).

Demonstrating the University's faith in its degree students, the Hub will be managed in its first year with the help of a Derby Business School student on work placement. Carmen Isabela Sterian is currently on the BA (Hons) Marketing and Advertising Management degree course.

Bev Crighton, lead for Enterprise at the University of Derby, said: "We are starting as we mean to go on with the Employability and Enterprise Hub; making it an engaging, creative and student-led force within the University to promote real business thinking.

"We want it to be a place where the fresh approach and energy of our students, whether they are looking to start up their own company or join an established one, can draw on the experience and knowledge of senior business people and their organisations."

To contact the new Employability and Enterprise Hub directly email thehub@derby.ac.uk or contact the Derby Business School's Centre for Enterprise through Bev Crighton on 01332 591813, or email b.crighton@derby.ac.uk

For more on the work of Derby Business School and its courses see website www.derby.ac.uk/dbs

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Business Rent Cut To Help New Enterprises 'Evolve'

2 November 2011

The University will re-launch its 89 Derby business incubation units under the brand name 'Evolve' this Friday 4 November - with graduate and student entrepreneurs offered three months rent free, saving them up to £1,500.

The University is one of Derby's largest providers of business incubation sites; offering quality spaces for new enterprises at subsidised rents, with additional free advice and support also available at most centres.

They will be re-launched under the 'Evolve' brand at an event at the University's Enterprise Centre in Bridge Street, Derby, at 11am on Friday 4 November.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, will open the event; to be attended by University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, and the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Les Allen.

To mark the re-launch the University is offering its own student and graduate entrepreneurs three months off their first year's rent at its business incubation units, in the four Derby sites of:

  • The Innovation Zone at the Enterprise Centre, in Bridge Street
  • Banks Mill Studios in Bridge Street.
  • Network House in Nuns Street
  • The iD Centre in London Road.

The offer means students and recent graduates who take on a unit or a studio under the new scheme, and are eligible for three months' free rent, could save anywhere from £200 to £1,500; depending on the size and location of the space.

There are a range of options concerning how the discount can be applied, depending on what is best for the individual business.

Louise Jones, Incubation Manager for the University of Derby, said: "We know that business incubation works, our results and feedback confirm this. This year 'Evolve' is all about increasing the value of what we offer to students and making their transition into business as smooth as possible.

"In the current climate, especially in Derby, anything we can do to support employment and the local economy is important. It's something we want to encourage in anyway we can."

The new offer is backed by one of the University's current entrepreneurs, graphic designer and illustrator Debra Yates, who runs creative company Vivid Violet Design at a space at the Banks Mill Studios.

An accomplished artist who works with acrylic paints, pencil and pen; Debra has a unique approach to design which enables her to produce striking work for a range of clients. She recently completed a Masters degree in Visual Communication and Illustration at the University.

Debra said: "The concept of incubation units to help businesses find their feet and develop in the marketplace has worked for me, as my company is starting to get established.

"I benefit from the location, the surroundings, the expertise and the sense of community with the other entrepreneurs working at Banks' Mill."

For more information about 'Evolve' contact Business Incubation Manager Louise Jones on 01332 258834 or 07767 352915, or email: l.jones1@derby.ac.uk

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Businesses Get Sporting Chance of Success At University of Derby Corporate

19 July 2013

Businesses are encouraged to attend a networking lunch at University of Derby Corporate (UDC) on Friday July 26 to hear from inspirational four-time Olympic cyclist, Bryan Steel.

The event from 11.45am to 2.15pm will be held at UDC's Enterprise Centre in Bridge Street, Derby, and is organised by the Business Network: Derby, which arranges monthly structured and business-focused networking events.

Delegates will hear how Bryan went from being a scrawny young boy to an Olympic medallist - winning Silver in 2004 and Bronze in 2000 - and how business people can implement his four key elements of success, to achieve their goals and aspirations in the workplace and beyond.

After Bryan's talk, there will be a networking opportunity followed by lunch, which will include a live cooking demonstration by the Enterprise Centre's resident chef Nigel Adams, who will be cooking up pancakes and amaretto for the crowd.

Peter Motley, organiser of the Business Network: Derby, said: "Our events provide face to face access to a broad cross-section of decision makers from the respective local business communities, as well as seminars with inspirational people like Bryan.

"We are delighted to be hosting our next event at the Enterprise Centre, which is at the heart of entrepreneurship in Derby."

The event takes place on Friday July 26, 2013, from 11.45am to 2.15pm at University of Derby Corporate's Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LD. Tickets cost £35 per person.

For further press information please contact Alice Oliver, Deputy Head of Corporate Relations at the University of Derby, on 01332 592032 or email: a.oliver@derby.ac.uk

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Buxton Adventure Festival 2013 Announces Film Programme

15 October 2013

Buxton Adventure Festival proudly announces the 2013 full speaker and film programme today. 10 record-breaking, globe-trotting, mountain-topping inspirational speakers from the worlds of adventure, travel and sport will be followed by a screenings of our pick of the world's best adventure sports films.

Highlights include Saturday night's interview with Derbyshire's Olympic Mountain Biker Annie Last followed by a double bill of newly released mountain-bike epics - 'Not Bad' and 'Arrival'. And on Sunday night, round-the-world adventurer Jason Lewis' talk will be followed by a screening of the eagerly anticipated ski and snowboard feature film 'Valhalla'.

Brought to you for the first time last year by the organisers of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, in partnership with the University of Derby, Buxton, 100% of our audience said they loved the combination of live lectures and big screen cinema and would recommend it to a friend.

This year to create even more of a festival feel, we'll have a whole range of family-friendly activities including a Children's Run-Swim Aquathlon with High Peak Tri Club; free family activities with the YHA and Village Games, free Alpine workshops with Peak Mountain Training and we're even looking into Forest School sessions. MyOutdoorsUK will also be organising an outdoors and adventure sports photography exhibition in the Pavilion Gardens. Plus we're introducing 'Adventure Bites' - anhour-long, family friendly loop of 10 action-packed, short adventure sports films showing all weekend.

Festival Programme Director Matt Heason of Heason Events, said: "We're privileged to be able to screen a range of films including some of this year's most eagerly anticipated releases 'Not Bad', 'Arrival' and 'Valhalla'. We're also proud to be showcasing new talent like Morgan Cardiff's 'The Penguin Runner' and to have another chance to screen 'The Dragon's Back' by Sheffield producer Rich Heap, which sold out at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival."

Festival PR Lissa Cook said, "We really hope there's something for everyone this year with films and speakers across the whole range of adventure sports from running, climbing, cycling to winter sports. There are also inspirational stories like disabled climber Paul Pritchard returning to the Himalayas on a recumbent bike in 'The Journey' and the tragic account of Henri Coetzee's last kayaking expedition in 'Kadoma' as well as a crazy race to the Pole in 'Crossing the Ice'."

"100% of last year's audience told us they liked the mix of speakers and films and would recommend the festival and bring a friend. We're hoping that the 2013 programme, which we're confident is even stronger than last year's, will be a crowd pleaser."

Leader of High Peak Borough Council, Caitlin Bisknell said: "We're delighted to work in partnership with the Buxton Adventure Festival. BAF is a wonderful addition to Buxton and the High Peak's offer. We have such wonderful scenery on our doorstep with walking, climbing and biking routes to suit all abilities, all within each reach. And we have a strong cultural heritage with a long tradition of climbers like internationally renowned athletes

Strategic Director of the University of Derby, Buxton, Dr Peter Dewhurst said: "Here at the University of Derby Buxton, adventure is part of the curriculum through our portfolio of outdoor courses at Oaklands Manor, so we are delighted to sponsor the Festival in its second year.

"Just like explorers who need practical skills and preparation to face the challenges they will meet, our students leave with real world learning which equips them for a successful future."

2013 SPEAKER & FILM PROGRAMME:
Online here: http://www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk/2013programme.html

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Buxton Adventure Festival Searches For Young Adventurers

23 October 2013

The organisers of the Buxton Adventure Festival, sponsored by the University of Derby, are searching for Derbyshire's Young Adventurer of the Year. They are looking for the best runners, bikers, climbers, cavers, skiers, skateboarders, free-runners, kayakers and sailors in the county.

There's also a special Spirit of Adventure category for any young person who's excelled in their sport or has perhaps overcome a challenge or demonstrated great progress in the face of adversity.

Or maybe you know a Young Leader, coach or volunteer who has helped others to reach their potential. Whatever the sport, activity or adventure, if they are pushing their boundaries or leading others by example, then they want to hear their story.

Explain in 250 words or less why you want to nominate your son, daughter, young relative, friend or classmate, student or club member, fellow team member or even yourself!

The winners will be short-listed by the judging panel including top climber Pete Whittaker, England fell runner Stuart Bond, and Hope Factory team cyclist Adela Carter.

British Adventurer Dave Cornthwaite will present the winners with medals and prizes and give a keynote speech at an exclusive, invitation-only awards ceremony evening at the Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre at University of Derby, Buxton on Friday 1st November ahead of the Buxton Adventure Festival opening on Saturday 2nd November.

PRIZES:

• A trophy for each of the three category winners - Young Adventurer, Spirit of Adventure and Young Leader.

• Plus our overall 'Young Adventurer' award winner will win a trip for two to the 2014 Junior Adventure Racing World Cup in the French High Alps for themselves and a friend, including travel and accommodation.

• And each of our 'Spirit of Adventure' and 'Young Leader' category winners will win an 'Adventure Day' at Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre for themselves and up to 20 classmates.

WHAT'S ON AT BAF FOR YOUNG ADVENTURERS


Buxton is a family-friendly adventure festival. As well as the Young Adventurers Awards there are also two special morning Young Adventurer Sessions with Daredevil Danny and Dave Cornthwaite followed by an action-packed Adventure Films screening.

In addition, the new U-certified 'Adventure Bites' loop will run all day in The Studio theatre with private wifi headphones so you can drop in at any point during the day. Also new for 2013 is the High Peak Tri Club's Children's Swim-Run Aquathlon.

There'll also be free Xplorer orienteering in the afternoons with Derbyshire Village Games and free slacklining, mini climbing wall and caving with the YHA.

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Strategic Director at the University of Derby, Buxton said: "We are delighted to be launching a new award to encourage and inspire the next generation of adventurers. Adventure is at the heart of our outdoors courses at Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre where we equip our students with the practical skills needed to face the challenges they will encounter whether they go on to work in the outdoors industry or become explorers and adventurers themselves."

Matt Heason, Buxton Adventure Festival Director said: "With the Peak District National Park on our doorstep, Derbyshire's always attracted some of the world's best adventure sports athletes. We want to encourage the next generation of home-grown talent with these new awards."

Janice Price, Partnership Manager at the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership said: "I never cease to be amazed by the energy and dedication of our Young Leaders who volunteer their time to help organise festivals and competitions for our younger pupils. In rural areas it's crucial to give talented youngsters a pathway to success, forging links between schools and clubs. We hope these new awards will shine a light on talented youngsters of all ages and abilities".

Terms & conditions

• Nominations must be submitted online: www.heason.net/Buxton-Adventure-Festival-Young-Adventurers-Awards-Night/

• Nominations will close at 5pm on Friday 25th October.

• Nominees must be 17 or under on 1st November 2013 and live in and/or go to school in Derbyshire on the 1st November 2013.

• Nominations are open to the public as well as to schools, clubs, groups etc. You may nominate more than one young person (please submit one form per nominee).

• You can only nominate a young person in one category.

• Judging: In the event of a tied decision, Festival Director Matt Heason will have a casting vote.

• Prizes: Please note, the 2014 Junior Adventure Racing World Cup will take place in the Haute Alps in France towards the end of July (date tbc). The race is open to 7 to 17 year olds and takes 4 nights and 5 days. Watch 2013 video here: http://vimeo.com/74139172.

• Each Spirit of Adventure and Young Leader category winner will win an 'Adventure Day' at Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre for themselves and up to 20 classmates. Dates and details will be decided with the winner, in liaison with their teachers and the University of Derby, Buxton.

• Read more about Dave Cornthwaite and our judging panel at www.buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk

Contact details: Lissa Cook, Buxton Adventure Festival PR 07818 411 791 / 01663 751 126 or lissa@heason.net or at the University of Derby James Mitchell at J.Mitchell@derby.ac.uk

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Buxton Aloud With The Sound Of Wedding Bells

5 May 2011

Love must be in the air in Buxton as it seems to be becoming an increasingly popular wedding destination.

Buxton's iconic Dome is seeing this effect, as it is set to be the venue for a wedding almost every weekend this month. Confetti will dust the front steps of the Dome and its bells will chime to celebrate the future happiness of four couples during May.

Christine Sweetmore, Development Manager of Events at the Dome, said: "We're delighted to be the venue of choice for so many weddings this May. The Dome is becoming increasingly popular and we think this reflects a trend across the town.

"The weddings that we're hosting in May are for couples from Buckinghamshire, London and Manchester, and we even have a bride from Spain. They're choosing Buxton as it's a central location for guests to travel to and because it offers a weekend away experience in the heart of the Peak District."

Each of the weddings to be held at the Dome this month will be different; one has a special light show where the Dome will be lit up with coloured lighting displays and effects, another wedding has a Spanish theme complete with tapas and Salsa dancing, and at another, a live rock band will provide the entertainment.

Local couple Matthew and Liz Waterhouse from Whaley Bridge who held their wedding reception at the Dome last week lit up the venue with an architectural lighting display. They said: "As soon as we viewed the Dome, we knew that the search for our perfect wedding venue was over. An incredible building, superb staff, great service and exceptional food, the Dome has it all.

"Our big day was amazing thanks to the staff at the Dome who were so professional. We would have no hesitation in recommending it as the ideal venue for couples who want to tie the knot in style."

Once a magnificent 18th Century stable block built to house the 5th Duke of Devonshire's horses and servants, the Dome is now part of the University of Derby Buxton and will provide a breathtaking backdrop to each of these special days.

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Buxton Awards Ceremony: Quotes

26 March 2011

A record number of students graduated from the University of Derby Buxton on Saturday March 26 with 210 students collecting a range of awards at the splendid Buxton Campus.

There will be a full round-up of the activities from the day, with pictures and videos to follow.

Here are some of the quotes from the day:

Honorary award winners

Professor Mike Wright received the Honorary Award of Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv). He attended the ceremonies with wife Maryse, and said: "I am proud and humbled to be receiving the honorary award today. I have been particularly taken with the work that has gone into making the Buxton Campus such a wonderful setting - it has enjoyed a fantastic renaissance, and the graduation atmosphere has been excellent."

Chef Sat Bains, who received the Honorary Award of Doctor of Professional Practice (HonDPr) attended with wife Amanda and parents Tarsem and Balbir. He said: "I feel blown away to have been honoured in this way. I am not from an academic background but hope this achievement shows others what is possible and gives them a boost. The Dome is an amazing setting. I wish all the graduating students well in their futures - they should keep focused and have a vision for what they want to achieve and not give up."

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne said: "It was sad that we had to postpone the event in December due to the poor weather, but delighted at today's ceremony and the number of graduates here today. At 210 graduates, it is largest graduating class at Buxton, and together with guests there are around 1,000 people celebrating under the magnificent Dome here today."

Buxton Dean Dr Peter Dewhurst said: "Graduation is the moment when everything comes together. The setting has never looked better and we are celebrating with more students graduating than ever before and with more students gaining first class honours. We wish the students well in their future careers and hope they enjoy this special day."

Assistant Dean, Sarah Rawlinson, said: "It is a fantastic occasion and wonderful to see so many students graduating today, and celebrating their wonderful achievements with staff, family and friends."

Students

Haruna Saskia, 23, from Fukui, Japan, received a 2:1 degree in BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Arts, and an award for student achievement from the Institute of Hospitality. In the last two weeks, her homeland has been devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Haruna travelled from Japan's Kansai Airport with dad Toshiyaki Sasaki, and said: "I am delighted to be graduating today and to be here for the ceremonies.

"It took 15 hours to travel on our flight from Japan but it was worth it to be here. We live 800km from the main disaster zone in Japan. It was an awful disaster but people are just trying to pull together and help each other."

Jenna Ayriss, 21, from Cheshire, Foundation Degree in Beauty and Spa Services: "I was really excited about today's celebrations. The course has been really helpful in helping me progress my career. I am currently an advanced spa therapist at Rookery Hall, in Nantwich."

George Marchant, 24, from Somerset, BA (Hons) Outdoor Activities Management: "I enjoyed the course and the course has given me a lot of skills to help me in the future."

Daniela Berloffa, 25, from Cheshire, MA in Tourism Management: "I enjoyed the course and am now working in Munich in e-commerce - I travelled from Germany on Thursday night to get here for the ceremony."

Mathew Armett, from Brookfold, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Joint Honours Degree in Public Relations and Media Applications: "I was studying for my A-levels at Harpur Hill and my tutor at the time told me about the opportunities on offer at the Devonshire Campus once it had opened. I have enjoyed studying here and meeting the people."

Joel Pullen, 25, from Wisbech, BSc (Hons) Joint Honours degree in Physical Activity and Health and Sports Massage and Exercise Therapy: "It has been an emotional journey but glad to finally be here graduating, and enjoyed the course."

Robert Agar-Hutton, 57, from Carr Road, Buxton, but soon to be moving to Gloucestershire, Joint Honours Scheme course in Martial Arts Theory and Sports Psychology: "The course was great fun and interesting and added a lot of value. I particularly enjoyed organising a charity day in the Dome during the course."

Daley Hunt, 22, from Tamworth, joint honours course in Physical Activity and Health and Events Management: "The course was good and the joint honours aspect meant I was studying a number of different areas. I am looking to work in the events area in the future."

Zoe Hirst, 21, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, BA (Hons) Outdoor Activities Management: "I learnt various new skills on the course on the practical and academic learning side and enjoyed the work experience. I would particularly like to work for an organisation like the National Trust."

Nam Kim, 29, originally from South Korea, now living in London, BA (Hons) Hospitality Management: "The course was great and I enjoyed it. Me and my family left London at 4am to be here for the graduation celebrations today!"

Karen Jones, 26, from Burbage in Buxton, Foundation Degree (Arts) in Children's and Young People's Services (Early Years): "The course was great and I formed lots of new friendships at University. I am looking forward to today's event and graduating."

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Buxton Commits To Volunteering

19 September 2011

The Buxton Faculty has taken inspiration from the University's prestigious Olympic Inspire Mark for volunteering and pledged to donate two thousand and twelve hours of voluntary work to the local community by the summer of 2012.

Students are being encouraged to donate time out of their studies each week this year to get involved in community projects. Already, some have been working in Youth Hostels around the Peak District; others have been giving up their evening to work on the Street Safe project, ensuring everyone enjoys a safe night out in Buxton. Many more local businesses and charities will benefit from the students' volunteering hours and fundraising activity over the next few months to ensure they reach their 2012 target.

To recognise students' hard work on Community Engagement, the Dean of the Faculty, Dr Peter Dewhurst has offered a prize for the student who has delivered the most effective voluntary work during the 2012 pledge.
 
A panel of judges will look for the individual who has demonstrated the most dedication to their chosen cause and can demonstrate positive outcomes and contribution to the community.   The winner will receive a trophy plus a cash prize. Students can find out more about volunteering on website www.udbemployable.co.uk  or by attending the following events:

  • University Festival of Volunteering 9 November 2011, Kedleston Road Site.

Find out how the whole University has been inspired to volunteer by the 2012 Olympics.  Free transport provided to the Kedleston Road site from Buxton.

  • Buxton Community Engagement Day December 2011, the Dome.

We invite in local community groups who have opportunities for you to work with them in the Buxton area.Students can get involved through the Derby Award Programme.  

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Buxton degrees pass the real world test

19 February 2014

A University of Derby Buxton graduate who waited only two weeks between her last exam and getting a job with an international hotel chain returned to campus to recruit more students to the world of work.

Stevie-Jo Todd was representing one of 43 firms from the hotel, catering, events, sports, leisure and spa industries who came from all over the world for an Industry Networking Day.

The Events Management and Public Relations graduate, who is now in charge of corporate and social events at the Marriott Hotel in York, is living proof of statistics which show the University of Derby Buxton tops the league for graduate employability - beating Oxford and Cambridge in the latest survey.

"I graduated in November and only had two weeks between my last exam and walking into employment," she said.

"What I learnt has proved invaluable," said Stevie-Jo, who advises foreign visitors, as well as locals using the hotel for christenings, weddings and funerals.

She told undergraduates who visited her stall to pay attention in class - as everything they are told is relevant to the real world: "It's always there when you need it - and you do need it!"

Experts from firms ranging from the luxurious Six Senses Spa in Qatar to Woodland Survival Crafts updated University lecturers on the latest industry trends to ensure courses meet the demands of their future employers.

Justin Musgrove, from the Bannatyne Spa set up by Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne, said: "The fact that you have got your own spa on campus is marvellous. There aren't many universities which are able to offer this taste of the real world."

For more details of how your business could benefit from student placements, contact Ben Offord, Work Placement and Employability Officer at b.offord@derby.ac.uk, 01332 594303.

For more press informaiton, contact John Phillips at j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

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Buxton Degrees' Top Five Position In National League Table

6 June 2013

Degree subjects taught at the University of Derby's Buxton campus have been rated in the top five nationally in The Guardian University Guide 2014.

The table, published on June 4 (2013), rates degree subjects on a range of criteria including students' levels of satisfaction with the course and with the teaching they receive, staff student ratios and the career achievements of graduates after six months.

The University's degrees rated fifth under the subject category 'Tourism, transport and travel' include Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Outdoor, Adventure and Countryside Management, Events Management, Travel and Tourism Management, and Joint Honours programmes.

The University of Derby Buxton's Strategic Director, Dr Peter Dewhurst, said: "Our top five ranking is testimony to the hard work of an outstanding team of staff who dedicate their efforts to supporting our students. We work hard to ensure that our students receive the best possible academic input and high quality work experience opportunities which, together, help to maximise their career prospects.

"We will use this external recognition as a springboard for a series of innovations that should help to consolidate and even build on our top five ranking in the years to come."

For more information on the subjects taught at the University's Buxton Campus visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

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Buxton Experts Put Sports Hopefuls On The Right Track

20 June 2011

Experts in Sports Performance from the University of Derby Buxton are using their skills to help develop Derbyshire's young sporting talent.

With one of their young athletes recently coming back from injury to achieve a personal best time, the difference they can make to sporting performance is becoming clear.

Young 400 metres runner, Ben Jones, 15, from Hilton, trains with Derbyshire Athletics, and has been receiving specialist support from sports academics Adam Baker and Mark Cheetham through the University's partnership with the Derbyshire Athletics Network.

In his first competitive race since returning from injury, on June 11, Ben won the 400 metres in a personal best time of 52.70 seconds; becoming Derbyshire Schools Intermediate Boys' 400m Champion.

He credits the team at Buxton for their part in the win as he has been receiving their dedicated help and support since January 2011 in areas such as performance biomechanics, strength and conditioning training, and postural analysis.

Ben said: "I enjoy the training, and the help I've received from Adam and Mark has been really useful in getting me back to fitness. I've learned a lot about my technique, about warming up and how best to run, and I'm looking forward to more sessions and getting better and faster."

Lecturer in Anatomy and Sports Physiology, Adam Baker, said: "For an athlete to come back from injury with a personal best, like Ben has done, shows just how talented he is. We think that he is a real hope for Derbyshire sport, and we are enjoying helping him to reach his potential through our relationship with the Derbyshire Athletics Network."

Former 400m World Champion Daniel Caines who is a consultant for Derbyshire McCain Athletics Network, said: "I've been so impressed with the Buxton team, and I'm convinced that if I'd met them when I was struggling with my injuries I would still be competing now. It doesn't surprise me that results like Ben's."

The University of Derby Buxton's Sports team is currently working with eight other athletes through this partnership. Using the latest movement analysis techniques they are helping them take their natural talent, and hone and develop technique and strength - to perform at their highest level.

As a result of his win, Ben Jones got the chance to race in the Mason Trophy in Birmingham at the Alexandra Stadium on Saturday June 18. He achieved another great time of 53.20, taking fourth in his A race and seventh overall in the Intermediate Boys 400m.

For more information about Sports programmes at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

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Buxton Gets World Record Down To a Tea

30 January 2014

A 13-year-old was inspired to cook by a junior chef's course at the University of Derby Buxton has beaten the record for the World's Largest Cream Tea event.

Sid Morris and his friend Daniel Clayton, who are in Year Nine at Buxton Community School, joined forces with the University to get into the Guinness Book of Records by hosting a cream tea in the Dome.

They have now received official confirmation that their attempt in November smashed the previous title holder's 403 with a stunning 510 customers.

Hospitality students made the scones and served the tea in the Dome, organised by their colleagues studying event management, with University Business Development Manager Christine Sweetmore in charge.

Sid and Daniel came up with the idea to raise money for a trip next year to Ghana, where they will help a village to install a rain water harvesting system as part of a school partnership project.

"It showed them that if you put in a lot of effort, you get even more out of it.," said Sid's mum Denise. Suppliers donated jam and cream after hearing how much work the boys had put in - writing e-mails and even setting up a website for the event.

"People absolutely loved it. It was a good event for the students to get involved with."

Sid, who has been on the University's Saturday morning Junior Chef course for the last three years, said he would like to be a chef when he grows up.

"It's really good," he said. "You get to make great stuff like profiteroles, doughnuts, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and all that kind of thing."

The boys succeeded in raising £2,000 each to go on the 10-day trip organised by Buxton Community School and Partner Ghana, an educational and development aid charity.

"They will be camping in the grounds of the school, and they'll live like the villagers, going into the market to buy fruit and vegetables," said Denise of the trip of a lifetime, which will include an expedition to a rain forest and a visit to one of the old forts used by slave traders.

For further press information please contact:

John Phillips, University of Derby Buxton Community Liaison Officer
Direct dial: 01298 330461
Email: j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

 

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Buxton Graduates' Big Day

18 November 2013

Hundreds of students graduated from the University of Derby Buxton on Saturday (November 16) after years of hard work.

More than 400 students attended the annual Awards Ceremony held in the Devonshire Dome at the University's Buxton Campus.

To see a video of the day's highlights click HERE.

Degrees were awarded in Countryside Management, Culinary Arts, Events Management, Hospitality courses, Spa Management, Tourism Management and many other subjects.

Buxton's own students worked alongside University staff on many aspects of the Awards Ceremony's organisation. Hospitality and Culinary Arts students prepared and served buffet food for the event, and Events Management degree students made sure all went smoothly.

Graduate Jonathan Lloyd - BA (Hons) Outdoor Activity Leadership and Coaching - flew back from Dubai, where he is working as an outdoor leadership instructor, to give the traditional Buxton ceremony vote of thanks from graduates to University staff for their work and help over the years.

He told the audience: "I have travelled to Morocco, climbed in Greece, paddled all over the country, competed against the worlds' best climbers, worked for adventure companies in Spain and now in the United Arab Emirates, and met some fantastic people.

"I have learnt the ins and outs of the industry from leading professionals and had priceless experiences. All of this has been made possible by the people in this room right now."

At the Ceremony an Honorary Doctorate was bestowed on Liz Fothergill, Chief Executive of Derby-based Pennine Healthcare, and a former Vice-Chair of the University's own Governing Council.

For further information about the University of Derby Buxton campus and the courses based there see website www.derby.ac.uk/udb

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Buxton In Top Ten For Climbers Looking To Scale University Heights

5 November 2013

Climbers looking for a degree education with good peaks on the doorstep should consider the University of Derby Buxton, suggests a British Mountaineering Council 'Top Ten' list.

The new list of 'climber friendly' universities in England and Wales - ranked by factors such as a proximity to crags, hills and mountains and provision of specialised outdoors courses - puts the University's Buxton Campus in a healthy sixth place. The list was put together by the British Mountaineering Council, the national representative for walkers, climbers and mountaineers, following input from real climbers on social media site Facebook.

Reasons given for the University of Derby Buxton's inclusion in the Top Ten list included:

  • its location in the heart of the Peak District, with "classic gritstone crags such as the Roaches and Stanage a stone's throw away";
  • a 58-acre outdoor pursuits centre, Oaklands Manor, linked to the Buxton Campus used by students - containing mixed woodlands, a 30 foot high climbing wall and an artificial underground caving course - officially opened by world class climber Kenton Cool in October 2012;
  • climbing walls at the linked Harpur Hill site in Buxton;
  • a student club, the University of Derby Mountaineering and Climbing Club;
  • degree courses such as the BA (Hons) in Adventure Tourism and Countryside Management.

Victoria Foxwell, the University's Outdoor Leadership Instructor, welcomed news of the University's inclusion in the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) list.

She said: "Oaklands Manor is not only set in 58 acres of countryside but also within the magnificent Peak District, which has great opportunities for climbing on the doorstep. We know a lot of students come to the Peak District for the climbing.

"There is also our great facility at the Harpur Hill site in Buxton. It includes features like the small bouldering wall which a lecturer in a classroom, talking about movement on the climbing face, could pop out to and show the practice behind the theory; which is all part of our real world learning ethos."

The University also has a mobile climbing wall which can be taken out to schools, saving them the expense and time of taking pupils out to its Buxton facilities.

For further details on the Top Ten list see the BMC website at www.thebmc.co.uk/ten-great-universities-for-climbers-and-walkers

For details of University of Derby Buxton outdoor courses see www.derby.ac.uk/outdoor

For further press information please contact John Phillips, University of Derby Buxton Community Liaison Officer, on direct dial 01298 330461 or email: j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

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Buxton Is A Knock-Out, Says European Martial Arts Expert

31 October 2013

A pioneer of martial arts in Europe has praised the University of Derby Buxton for its unique courses.

Professor Keith R Kernspecht - said the prestige of an English University and the support given to students combined to make a learning experience which couldn't be found anywhere else in the world.

"It's amazing," said Keith, who learned martial arts to protect himself as a riot policeman in 1960s Germany.

The Buxton campus and Sofia University in Bulgaria are the only two universities in Europe which teach martial arts, and the British system of access to learning without restrictive entry qualifications has combined with academic study and hands-on experience to create a world-beating course.

"They do a lot for the students in Buxton," Added Keith (68), who went on to have a successful academic career in language teaching as well as developing 1,000 martial arts clubs in Germany.

"It can't be compared to anything else I know. It wouldn't work in Germany - we're too conservative!" he added.

Keith, who is chairman of the European WingTsun Organisation, a Chinese martial art he adapted for Europe after learning it in London's China Town in the 1970s, saw how the University teaches the biomechanics and psychology of the discipline as well as its fighting techniques.

"It's physical and it's psychological," said Keith. "It's something you learn because it's a little bit dangerous. You find out a bit about yourself, how to cope with fear and aggression."

Keith was the first professor in martial arts at Sofia University where he studied under teachers who had learned from Chinese and Korean experts.

Now he is a regular visitor to Buxton: "It's a university of prestige and Charles Spring who runs it is a real martial artist, as well as an academic."

Keith founded the European WingTsun Organisation (EWTO) in Kiel (Germany) in 1976. It developed the theory and practice of WingTsun, to act as an umbrella organisation for all European WingTsun students and instructors and to represent WingTsun towards the public.

For more details of courses at Buxton, see http://www.derby.ac.uk/sports

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Buxton Is Number One Choice For Malaysian Student Sing Er

3 February 2012

When Sing Er Teo, 22, from Malaysia, completed her Diploma in Hospitality Management at her local college, she decided to turn it into a bachelor degree by undertaking a top up year at University in the UK.

Despite having never visited the UK before, Sing Er, spurred on by her sister who had been at Liverpool University, made the decision to complete her studies there. She ended up choosing the University of Derby's award winning Buxton campus, set in the Peak District and worlds' apart from the state of Johor where she had grown up.

Sing Er explained her decision: "When I decided to complete a top up year I had a big selection of universities to choose from. My sister had told me how much she'd enjoyed studying in the UK so I knew that I would too, I just had to decide where to go.

"The University of Derby's Buxton Campus really appealed to me because its courses are high quality and there's a much more personal approach to teaching. You get plenty of one-to-one time with your lecturers and if you have a question or need to meet with them then you can do this quite easily."

The University's links to employers and the importance they place on real world and work based learning also appealed to Sing Er.

"I think that it is important to combine a degree with work experience as you certainly have an advantage when it comes to securing a job. I was really pleased to find out that the University has lots of links with well known employers and that work placements were actively encouraged as part of the courses," she added.

The University of Derby Buxton welcomes students from all cultures and backgrounds and the growing number of international students are well catered for. Not only is there a dedicated International team in place to offer support and guidance, a multi-cultural society organises activities for students looking to explore the UK and socialise with their peers.

This level of support was something Sing Er found very appealing; especially as she was moving to a completely different country with no friends or family present.

"Moving to the UK and so far away from home was really scary at first but with the help of the international support team I settled in very quickly. There's a multi-cultural society on campus that organises trips and parties for international students and I found taking part in these activities to be a really good way of making friends.

"Everyone I met around the campus was also very friendly and the fact that Buxton is a small, quiet town has definitely helped as I would have found being in a big city very overwhelming."

Sing Er is due to finish her course in June and is looking forward to making the most of her visa by staying in the UK and securing work experience, ideally in the hotel and event management industry.

"I didn't quite know what to expect when I first arrived in the UK but knew I wanted to experience something totally different to what I was used to, and I haven't been disappointed. From the moment I arrived, the University provided me with a friendly and welcoming environment in which to study, as well as an opportunity to improve my English. I'd definitely recommend coming here to study to my friends back home," concludes Sing Er.

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of Faculty at the University of Derby Buxton, added: "Our location, courses and size makes us very popular with international students looking for a place where they can settle in quickly and concentrate on their studies.

"We're delighted that Sing Er is having an enjoyable experience here and we look forward to welcoming new international students interested in furthering their education in the UK."

At the heart of the University of Derby's Buxton campus is a focus on delivering the highest quality of student centred experiential learning, providing all students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills within real working environments.

Students interested in the University of Derby's Buxton provision can study foundation degrees, bachelor degrees and masters courses in the areas of Events Management, Travel and Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Sports and Outdoor Recreation, Beauty, Spa and Hairdressing, and Countryside Management.

For further information on the University of Derby Buxton, the undergraduate and postgraduate courses available or to order a prospectus visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb, call (0)1298 283 21 or email: international@derby.ac.uk

For more information please contact Deputy Head of Corporate Relations Rosie Marshalsay on 01332 591942 or 07920 235 586, or email R.Marshalsay@derby.ac.uk

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Buxton is number one in league table

4 June 2014

Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism related courses at the University of Derby Buxton have topped a national newspaper's influential guide for prospective students.

Courses at Buxton were ranked first - with a perfect 100 score - among 41 institutions in the 'Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism' subject category of The Guardian University Guide 2015.

And the University of Derby as a whole has risen 29 places to make it into the table's Top 50 - the second highest jump in the country.

The University's performance in Sport Science has taken huge steps forwards, leaping 33 places to be ranked 12th in the country. The Sport Academic Teams based in Buxton and at Kedleston Road offer an outstanding student experience that is reflected by the excellent achievement and progress in the Guardian League Table 2015.

"This is a wonderful endorsement of our vision and collective hard work," said the University of Derby Buxton's Strategic Director Dr Peter Dewhurst.

"This, on top of our successful hosting of the prestigious 2014 Council for Hospitality Management Education annual research conference, helps to reinforce our position as a top deliverer of higher education in these subject areas.

"It is also pleasing to note that our ranking in the "Sport Science" curriculum area has improved from 45th to 12th which is an incredible improvement and augurs well for the future."

Buxton also has a tradition as a centre of excellence in the culinary arts, and its spa courses have been hailed by experts as the best in the world.

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Buxton is Your Passport toWorld of Work

4 March 2014

A degree from the University of Derby Buxton became a passport for an Italian student to gain a dream job in Switzerland.

Daniela Cassini, who graduated in 2009, is the Admissions Officer for Ehl - the Ecole Hotelier in Lausanne, which trains the hotel professionals of the future.

Daniela spoke about the role the University played in her own career at an Industry Networking Day which saw 43 blue chip firms from the worlds of hotel, catering, events management, spa and sport meet in Buxton to keep academics up to speed with industry requirements.

"If I hadn't come here to Buxton, I wouldn't have ended up in Switzerland," said Daniela, whose mum is from Derby and Dad is Italian.

She wanted to convert her experience in administration into management skills, and her Travel and Tourism with Events Management degree provided the kind of real-world knowledge and experience which has seen the University of Derby Buxton top the UK league for graduates gaining work within six months of receiving their degrees.

"It made me able to put together projects covering everything from crowd management, public relations, human resources - and things that I hadn't seen before - together," said Daniela, who especially valued a work placement in Austria.

"Now, they can put me in front of 200 people and I wouldn't be terrified because I'd done it here at Buxton. It's not just a case of regurgitating facts - I had experience."

Experts at the event came from firms ranging from the luxurious Six Senses Spa in Qatar to Woodland Survival. Daniela also gave insider tips to students on their careers at the event.

For more details of how your business could benefit from student placements, contact Ben Offord, Work Placement and Employability Officer at B.Offord@derby.ac.uk, 01332 594303.

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Buxton Joins Global Network Of Hotel School Training

14 October 2013

An international hospitality organisation whose work is recognised as a passport to success across all five continents has given its stamp of approval to the University of Derby Buxton.

In another success for its policy of preparing students for the real world, the University has been admitted to the International Association of Hotel Schools, known and respected around the globe as EUHOFA.

The Association unites the world's leading hotel and tourism schools, and works to ensure the highest quality of education.

Only four other UK hotel schools have been accepted for membership, and the University of Derby Buxton was inspired to join EUHOFA because of the opportunities it presented to give an international insight into programme development and delivery.

EUHOFA contributes to the constant improvement and progress of hospitality training and promotes the achievements of more than 140 hotel schools, colleges and universities in 45 countries, in all five continents.

Tony Loynes, University Subject Manager for Tourism, Hospitality, Events and Spa programmes, said: "It internationalises the curriculum. This means that our students will be better prepared for future management positions in the hospitality industry worldwide."

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Strategic Director for the University of Derby Buxton, added: "The success of our application to become a EUHOFA member is further testament to the success of our real world learning approach to higher education and the part it plays in producing work-ready graduates ready to drive the future of the hotel industry."

For further press information please contact John Phillips, University of Derby Buxton Community Liaison Officer, on direct dial 01298 33061 or email: j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

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Buxton Lecturer Helps To Deliver Safe Olympic Games

22 August 2012

While most of the millions of visitors to the London 2012 Olympic Games caught at least one event this summer, a University of Derby Buxton lecturer who spent weeks in the Olympic Park didn't see a single medal win.

That was because he had a key role in the delivery of a safe and secure Games in his role as Events Management Consultant with Capita Symonds.

Throughout the summer, Eddy Grant, who lectures on the University's Masters and BA (Hons) Events Management degrees, and Diploma in Events Safety Management, at the University of Derby Corporate (UDC), used his expertise to ensure the Olympic Torch Relay and Olympic Park events passed safely and without major incident.

Throughout the Games, Eddy worked within the 'last mile' of the Olympic Park, where an estimated 9.3million people passed through on their way to or from an event.

Along with his team of Events Safety Officers, six of whom were graduates of the UDC Diploma, Eddy worked to ensure visitors' journeys into and around the park went smoothly and safely, that crowds flowed well and everyone made it in to watch their sport on time.

Eddy said: "The 'last mile' is a term used to describe the operation to deliver safe movement of ticketed spectators from designated London 2012 transport to competition venues and included existing roads, paths and thoroughfares, and the newly built shopping centre in Stratford.

"It was a challenging role given the volume of people which included shoppers, parkgoers and the workforce, and very high demand on the services available, but good planning meant that my role in day-to-day operational delivery went fairly smoothly.

"In fact, getting into and out of the park was given the second highest visitor satisfaction rate, coming just behind the sports themselves in a LOCOG customer service questionnaire."

Eddy will go on to carry out the same role during the London 2012 Paralympic Games, but says this brings very different challenges.

"During the Olympic Games many of London's residents were on holiday or were urged not to use public transport. But during the Paralympics, London will be very much back to work and everyday life. Because of this we expect 'the last mile' to be far busier," said Eddy.

After the Games, Eddy will return to Buxton to welcome new students onto their University programmes.

He added: "Working at the biggest and most high profile event this country has ever put on has been a fantastic experience for me personally but I also look forward to sharing best practice from the event with our students; using it to inform their teaching over the coming year."

For more information on the Masters or BA (Hons) Events Management degrees at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb. For more information on the Diploma in Events Safety Management visit www.derby.ac.uk/corporate

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Buxton Looks Set To Have Taken The Biscuit In Cream Tea Record

27 November 2013

A 13-year-old who has been inspired to cook by a junior chef's course at the University of Derby Buxton looks set to have organised the World's Largest Cream Tea event.

Sid Morris and his friend Daniel Clayton, who are in Year Nine at Buxton Community School, joined forces with the University to try and get into the Guinness Book of Records by hosting a cream tea in the Dome.

And on Sunday 550 people sat down to tea, beating the previous record of 431 paying guests. However, the result has yet to be ratified by the Guinness Books of Records.

University hospitality students made the scones and served the tea in the Dome, with help from their colleagues studying event management.

Sid and Daniel came up with the idea to raise money for a trip next year to Ghana, where they will help a village to install a rain water harvesting system as part of a school partnership project.

The boys need to raise £2,000 each to go on the 10-day trip organised by Buxton CommunitySchool and Partner Ghana, an educational and development aid charity.

Sid, who has been on the Saturday morning Junior Chef course for the last three years, said he would like to be a chef when he grows up.

"It's really good," he said. "You get to make great stuff like profiteroles, doughnuts, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and all that kind of thing."

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Buxton Poetry Competition Winners Announced

8 July 2010

The University of Derby and the Buxton Festival are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Buxton Poetry Competition, which had the theme Breath of Fresh Air.

In total 424 entries were received, and the winning poem, announced last night (July 7) at the opening of the exhibition in the Dome of the University's Buxton Campus, was The Appointment by Maggie Spooner.

Maggie, from Wilmslow said: "I am really pleased and very surprised to win the competition. The poem was inspired by a time when I was visiting hospital frequently for appointments; it just came together from those experiences and my love of writing."  

This year Ann Sansom, who has published six collections of poetry, most recently In Praise of Men & Other People, and Peter Sansom, who has been a Fellow in Poetry at both the University of Leeds and the University of Manchester, and Company Poet for Marks & Spencer and the Prudential,  judged the entries.

Ann said: "We enjoyed reading the entries, and were impressed by the way that people interpreted the theme. So many writers took Breath of Fresh Air as an opportunity to speak honestly. Some celebrated a first breath, and some a last. We felt that the shortlisted entries were serious and well-managed poems that genuinely needed to be written."

There were also more than 250 entries in the Children and Young People's element of the Poetry Competition, which was  judged by Dr Teresa Barnard, Lecturer in English at the University of Derby,  and Maria Carnegie,  Learning and IT Services Manager at the University of Derby Buxton.

In the Children's Category first prize went to Lauren Dowling (age 11) for her poem Wind in the Willows, second prize went to Harry Nickless (age 10) and third prize to Leyla Mason (age 11).

In the Young People's category (12 - 18 year old) first prize went to Anna Tindall (age 14) for her poem, Good Country Air. Second prize went to Ellie Hendricks (age 13) and third prize to Sumana Bagum (age 18).

And in the Barnardo's Category, first prize went to Ashraf Youssef (age 16) for his poem A Breath of Fresh Air.

Dr Teresa Barnard said: "This year, there was an even greater response to the Children's Category and, once again, with so many imaginative and cleverly crafted poems, it was difficult to choose a winner.

"Lauren's winning poem is outstanding, particularly for its seemingly simple structure that contains complex imagery, language and a precise rhyme scheme.

"Her overall theme is both inventive and relevant and she draws her readers in to engage with her imaginative response. The runners up have produced original work of a very high quality.

"In the Young People's category, again there was a fantastic response from many talented young writers. Several of the young poets expressed their views on wider contemporary issues, such as politics and ecology, as well as their thoughts on the concerns that affect them personally.

"The winning poem in the Young People's Catergory, by Anna Tindall was truly a 'breath of fresh air' in her reversal of the typical theme of the delights of the countryside. Instead, she expresses the idea of city life as her ideal. Written with both humour and passion, it is well deserving of first prize.

"Finally, in the Barnardo's Category, Ashraf deserves a special mention for his cleverly constructed and inventive acrostic style poem. This demonstates a combination of skill and imagination, altogether a worthy winner."

The 15 finalists' poems and the winners of the Children's and Young People's categories are now on display in an exhibition at the Dome which runs until July 25 2010, and is open to the public

The Buxton Poetry Competition is proud to continue to work with our esteemed Patrons Sir Andrew Motion and Lady Jasmine Cavendish.

For more information about this news release, contact Press & PR Officer Joanna Colburn on 01332 593004 or 07909 533242 email j.colburn@derby.ac.uk

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Buxton Student Fights To Be Crowned This Year's 'Eventice'

20 February 2013

A gifted University of Derby Buxton student has made it into the final 12 in a national search for the best young talent in the events management industry.

Third-year BA (Hons) Public Relations and Events Management degree student Victoria-Pachalo Mauluka-Jones, 21, from Peterborough, is a finalist in 'The Eventice' an 'Apprentice' style competition for the event industry organised by Event Magazine and ESP recruitment.

She will travel to London for the finals, which are taking place at the International Confex centre from March 19 - 21. The winner will land a once in a lifetime prize of, a job with either leading audio visual supplier Blitz, or global experiential agency, George P Johnson.

To make it to the final, Victoria-Pachalo submitted a two-minute film explaining why she felt worthy of 'The Eventice' title, a video that clearly impressed judges.

Victoria-Pachalo explained: "I was delighted to discover I had been selected as a finalist in the competition and I'm very excited about competing in the next stage. The course at the University has opened my eyes to the events industry and helped me to develop my future career plans, giving me the confidence to participate in competitions such as this."

The students will compete in a number of challenging tasks where each finalist will have their performance closely monitored, marked and discussed, by a team of judges including industry experts and representatives of both Blitz and the George P Johnson agency.

Candidates will finally be required to give a short concluding presentation to the judging panel and live audience before winner of 'The Eventice' 2013 is announced.

Julian Robinson, Programme Leader at the University of Derby Buxton, added: "The whole events teaching team are extremely proud that Victoria-Pachalo has been selected as a finalist in 'The Eventice' 2013 competition.

"She is a great ambassador for the Events Management programme and also the wider University. Not only is Victoria-Pachalo a programme representative and final year student, but she also finds time to do all this alongside her academic studies. We wish her all the best in the competition and everyone is rooting for her."

For more information regarding the BA (Hons) Events Management course at the University of Derby, visit www.derby.ac.uk/courses/events-management-ba-hons and for the latest news on 'The Eventice' competition visit www.eventmagazine.co.uk/go/theeventice

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Buxton Student Kayakers Featured On Sky Sports News

30 January 2012

A team of University of Derby Buxton students were seen racing down the white water of Nottingham's National Water Sports Centre on Sky Sports News on Saturday morning (January 28), after being asked to demonstrate paddle sports on the channel's Get Involved programme.

Each Saturday Sky Sports News broadcasts Get Involved with the aim of giving viewers more information on how to become more active in unusual sports.

The programme focuses on a new sport each week, and has demonstrated activities like handball and sailing. On Saturday the programme focused on white water rafting, and featured six Buxton students trying out the sport at the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

The six Outdoor Activity Management degree students involved were Jodie Howley, John Buckle, Callum Morrison, Matt Foster, Martin Ochiltree and Jenny Philips. All six, who are part of the Derby University Canoe and Kayaking Club (DUCK), were invited to experience white water rafting in front of the Sky Sports' cameras.

Jodie Howley, 21, from Peterlee, County Durham, said: "The whole day was fantastic. To have the chance to go down the white water at the National Watersports Centre - and appear on TV - was a great opportunity for us, and another experience we can take back to our Outdoor Activities degree programmes."

The programme was aired on Saturday January 28 throughout the day to over 10 million viewers. The video of the students can be found on website www.skysports.com/getinvolved

For more information about Outdoor programmes at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

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Buxton Student Pushes Cricket Boundary All The Way To Florida

26 November 2013

University of Derby sports student Rahim Ali is batting for Buxton - in America!

The 23-year-old has been chosen to play cricket in the US Open in Florida, which bills itself as the home of T20 cricket and this year features legends including former Indian Captain Mohammed Azharuddin and Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya, the only player to score over 12,000 runs and take more than 300 wickets in One Day Internationals.

Rahim, who is an undergraduate in his 2nd year of a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching, will join one of the 40 teams from around the world which the promoters have lined up for the tournament.

"They are trying to promote cricket in America," said Rahim, who impressed talent-spotter Raja Arshad, from Leicester, while playing for his Derby home team, Alvaston and Boulton CC in the Derbyshire Premier League.

"I'll be in one of the All Star XIs - possibly Pakistan because of my inheritance - but I won't know until I get there," said 23-year-old Rahim, who played for Derbyshire at junior level but had not planned to take up cricket as a career.

"I never thought I'd be playing cricket in America," said Rahim, who studies coaching practices for various sports including soccer, American football, basketball and many other activities at the University's Harpur Hill Leisure Centre.

"I'm hoping to go into coaching, to put something back into the community."

Rahim, who jets off to Miami in December said: "It will be a world-widening experience."

His University tutor Omari Williams, who is Senior Lecturer and Experiential Learning Lead for Sport, said: "Rahim is going to be a great ambassador for Buxton. He's been an outstanding student for us."

Rahim was encouraged in his cricketing career by his club captain Steve Stubbings, currently Derbyshire Coach and a former county Second XI Captain.

He also thanked firstly his family for the support and encouragement in helping him move forward in his sporting career something his late father always wanted him to do. Rahim added "My father would have been one proud man if he was present with us today, he supported me a lot in my sporting career, I lost hope after he departed, but I was fortunate enough to have a mother, brother and a sister who encouraged me back onto the sporting path & today I'm very grateful and can't thank them enough for their support.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my lecturers in giving me the time away from my studies to represent University of Derby in America."

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Buxton Student Takes Charge On Biggest Day Of The Year

6 November 2013

No-one at The University of Derby Buxton's graduation event on Saturday will know better than Elsje Hugo that you don't get success handed on a plate...

But the former Buxton Community School pupil says the challenge of being put in charge of catering for the biggest event in the academic calendar - even before she gets her own degree - is just what today's students need on their CVs.

Twenty-year-old Elsje, who came to Buxton ten years ago from South Africa, has been given the job of General Manager for the day - looking after the 900 guests and organising the 300 meals which will be served after her fellow students pick up their degrees.

That has included hiring fellow students as part of her eight-strong team, deciding on the menu, negotiating with local suppliers and checking every detail down to the right number of serviettes.

"The most difficult thing is thinking about the little things you have to do," said Elsje, who is in her second year of a degree in International Hospitality Management. "It's all about staying organised, which is the most important thing."

Elsje says the experience which the University gives students as part of its emphasis on real-world learning means they can progress seamlessly from Buxton right into the real world of work.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to be given," she said. "We have guidance, but they make sure we do it all as much as we can. I don't think we could ask for more, to be honest."

But her training, which has included events such as the Chatsworth Estate dinner for 900 people now held annually at the Dome, has made her so aware of every little detail that she can't switch off.

"I'm looking forward to my own graduation next year - but you're always looking for things that might go wrong. Hopefully I'll just be able to relax!"

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Buxton Student Takes On North Pole Challenge

5 February 2013

An intrepid University of Derby Buxton student is preparing for a challenge that will leave him feeling on top of the world. If he manages to run 26 miles across the Arctic to complete the North Pole Marathon, Tom Jenner will raise thousands of pounds for the hospital that helped save his little brother's life.

Tom, age 19 from Flitch Green, Essex, took advantage of the recent cold weather to put in some extra training for the marathon, which he will run in April 2014. By doing so he hopes to raise more than £20,000 for the cardiac unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital which saved his younger brother Ollie's life.

Tom said: "In 2010 my little brother Ollie, who is now 11, was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a rare and potentially fatal heart condition. They decided Ollie needed open heart surgery which thankfully was a complete success. If he hadn't been given this rare diagnosis he would have died, so running the North Pole Marathon is my way of giving something back to the staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital for what they have done for my family."

Only 255 runners have ever completed the race, during which temperatures can plummet to minus 32 degrees. Tom is hoping the experience he is gaining on a Foundation Degree in Outdoor Activities at the University of Derby Buxton, which includes winter skills training, will stand him in good stead.

"The only thing I can't prepare for is polar bears," said Tom. "But I'm really looking forward to the experience and plan to run at least a marathon a week over the next year to train."

To find out more about Outdoor degrees at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/outdoor

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Buxton Student Wins International Cooking Crown

25 January 2011

A Culinary Arts student at the University of Derby Buxton has been crowned World Junior Chef of the Year.

Savvas Savva, 24, fought off stiff competition from budding chefs from 35 countries to win the prestigious title at the 8th International Istanbul Gastronomy Festival 2010.

Savvas, who is originally from Cyprus, is in his final year of a BA (Hons) in Professional Culinary Arts at the University of Buxton.  Although still continuing his studies, Savvas is already seen as a rising star in the industry, and this award recognises his culinary talents. He said: "When I learned that I'd won I really couldn't believe it because it was an international competition and many countries and great young chefs participated."

In 2005 Savvas began working as a chef at the Heniba Hotel in Larnaca and worked his way up to head of the kitchen at Hobos Café.  He also worked at the Hotel Le Meridien in Limassol and the Palm Beach Hotel in Larnaca, before travelling to the UK to study at the University of Derby Buxton.

Leonard Cseh, University's Programme Leader for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, said: "We are delighted for Savvas. He has been an excellent student and is a passionate chef. He has brought his experience and knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine to the course - and to the kitchens of the Dome Fine Dining Restaurant - which has also benefitted and inspired his fellow students.

"We wish him all the best and we're sure that he will go on to have the success that this award predicts."

On completing his course at the University of Derby Buxton, Savvas will become head chef at the Archontiko Papadopoulou restaurant in Kornos, Cyprus, which opens in May 2011 offering a modern version of traditional Cypriot food. 

Savvas added: "I chose to study at the University of Derby Buxton because the programme is well known around the world and well respected. I am sure that by the end of my studies I will be able to say that I have all the relevant knowledge of the culinary arts."

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Buxton Students Are Hot Stuff, Say Tabasco Judges

5 November 2013

Two University of Derby Buxton students have proved they're hot stuff in the kitchen by winning through to the finals of a cooking contest sponsored by Tabasco.

The makers of the legendary spicy sauce will decide if Andrew Collis and Malcolm Lomax will be the champions in the Tabasco Student Street Food Challenge 2013.

Andrew and Malcolm are third year BA Professional Culinary Arts students who were short-listed

in the contest, run by the US based McIlhenny Company in association with the Craft Guild of Chefs.

They will now have to cook, prepare and present their dishes using a variety of Tabasco sauces before a team of expert chef judges at the University of West London on November 4.

The top prize is a trip to the home of Tabasco - Avery Island in Lafayette, Louisiana - to experience the region's cuisine and culture, accompanied by their chef lecturer.

Andrew is no stranger to the pressures of being in a national final - he was a member of the University team who were runners-up in the prestigious Nestlé Toque d'Or® Competition, one of the highlights of the country's culinary arts competition calendar.

"Andrew and Malcolm have proved that our students can tackle anything from the haute cuisine of the Toque d'Or to the hot and spicy food you get down on the street," said Acting Assistant Subject Manager Tony Clodd.

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Buxton Students Have No Fear of the Dragon's Den

5 March 2014

Spa degree courses at the University of Derby Buxton - already hailed as the best in the world - have nothing to fear from TV's The Dragon's Den, an Industry Networking Day was told.

Experts from 43 firms in the hotel, catering, events, sports, leisure and spa industries who came to the University from all over the world to put academics through their paces and make sure courses were up to speed with the needs of industry.

Among them was Justin Musgrove, from the Bannantyne Spa set up by Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannantyne, who said: "The fact that you have got your own spa on campus is marvellous. There aren't many universities which are able to offer this taste of the real world."

Real-world learning has helped the University to top the UK league for graduates finding work in the same six months after receiving their degrees.

And international spa expert Anna Bjurstam has gone on record as saying what Buxton was doing is leading the world: "If the industry knew how good your students are, then they would be standing in line to employ them."

Justin added that the day, split into meeting lecturers and then talking to students as prospective employees, had been very productive.

"Speaking to the people running the courses about what industry needs was very informative and useful," he said. "Hopefully we can get industry and education working together.

"The afternoon was about meeting prospective future employees who are coming towards the end of their time as students. They are asking the right questions, and are very enthusiastic about the future."

For more details of how your business could benefit from student placements, contact Ben Offord, Work Placement and Employability Officer at B.Offord@derby.ac.uk, 01332 594303.

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Buxton Students Help Kids Score With Stockport County FC

26 March 2013

Children across Buxton are receiving specialist sports coaching from University of Derby Buxton students who have recently become coaches with Stockport County Football Club in the Community.

Andrew Day, 23, from Birmingham, and Tom Rowlands, 22, from Cannock who are both in the second year of Sports Coaching and Development Joint Honours degrees at the University of Derby Buxton, have been delivering the sport coaching sessions at Buxton Community School after securing coaching roles with Stockport County in the Community.

The opportunity came about through the University's commitment to providing real world learning opportunities for its students.

The children, aged nine to 16, receive specialist coaching on football skills such as passing and shooting at GOALZ, a Wednesday evening session dedicated to football, and coaching on a range of sports such as athletics and basketball on Friday evenings.

Andrew said: "We want to get as many young people as possible to come along and get involved in the coaching sessions. We want to help them develop their sports skills, but more importantly, have a great time.

"This coaching role is a fantastic opportunity for me to gain practical skills and knowledge to support my university learning."

Mike Smith, Community Officer from Stockport County in the Community, said: "We have worked well with the University of Derby Buxton over a number of years now, and are really pleased to have Andrew and Thomas now supporting us on the GOALZ project.

"Their enthusiasm and commitment is first class, and we are looking forward to offering more volunteer and coaching positions on the project to students over the next few months.

"We would also like to thank the Work Placement Office at the University, for all their help and support."

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For more on Stockport County in the Community visit www.scfcfoundation.com/

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Buxton Students Host National Conference

6 February 2013

A group of University of Derby Buxton students welcomed more than 70 students from around the country to their campus recently as they organised and hosted the National Student Event Conference 2013.

Students travelled to the University to hear from industry speakers at the 2013 Conference, which was organised by Buxton's BA (Hons) Events Management students as part of their degree programme, which has an emphasis on experiential learning.

Keynote speakers included Eric Stuart, a key organiser of the London 2012 Olympic Games Torch Relay that preceded the Summer Games, and Annemarie Chebib, Managing Director at Select Security and Stewarding Ltd, who has worked as a crowd management consultant for the special events industry for over 15 years.

Second year BA (Hons) Events Management student Jakki Rossiter, 22 from Chelmsford in Essex, was part of a group who organised the Conference.

She said: "It's been a fantastic opportunity to gain experience managing a national event here at our own campus. Since October we have been organising this event, booking keynote speakers, marketing the conference and planning each detail. It is great to put this all into action and welcome so many delegates."

Julian Robinson, Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Events Management degree, added: "The conference was organised by our second year students who worked closely with the client to deliver the event successfully.

"This event provided an ideal opportunity for them to gain the necessary skills needed to be a professional event manager and showed potential employers what experience they gained whilst at University.

The high-profile speakers who so generously gave their time to this conference emphasised to the students the importance of gaining relevant work experience alongside academic study in order to compete in a competitive job market."

For more information on studying Events Management at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/business/hotel-resort-and-spa-management/events-management

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Buxton Students' Taste Of Success In National Competition

7 June 2013

A team of up and coming culinary arts and hospitality students from the University of Derby Buxton earned praise from the catering world's top professionals after impressing them in the finals of a national competition.

Students Andrew Collis, 20, Joe Penrose, 19, and Prabjot Ragbotra, 20, from Birmingham, made it through to the finals of the prestigious Nestlé Toque d'Or Competition, the winners of which were announced at a celebration at London's Dorchester Hotel on June 4 (2013).

Taking on the roles of chef, commis chef and front of house respectively, the Buxton team had beaten hundreds of other students to get into the four-day final, during which they had to present their bid for an in-house catering contract for a large corporation. With their mouth-watering menu of Pave of Pollock; saffron cous cous and Asian salsa main course; passion fruit panna cotta and roasted mango pudding, followed by Bakewell coffee, the students came tantalisingly close to winning the title, which was taken by a team from South West College (Dungannon).

Joe Penrose, 19, from Driffield, who is in the second year of a Foundation degree in Professional Culinary Arts said: "Despite not winning, it felt great to make it to the final. To compete against other teams, all of whom were as passionate about the competition and about the industry as we were, was fantastic.

"Making new friends and learning from one another also enriched the experience. It was great to see by the invited guests at the awards evening, how respected the competition is within the industry.

"Although we didn't win the competition, this has just given us more fuel and determination to enter again next year and having a better understanding of what is required from the competition, will help us to maybe go all the way."

Robert Stordy, University Chef-Lecturer, said: "Our students were a great credit to the University and I am so proud of them for making it to the finals and creating such a magnificent menu. The praise received by all the teams from celebrities of the catering industry was second to none."

For more information on degrees in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

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Buxton Students Vital Ingredient In Food Fair Success

13 May 2013

University of Derby Buxton students were a vital ingredient in the success of the recent Bakewell Food Festival, which attracted hundreds of people to the town.

Over the weekend of April 27 and 28 (2013), the Peak District Town, famous for its Bakewell Tart, was transformed with the addition of tens of food stalls - piled high with local produce.

In the lead up of the event, the nine BA (Hons) Events Management students were tasked with putting together an event guide including festival highlights. On the day, they worked together on operational tasks such as promotion, set up, take down, litter picking, road closures and marshalling.

The team were invited back to Bakewell after successfully supporting the Bakewell Christmas Market.

Sue Smethurst, Bakewell Events organiser said "I would like to say a big thank you to the students who helped us over the weekend. Once again they worked very hard; we really couldn't manage without their help. The program that they had designed was wonderful."

Buxton BA (Hons) Tourism Management degree students also attended the event to carry out data collection for the University's ongoing Extending the Season project.

The fair itself saw approximately 50 tempting, food stalls scattered around the town centre, as well as a 'pop up' Italian Market, cookery school demonstrations in Rutland Mill and a beer festival with plenty of opportunities for sampling the produce.

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Buxton To Teach UK About Learning From Life

1 October 2013

A reputation for 'real world' learning has seen the University of Derby Buxton chosen to host a one-day seminar on its teaching methods for a national education institution.

The session on how students on sport, outdoor and spa-related courses learn better through active and 'hands on' experiences will be held at the University's Buxton Campus on February 19, next year (2014). It has been organised through the Higher Education Academy, a nationally funded independent organisation which supports the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education.

Educators from all over the UK are expected to attend February's seminar demonstrating how role play and coaching sessions in class, and work placements and community involvement externally, add to Buxton's courses and better prepare students for their future careers.

A 2011 Government White Paper - entitled Higher Education:Students at the Heart of the System - called for students to participate more actively in their learning and for what they learnt to relate more to the real world of work.

Buxton students are given real tasks to be performed in their chosen field - from spa management to outdoor leadership and sports coaching - then return to the classroom to learn lessons from their experiences. They are also involved in the Buxton Campus's commercial businesses including a day spa, fine dining restaurant and an outdoor pursuits centre.

During next year's seminar, delegates will hear direct from Buxton staff and get to try some student activities for themselves.

Louise Buxton, Faculty Curriculum Development Manager at Buxton, said: "We know that we have lots of great practice in education and experiential learning at Buxton, so it would be a good opportunity to showcase what we do through this workshop."

She added: "The students want to be active, so if we get Sports Massage students to use models or manikins to identify where the muscles are and how they work, rather than using two-dimensional images, it brings learning to life."

For more details on the Higher Education Academy session in February 2014 see website www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2014/Seminars/Social_Sciences

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Calculating Cost To Environment With East Midlands' Universities

23 March 2011

All nine East Midlands' universities have teamed up to help staff, students and the public be more aware of how much 'greenhouse gas' emissions they are responsible for.

Energy used to heat buildings and make consumer products creates carbon dioxide and other gases. These are called 'greenhouse gases' because most scientists believe they heat up the planet's atmosphere, causing climate change.

A carbon footprint calculator which can assess the level of carbon emissions an individual is responsible for has been launched simultaneously on the websites of all nine of the region's universities. Taking part are the universities of Derby, Nottingham, and Northampton; De Montfort, Leicester and Loughborough in Leicestershire; and Bishop Grosseteste University College and the University of Lincoln in Lincolnshire.

Aimed primarily at staff and students - but also free and available for anybody using the universities' websites - the calculator asks a series of simple questions to estimate how many tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions an individual is responsible for and gives tips on how this might be reduced.

Topics covered include:

  • food - including asking if you are a vegetarian or vegan, or buy organic food?
  • travel - what type of vehicle do you own, what is its engine size and how often do you use public transport?
  • home - what kind of property you live in, how you heat your home and whether it is fitted with energy saving measures such as loft insulation?
  • stuff - how much you spend on your pets; on buying electrical goods, jewellery and toiletries; and what you recycle?

This universities' sector led approach has been coordinated through a network of environmental and sustainability officers from each institution. They are keen to get staff and students to understand how much carbon dioxide their lifestyles create.

Lynn Richards, Environmental Manager at the University of Derby, said: "You can only manage what you can measure. Measuring your carbon footprint is the first step in learning how to reduce it."

Universities involved are running a series of events to raise awareness of carbon emissions and sustainability issues amongst staff and students. Thousands of people have already used the carbon footprint calculator to assess their environmental impact.

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Call back of further University of Derby students for blood testing

1 May 2014

NHS England has been working with Public Health England (PHE) and the University of Derby to undertake an investigation into the vaccination and blood testing procedures of a health care worker, formerly contracted to provide services within the Occupational Health Service at the University of Derby.

On Tuesday, 606 former and current University of Derby students were advised of the need to undertake blood testing, due to incorrect use of clinical procedures whilst undertaking blood tests and vaccinations. This means students could be at an extremely low risk of possible infection from blood borne viruses (hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV).

Following calls received to the confidential Advice Line, it has been identified that an additional 23 former students, who attended the University of Derby in 2005 and 2006 will also be advised to go for blood testing.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We appreciate what a difficult week this has been for our students and are sorry for any worry this will undoubtedly have caused. We are working closely with the health agencies involved to respond to the concerns raised by students as quickly as possible.

"We are extremely pleased with the response so far from students contacting the Advice Line, which was established to ensure people had an opportunity to engage fully in this process and raise additional concerns they may have. We have already handled well over 600 calls and been able to provide the support and assurance students require.

"As a result of this, an additional check of other health records has identified the need to contact a further 23 students. As a precautionary measure, these further students from 2005 and 2006 will also be contacted and invited for testing. There is no need for anyone who has already called the advice line to call again."

Dr Doug Black, Medical Director, NHS England (Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire) said: "I would emphasise that, whilst I understand people will be concerned about this, the risks identified are extremely low."

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Notes to Editors

• The students attending the following courses are those who have been called for further blood testing:

- MA Art Therapy

- MA Drama Therapy

- MSc Occupational Therapy

- BSc Occupational Therapy

- BSc Diagnostic Radiography

- BSc Nursing - Adult and mental health

- Adv Dip in Nurse Studies (Adult and mental health)

• The Advice Line will be open seven days a week 8am to 8pm (except for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend when it will run 10am to 4pm).

• The announcement confirming outcomes of the NHS England investigation with Public Health England and University of Derby can be found here.

NHS England is the body which leads the NHS in England. Its main aim is to improve the health outcomes for people in England, and it sets the overall direction and priorities for the NHS as a whole.

To learn more about the work of NHS England please visit www.england.nhs.uk

Public Health England Public Health England's mission is to protect and improve the nation's health and to address inequalities through working with national and local government, the NHS, industry and the voluntary and community sector. PHE is an operationally autonomous executive agency of the Department of Health.

Follow PHE on Twitter @PHE_uk or visit www.gov.uk/phe

The University of Derby achieved University status in 1992 and is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from the UK and overseas. Professor John Coyne has been Vice-Chancellor since 2004.

Students have the choice of studying in four faculties: Education, Health & Science; Business, Computing & Law; Art, Design & Technology; and University of Derby Buxton. There is also the option of studying for a degree online through the University of Derby Online Learning. The University Quarter in Derby incorporates sites at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill to the west of Derby city centre. The University of Derby Buxton is based at the magnificent 18th Century Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome campus in the heart of Buxton.

University of Derby Students' Union, research centres and academic schools - including The Derby Business School - are based at the Kedleston Road site. Facilities include the £1.5m Clinical Skills Suite, a state-of-the-art gym, and a pioneering computer games development suite. The University's corporate training and development division, University of Derby Corporate (UDC), is based at the Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby.

Visit http://www.derby.ac.uk/ for more information about University of Derby.

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Calling Time On Gang Crime With Phone Apps Course

24 January 2013

Youth gang members and young people from high crime areas will learn to develop and market their own mobile phone application ideas, in an innovative project supported by the universities of Wolverhampton and Derby.

National social business Catch22 has over 200 years' worth of experience in providing services to help people in tough situations to turn their lives around, enabling them to gain new skills and make a positive contribution to society.

Tomorrow (Friday January 25) Catch22's Dawes Unit, based in Red Lion Street, Wolverhampton, will launch the App Entrepreneur Programme (for Android devices); a free training programme teaching its students everything they need to know about creating and marketing new mobile phone applications, or apps.

More than 50 people - including current and former gang members, people at risk of gang involvement and those living in high crime areas - will attend the one-day event (beginning at 11am) held at the University of Wolverhampton, to pitch their phone app ideas to a team of experts.

Those with the best ideas will be asked to create an app development team of two to four people. One member from each team will then attend a free 90 hour course, taught part time over four months, teaching them and their team how to develop and market their app to commercial mobile phone companies.

The course will be taught and backed by technical and support staff from the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Derby, with marketing advice to course attendees coming from business consultancy Sweda of West Bromwich.

Those taking part in the course must be aged 16 to 30, able to commit to completing the course, be unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week and live in the Wolverhampton area.

Matthew Gordon, Project Worker for Catch22, said: "This will be a professionally delivered course, teaching the latest development and marketing techniques concerning mobile phone app technology.

"By the end of this course we hope the teams involved will have developed a marketable phone app from their original idea, ready to be pitched to a mobile phone company or to be promoted as an attractive product online and through social media direct to phone users."

Carlton McDonald is a University of Derby Computing Lecturer, specialising in website development and software engineering. He will be among the judges at Friday's event selecting the most marketable phone app ideas to go forward and will also teach on the App Entrepreneur Programme.

He added: "Many phone users will have ideas for great apps but have no idea how to go about producing such an app.

"This course, through the vehicle of App Inventor skills, a new and innovative approach to mobile phone development, will excite and empower those attending the course to develop mobile phone apps that enable the best ideas to generate start-up companies, careers and cash."

Natalie Latham, Student Recruitment Officer at the University of Wolverhampton, said: "We have a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Wolverhampton, and this programme offers an exciting way to gain new skills in the growing field of mobile phone applications.

"This will also be a great opportunity for groups of young people who wouldn't normally consider going to university, to experience a taste of higher education."

For further information about the Catch22 App Entrepreneur Programme contact Matthew Gordon, Catch22 Project Worker, on 01902 572388 or email: matthew.gordon@catch-22.org.uk. More information about Catch22 can be found on website www.catch-22.org.uk.

For information about the University of Derby's involvement in the App Entrepreneur Programme contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer , on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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'Camera Beer' To Launch Photo Exhibition

2 June 2011

A few pints of this and they might have difficulty getting their photos in focus.

To congratulate students about to complete the University of Derby's BA (Hons) Commercial Photography degree course, Derbyshire's Leadmill Brewery has come up with a photo-themed ale named after their Degree Show exhibition.

Still.Raw, an exhibition of the students' photographs, will be at the University's Markeaton Street site in Derby as part of the wider annual Degree Shows event from 4 to 11 June. The exhibition's title refers to the two industry terms of 'still' images and 'raw', or unprocessed, shots.

Leadmill Brewery has produced an ale with the same name for the exhibition and 36 gallons of it will be served at an invitees' only event to launch it and the annual Degree Shows generally. A free display of hundreds of students' work in crafts, fashion, textiles, fine art, film, design, theatre, visual communications, architecture, music technology, creative expressive therapies and art therapy will be open to the public for a week.

The Still.Raw exhibition is also being sponsored by the University, the Varsity bars chain, pub company Slug and Lettuce, and printing specialists Moo.

Photographer Matthew Byrne, 37, of Kilburn, Derbyshire, will be exhibiting his photos during the Degree Shows and arranged for the beer promotion.

He said: "The idea of asking a local business to get involved came up at our first meeting and the Leadmill Brewery was the first thing that popped into my head.

"I am very confident when I say that we will be the only final year photography exhibition in the UK that will have its own associated bespoke real ale."

Richard Creighton, Leadmill Brewery founder and chief brewer, added: "I have known Matthew for ten years and seen his photography work first hand. When he approached me with the idea of brewing a bespoke ale for this project I said yes straightaway."

Mark Hall, University Programme leader for the BA (Hons) Commercial Photography course, said: "This is a real coup for the students and will undoubtedly raise the profile of what is already an outstanding show."

Following the Degree Shows Derby students' Still.Raw exhibition will be at arts space The Rag Factory in Heneage St, near Brick Lane, in London, from 14 to19 June.

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Campaigner's Degree Helps Gypsies And Travellers Navigate The Law

18 January 2012

A veteran campaigner for Roma, gypsy and travellers' rights in Derbyshire and nationally is using her University of Derby Law degree to help her communities.

Siobhan Spencer, 53, of Beeley, near Matlock, will graduate with an LL.B (Hons) Law degree tomorrow (Thursday January 19), the first of the University of Derby's two days of Awards Ceremonies at the Derby Assembly Rooms in the city centre.

She achieved her 2:1 grade after five years of part time study. Whilst on the course, in 2009, Siobhan also received an MBE for her community relations work between the gypsy and settled communities.

Siobhan says the knowledge she gained from the course is proving invaluable in her work for the Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group; which she co-founded almost 25 years ago.

She has been able to help members of the Roma, gypsy and traveller communities with their legal questions; including on property and land law.

Siobhan has also begun drafting a proposed UK strategy for gypsy, traveller and Roma communities in light of the 2011 European Union declaration that all member states should produce one to show how they would work with these communities. She says that as the UK is not currently drawing up a strategy, her's would be an important reference document.
 
But despite her degree success, Siobhan said it was only the persuasion of Kevin Bampton, Head of the School of Law and Criminology at the University, which got her back into education.

She said: "I went to the University to speak to Kevin about organising a short course for people from the traveller community, so they could act as trainers for police and other agencies. We ended up having a long chat and he suggested I should try a Law course module myself.

"I did the Public Law 2 module and really enjoyed it, so I decided to do the whole thing.

"It was a big step as O-levels were the highest qualifications I had at that time. People from my community tend to marry early, and I was married at 17 and had four children by the time I was in my late twenties."

Over five years Siobhan stuck to the course, despite the difficulties in resuming study as a mature student with children and grandchildren to look after.

She added: "One part of the degree course I really took to though was Public Law; the ways in which ordinary people can challenge a local government decision, for example. I also enjoyed the module on Copyright."

Her degree costs were generously paid for by the Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group, said Siobhan.

Kevin Bampton, Head of the School of Law and Criminology at the University, added: "Siobhan is an inspirational figure. I loved teaching her, as did my colleagues, and it is a matter of pride for us that what we have taught her will be put to good use fighting intolerance, exclusion and racism."

For more information on the University of Derby's Law courses see website www.derby.ac.uk/law

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Can Nintendo Wii Tackle Child Obesity?

6 November 2008

Millions of people around the world jump around their living room as they wrestle with the controls of a Nintendo Wii.

But can playing a simulated sport on the computer actually be GOOD for your health?

Sports science experts at the University of Derby are embarking on research to see if such video games could help tackle obesity.

Dr Michael Duncan, a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at the University, is appealing for primary schools in the region to take part in the study.

And he has been awarded £5,000 funding from the TANITA Healthy Weight Community Trust to carry out the work.

The trust is a non-profit, public fund established in 1994 by TANITA in cooperation with the government of Japan. TANITA is a leading manufacturer of professional and home-use body fat and body composition monitors/scales.

Michael said: “This study aims to see if young children can lose weight or improve their health by using the Nintendo Wii.

“There is a lot of discussion that video games are bad for your health and we hope this research will determine if playing on this equipment could actually have physical benefits for children.”

Trials will see a six-week period where half of a participating school’s pupils will play on the Wii game during their lunch hour and half of them will take part in their normal lunch hour activities – whether it is football, socialising or just eating lunch.

Pupils taking part in the study will be asked to wear a tri-axial accelerometer – a pedometer style device which also monitors energy use from more than one angle – so not just running on the spot but also recording movements from all jumps, side turns and other body movements a pedometer would not pick up.

Dr Duncan then hopes to provide TANITA with his results in the next year. The organisation only awards eight such grants each year. The firm’s UK Key Accounts Manager, David Hutchinson, met Mr Duncan earlier this month to hand over a certificate of the grant and to see the University’s Games Development Suite, at our Kedleston Road site.

The mission of the TANITA Healthy Weight Community Trust has been to support scientific study aimed at combating obesity and other weight and body composition-related problems in Japan and across the globe.

Research grants are awarded annually to people or organisations conducting studies on the epidemiology of fatness, with the goal of combating obesity worldwide.

TANITA UK Ltd spokesman, Kim Ramessa, explained why the Derby bid for funding was successful. She said: “This research project was particularly creative in encouraging children to be active in a fun and engaging manner.

“It highlighted one of the Trust’s key objectives of preventing obesity through increasing physical activity and education.”

The University has also informed Nintendo Wii about the research project and plans to make its research findings available to the company afterwards.

Dr Duncan has a strong background in this research area having carried out studies in areas including body dissatisfaction, body fat and physical activity in primary school children and using pedometers to determine pupils’ physical activity. He is also a BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Science) accredited exercise physiologist.

Dr Duncan needs to hear from schools interested in taking part by November 20. He hopes around ten will get involved in the study. To get involved, contact Dr Duncan via email on m.duncan@derby.ac.uk.

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Can Yoga Improve Life Quality For Cancer Sufferers?

31 January 2011

Researchers have launched a study to see if Yoga can improve the quality of life for patients with gynaecological cancer.

The study has been devised by scientists at the University of Derby in collaboration with doctors at the Royal Derby Hospital.

More than 100 participants will take part in weekly Hatha-style Yoga exercises for 10 weeks to assess any benefits of the classes. The study will run between now and December 2011.

Participants who join the study will have been diagnosed with gynaecological cancer, and are currently being treated with either surgery or chemotherapy at the Royal Derby Hospital. One group of study volunteers will be invited to take part in the Yoga trials while the other group will be asked to abstain from the Yoga sessions to form a control group. University doctoral student Stephanie Archer will assess the wellbeing levels of both groups of patients on a regular basis to gauge any benefits of Yoga.

The study is the brainchild of principal investigator and University of Derby biologist Dr Heidi Sowter in conjunction with Mr Anish Bali, a gynaecological oncologist from Derby City Hospital.

Dr Sowter said: "Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years to improve emotional and physical wellbeing. Several studies have shown that practicing Yoga has beneficial effects on the quality of life of cancer patients, although this has yet to be proved conclusively.

"This clinical trial will determine if Yoga has positive effects on gynaecological cancer patients. If the results are positive, then future patients could benefit from an improved cancer care service."

Mr Bali added: "We are testing the hypothesis that Yoga can benefit cancer patients by helping manage symptoms of the disease such as fatigue, insomnia and stress. Information from this study could help to improve the care of future gynaecological cancer patients."

One of the study participants, Margaret Gregory, 67, who lives in Mickleover, said: "After attending my first session of yoga at the University of Derby site, I am intrigued to know more about how practising yoga may improve my wellbeing. I am looking forward to meeting other gynaecological cancer patients and sharing our feelings and experiences during the ten week course."

Over a million women are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. Womb cancer is the most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer followed by ovarian cancer then cervical cancer. However, the death rate of patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer still remains high, accounting for six per cent of all female cancer related deaths in the UK.

The Derby/Burton cancer team has an active laboratory-based programme examining the molecular basis in the development and progression of ovarian cancer. Dr Heidi Sowter is assisting in research in this area.

The Yoga classes for the research trial are being held in the Multi-Faith Centre, within the grounds of the University's Kedleston Road site on Thursday evenings starting this week. The sessions have been laid on with support from the centre's retired Director Eileen Fry who is now its volunteer coordinator and a qualified Yoga teacher.

Part of the funding for the research study came from a successful charity ball and auction organised last March by the University and Royal Derby Hospitals. Charles Hanson from TV's Bargain Hunt was special guest at the event at the Roundhouse in Derby.

Researchers are still keen for eligible volunteers to take part in the sessions, so if you meet the criteria and are interested, please contact Stephanie Archer on email: s.archer@derby.ac.uk or call: 01332 592023.

Further information on why yoga may help benefit cancer patients can be found at www.cancerhelp.org.uk

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Can You Help Buxton Take The World Cup For The Biggest Ever Cream Tea?

26 November 2013

A 13-year-old who has been inspired to cook by a junior chef's course at the University of Derby Buxton is planning the World's Largest Cream Tea event.

Sid Morris and his friend Daniel Clayton, who are in Year Nine at Buxton Community School, have joined forces with the University to try and get into the Guinness Book of Records by hosting a cream tea in the Dome - and all they need now are 431 paying guests to take the title!

Hospitality students will be making the scones and serving the tea in the Dome, organised by their colleagues studying event management, with University Business Development Manager Christine Sweetmore in charge.

Sid and Daniel came up with the idea to raise money for a trip next year to Ghana, where they will help a village to install a rain water harvesting system as part of a school partnership project.

But they need your help in getting the numbers up to the world record level - which currently stands at 430 people at one sitting!

"Christine has been brilliant - really helpful," said Sid's mum Denise who approached the University about holding it there.

The boys need to raise £2,000 each to go on the 10-day trip organised by Buxton Community School and Partner Ghana, an educational and development aid charity.

Sid, who has been on the Saturday morning Junior Chef course for the last three years, said he would like to be a chef when he grows up.

"It's really good," he said. "You get to make great stuff like profiteroles, doughnuts, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and all that kind of thing."

The World's Largest Cream Tea is at the Dome on the 24th November from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, with music by the Round Midnight jazz trio.

Tickets are available, priced at £6.00 each, from the University's reception desk, Hargreaves shop in Spring Gardens, the Green Pavilion florist, Yannie's Hair Boutique on the Market Place and the boys' own website, www.lotsofscones.co.uk

For further press information please contact:

John Phillips, University of Derby Buxton Community Liaison Officer
Direct dial: 01298 330461
Email: j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

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Care And Compassion Top Conference Agenda

28 May 2012

With dignity and care of patients at the top of the national health and social care agenda, a recent conference hosted by the University of Derby provided an opportunity for Derbyshire healthcare professionals to meet and discuss this topical issue.

Funded by the local Strategic Health Authority, the Care and Compassion Conference brought together more than 70 front line health care professionals from across the region, including nurses, radiographers and occupational therapists on May 24.

Paul Weller, Professor of Inter-Religious Relations at the University of Derby, opened the conference that was chaired by Steve Edgeley, Deputy Director of Nursing from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Launched in response to the current health and social care policy directives, this important event featured keynote papers by Wilf McSherry, Professor in Dignity in Care of Older People, University of Staffordshire, and Professor Paul Gilbert who is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Derbyshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust and a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby.

Professor Gilbert is also Director of the Mental Health Research Unit in Derby, which is collaboration between the Trust and the University. Paul was awarded an OBE for services to mental healthcare and is a founder of the charity The Compassionate Mind Foundation, and author of 'The Compassionate Mind'.

The conference included presentations from the School of Health, University of Derby including Nursing, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy and Radiography, as well as discussion groups with service users and carers.

Professor Lorraine Ellis, Head of the University's School of Health, said: "On May 16 the NHS Confederation Chairman, Sir Keith Pearson, told the Royal College of Nursing's annual conference that universities and employers need to do more to make sure that staff have compassionate values needed to provide patient centred, dignified care.

"At the University of Derby we are committed to ensuring that our Nursing degree students graduate with these vital qualities, and we hosted the Care and Compassion Conference to give professionals the opportunity to talk about the issue and share best practice.

"We were delighted to welcome so many health professionals to the event, and we know that they will take what they discussed today back to their roles to make a direct impact on enhancing care to service users and patients."

For more information on the BSc (Hons) Nursing degrees at the University of Derby visit www.derby.ac.uk/health-and-social-care/courses.

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Careers Advice For All Pupils Is Key To UK Skills Gap Says Study

11 October 2013

All secondary school children should be encouraged to think earlier about future technical careers through better careers advice which brings jobs knowledge into the classroom, says a University of Derby study.

A shortfall in the number of graduates and other qualified people entering the UK workforce with science, technology, engineering and maths (or STEM) subject knowledge could be reduced by better approaches to careers advice at secondary school age (11-years-old and above), says the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS); the University's applied research centre for career development and employability.

The study - just published by the National STEM Centre, funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation - asked senior staff in nine volunteer schools in Walsall, Sheffield, Mansfield, Darlington, North Shields, Hull and Oldham how they helped pupils learn about STEM-based careers. There was then a follow-up survey nationally.

A common problem was found to be that busy schools and their teaching staff, with more urgent concerns such as setting curricula and exams success, might lack the time or resources to invest in better careers support for pupils.

Looking at factors which shape how school leaders do and could make STEM subjects more attractive the report, by iCeGS Principal Research Fellow Jo Hutchinson, concluded that a range of career-related learning opportunities in school would help young people explore their own strengths, values and ambitions; helping them make better decisions about subject choices, learning pathways, and ultimately successful and rewarding careers.

The iCeGS report - called School Organisation and STEM Career-related Learning- recommends schools:

  • evaluate careers advice they currently provide and publish a plan explaining how they will ensure all pupils receive independent career guidance;
  • give teachers designing and managing STEM career-related learning time to develop projects, and give them adequate space within the school curriculum;
  • use the experience of teachers who've come from other careers (business, technical, self-employed, etc) to enrich the school's STEM career-related programmes;
  • run extra-curricular activities recognising that not all STEM career-related activity should be about pupils going onto university and graduate careers, but also into more vocational work, at post-16.

Jo Hutchinson, Principal Research Fellow at iCeGS and report author, said: "There remains widespread concern among UK business organisations at the current and projected shortfall in the number of people coming into the workforce with STEM knowledge. One estimate puts this at 40,000 fewer STEM graduates per year than there should be.

"Part of tackling this is to devote more time and expertise towards getting pupils thinking about careers in STEM subjects at a younger age than we currently do. Children who are enthused about potential careers in these areas are much more likely to go on to study such subjects at further and higher education level, and develop careers relating to them."

For more information about the work of the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby see link www.derby.ac.uk/icegs

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Careers in Law and Justice Day 2013

7 March 2013

If you've ever thought about a career in the law and justice sector a free open day at the University of Derby this Saturday (March 9) is the place to find out more.

The annual Careers in Law and Justice Fair, hosted by the School of Law and Criminology, will be held in the Kirtley Building at the University's main Kedleston Road site, in Derby, from 10am to 4pm this Saturday.

Attending will be solicitors and barristers' firms, companies involved with the law sector, education providers, police officers and other agencies.

It will be a great opportunity to meet employers involved in law and criminology, find out about volunteering opportunities and also network with law graduates, industry professionals and enquire about postgraduate study.

During the day there will be plenty of activities running including mock trials and guest lectures, and workshops on improving your CV and on career planning.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the event.

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Caring Students' Gift To Community

15 April 2013

Caring members of the Buxton community are receiving some highly deserved pampering for free, thanks to a generous group of Buxton College and University of Derby Buxton students.

Members of Buxton's League of Friends, Age UK, Home Start, the Amber Trust, church groups, carers and the elderly have been receiving free beauty treatments at the hair and beauty salon at the Buxton Dome since January, after beauty students there decided to share their skills with the community.

Julie McCann from Glossop, a final year BSc (Hons) International Spa Management degree student of the University of Derby Buxton organises the weekly Wednesday morning sessions, which run from 10am to 12.30pm until the start of June.

Julie said: "We wanted to work with the charitable and voluntary organisations, carers, volunteers and service users from the area who may not get much of a chance to relax and give them a treat.

"We are delighted with how well the sessions are going, and it feels fantastic to help people take some time to relax and to feel good about themselves."

At each session, a group of eight Buxton College NVQ Beauty students give manicures, pedicures, massage and facials to people of the town who need it the most. This also forms a vital part of the students' training, as they use the sessions to hone their beauty therapy skills.

Emma Dougal, 17, from Furness Vale, said: "It's been fantastic to be able to offer free treatments; we have made some people really happy and made a difference. It has also been a good opportunity to practise and to meet people from across the community."

If you know someone who you feel deserves a free treatment call Julie Mccann at the Dome Hair and Beauty Salon on 01298 28334.

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Cathedral Sings Student's Praises

18 March 2014

Derby Cathedral has been singing the praises of a University of Derby Buxton student who translated one of their information leaflets into Latvian.

And the leaflet which Annija Kucinska helped to produce for visitors has already been reprinted because of demand.

"We have a massive array of different languages in our leaflets, and we did a reprint of the Latvian ones not long ago," said Jackie Croft, Cathedral Administrator. "We get people from everywhere coming here.

"The University, with its students coming from all over the world, is a wonderful resource for local organisations, and we're very grateful to Annija for her help."

Annija, a Joint Honours Tourism Management student, said the translation work made all the difference to visitors from her home country.

"Even though we are a small country, it's so much more welcoming to know that somebody has taken the time to translate it into your language," she said.

Derby Cathedral's history fitted in with Annija's interest in heritage, and she is thinking of a career in the museum sector.

Annija said her degree course at Buxton helped her develop a professional approach, and the opportunities to volunteer added to her experience.

"University helps you to remember all the things you need to know, and encourages me to be active as well," she said. "The detail is so important, and the teachers give you a lot of support."

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CDC Helps Students Stand Out From Crowd

6 August 2012

The University's Career Development Centre (CDC) recently held its fourth annual awards event to celebrate the successes of students who have participated in its programme of employability activities, and to recognise the contribution made to them by employers.

The Awards were presented by Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne and Alan Weir, Head of Production Control and Logistics at Toyota UK.

Alan said "All employers are seeking evidence that graduates can demonstrate the various qualities and attributes which will make them an asset to their organisation. Participation in the programme of activities run by the CDC adds real value to graduates' CVs".

Awards were presented to students who had represented the University at the annual Flux business completion event. Flux is a business game similar in style to Dragons' Den involving universities across the country.

Also present were participants of the Employer Mentoring Scheme - with a separate award for 'Mentee of the Year', participants of the 'University of Derby Award', and those nominated for 'Student Volunteer of the Year'.

Through the 'University of Derby Award' alone this year students have contributed over 10,000 hours of voluntary work in a management or leadership capacity in the local community.

CDC Manager Celia Beizsley said "Our Awards event is now established as a showpiece event in our calendar. I am always delighted to be able to celebrate with our students and recognise the valuable contribution made by employers to our programme of events".

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Celebrated Author Hilary Mantel To Be Honoured By University Of Derby

10 December 2013

Two-time Man Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel will be made an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Derby's Awards Ceremonies in January (2014).

Ms Mantel, who was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, has published 11 novels, a book of short stories and a memoir, called Giving Up The Ghost.

She has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize twice, with Wolf Hall in 2009 and Bring Up the Bodies in 2012, as well as a host of other literary plaudits. The two books have been adapted for the stage and will open this month (December) at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Ms Mantel was made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

The author and critic will join five others receiving honorary awards at the University's Derby graduation ceremonies; held from January 15-17, at Derby's Assembly Rooms. More than 4,000 students will graduate alongside them in degree, postgraduate and other higher education courses over the three days.

Ms Mantel was originally scheduled to accept her honorary award at the University's January 2011 ceremonies but was unable to attend that and subsequent events because of prior commitments.

Her fellow honorands, who were announced last month (November), are:

  • Ian Drake, Chief Executive of British Cycling
  • Cathy Grindrod, award-winning writer and the first Derbyshire Poet Laureate
  • Roger Taylor, Photographic Historian
  • Kate Oates, TV Producer
  • Tim Parnell, former Formula 1 driver.

Each will address the assembled graduates after receiving their honorary awards. Ms Mantel is expected to receive her award on Thursday January 16.

Commenting on her University of Derby honorary award, Ms Mantel said: "It means a great deal to me to receive this honour in the county where I grew up. I have lived in many places but I am indelibly a Derbyshire girl. I am grateful to the University for recognising that."

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, added: "Few British authors have enjoyed the critical and popular success that Hilary Mantel has. I'm delighted she will be joining us in January, to become an Honorary Doctor of Letters of the University of Derby.

"All our honorands are people with a connection to our county or the University, who have advanced and improved their chosen field."

For further information about the University of Derby's Awards Ceremonies see website www.derby.ac.uk/graduation.

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Celebrated Poet Brought To UK By University

1 September 2011

An internationally renowned poet will talk about his work spanning more than half-a-century in a rare UK tour including the University of Derby, and organised by one of its academics.

Celebrated Swiss poet Eugen Gomringer, 86, is seen as the father of 'concrete poetry', where the arrangement of a poem's words on the printed page is considered to be as important as the poem itself. His poem Silencio has a blank space or 'silence' in the middle and another, Wind, shows the letters W-I-N-D scattered as if by a wind.

Mr Gomringer will visit Derby and other UK cities this month (September), to read his poems and talk about his life's work. The rare UK tour has been organised by Rodger Brown, a Programme Leader in the University's School of Art and Design, and the Research Group for Artists Publications (RGAP), formerly based at the University but now at the Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield.

The tour dates are:

  • Monday September 12 - 7pm at the Saison Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London, in conversation with poet Harry Gilonis. Admission free, but booking essential via email: specialedition@poetrylibrary.org.uk
  • Tuesday September 13 - 12noon to 1.30pm, reception and opening of exhibition Eugen Gomringer and the Francesco Conz Collection at Leicester's De Montfort University. Admission free
  • Tuesday September 13- 6.30pm to 8pm, opening of exhibition Concept as Concrete Form: Visual Poetry, Texts and Typography at the University of Derby. Mr Gomringer will be welcomed by Professor Huw Davies - Dean of the University's Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology - at its Markeaton Street site in Derby. Admission free but to book a place contact Rodger Brown on email: r.g.brown@derby.ac.uk
  • Wednesday September 14- 10.30am, talk by Mr Gomringer on The Inter-relation Between Concrete Art and Poetry. Admission Free. University of Derby's Markeaton Street site, Derby. Contact Rodger Brown on email: r.g.brown@derby.ac.uk
  • Thursday September 15 - 11.45am to 5pm, A Day Out at Shandy Hall with Eugen Gomringer featuring readings and a presentation by Mr Gomringer, at Shandy Hall, Coxwold, York. Admission £15, including lunch and guided tour of the hall museum and exhibition. Contact Rodger Brown on email: r.g.brown@derby.ac.uk
  • Friday September16 - 5pm to 6.30pm. The Scottish Poetry Library at 5 Crichton's Close, Canongate, Edinburgh. Mr Gomringer will read his poems and be in conversation with poet Thomas A Clark. To book contact Julie Johnstone on 0131 557 2876.

Mr Gomringer said: "The purpose of reduced language is not the reduction of language itself but the achievement of great flexibility and freedom of communication, with its inherent rules and regulations.

"The resulting poems should be, if possible, as easily understood as signs in airports or traffic signs."

Rodger Brown, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at the University of Derby, added: "This is a unique opportunity to see one of the most influential cultural figures of the 20th century, whose work continues to exert influence over a whole host of artists and poets up to the present day.

"Eugen Gomringer was at the forefront of developing a free form linguistic style that liberated text from traditional linear syntax and placed it firmly in the visual realm, freeing it from usual forms of linguistic and literary association.

"The events will be a great opportunity for people to see and hear the work of this important and influential 'father of concrete poetry'. I am delighted to be able to welcome Eugen Gomringer to the UK and to the University of Derby in particular."

For more information on the Eugen Gomringer tour visit the RGAP website at www.rgap.co.uk

For further information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

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Celebration Milestone For UDOL

6 August 2012

The University of Derby Online team received fantastic news recently when they found out they'd exceeded on their income target by £91K, and recruited to their overall student number target for the year - 1,783!

Julie Stone, Head of University of Derby Online, said: "Many thanks to everyone who helped to achieve this, but particular thanks must go to the Customer Service and Operations Team for converting enquirers and applicants to Online Learners - a great effort with fabulous results."

Recent marketing activity has proved particularly effective, with May experiencing a bumper month for web traffic, more than double (108%) compared to May 2011. A new brand roll-out is expected to help boost this success even further.

Julie adds: "It's fantastic that the team's hard work is paying off. Our new website, which launched in January, has seen an increase on average of 42% per month compared to the same time last year and we're currently averaging around 500 enquiries per month. The whole team has done a sterling job with such a lot of other activity going on during this busy transition year and I'm looking forward to working with them as we continue to successfully build the online business."

For more information visit website www.derby.ac.uk/online

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Celebrations As Degree Course Awarded National Accreditation

24 June 2013

A University of Derby degree that prepares students for careers in the therapeutic use of the creative arts is celebrating after being accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists.

The news comes shortly after this year's BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies degree students displayed their work in music, dance, drama, sculpture, painting and more to rapturous reviews at the University's annual Degree Shows.

Martyn Parker-Eames, Programme Leader of Creative Expressive Therapies, said: "The National Council of Psychotherapists accredits degree and diploma programmes that train professionals to offer 'psychotherapeutic' care. Our Creative Expressive Therapies students learn how to apply their art and talents to help others, whether that is through music, drama, dance or other visual arts, so this accreditation truly reflects our purpose.

"Through their accreditation process the NCP acknowledged the quality of our degree, and of our students and graduates, and the difference that they can go on to make in therapeutic settings."

NCP Chairman, Ray Freeman, said: "The NCP upholds very high standards in the training programmes we accredit as they provide a platform leading to membership and we are delighted to add this degree to our small but select list."

"The NCP promotes professional practice in its graduate members by making continuing professional development and regular supervision, conditions of membership.

This accreditation means that Derby's BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies students will be entitled to join the NCP as student members, and may become a full member once they graduate.

Further information about the NCP can be found at http://thencp.org

For more information about the University of Derby's Creative Expressive Therapies degree visit www.derby.ac.uk/courses/creative-expressive-therapies-ba-hons

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Celebrations As Master's Degree Course Awarded National Accolade

22 August 2013

A University of Derby degree that prepares students for careers in the oil and gas industry is celebrating after becoming one of the few to be accredited by The Geological Society, ?the recognised professional body for Geoscience programmes in the UK.

Dr Dorothy Satterfield, Programme Leader for the University's MSc Applied Petroleum Geoscience course, said: "We are delighted to receive this accreditation, which assures students that our teaching is of the highest quality, and has been approved by an independent body of academics and industrialists.

"The course will provide confidence in the range of skills required of a petroleum geologist, and can be undertaken either full time or part time, enabling students to study while they work.

"We also offer real world experience. Our external tutors are active members of the oil industry, so they have strong commercial links and can give a real insight into the careers available. This helps students to recognise their strengths and prepare themselves for the right sector of the industry."

The Applied Petroleum MSc (Master of Science) has been running at Derby full time for two years and part-time for six years. To date we have trained students from Nigeria, Ghana, Germany Austria, Thailand, Angola, Pakistan, India, the USA and Portugal, as well as the UK.

This accreditation becomes the first step for graduates who wish to apply for the professional qualifications of Chartered Geologist and Chartered Scientist.

Further information about the Geological Society can be found at www.geolsoc.org.uk.

For more information about the University of Derby's MSc Applied Petroleum Geoscience course visit www.derby.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/applied-petroleum-geoscience-msc/

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Celebrity Stylist To Open Fashion Show

31 May 2011

A top fashion stylist who has designed for celebrities including Rihanna, Twiggy, Pixie Lott and Kate Moss will open the University of Derby's 2011 Graduate Fashion Show this Thursday (June 2).

Derbyshire-born Kate Halfpenny is famed for her fabulous creations and vintage inspired wedding dresses. As well as styling many celebrities she has also designed clothing used in adverts for fashion giants such as Moschino and Hugo Boss.

She will be guest of honour at the annual show of work by final-year students on the University's BA (Hons) Fashion Studies degree course, at Derby Assembly Rooms on Thursday June 2.

There will be two public shows on that day, at 1.30pm and 7.30pm, with Kate opening the evening one. Both will feature models on the catwalk wearing collections by 34 students, with an additional five students staging static displays of their work.

Kate will also help choose a Portfolio Prize winner from amongst the exhibiting students.

The 2011 Graduate Fashion Show will be the launch event for the University's annual Degree Shows programme, this year.

Then from Saturday June 4 to 11 hundreds of students' work in crafts, fashion, textiles, fine art, film, design, theatre, visual communications, architecture, music technology, creative expressive therapies and art therapy will be on display for the public to come and see for free at the University's Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites in Derby, and elsewhere.

The fashion collections at the Assembly Rooms show will include menswear, women's wear, children's wear, swimwear and a bridal collection.

Among the original student collections will be:

  • stylish 'adaptive clothing' for young people with disabilities by Rosie Hall, who worked with advice from children at local disabilities charity Umbrella;
  • clothes inspired by student Jodie Perrins' local cricket team at home in Shropshire;
  • delicate knitwear and other clothing by Ross Dutton, using the theme of moths' development from cocoons.

The June 2 event is open to the public, with tickets for both general admission and a VIP lounge.

VIP tickets give visitors entry to the Assembly Rooms' Darwin Suite from 6.30pm where they can enjoy a glass of champagne while browsing through portfolios of the students' collections. They will also be entered free into a prize draw with prizes of a Paul Smith purse, Co-op travel vouchers worth up to £250, £100 in Westfield shopping vouchers, vouchers from clothing store Brigdens or QUAD cinema membership available.

Kate said: "I'm so honoured to have been asked to open the University of Derby's fashion show. It's important to encourage and nurture our graduates, as they are the future of British fashion and so important to our industry."

Previous fashion gurus who've attended the annual fashion show and visited the University have included Kate Bostock, Marks and Spencer Director of Clothing, and Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of fashion label Red or Dead.

Fiona Hawthorne, Co-Programme Leader for Fashion at the University, added: "It is a real coup for us to have someone of Kate Halfpenny's standing in the industry join us.

"It is a chance for our students to meet someone who started out very much as they are doing and who has risen to the top of her profession."

Tickets for the University of Derby's 2011 Graduate Fashion Show cost £3 for the 1.30pm performance. Entry to the 7.30pm performance costs £5 concessions, £10 for a standard ticket and £15 for VIP entry. Tickets, subject to availability, can be booked through Derby Live box office on 01332 255800.

For further information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

 

 

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Centre of Excellence Accolade Builds Architecture Courses' Reputation

17 October 2013

The University of Derby has been awarded 'Centre of Excellence' status for Architectural Technology - making it one of only four in the UK - by a top international professional institute.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the lead qualifying body for architectural technology, representing those practising and studying within the discipline. Architectural technologists design the technology around architecture.

Commending the University's research activities in the area of architectural technology CIAT has now confirmed that Derby has been made one of only four of its 'Centres of Excellence' in the UK.

The CIAT panel's report said: "The University has demonstrated a high standard with regard to academic and research staff and resources, commitment to the promotion of CIAT, and the promotion of research and scholarly activity (within architectural technology). The panel agreed that the range of research activities at the University is to be commended."

Commenting on the CIAT accolade Dr Boris Ceranic, Programme Leader for BSc and MSc Architectural Programmes at the University of Derby, said: "This is obviously great news for Architectural Technology at the University. It's a fitting reward for all the hard work that staff have put into making the course academically rigorous but vocationally orientated, interesting for students and relevant to the industry they will be going into."

Professor Sam Allwinkle, Chairman of the Education Board at the CIAT, added: "I am delighted to see more universities attaining Centre of Excellence status and look forward to our continuing partnerships in developing the discipline of architectural technology."

Derby's CIAT Centre of Excellence status is valid for five years, until 2018, when the University will be able to apply again to retain it.

The University of Derby offers one CIAT Accredited course, the BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice.

Its other Architecture courses include:

For more information on the University of Derby's Architecture courses see website www.derby.ac.uk/engineering-technology

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'Centre of Excellence' Status For Architectural Technology At University

19 February 2014

The University of Derby has been given 'Centre of Excellence' status by a top international professional institute for its Architectural Technology teaching.

Derby is now one of only four UK universities to be made a Centre of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT); the lead qualifying body for architectural technology, representing those practising and studying within the discipline. Architectural technologists design the technology around architecture.

The CIAT panel's report said: "The University has demonstrated a high standard with regard to academic and research staff and resources, commitment to the promotion of CIAT, and the promotion of research and scholarly activity (within architectural technology)."

Dr Boris Ceranic, Programme Leader for BSc and MSc Architectural Programmes at the University of Derby,officially received the CIAT award at a ceremony at the Freemasons' Hall in London.

He said: "This is obviously great news for Architectural Technology at the University. It's a fitting reward for all the hard work that staff have put in."

Derby's CIAT Centre of Excellence status is valid for five years, until 2018, when the University will be able to apply again to retain it.

Media requiring further information on this news story should contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Chance for new businesses to gain free support from the experts

8 May 2014

New and growing businesses in Derby have the chance to join the increasing number of companies gaining free expert support and advice in the city.

'Let's do business' is a University of Derby project which offers the best advice and support for anyone wishing to start a new business and for existing local small and medium-sized firms wanting to grow.

And, on Monday, May 12, these businesses can access expert advice from the UK's leading funding and finance specialists at a free event being held at the Enterprise Centre on Bridge Street, Derby.

The likes of Barclays Business Banking, NatWest and the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund will be present on the day. It takes place between 8am and 12noon and will feature a number of presentations from visiting providers.

Pete Rayner, Head of Business Services at University of Derby Corporate, said: "The 'Let's do business' project helps make businesses stronger, encourages start-ups, creates high value employment for the city, launches new projects and helps to attract new firms to set up in Derby. We are very excited to be part of this journey.

"We have supported more than 110 small businesses and over 75 individuals so far and I would encourage any new or developing business in Derby to get involved."

'Let's do business' is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme and runs until March 2015.

To find out more, visit http://www.evolvederby.co.uk/lets-do-business

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Chance to study for professional qualifications without quitting work

16 June 2014

Full-time workers are being offered a chance to gain recognised and respected professional body qualifications - without having to quit their job.

Qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institue of Management Accountants (CIMA) can be studied on a part-time basis at University of Derby Corporate (UDC), giving people the chance to build their skills and enhance their career.

And, on Thursday, June 26, from 6.30pm-7.30pm, UDC will be explaining more about these courses at a public open evening in Derby.

Carol Steed, Acting Head of UDC, said: "By completing one of these courses, people can accelerate their career progression by earning an industry-leading professional qualification. Our courses are designed to fit around existing work commitments and the content is delivered by expert tutors who bring their real-world experience in to the classroom.

"Our pass rates are consistently above the national average thanks to our excellent teaching team."

She added: "At our open evening, visitors will be able to talk to programme leaders about the courses and the impact they will have on their professional development and also learn about the syllabus content, how the sessions are delivered and the support they will be given."

Courses can be started in September or January.

UDC's CIM courses have received eight commendations for excellent pass rates in the past 12 months. ACCA and CIMA courses regularly achieve pass rates above the national average, and CIPS has assessed UDC as a Centre of Excellence.

One woman who successfully completed a CIM Diploma has talked about how she has benefitted.

Lynsey Buxton, Client Relationship Manager at Interfleet Technology Ltd at Pride Park, Derby, said: "Undertaking the CIM Diploma has given me the opportunity to apply theory in practice and has helped to broaden and develop my skills and understanding of the organisation as a whole whilst enhancing my career prospects in sales and marketing.

"Attending this course at UDC has given me exposure to other professionals that share similar problems, and I feel discussing these subjects as a group has been a great help as part of the learning process."

The open evening will include a short welcome presentation followed by a whistle-stop tour of the state-of-the-art Enterprise Centre where classes would take place. Tutors will be on-hand to talk about the learning opportunities open to busy professionals and will be available to answer any course queries directly.

Those wishing to attend should book a place at www.derby.ac.uk/professional and then make their way to the Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LD for 6.30pm on Thursday, June 26.

Media requiring further information on this news release should contact Jamie Oliver, University of Derby Press & PR Officer, on 01332 591187 or email: j.oliver@derby.ac.uk

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Changes Enhance Experience

29 October 2012

A new contact point in the Atrium at the University's Kedleston Road site is just one of a raft of changes within Student Support and Information Services (SSS) that will ensure students get the best possible support throughout their time at Derby.

Students will be able to get advice and support from experts at the new contact point, where they will also be referred on to further help and information. A number of additional interview rooms have been created at the altered entrance to B Block which will give students increased opportunities to access confidential one-to-one support.

These changes reflect a recent reconfiguration within SSIS, in which four new divisions were created to streamline the services the team provides to students during their University lives.

June Hughes, University Registrar, said: "The changing Higher Education landscape required us to evaluate our models of student support and administration and gave us the opportunity to make improvements that will have a significant impact on our students' experience.

"By creating four new divisions; the Student Life Programme which brings together student experience, advice, guidance and wellbeing; Academic Services, which brings together timetabling, records and fees, and assessment and awards; Business Change Management which specialises in pulling together data for the Government and business planning; and the Corporate Intelligence Unit which will provide market research, analysis of key data and horizon scanning; we are now in the best possible shape to deliver an effective, efficient service to our students."

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Charlotte's Memory Marked With Graduate Excellence Award

19 December 2013

An excellence award in the name of deceased student Charlotte Blackman will be given to a University of Derby Education Studies graduate for the first time at its January (2014) Awards Ceremonies.

Charlotte, 22, of Heanor, was an exemplary student who'd just completed her BA (Hons) Education Studies degree - achieving a First Class honours - in summer 2012, when she was tragically killed in a landslide whilst on holiday in Dorset.

With the agreement of Charlotte's family the University has now established a memorial award in her name; to be given at the annual Derby Awards Ceremonies, to the highest achieving graduate 'all rounder' on the Education Studies degree course.

The recipient of the first such award will be announced at next month's (January) graduation event, taking place from January 15-17. In addition to the award itself the graduate will receive £100 in book tokens.

Charlotte's mum Rachel said: "We're very proud. This award is a nice way of keeping Charlotte's memory alive and is a real honour."

Annie Flower, University Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and a former tutor of Charlotte's, added: "We felt it was appropriate, after Charlotte's family accepted her degree certificate at last year's graduation event, to establish an award in her name starting from 2014.

"The new award will recognise the graduate judged to be the best 'all rounder'; in terms of academic achievements, tutor assessments and performance on work placements, over their degree course."

Lynn Senior, Head of the School of Education, said: "Charlotte achieved a First Class degree and was an exceptional student with a real passion for all aspects of education, in particular special educational needs. We wanted to honour her name with an award that would recognise those qualities in future graduates."

More than 4,000 people will graduate from the University's faculties of Arts, Design and Technology; Business, Computing and Law; and Education, Health and Sciences, at the Awards Ceremonies from January 15-17.

For further information about graduation at the University of Derby see website www.derby.ac.uk/graduation

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Chatsworth Chooses To Party At The Dome

8 March 2012

Staff of the Chatsworth Estate chose to hold their annual party at Buxton's iconic Devonshire Dome this year, giving more than 50 University of Derby Buxton students the opportunity to hone their new found events and hospitality skills.

The event, which was attended by about 700 members of staff from across the Chatsworth estate, and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire themselves, was declared an "overwhelming success" by the Duke.

The evening was organised by Events At The Dome, the commercial arm of the University of Derby Buxton. As part of the University's dedication to ensuring its students gain relevant work experience, more than 50 BA (Hons) Events Management, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management students used their skills to help put on an outstanding event.

Dan Nichols, 18, a first year BA (Hons) Events Management degree student from Norwich, was part of a group who helped plan certain elements of the evening, and had meet-and-greet duties throughout the champagne reception on the night.

Dan said: "Working on a banquet of this magnitude was a fantastic experience for me. Experiencing the reality of such an event, and how small details in the planning become essential in its smooth running was incredibly useful."

Christine Sweetmore, Business Development Manager of Events At The Dome added: "We were delighted to host the Chatsworth staff party, and we were so pleased that everyone enjoyed the evening. The students gained an unparalleled experience of working at such a large prestigious banquet, the kind becoming more and more regular at the Dome."

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of University of Derby Buxton commented: "The event was spectacular and a great credit to our teams of staff and students. They delivered an event of a quality and scale that reflects our commitment to delivering first class experiential learning."

For more information about degree programmes at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

For more information about Events At The Dome, call Christine Sweetmore on 01332 594643.

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Cheaper Supermarket Teas Could Cause Fluoride Related Illnesses

25 July 2013

Drinking some cheaper supermarket tea blends can push people's fluoride intake over daily recommended levels, and put them at increased risk of skeletal and dental illnesses, a University of Derby study has found.

Levels of fluoride found in 38 tea products were compared with each other and to the US National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) daily dietary reference intake in the research by Laura Chan, Professor Aradhana Mehra and Professor Paul Lynch from the University of Derby. The study is published in journal Food Research International.

Using Ion Selective Electrode (ISE) analysis - which can analyse trace elements, such as fluoride, in a liquid - of the dry tea, and of the tea infusions brewed with boiling water for two minutes, the researchers compared the fluoride levels ingested by someone drinking the average daily intake of tea (four cups or one litre).

Significant differences in fluoride levels were discovered when economy black tea blends from supermarkets Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's were compared with branded black tea blends such as PG Tips, Twining's, Typhoo; and with green tea blends including Clipper Organic leaf, Green Twining's bags; pure blends such as Assam, Dilmah and Ceylon; and Oolong and Pu'er blends from India and Sri Lanka.

Infusions of economy black tea blends, such as Asda Smartprice, Tesco Value, Morrisons Value, Sainsbury's Basics, and Waitrose Essential, were found to have the highest concentration of fluoride - an average of six milligrammes (mg) per litre. Although, Waitrose Essential was significantly lower in fluoride compared to the other economy black blends.

When compared to the NAS daily dietary reference intake of four milligrammes of fluoride per day, these economy blends of tea contained from 75% to 120% of the recommended daily intake.

Infusions of green tea blends had the next highest concentrations, followed by branded black blends such as PG Tips, Twining's and Typhoo with an average of 3.3 mg per litre, then pure blends.

Oolong and Pu'er teas had the lowest concentrations of fluoride - an average of 0.7 mg/litre or just ten per cent to 16% of the daily reference intake.

Laura Chan, who carried out the study for her PhD at the University of Derby, said: "The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, is a fluoride accumulator, with mature leaves accumulating most of the fluoride.

"When tea is harvested, these older leaves may be used to produce lower quality, stronger teas such as economy teas, whereas the bud and newer top leaves are used in the manufacture of higher grade and speciality tea products.

"Although fluoride is considered an essential micro-nutrient for human health, in the prevention of tooth decay and promotion of healthy bone growth, excess fluoride in the diet can have detrimental effects. Dental fluorosis, the mottling of tooth enamel, and skeletal fluorosis, pain and damage to bones and joints through calcification, can occur.

"People may be drinking excessive volumes of tea in addition to other dietary sources of fluoride and may not realise these potential health implications. Indeed, there have been cases, in both the UK and the USA, of skeletal fluorosis in individuals who drank more than the average amount of economy tea." added Ms Chan.

"All tea products should be considered as a main source of fluoride in the diet, and we would urge supermarkets and manufacturers of tea to consider stating fluoride concentration as part of the nutritional information found on food packaging."

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Checkmate Rewarded, 68 Years Late

15 September 2011

An old resident of Buxton has finally been presented with the silver chess trophy he was promised during the Second World War, 68 years after winning the competition as a schoolboy.
 
Mr Posen, aged 84, lived in Buxton throughout the Second World War, and attended the then Buxton College on College Road.  The Buxton College that Mr Posen attended from 1940 to 1943 was a county grammar school for boys endowed in 1674, which went on to form Buxton Community School.

However, when Buxton College of Further Education (part of the University of Derby), based in Buxton's Dome, received a letter from Mr Posen detailing the promise of a Silver Medallion from an inter-school chess competition that took place in 1943, they were happy to fulfil the pledge.

Mr Posen said: "I played chess for the school, against other schools, and when I was aged 17 I won a silver medal.  However, as it was wartime all metals went to the war effort and the school could not issue silver, so I was given a temporary paper medal - which promised that it could be exchanged as soon as silver was once again freely available."

It was only recently, while organising his possessions to move house from London to Gateshead where he now lives with his son, daughter in law and his grand children that Mr Posen discovered his long-forgotten paper 'medal', and decided to contact the now-existing Buxton College of Further Education for the silver medal that he rightly deserved.

"I was very proud to win the medal for the College in 1943," he added. "Although I can't recall who I beat throughout the championships, I remember that it was an inter-school competition, and that I won some of the games quite easily."

Mr Posen's family was originally from Germany, and, as an Orthodox Jewish family had moved first to Holland, and then to England as Hitler came into power. In doing so, they avoided the terrible fate of many Jews who remained in Germany during the Second World War.  Mr Posen, said: "My father, who was an academic Doctor, foresaw the persecution that could happen when Hitler came into power, and decided to take us as far away from Germany as possible."

When war broke out the family were living in London, but fearing that German Forces would invade Great Britain Mr Posen's father decided to move them north to the Peak District to avoid persecution. They were successful and lived out the war safely on White Knowle Road, Buxton, with Mr Posen attending Buxton College from age 13 to 17.  He then went on to emulate his father's success, becoming a Chemical Engineer and running his own plastics company in London until he retired.

"I have very fond memories of Buxton, and can remember the house we lived in, the Dome on Devonshire Road, and my headmaster at Buxton College, Mr Mason.  If you were ever late for class he gave you the cane, which I am sure doesn't happen any longer," he added.

Mr Posen was presented with his silver medal in his Gateshead home, by a member of Buxton College staff.

Mary Blauciak, Head of the Buxton College of Further Education, said: "We were delighted to be able to award Mr Posen with the medal he won back in 1943. The competition and the time he spent in Buxton clearly meant a great deal to him, and it was fantastic to see how much happiness the medal bought him."

Mr Posen still continues to play chess, and plays often with his children, and grandchildren

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Chefs urged to cut down on waist in the kitchen

15 April 2014

Chefs of the future will know how to put slimmer waistlines on their menus thanks to a pioneering course championed by the University of Derby Buxton.

Fifty students on the culinary arts degree course achieved a new qualification aimed at increasing awareness of nutrition and the dangers of obesity in a scheme sponsored by consumer goods giant Unilever and the People First Training Company.

"It's aimed at chefs in particular in an attempt to address the problem of obesity we have in this country at the moment," said Chef Lecturer Robert Stordy, who delivered the course.

"Chefs have been notorious for not thinking about the things they put in food when they cook - they love adding cream and butter.

"This course encourages them to think about how they can make dishes just as tempting with fewer calories."

The students learn about nutrition and planning for a healthy diet as part of their course, but the Understanding Nutrition in Commercial Kitchens courses gives them an additional, nationally-recognised industry qualification.

The University was awarded a tenth of all the first 500 places in the scheme.

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Children Add Colour To Stargazing Live Project

10 December 2012

Children employed their star artistic skills to add colour to a BBC Stargazing Live project at the University of Derby.

A 20ft long rotating telescope - a working recreation of one designed by celebrated 18th Century astronomer Sir Frederick William Herschel (1738-1822), discoverer of the planet Uranus - is currently being built at the University of Derby's Markeaton Street site in the city.

It will feature in the next series of BBC's hugely popular programme Stargazing Live, in January. University students are assisting with the project.

Around 20 children from Markeaton Primary School of Derby also lent a hand; braving the cold to decorate the telescope's concrete base with painted moons, stars and planets. Illustration degree students helped them with the designs.

Jane Taylor, Deputy Head at Markeaton Primary School, said: "The children split the base into four themed areas for each main point of the compass; painting them with images such as comets, planets, and things about space and the future."

Euan, ten, one of the pupils taking part, added: "We've been painting the North bit. It's got Uranus on it because Herschel found that and its moons."

Sophie Dolman, 20, a second year student on the University's BA (Hons) Illustration degree course, said: "We've been working with the children on the artwork. They're all really enthusiastic about it."

Derby and District Astronomical Society, Derby Museums, consultants from University College London and Nottingham scaffolding students are also assisting with the project; which is a collaboration between BBC Learning, Stargazing Live and the Open University.

Stargazing Live - again hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O' Briain - will be broadcast on BBC Two on the three consecutive nights of January 8, 9 and 10.

For information about Stargazing Live public events and information packs go to website www.bbc.co.uk/stargazing

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Children and teachers of tomorrow celebrate languages day

19 June 2014

Children at Etwall Primary School spent the day celebrating languages by taking part in a variety of exciting activities designed by third-year trainee teachers from the University of Derby.

The pupils, aged four to 11, had fun developing their knowledge and enjoyment of French and Spanish through a range of games, songs, stories, crafts and dances.

Centred on the theme of 'animals', the activities ranged from retelling children's book The Gruffalo in French to chanting and dancing the traditional Spanish dance 'hakas'.

The activities celebrated the partnership between the BEd (Hons) Education degree at the University and Etwall Primary School, which hosts many University students on their training placements.

Hannah Minns, a third year BEd (Hons) Education student, said "It's been so exciting to see the children's enthusiasm for languages; they had a brilliant day and thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities they took part in."

Katie Warburton, the languages Co-ordinator at the school said: "The students have really enriched our children's learning."

Claire Scott, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University, said: "The partnership, and this day of activities has been extremely valuable to our students, giving them vital skills in the classroom and in developing teaching materials. The day was a wonderful celebration of language learning and further strengthened our relationship with the school."

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Children stress free thanks to University's toy penguins

4 July 2014

What's the best way to relieve stress?

According to youngsters at the Derbyshire Children's Hospital, it's penguins! The soft toy variety, that is.

Not only do they look cute, their 'squishy' properties mean children can squeeze them like a tension ball - and they have been a big hit since the University of Derby answered a call from the hospital to offer stress toys.

The institution donated a raft of 'stress penguins' which had previously been used as a promotional tool at open days and UCAS fairs.

Clinical psychologist Dr Kate Partridge explains: "These toys have been so popular with the children that we have requested them twice from the University.

"In our work with children, young people and their families we often identify situations where people find it difficult to express or deal with emotions.

"We often teach elements of tension, relaxation and mindfulness in our work looking at expressing difficult feelings. The stress penguins, as we call them, have been a great addition to help children to let their tension out in a fun way.

"We have had very positive comments from children and families about how our patients use the stress penguins and children and young people are very happy to take the toys home with them."

Based at the Royal Derby Hospital, the children's hospital provides care and expert management for all paediatric medical and surgical conditions, as well as many specialist problems.

The University works with the hospital on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate health-related programmes, such as nursing degrees.

Dr Paula Crick, Head of School of Health and Social Care at the University of Derby, said: "We have a close working relationship with the Royal Derby Hospital, and are always happy to support them. The donation of penguins was a small gesture, and it is great to hear that they have contributed to the wellbeing of children and their families."

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Children's Needs Are Top Of Conference's Agenda

20 February 2012

The current challenges facing professionals working with children with special educational needs and disabilities will be the focus of debate at the University of Derby on Saturday (February 25), when it holds its first conference dedicated to the subject.

The conference, which has been organised by leading researchers and experts in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), including those at the University of Derby, aims to address the challenges faced by educational practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and teachers working with children and young people with these difficulties.

Around 50 professionals are expected to attend, but the one-day event is open to any member of the public who wishes to learn more about:

  • overcoming barriers through multi-sensory lessons
  • using IT to support dyslexic learners
  • the politics of special education

They will also hear from keynote speakers Janette Ashworth, founder of The Trust Centre, and Lorraine Peterson OBE, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN).

Janette Ashworth has worked closely with leaders in the field of paediatric acquired brain injury, both nationally and internationally, to set up and run The Trust Centre - the UK's first specialist school for children with an acquired brain injury.

As CEO of NASEN, Lorraine Peterson aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of those with special and additional support needs, and has worked on a number of projects with the Department for Education, the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, and the Training and Development Agency.

The SEND conference coincides with the launch of a new pathway for students wishing to gain a BA (Hons) Education Studies degree with specialism in this area, which runs at the University from September 2012.

The University's Head of Subject, Lynn Senior, said: "We have developed this degree pathway to give Education Studies students a range of intellectual and practical skills appropriate to working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, which are not covered in detail in mainstream education studies degrees.

"By following this pathway students will become highly skilled practitioners, equipped with the knowledge to work with these children specifically and provide the optimum teaching experience for them.

"Through this inaugural conference, and our new degree pathway, the University hopes to increase awareness of the challenges surrounding the education of these children, and make an impact on improving standards in the long term."

Details of the conference can be found at website: www.derby.ac.uk/conferences/send-conference

For more information on the SEN pathway of the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree visit www.derby.ac.uk/education

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Children's Needs Top Agenda At University Conference

27 February 2013

The current challenges facing professionals working with children with special educational needs and disabilities will be the focus of debate at the University of Derby on Saturday (March 2, 2013) when it holds a conference dedicated to the subject.

The event, which has been organised by leading researchers and experts in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND),including those at the University of Derby, aims to address the challenges faced by educational practitioners, policy makers, researchers and teachers working with children and young people with these difficulties.

Around 50 professionals are expected to attend, but the one-day event is also open to any member of the public who wishes to learn more about using IT to support dyslexic learners, acquired brain injury, behaviour management or art therapy.

Delegates will also get to hear from keynote speaker David McNaught, from the charity Achievement for All, which works to transform the lives of vulnerable children, young people and their families by raising their educational aspirations, access and achievement. The second keynote speaker is Special Educational Needs Coordinator Pat Bullen, from Leicester City Council.

Students studying on the University's BA (Hons) Education Studies degree, who can now specialise in the teaching of children Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), will also attend the event.

The University's Head of Subject for Social Studies, Lynn Senior, said: "Last year's SEND conference was a great success and we have heard some wonderful feedback on how it raised awareness of the challenges surrounding the education of these children and made an impact on improving standards.

"We look forward to welcoming more practitioners, students and parents to this year's event on Saturday and making more progress in this area."

For more information on the SEN pathway of the BA (Hons) Education Studies degree visit www.derby.ac.uk/courses/education-studies-ba-hons

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Chinese adventure which began in Buxton

2 April 2014

An internship in China has given a University of Derby Buxton student a world-wide web of contacts.

Second year BA (Hons) Tourism Management degree undergraduate Delia Moisa has completed a sandwich year of work experience in the city of Chendgu, the capital of Sichuan province and traditional home of the Giant Panda.

Delia comes from Romania and was given a wide range of responsibilities at the H-Hotel Riverside.

She said: "The support I have been given here has been incredible.

"People used to say that interns were treated badly, but I never experienced that. I felt valued, I felt like I could deliver something for this company and gained so much more than working experience. I established connections which I hope will last for a lifetime."

Delia worked in guest relations, marketing, food and beverage and on the front desk.

She added: "This gave me an overall view and a more comprehensive understanding of how things work in this industry".

"I felt like a part of me already belonged to China. I love its friendly people and I discovered their culture, which is absolutely fascinating. I am somehow part of it now."

Tourism Lecturer Peter Wiltshier said: "Our courses give students the opportunity not just to see the world but to see how the real world operates, which has given the University of Derby Buxton an enviable reputation for employability among new graduates."

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Chinese Lion To Visit Buxton For Celebration Event

6 March 2013

As part of their BA (Hons) Events Management degree, Buxton students Beth Fox-Clinch, Phillip Oldroyd, Travis Brashaw and Paulina Odalska, have been involved in organising a wellbeing event for fellow students at their Campus.

This year's 'Get Sorted!' event, which takes place on Thursday March 14, will celebrate the Campus's diverse culture and community.

The four students were selected to organise the event through an internal vacancy portal. They will overlook important elements of the day such as a canopy tent to home a knitting workshop, equality and diversity cinema and a language exchange.

International dishes will also be available for purchase from the Bistro and students will be setting up stalls to represent their native countries.

Beth who is in her first year said: "Being part of 'Get Sorted!' provides me with the experience of setting up an event from start to finish, and there is so much happening that I cannot wait to see the end product. We have many opportunities to get involved with at the University and it is all very exciting!"

Second year student Paulina Odalska who is originally from Poland, said: "I particularly look forward to the Chinese Lion Dance which I did not get to see last year and I know it was a great success!"

Come and watch the Chinese Lion Dance at 12.30pm in the Dome, or join us at 11am when Bollywood Dancers from Leicester take to the stage.

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Chinese Visitors Tap Into Derby's Logistics Expertise

11 April 2013

A Chinese delegation looking to develop its country's massive logistics and delivery network met with University of Derby experts.

Derby - which has its own specialist Centre for Supply Chain Improvement - has joined with the University of Coventry, Hull College, Telford College of Arts and Technology, and Stephenson College (of Nottingham and Coalville) in a consortium set-up by Skills for Logistics (SfL); the Sector Skills Council licensed by Government to tackle the recruitment and productivity needs of the supplies and delivery sector.

Thirty executives from Chinese educational establishments and authorities visited the University of Derby yesterday (Wednesday March 10), as part of a week's visit and discussions with the UK consortium's members.

The visitors are interested in developing China's logistics sector through a vocational approach to training and are keen to learn from the UK, including the structure of its National Occupation Standards for Logistics qualification, and the Apprentice and Higher Apprentice schemes - an area in which the University of Derby is leading the way. The UK's own logistics industry is worth over £93bn to its economy.

At Derby the delegation was welcomed by Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne and given a tour of the University's facilities. They were also treated to presentations on Foundation and Honours degrees in Logistics, Derby's new Masters degree in Supply Chain Improvement, its Higher Apprentice framework, and the research and consultancy work of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement. This was followed by an evening dinner in the city.

Christine Jones - Subject Head for Logistics, Marketing and Strategy in the University's Faculty of Business, Computing and Law - said: "China's industries are growing at an incredible rate and, as in any other country, good supply and delivery networks are critical to economic development.

"With its specialist Centre for Supply Chain Improvement, Derby was a natural place for the delegation to learn more about employers and universities engaging to provide world class vocational education. We hope the visit will lead to strong future links between China and the consortium of UK education institutions set up through SfL."

Ren Haoxiang, Vice-Chairman of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, is part of the visiting delegation.

He said: "We were very grateful to the University of Derby for the warm welcome it extended to us.

"It gave us a thorough introduction to the ways in which it cultivates talent in the logistics sector, and we have gained a deeper understanding of the ways in which the UK system links academic and vocational diplomas and qualifications. In this field, there is much China can learn from the UK's experience."

Dr Mick Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Logistics, commented: "Cooperation on vocational education in the logistics sector between China and the UK will consolidate trust between the two countries, encouraging further mutually beneficial exchanges.

"It will lead to greater inward and outward student mobility, giving students direct exposure to and knowledge of what will soon be the largest economy in the world."

The official visit to the University of Derby follows its first annual Logistics Week (held February 25 to March 1) which was attended by industry speakers from major companies including DHL, TNT and Norbert Dentressangle.

The University of Derby has existing international partnership agreements with Chinese institutions including Tongji University, Jiangsu University, the Beijing International Vocational Education School, Beijing Geely University, CST Ningbo University and Shandong Jianzhu University.

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Christmas Comes Early For Music 'Wizzard'

30 November 2007

The man behind one of the most memorable festive hits of all time – ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’, has an early Christmas present himself – news he is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Derby in the new year!

Roy Wood, of the band Wizzard, is known to millions around the globe for his musical talent and the 1973 Christmas classic, which reached number 4 in the charts.

He will become an Honorary Doctor of Music of the University of Derby recognising his work as an international performing musician and creative figure in British music and as a founder member of The Move, the Electric Light Orchestra, and Wizzard.

Roy is widely recognised as one of the most significant British musicians of post rock and roll popular music history, contributing to Glam Rock, Rock, Progressive Rock, and Psychedelia.

Roy is one of eight honorary award winners announced today by the University of Derby. Each will receive accolades at our Derby Awards Ceremonies in January for their outstanding work. These honorary awards are conferred in recognition of achievement by individuals of significant distinction.

The other honorary award winners of Derby’s Awards Ceremonies will be:

RICHARD BROWN – Honorary Doctor of University (HonDUniv)

Richard Brown is a resident of Derby and joined Eurostar as its Chief Executive in September 2002, with more than 25 years of experience in the rail industry. He was Chair of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) in 2000 and 2001 during one of the most challenging periods for the UK rail industry.

JOHN STOBART – Honorary Doctor of Letters (HonDLitt)

John Stobart is one of the world’s pre-eminent maritime artists. A student of Derby College of Art in September 1946, he achieved high honours and a county scholarship to London's prestigious Royal Academy Schools. He established the Stobart Foundation, funded by the profits of his publishing business, for the purpose of awarding scholarships to qualified students who excel in outdoor on-site painting in oil on canvas.

DEREK LATHAM – Honorary Doctor of Professional Practice (HonPrD)

Derek Latham founded and has led Latham Architects since 1982. He promotes a philosophy of creative reuse of buildings; designing places holistically in response to their context. He is author of Creative Re-use of Industrial Buildings, which demonstrates how to put redundant properties back into beneficial use.

DR GRAHAM JOYCE – Honorary Master of Letters (HonMLitt)

Graham Joyce is an international award-winning novelist of 'fantastic' fiction. His work varies widely in setting and subject, dealing with the psychological, metaphysical and supernatural, with a special interest in human behaviour and sexuality.

POLLYANNA PICKERING – Honorary Master of the University (HonMUniv)

Pollyanna Pickering is one of Europe’s foremost wildlife artists and is well known for her conservation work. In 2001, she established the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation, which raises funds for conservation and disaster relief internationally.

TONY HAMS OBE – Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

Tony Hams was Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority from 2002-2007 and will remain a board member until March 2008. He is Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for the East Midlands, and a board member of Natural England. In 2000, he gained an OBE for services to sustainable development.

SIR HOWARD NEWBY CBE – Honorary Doctor of University (HonDUniv)

Sir Howard Newby is Vice-Chancellor (Designate) of the University of Liverpool and former Chief Executive of HEFCE. A Derby lad and long-standing season ticket holder at Derby County, Sir Howard has published many books and articles on social change in rural England and was for eight years a Rural Development Commissioner, a member of the body responsible for economic and social regeneration in rural England.

Richard Brown, Chief Executive of Eurostar, which launched services on the new High Speed 1 rail line between the UK and the Continent earlier this month, said: “I was astonished and deeply delighted to be named an Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby. It never occurred to me that this sort of thing would happen.

“As a local resident for 16 years, and someone who works within the rail industry, I am of course aware of its importance to Derbyshire, so I can see an elegant sort of symmetry at work in my now being recognised within the county in this way.”

All eight honorary award winners will enjoy individual VIP receptions in the Mayor’s Parlour in Derby city centre, where they will then don mortar boards and gowns and collect their scrolls alongside about 2,200 students at the Awards Ceremonies, which take place at the Assembly Rooms in January.

This weekend, around 100 students at the University of Derby Buxton, will graduate at their Awards Ceremonies at the Devonshire Campus in the town. The Buxton Honorary Award winners, recently announced by the University are veteran mountaineer Doug Scott and businesswoman Emma Harrison.

Honorary award winners traditionally form a key centrepiece of many university graduation ceremonies across the UK.

At Derby, nominations are received from University staff and students and an Executive Panel chooses the recipients each year who are then invited to accept the award.

More details about the forthcoming Awards Ceremonies at both Buxton and Derby can be found at www.derby.ac.uk.

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Church Faces 'Difficult Decision' To Engage Liberal Christian Students

13 September 2013

Religious leaders face a fresh challenge in engaging young Christians, after new research revealed many university students are affirming their faith in private but staying away from church on Sundays.

The study into religion among undergraduates at 13 English universities - by the universities of Derby, Durham, Chester and Kingston University London - also found liberal Christians outnumbered evangelical Christians tenfold on campus. The University of Durham led the study.

A total of 4,500 undergraduate students were surveyed and 100 interviews carried out for the study, which found:

  • Christianity attracts far more students than any other religious tradition, but most of these have begun to detach themselves from church by the time they reach this formative stage in life;
  • among Christian students, over half never attend church during term-time;
  • 60% of students involved in the evangelical Christian Unions believe homosexual relations to be 'always wrong' but among other Christian students only 20% held this view;
  • while the Church of England struggles with the question of women bishops only ten per cent of Christian students believe women should not be admitted to the same leadership positions as men;
  • less than ten per cent of Christian students believe The Bible disproves evolution.

The researchers said most Christian students were "far closer to the social mainstream than the evangelical groups that often speak the loudest among Christians in public debates". The Church needed to consider how it could better engage with "the interests and enthusiasms of this generation," they added.

A book based on the study - entitled Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith has now been publisshed.

The work was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council, as part of their 'Religion and Society' Programme.

Dr Kristin Aune - Director of the Centre for Society, Religion & Belief at the University of Derby - said: "Christian students make up a significant part of universities' student bodies, and they are a diverse group. Our research challenges universities, chaplaincies, churches and all who work with Christian students to look at their diversity in order to work with them more effectively."

Lead author Dr Mathew Guest, of Durham University's Department of Theology and Religion, added: "When many think of religion on university campuses two things come to mind; an intense faith affirmed by evangelical Christians and some Muslims, and an equally intense atheism expressed by young sceptics as a protest against religion.

"Moderate or liberal Christianity rarely enters the conversation, assumed to be a long spent force favoured by older generations.

"And yet our research found that this description reflects the values of the majority of students who identify Christianity as their religion of choice. In fact, liberal Christians outnumber evangelicals tenfold.

"With the vast majority of Christian students affirming a moderate expression of values in keeping with wider British culture, the Church faces a difficult decision about whether to adapt to changing times or risk permanently alienating an entire generation."

Research was undertaken by Dr Guest, Dr Aune, Dr Sonya Sharma (Kingston University London) and Professor Rob Warner (University of Chester).

Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith, is published by Bloomsbury.

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Circus Skills, Canoes And ‘Fluffy Cabs’ Feature In Business Trade Fair

16 September 2008

What do juggling, canoeing, testing railway tracks and adding a feminine touch to motoring have to do with each other?

They are all services offered by the 40-plus new Midlands’ businesses taking part in a trade fair and exhibition, at the University of Derby.

Open For Business will be held at the University’s Kedleston Road site, Derby, on Thursday 2 October between 2pm and 6pm. All the enterprises attending are run by students who’ve benefited from the SPEED(or Student Placements for Entrepreneurs in Education) bursary scheme.

The two year Government-funded scheme, now drawing to a close, provides students with a business idea with financial and training support to develop it. Derby is one of 12 universities involved in the scheme.

Nathan Pearson, 35, of Heanor, is on the Foundation (FdSc) in Built Environment (Civil Engineering) degree course at the University of Derby. SPEED helped him set up his own specialist business – Pearson’s Engineering Services Ltd – providing rail track inspection and maintenance services to owner of private railway lines.

He said: “We work for owners with their own goods railway yards such as power stations, docks and other private firms; or for small preservation or heritage railway lines open to the public. I’ve worked for large companies such as Direct Rail Services and GB Railfreight.

“SPEED was definitely helpful in helping me set up the business. It’s the fact that there is somebody there to help you.”

Also at the Open For Business exhibition will be University of Derby graduate Donna Fraher, 38, head of female-focused online motoring blog, and car styling and accessory store, Fluffy Cabs.

It provides women drivers with car-related news and advice, a forum for members to exchange information, an online store, and an overall focus on car fashion and how to accessorize your car the ‘fluffy way’. Its motto is: ‘We help make cars smart and funky, not sad and clunky’.

Among the other types of businesses attending will be:

  • Educational circus skills training (run by University of Derby student Reuben Francis, 21, from Colsterworth, Lincolnshire)
  • Canoeing and outdoor activities business Adventure Works Ltd (Derby student Mark Butland, 49, of Bollington, Cheshire)
  • Glow Worm T-Shirts, provider of glow-in-the-dark message T-shirts and tops (University of Keele student Rebecca Mulhearn, 20, and colleagues).

The University of Derby alone had a SPEED support fund of £500,000 over two years and organised more than 76 bursaries from that. On graduating Derby students can also gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Enterprise Management, to further enhance their entrepreneurial skills.

Potential customers and suppliers, academics and dignitaries are expected to visit the October 2 trade fair.

Maggie Morley, of the University of Derby’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Management, based in The Derbyshire Business School, organised the event.

She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for these new businesses to show what they’ve accomplished, and have the chance to make contact with the potential clients and suppliers who will be attending.

“It is also an opportunity for established business people to meet up and coming entrepreneurs, who we trust will have a positive impact on the Midlands’ economy in the future.”

Further queries should be directed to Denise Clark on 01332 591539 or email: d.clark1@derby.ac.uk.

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Classic movie car to launch University film night

27 May 2014

An editor for the world's biggest movie magazine and one of cinema's most iconic cars will help launch this year's Degree Show by University of Derby film students.

Guest of honour Nev Pierce, Editor-At-Large for Empire magazine, will greet University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne as he arrives at the CINE 14 film night at the QUAD Derby cinema, at 7pm on Monday June 2, in a replica of the time-travelling DeLorean car from the blockbuster Back to the Future films.

Tales of horror, suspense and human drama will be premiered at the University of Derby's annual film Degree Show; staged by final year students on the BA (Hons) Film Production course. University film-related courses will be extended from September (2014) to also include degrees in Production Design, and Visual Effects & Post-Production.

Films being screened for the CINE 14 night include Butterfly, which tells the story of a 16-year-old competitive swimmer whose future career is threatened by epilepsy. The film's producer, Ciall Kennett, has a mild form of epilepsy similar to that of the main character.

The film's crew raised more than £2,100 to help make the film through crowd-funding website IndieGoGo. As this was more than expected they have donated the remainder to the charity, Epilepsy Action.

Ciall said: "We hope our film can shed even a small light on what it means to suffer from epilepsy.

"As swimming is a sport requiring great determination, and one in which losing consciousness or lucidity means a life-threatening situation, it emerged naturally as the ideal backdrop for Butterfly, bringing with it both the wonder and fear that the water can inspire."

Fear of a very different kind is tackled by another of the evening's short films, The Copy-Writer. It is inspired by the works of American horror writer HP Lovecraft (1890-1937), best known for his stories involving a race of monstrous 'Elder Gods' who threaten humanity.

The film's tale of an author trying to decipher mysterious notes left by an unknown writer, only to find himself threatened by other-dimensional beings or possibly his own madness, is to be submitted for screening at HP Lovecraft film festivals in Los Angeles and Oregon, in the USA, later in the year.

Other films being screened on the night include:

Fixer - A dark detective drama, in which a policeman chases missing persons' cases tied up with an urban myth, 'The Cotsby Cameraman'.

The 1,000Colors - This psychological thriller tells the story of an artist who tries to recover his lost inspiration with a mysterious drug, which may not be all it seems.

Without You - Pensioner Edna deals with a drama in her family.

Doug - A comedy mockumentary, or mock documentary, following a naïve young man's attempts to track down his lost dog.

Nightmare - A little boy obsessed with knights and dragons has to face up to a sinister world revealed when his night light breaks.

Rose - A realistic drama about a young woman left wondering whether to keep her baby, when she unexpectedly finds she is pregnant and is abandoned by her boyfriend.

Neutral - A separated couple are brought back together by the death of a friend.

A limited number of free tickets to the CINE 14 screening are available to the public - on a first come, first served basis - through the Derby QUAD box office on 01332 290 606 or online via web page https://uk.patronbase.com/_DerbyQuad/Productions?date=1401663600

Empire magazine's Nev Pierce added: "It's a pleasure to be invited to the CINE 14 film night. It sounds like there will be a wide variety of films screened and I'm really looking forward to seeing the students' work."

Tom Craig, Programme Leader for the University's BA (Hons) Film Production course, said: "Our annual film night is not just an enjoyable event to complete the students' degree courses but a valuable learning experience, with film crews having to raise production money and organise the premiere event.

"We're pleased to have Nev as our special guest and speaker. I'm sure everybody will get a kick out of seeing the Back to the Future car."

More information on the University's CINE 14 film night at the QUAD Derby cinema can be found on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DerbyCINE14

The film night on June 2 is part of the University of Derby's annual Degree Shows for this year, which are open to the public for free. Called 'The Big Show' it features the final year projects of students working in the creative areas of crafts, fashion, textiles, fine art, film, design, theatre, visual communications, architecture, music technology, creative expressive therapies, art therapy and many others.

All displays will be open to the public at the University's Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites in Derby, between Saturday May 24 and Friday June 13.

For further press information please contact Alice Oliver, University of Derby Head of News, on 01332 592032 or email: a.oliver@derby.ac.uk

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Clearing 2013 Sees Places Filling Fast At University of Derby

15 August 2013

Available degree course places are disappearing fast at the University of Derby, as staff at its Clearing hotline call centre take hundreds of calls today (August 15) from A-level students who've received their results.

Every August A-level students who have not yet secured a university place, or who decide after receiving their exam results to change universities, enter the national Clearing system run by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), matching them with unfilled degree course places.

Staff and academics at the University of Derby were on the phones at its Clearing call centre from 7am this morning, answering calls from prospective students.

The centre's direct line - on 01332 592013 - gives would-be students the chance to get expert advice and speak directly to those who would be running their degree course. Staff will be on the phones until 7pm tonight, and from 8.30am tomorrow (Friday).

Derby entered Clearing this year with around 400 undergraduate course places available and expects those degree course places remaining to be filled quickly.

Within the first two hours today (by 9am) the University had received 690 calls (up from 577 at the same time for Clearing 2012) and by 11am today there had been 1,234 calls (up from 1,063 last year).

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We've had a very high volume of calls and we expect that to continue throughout the day.

"It's been very pleasing for me to see that, in a still very difficult and sometimes confusing environment for UK higher education, we've entered Clearing with fewer available places than last year.

"Prospective students are responding well to what Derby has to offer. We know that students enjoy their time with us and have had increasing success in the jobs market as recent surveys have confirmed.

"We were among the Top Ten English universities for graduate employability in the most recent UK survey, with 96.1% of our 2011/12 graduates in work or study six months after completing their degree. We also achieved our best ever results in this year's National Student Survey, where 86% of our students who took part said that overall they were satisfied with their course."

Clearing Open Days - to allow students looking to start a course at the University this September to tour the University's sites and talk to course academics - will be held next Tuesday (August 20) from 10am to 3pm at its Derby and Buxton campuses, and two Clearing afternoons will be held on Wednesday and Thursday (August 21 and 22) from 12 noon to 3pm at the Derby campus.

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Clearing Brings Record Calls For Derby

18 August 2011

The University of Derby has seen its highest ever volume of Clearing enquiries - at a time when it had only 150 of its 3,395 student places still available.

Its Clearing hotline opened at 7am on Thursday August 18, to coincide with that of national body UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), to take calls from prospective students looking to join undergraduate degree courses.

Derby had only around 150 of its 3,395 student places still left to fill. Its applications rose by a record 23% this year, compared with 2010.

This morning the University of Derby hotline had received more than 1,000 calls within three hours of opening and all courses were considered filled by 12noon.

Last year (2010) hotline operators took 450 calls within two hours and 600 within six hours.

It will be early next week before a full picture emerges, once verbal offers have been verified and applications processed.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We had more than 120 staff on duty and we have been taking calls on our hotline since 7am this morning.

"Because of Derby's increasing popularity as a degree destination, they've had to disappoint many well qualified prospective students who've called us to find a course place.

"I was answering phones myself during the peak period this morning, so I felt first hand how distressing it is to have to give disappointing news to quite well qualified young people."

Those unable to secure a University place might consider part time study, exploring studying via University of Derby Online alongside work, and anything else which builds up their employability and skills profile, including work experience. The traditional deferred entry or gap year is still a possibility but students entering next year will do so under the new fees regime.

Media outlets requiring more information about this news release should contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

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Closing The Skills Gap With A £3.9m ‘Leap Ahead’

16 October 2007

A fresh approach to closing the ‘skills gap’ suffered by vital East Midlands industries will be launched officially this week.

Lack of demand from employers for staff training in higher level skills, and lower numbers of workers taking up higher education via traditional routes, have led to a regional shortfall in the number of workers qualified to National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level Four.

Leap Ahead, the Lifelong Learning Network for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire based at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road site, has the task of boosting skills levels particularly in the construction, engineering, tourism, hospitality, and events and retail sectors in the East Midlands.

On Thursday October 18 Leap Ahead will officially launch its three year strategy - backed by £3.9m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) - to develop vocational courses in partnership with employers to close the perceived skills gap within those industries.

Leap Ahead will work on developing course curriculums with educational institutions including:

Universities: Derby, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, and The Open University.

Further Education Colleges: Derby, Chesterfield, South East Derbyshire, West Notts, North Notts, South Notts, New College Nottingham, and Castle.

Courses will be aimed at those aged 19 and above who are already in work and looking to further their careers.

To make studying while working more flexible, students on the new courses will be able to learn online and could attend different partner colleges involved in the Leap Ahead network, whilst pursuing the same course, by logging on to their personal e-portfolio or body of work by computer.

The Leap Ahead launch will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday in the Toyota Suite of Derby’s Pride Park Stadium, Pride Park.

Guest speakers at the event will be the Project Director of Leap Ahead Mike Braund; Tansi Harper, Regional Manager for HEFCE; Dr Mark Mabey, Regional Director for educational body Foundation Degree Forward in the East Midlands; and Gordon Lammie, Chairman of the Leap Ahead Strategic Management Board and Regional Director of The Open University in the East Midlands.

Mr Braund said: "Leap Ahead is an exciting opportunity to raise productivity and higher level skills for businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. We are achieving this through a range of strategies to make Higher Education more accessible and more relevant to employers."

Leap Ahead advisors are currently talking to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire employers about the type of courses they think need to be set up. The first students should begin their courses in September 2008.

With a total HEFCE investment of £3.9million, by 2009 the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Leap Ahead project aims to have:

  • attracted 2,000 additional higher education enrolments by vocational learners
  • involved 1,000 vocational course students in the ‘nationally significant’ e-portfolio trial (this strand of the project will be based at the University of Nottingham’s School of Education)
  • involved 1,200 employers in the higher education programme and handled 720 business referrrals
  • offered information, advice and guidance to 3,000 adults in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
  • created a variety of new innovative accessible higher education programmes.

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For further media information please contact Press and PR Officer Simon Butt on 01332 591891 or 07748 920023, or email s.butt@derby.ac.uk.

Press release written by Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 593004.

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'Cloudy' Thinking Produces Concrete Results For University's IT Support

24 December 2013

An online coursework submission project developed at the University of Derby, which saves time and money, has been shortlisted for a top information technology (IT) award.

The University has been shortlisted in the 'Best Hybrid Cloud Solution' category of the 2013-14 Cloud Awards for its e-Submission initiative. The Awards were founded in 2011 by a leading group of IT engineers, business leaders and marketers.

Cloud computing allows organisations to share scalable, efficient computing services which can offer improved access to consumers, and improved flexibility and agility to organisations.

The University's e-Submission initiative, launched in September 2012, allows students to submit coursework, and check for tutor feedback or ask for support online, at any time.

By replacing previous paper-based submissions it has saved time for students - who no longer have to travel to the University to drop off completed work or make appointments with tutors - and for staff, and reduced printing and paper costs.

To make it work the University's IT Services department had to integrate shared cloud systems with existing internal systems to create a start-to-finish hybrid cloud; complete with technical support for students and academics using it. It is this work which has seen it shortlisted for the Awards' category.

Neil Williams, IT Director at the University of Derby, said: "The solution solved an issue for the University but it's one all universities face.

"We believe we are leading the way with this start-to-finish hybrid cloud, working across an entire portfolio of educational courses with all of the associated business processes, policies and guidelines required to fully deliver a hybrid cloud solution.

"In some ways the innovation behind this has been less about the technology and more about the process, policy and communications plans built in to manage risk if something goes wrong."

A recent survey found more than 80% of University students and staff preferred the e-Submission system to the previous paper-based one.

The winners of the 2013-14 Cloud Awards will be announced on Tuesday January 28, 2014.

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Clubcard Creator And Royal Naval Commander To Receive University Commendations

2 October 2012

A distinguished Commanding Officer in the Royal Navy and a founder of one of the world's most successful customer loyalty schemes will be recognised for their achievements when they receive Honorary degrees from the University of Derby Buxton.

Co-founder of the Tesco Clubcard Programme, Edwina Dunn, and serving Naval Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Peter Hudson CBE, will both receive Honorary Doctorates at the University's graduation ceremony, at its Buxton Campus's Grade II* Listed Devonshire Dome on Saturday November 17, 2012.

Edwina Dunn, who was born in Buxton, started the market analysis business, Dunnhumby, with her husband Clive Humby from their spare bedroom in 1989. With customers-centricity as its core principle, it quickly grew into a global customer science company, attracting some major name clients before it caught the attention of Tesco, which was looking to better understand its customers.

Together they created the Tesco Clubcard Programme which was launched in 1995. It has been critical to the success of the retailer, and by the time Edwina and Clive sold their loyalty card business to Tesco in 2011 it had grown into an organisation of 1,500 people, reaching 350 million customers in 25 countries.

Edwina and Clive continue their entrepreneurial adventure with their new company H & D Ventures.

On the Honorary award of Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv), Edwina said: "It was a surprise and a pleasure to hear I am to receive such a prestigious award. I have thoroughly enjoyed creating my business and working with a team of people who are young, bright and who believe that anything is possible.

"Hopefully, by continuing that journey, I will remain energised and fulfilled for a few more years."

Also receiving an Honorary Doctorate on November 17 will be Rear Admiral Peter Hudson CBE, who has an extraordinary record of service as a Commanding Officer in the Royal Navy protecting British interests.

Peter Hudson was raised in the Chesterfield area and attended Netherthorpe Grammar School in Staveley until 1979. He joined the Royal Navy the following year, embarking on a Naval career that has spanned 32 years so far.

In that time he has held a considerable number of Sea Commands including of minesweepers, frigates and amphibious assault ships.

In 2005 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his achievement in bringing the brand new assault ship HMS Albion into full service.

As Rear Admiral, Peter Hudson was the UK's Commander of Maritime Forces, the most senior seagoing appointment for a Royal Naval Officer during which he commanded all European Union Naval Forces in the Indian Ocean striving to eradicate piracy. Today he is responsible at Navy HQ for overall warfighting capabilities of the Naval Service.

On hearing about his Honorary award of Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv), the Rear Admiral said: "I am delighted and humbled to be awarded this Honorary degree from my home county University.

"Despite a career that has taken me around the world I still have a deep connection with Derbyshire and to be recognised in this way means a great deal to me. I am extremely grateful to the Chancellor and senior staff for this award. It will be treasured."

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "As always, I am delighted with the high standard of Honorary Award recipients that the University has attracted this year.

"These individuals are both pre-eminent in their fields and we know that they will inspire the students who they shall graduate alongside on November 17 to work hard and strive to reach the very top in their future careers."

The University of Derby Buxton's Awards Ceremony takes place on Saturday November 17 2012 and will include a parade through the town to St Anne's Church, led by Fairfield Brass Band, followed by the Awards Ceremony at the Dome.

For more information on the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

The University of Derby's Annual Awards Ceremony for its Derby-based programmes will take place on January 17 and 18 2013.

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'Cold Cases' Of Top Norway Detective

28 March 2011

With TV crime series such as Sweden's Wallander and Denmark's The Killing proving popular over here, a true top cop from the Nordic States will give a free talk at the University of Derby on real policing there.

Detective Superintendent Ivar Fahsing, of the Norwegian Police Service, has served with Oslo Police's murder squad and KRIPOS, the section dealing with national organised and serious crime. He has published books on organised crime and police investigation, and teaches investigative techniques and forensic psychology at the Norwegian Police University College.

Det Super Fahsing will look at the psychology of and theory behind detectives' methods, and also how these are applied in real criminal cases.

The free public talk will be held at the University of Derby's Kedleston Road site in Derby, in Room B301 in B Block, from 6pm-7pm on Thursday 31 March.

Det Super Fahsing said: "At its core, criminal investigation is a mind game. This is about identifying how the top detectives think and make decisions, and what separates them from the crowd."

Dr David Walsh, Programme Leader for the Masters (MSc) degree in Criminal Investigation at the University of Derby, organised the special speaker on behalf of its Law in Society research group.

He said: "It is a great thrill for us to have a senior figure like Detective Superintendent Ivar Fahsing give a rare insight into the workings of a foreign national police force. This will be of interest to law, criminology and psychology students, as well as the general public."

To book a place to attend the free talk contact Marketing Officer Laurence Barnard on 01332 591723 or email: l.barnard@derby.ac.uk

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Collaborative Leadership Programme Launched To Help Public Sector Leaders Make Changes

10 September 2013

As public sector leaders are increasingly being called on to work collaboratively, University of Derby Corporate (UDC) is launching a new Collaborative Leadership programme to help leaders make changes.

UDC has drawn on its extensive experience to develop the programme in conjunction with Shared Service Architects, a company which works with UK politicians and senior public sector managers to develop and carry out successful shared service solutions. Workshops for the programme begin next month (October).

Angela Crawford, Business Development Manager at UDC, said: "With another £2.5billion worth of cuts announced by the Government and more to come in the years ahead, public sector leaders in local government face a daunting challenge.

"It is clear that a fundamentally different approach is required. We need leaders skilled at securing a collaborative advantage within their organisations, between partner organisations and across communities."

UDC's Public Sector Collaborative Leadership Programme is a suite of three workshops for senior leaders operating across local government, housing associations, health and care providers, the emergency services and other public sector organisations.

It will help leaders to sharpen their collaborative leadership skills and behaviours, enabling them to confidently lead beyond organisational boundaries. Workshops will focus on increasing personal effectiveness, identifying and responding to collaborative opportunities, and working more effectively in partnership with other organisations to deliver efficiency savings and improved service outcomes.

Those successfully completing the programme can go on to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Leadership with UDC.

To find out more about the programme or the full postgraduate certificate, contact University of Derby Corporate on Freephone 0800 678 3311, or visit www.derby.ac.uk/collaborative or email udc@derby.ac.uk.

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College Course Inspires Dazzling Business

7 February 2011

An entrepreneurial student who has set up her own cleaning business in the Hope Valley credits her college course with giving her the skills and confidence to go it alone.

Sarah Ridgeway, aged 18, completed a BTEC National Diploma in Business at Buxton College in June last year and by August had launched her own domestic cleaning business, Dazzle with Sazzle. The business is now going strong with many regular clients and Sarah's only struggle is juggling the success of her business while continuing her studies at the University of Derby Buxton.

Sarah said: "I was working as a housekeeper and a carer to support my studies while at College, but after learning all about finance and completing a Starting a Small Business module I felt I could earn more money and use my skills in my own business.

"I got lots of support from my tutors, and guidance from Business Link and the HMRC on issues like marketing, insurance and accounting, and only a few weeks after starting up word had got around and the business had really taken off."

Despite this success Sarah decided to continue studying, and embarked on a degree in Events Management at the University of Derby Buxton last September 2010. Buxton is unique in that students can continue from Further Education into Higher Education courses at the same campus.

"I was encouraged by my tutors to continue studying, and Events Management is something I would like to work in in the future. I'm determined to continue working and building up Dazzle with Sazzle, so I'll be really busy over the next few years," added Sarah.

 

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College Students' Co-op Mission To Complete Uni Gaming Challenge

7 June 2013

People may battle it out over computer games every day, but at the University of Derby two teams of young gaming enthusiasts have taken part in a competition to design and make their own computer game in its first ever College Games Jam.

After being given a crash course in the latest gaming development software by staff and students on the University's Computer Games Modelling and Animation, and Computer Games Programming degrees, the teams of students from Derby College and Burton and South Derbyshire College were given the challenge to programme and design the animations for an original computer game on the theme 'penguins versus plants'.

After a week of hard work developing the concepts, game states, mechanics, controller support, animation, music and sound for their platform games on software including Maya, Photoshop and Microsoft XNA Game Studio, the students then presented the games to a panel of University School of Computing academics in a tense play-off.

Burton and South Derbyshire College's Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (Games Development) students' platform game, Need for Seed, took on Derby College BTEC Computing and Computer Games Development students' Penguin Survival game. After a close fought play-off, with each judge attempting, and often failing, to complete the game, Derby's Penguin Survival was judged to be the winner.

Matthew Syrett, Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby, said: "Both games were absolutely fantastic and we have been so impressed with all of the students' ability and dedication to the task. We hope that by welcoming the students to the University it has inspired them to continue studying and pursue careers in the industry."

Lewis Marks, 20, from Burton and South Derbyshire College, said: "The whole week has been great. We've had to work as a team to get all of the tasks done on time, and create a fully working game which we can now use in our portfolios. As I'm hoping to go to university in September this week has been a really useful experience for me."

Anthony Maxwell, 17, from Derby College, said: "It's been fantastic to get the opportunity to learn how to use the latest software, and the support from staff and students has been great."

Derby College's Programme Leader for Games Development, Bob Fordi, said: "I could see that the students were enjoying themselves and looked very much at home in a University setting."

Edward Pickering-Symes, Programme Leader for Software Development at Derby College added: "They worked well in a team because some students are experienced in graphics and software like Maya and the programmers knew C# and XNA so it was great teamwork!"

Tracey Clarke, Course Leader at Burton and South Derbyshire College, added: "I am really proud of our students. They have taken on some new software and have done brilliantly to create a full game from scratch. Despite not winning they are all chuffed to bits."

The University's Matthew Syrett added: "We must thank our student teaching assistants, Kyle Moody, Will Howitt, Andrew Roper and Elliot Ward, who have been a great support to the college students and who we couldn't have held the week without."

 

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Community Leaders Of Today

21 November 2013

High Peak's citizens of the future impressed the town's community leaders of today at an awards ceremony in the University of Derby Buxton where certificates of achievement signed by Prime Minister David Cameron were handed out.

Three groups of 16 to 17-year-olds graduated from a National Citizen Service (NCS) programme run by the University's Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre.

And one teenager from Castleton, who studies at the University campus, ended up in Downing Street thanks to her work with NCS.

The youngsters spoke about the adventures they had had canoeing, camping and abseiling as part of the youth section of Mr Cameron's Big Society project, aimed at widening young people's aspirations and goals.

One of them, James Hayes, told guests: "I can't explain to you how great the course was. I want to thank everyone for the experience because I'm never going to forget it."

But the greatest praise came from the leaders of the local groups which the young people had helped in the community service section of the NCS project.

"If you ever need a reference, do get in touch," said Joyce Allwright, Warden of Christchurch, Burbage, where one group had worked non-stop to clear the churchyard.

"They made big improvements, and took it in turns to have lunch so that the work never stopped," said Mrs Allwright. "That wasn't my idea - it was something they organised themselves."

Stuart Webster, of Bright Opportunities, a not-for profit group which helps adults with learning difficulties in Buxton and the rest of the High Peak, told how another group had raised £800 in cash as well as persuading local retailers to donate a wheelbarrow loaded with tools for their work at an allotment in Fairfield.

And Kath Sterndale, of High Peak Nightstop, told guests who included Mayor of the High Peak Councillor Tony Kemp, that the group who helped her had arrived half an hour early for their appointment.

"It showed that they were committed," said Kath, who received £1,000 towards the charity's emergency work with the homeless from the youngsters who raised money through a sponsored walk around the University's Dome.

"They said what they were going to do and they went out and delivered it," said Kath. "They were amazing - great ambassadors for youth.

"I would also like to thank their parents, who were behind them every step of the way. They are such a credit to you."

Grace Thompson, aged 17, was selected by NCS organisers as an ambassador for the project, and was invited to London where she visited Downing Street, met MPs in the House of Commons and took part in a range of exciting activities with other young people from across the UK.

"It was such a privilege, and shows how something like NCS can take you such a long way," said Grace, who is studying Travel and Tourism at the Dome with Buxton and Leek College.

Oaklands Outdoor Leadership Centre Manager Mike Gray said: "NCS gives them self-confidence and self-esteem, and boosts their CVs.

"It's given them the ability to say: we are the future."

Two of the NCS helpers were University Outdoor Countryside Adventure students Lee Richardson and Oliver Horton, who are studying at Oaklands Manor Centre.

For more details about Oaklands Manor, see www.Oaklands-manor.com

The teams were -

Team High Five (Social Action Project - Night Stop): Team Leader - Laura Ogden; Mentor - David Ridgeley; NCS graduates - Jordan Duxbury, Ellie-Jayne Goss, Grace Thompson.

Team Wave 2 (Social Action Project - Bright Opportunities): Team Leader -Steve McArdle; Mentor - Rebecca Bell; NCS graduates - Carolann Culshaw, Jamie Capper, Callum David, Matthew Walker, Hannah Gemmell, Megan Louise Hawksworth, Paige Robertson, Lauren Cocker, Amy Louise Lingard, Katy Rayson.

Team Wave 14 (Social Action Project - Christ Church, Burbage): Team Leader - Lee Richardson; Mentor - Oliver Horton; NCS graduates - Matthew Thirlwell, James Hayes,

Selena Raile, So-On Wong.

For further press information please contact:

John Phillips, University of Derby Buxton Community Liaison Officer
Direct dial: 01298 330461
Email: j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

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Community To Benefit From University's 80 Exciting Projects

2 December 2013

Investigating the history of one of the UK's oldest trees, filming 'how to' videos and creating mobile phone apps to promote walking are among the 80 student projects being organised by the University of Derby to help the community.

The University has launched its 'WildVolunteering' initiative for 2014, supporting students in a wide range of opportunities to volunteer in the community.

Projects include:

  • creating a timeline leaflet for a 500-year-old Markeaton Park oak tree;
  • developing an arts exhibition space at Belper North Mill, World Heritage Site;
  • a feasibility study, working with a University of Derby graduate at Nestlé in Hatton;
  • developing a phone app for a self-guided trail along a Findern footpath;
  • mapping fruit trees in Derby;
  • a history project at Darley and Nutwood Local Nature Reserve;
  • a rebranding project at Derby Citizens' Advice and Law Centre;
  • internet taster sessions and homework help in Derby libraries;
  • photography and 'how to' video projects with Derbyshire County Council's Environmental Studies Service;
  • organising a fashion show to raise money for a community centre.

Another of the projects for 2014 is a Bat Survey at Meynell Langley which will be completed by first year BSc (Hons) Zoology students Siobhan Hillman, 18, from Liverpool, and Rebecca Rose, 19, from Newstead Village, Nottinghamshire. Siobhan and Rebecca are both keen to volunteer and gain more experience to help their future careers.

Siobhan said "There is a bat group at the University which will provide the training required to complete the survey. I have been interested in bats since I was young and have always wanted to help towards their conservation.

"We will be equipped with a bat detector and survey different areas to compare how many different bats can be found. We hope to identify the differences in habitats and human interference between areas and help improve bat conservation."

There is also an overall project to rebrand WildVolunteering as 'Go Volunteer', as the diversity of the initiaitive has increased. Second-year BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree students from the University put forward design concepts for a new logo, and one student will be chosen to develop the design for the website and marketing material.

The WildVolunteering project began in 2012 with an environmental scheme and as the initiative has grown, students now have the chance to volunteer for other types of community work. During 2013 students took part in 40 projects on which they produced reports, and they will receive a reference for these to present to prospective employers.

The scheme is coordinated by the University's Community Relations team, with support from Estates and Student Services departments, and delivers valuable activities benefiting students and fulfilling stated community needs . Projects help students to develop life skills, gain hands on work experience and provide the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace.

Jason Nichols, Community Relations Assistant at the University added: "We are really pleased the initiative has grown and there are now more opportunities for our students. We are working with a wider range of community groups and organisations to offer a variety of opportunities.

I am particularly looking forward to the rebranding project which will give the initiative a new look."

For more information about this University of Derby Community Relations news story contact Peter Walker on 01332 591945 or email p.walker@derby.ac.uk

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Compare the meerkat - at the University of Derby!

29 April 2014

Unofficially the UK's favourite exotic animal - thanks to the TV adverts - the meerkat is one of the main guests at the University of Derby's Family Fun Day this Sunday.

Several of the cute creatures will be on show at the University's Kedleston Road site in Derby, along with other animals and creepy crawlies.

Also involving sports, wacky experiments and prize giveaways, the free Family Fun Day takes place on Sunday, May 4 from 12 noon until 4pm.

A bar, barbecue and live music - headlined by graduate band Joint Honours - will entertain visitors.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We are very excited to once again open the doors of the University to the local community, showcasing the fantastic facilities on offer and giving everyone who attends the chance to get involved with a whole host of fun activities and challenges.

"Whatever the weather we're expecting a fantastic turnout but we're still keeping our fingers crossed for some sun."

As part of the day, visitors can also bounce around an inflatable assault course with their families and meet Derby County Football Club mascot Rammie and Freddie the Falcon from Derbyshire Cricket Club.

There will also be opportunities to try out archery, art, science experiments and attend an interesting Science of Star Wars talk, in which visitors are welcome to turn up in fancy dress.

For more information about the University of Derby's upcoming Family Fun Day, click here.

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Computer Games Day Gets Microsoft Seal Of Approval

11 December 2012

Computer games can take years and millions of pounds to develop - but University of Derby students had only 12 weeks to create ones they'll be publicly exhibiting just before Christmas.

Around 100 Derby students and graduates will take part in the Games@Derbyfree public exhibitionfrom 3pm to 7pm on Wednesday December 19, in the Atrium at the University of Derby's Kedleston Road site in Derby. It is being sponsored by global software giant Microsoft.

Visitors are welcome to come and play working computer games featuring alien landscapes, comic characters and high octane thrills. A 30 second promotional video for the event can be seen on YouTube

The games have been created by current students of the BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming (CGP) and BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation (CGMA) degree courses. The courses are taught by former games and software industry professionals.

Peter Innes, 21, a final year student on the BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming degree course, originally from Edinburgh, said: "We're making a game called NYZ, involving zombies and time travel. We wanted to make a game where you were a zombie, instead of fighting them, and were attempting to infect a whole city."

Also at the free event will be displays by independent games companies set-up by Derby's students, such as Derby-based Indieskies and Pillowdrift, who have published their own games on Apple and Google app stores; as well as for the Xbox 360, and Windows Phone and Windows 8.

Dr Tommy Thompson, University Programme Leader for Computer Games Programming, said: "Computer games on sale in the shops, such as Halo and Call of Duty, can take years to develop.

"We've put our student teams, each with five programmers and five artists, through a very stripped down version of that process, giving them 12 weeks to go from initial concept to a playable game. Our lecturers on the CGP and CGMA courses have utilised their industry experience to guide these students as they handle a range of creative pressures."

Microsoft staff alongside peers from other games companies will join University of Derby lecturers in a judges' panel on December 19, which will assess the students' work and award prizes to the best games on the day.

Industry professionals have been invited to the event, which will also feature second-year degree students seeking work placements.

For further information on Computer Games courses at the University of Derby see link: www.derby.ac.uk/games

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Computer Games Day Wows Visitors

20 December 2012

An interactive computer games exhibition at the University of Derby - showcasing students' innovative work - proved a hit with visitors.

The Games@Derby event yesterday (December 19), sponsored by global software giant Microsoft, featured original and playable games by students on Derby's BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming (CGP) and BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation (CGMA) degree courses.

Amazingly, the students had produced their working games from scratch in just 12 weeks; with teams of programmers and artists working together.

Visitors to yesterday's event, held in the Atrium at the University's main Kedleston Road site in Derby, were also able to see the work of graduates from the courses, who have gone on to set up their own computer games companies.

A judges' panel of course lecturers - who have worked in the games industry themselves - and Microsoft executives assessed the students' work and awarded prizes for the best creations on the day.

For further information on Computer Games courses at the University of Derby see link: www.derby.ac.uk/games.


Concrete Course Helps Build Industry Careers

5 October 2010

A course custom-built for the concrete and construction industries is set to become a standard for top notch training.

Two years' work by the Concrete Society and University of Derby Corporate, the University's business-to business arm, has created a one-year 'Certificate of Achievement:Concrete Technology' qualification.

Students within the industry travelled from across the UK, to UDC's headquarters at the University's Enterprise Centre in Derby, to attend the course's opening one-day seminar but they will do the majority of their training from home or work, using online and distance learning.

The Certificate course covers basics such as the production and properties of concrete; right through to testing, and batching and mixing on site.

Richard England, Chief Executive Officer of the Concrete Society, said: "We realised that we had a lot of very experienced people in the industry who didn't have a formal qualification related to their work.

"Derby already offered a Ready Mixed Concrete Technology certificate, so it was a natural move to ask experts there to develop this further course. It has been a very fruitful collaboration with University of Derby Corporate."

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Corporate Sales at UDC, added: "We offer a number of professional courses related to the quarrying and construction industries, and have excellent links with the Institute of Quarrying (IOQ) and the Institute of Asphalt Technology.

"The IOQ has been the third partner in the development of this new course for the Concrete Society."

Students attending the course's opening one-day seminar in Derby said it would be useful in their careers.

Ben Victory, 34, a Quality Manager for Mitchellson Formwork and Civil Engineering of Slough, said: "My background is in management systems rather than a technical environment. I wanted to understand more about the technical side of the products we produce."

Sharon Reeve, 41, works in the sales team at Sherburn Stone Company Ltd, of Durham.

She said: "I've been with the company for 24 years. This Certificate will be my first formal qualification for the industry. It's about enhancing my knowledge of the industry."

For more information about the professional courses provided by University of Derby Corporate see its website at www.derby.ac.uk/corporate, or call Freephone 0800 678 3311 or email: udc@derby.ac.uk.

For further information please contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

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Congratulations to Derby County Football Club

12 May 2014

The University of Derby's Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, has offered his congratulations to Derby County Football Club after they reached the Championship play-off final.

The club, which enjoys a partnership with the University, is now one step away from the Premiership after beating Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 yesterday in the second leg of the semi-final.

County won the two-legged tie 6-2 on aggregate and Professor Coyne, who expects to make the trip to Wembley Stadium for the final on Saturday, May 24, has heralded a "fantastic achievement".

He said: "Many congratulations go to Derby County. They thoroughly deserved to go through to the play-off final with what was a tremendous performance against Brighton, particularly in the second leg yesterday.

"The University is a proud partner of the club and we wish the team the very best of luck at Wembley. I will be there roaring them on, I just hope they get over that final hurdle and reach the Premier League."

The University's partnership deal with Derby County includes being the 'naming rights partner' of the Rams' Moor Farm Training Ground and providing education to Academy staff and players.

Moor Farm was renamed the 'Derby County Training Centre in partnership with the University of Derby' at the beginning of this season.

Also, students on the University's new BA (Hons) Sport Management degree, which begins this September, will have access to a new Learning Lab at the club's iPro Stadium.

For further press information please contact Jamie Oliver, University of Derby Press & PR Officer, on 01332 591187 or email: j.oliver@derby.ac.uk

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Congratulations To World Class Student

15 July 2011

The University would like to congratulate one of its students on her recent Bronze Medal win at the 2011 World Jiu Jitsu Championships, held in Los Angeles, USA.

Vanessa Williams, 22, took home the Bronze Medal in the Women's Blue Featherweight category on 5 June 2011, after three successful fights in the competition.

Vanessa, who has recently completed a BA (Hons) degree in Creative Expressive Therapies, took up the martial art at age 17 after seeing a demonstration. She fell in love with the sport and has been training three or four times a week ever since.

By the start of 2011, Vanessa held 13 Brazilian Jui itsu medals (11 gold and 2 bronze) from competitions in the UK and Europe, and so was feeling confident about her level of performance going into the IBJJF World Championships in Long Beach, Los Angeles, last month. Her confidence was proved justified as she secured the bronze with a skilful 'triangle' move.

Ollie Shearer, Sports Development Manager for the University of Derby, said: "We are really proud of Vanessa for performing so well in her sport at an international level. She is an inspiring sports person; and we wish her the best of luck in her future competitions."

Vanessa is now in training for competitions in Sweden later this year.

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Contractor Chosen To Build Cutting-Edge Research Facility Supporting Engineering Giants Of Tomorrow

29 October 2013

Derby City Council, in partnership with the University of Derby, Aston University and Cranfield University, are delighted to announce the appointment of G F Tomlinson to develop and build the Innovation Centre at the heart of Infinity Park Derby, adjacent to Rolls-Royce at Chellaston. This facility will match up-and-coming, high-tech engineering firms with some of the brightest and best minds from the world of academia. This new partnership between the City Council and the three Universities is called Engineering Supply Chain Solutions. Local companies will receive both mentoring and innovation support, allowing them to accelerate growth in an environment of partnership and collaboration. This project is supported by the Government's Regional Growth Fund.

Consultants Turner and Townsend, acting as construction project managers on the Council's behalf, have carefully overseen the procurement of contractors through a design competition - the brief being to develop an iconic building which has personality and presence. The result of this is the appointment of local contractor G F Tomlinson to deliver the scheme, at a total value of £11.8million. The Innovation Centre is set to open in spring 2015 with construction on site in spring next year.

The Innovation Centre will be a landmark building demonstrating the region's position as the UK centre for transport engineering. Including both office and workshop space, it will target companies hoping to break into, or expand their role in, the supply chains of large aerospace, rail and automotive companies in the Derby area. The Innovation Centre will be an essential catalyst for the development and growth of the wider business park (Infinity Park Derby) and ultimately the creation of well-paid, highly skilled jobs for the people of Derby and the surrounding region.

Andy Sewards, director at G F Tomlinson, said: "The Innovation Centre will be a truly pioneering new building. We are delighted to have been entrusted to deliver such a prestigious project which will be a flagship development at the heart of such an important business park - boosting industry and the economy locally.

"The design, with its curvilinear nature, embraces the characteristics of transport engineering using high quality metal cladding that reflects the materials traditionally used in the industry. This will be a truly iconic building to boost the area's reputation even further as a centre of excellence in transport engineering."

Councillor Paul Bayliss, Leader of Derby City Council, said: "We are delighted to have appointed G F Tomlinson, a local firm, to build this Innovation Centre for us. This project represents a significant milestone in our attempts to strengthen the supply chains of transport engineering companies. We are excited by the design for the centre and hope this building will become a flagship development that represents the innovation and creativity inherent in local companies operating in these sectors."

John Coyne, Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby said: "Our partnership with Derby City Council, Aston and Cranfield Universities - called Engineering Supply Chain Solutions - has been created to support companies in their growth plans and to put them in touch with academics and best practice from around the world. This building will be the perfect base from which to offer these services."

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Cookery Demos Will Entice Visitors To Food Fair

17 May 2013

Hospitality and Culinary arts students will be giving cookery demonstrations - and getting the crowds involved in some live cooking at the Derbyshire Food and Drinks Fair at Elvaston Castle this weekend (May 17 and 18).

Lecturer Leonard Cseh and students from the University of Derby Buxton's BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts degrees will be showing the crowds how to prepare some fantastic dishes, and even getting visitors up to help them during Saturday May 18.

Leonard said: "We are really excited about attending the Derbyshire Food and Drinks Fair this year, and sharing some fantastic dishes through our cookery demonstrations. We will be preparing some classic dishes using some contemporary techniques.

"We hope many people will join us for what should be a fantastic day."

For more information on the Derbyshire Food and Drinks Fair visit www.derbyshirefoodfestival.co.uk/ 

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Could Naturally Dyed Clothes Stop You Feeling Blue?

9 August 2013

Wearing particular colours might not just be good for your mental health but could also boost the body as it absorbs natural dyes, suggests work by a University of Derby researcher.

Using different colours to stimulate positive moods, or colour therapy, is a known practice in complementary medicine.

But Dr Kate Wells, Senior Lecturer in Textiles at the University of Derby, is investigating whether garments dyed using traditional, natural colourings can directly improve physical wellbeing, as minute amounts are absorbed through the skin of the wearer.

Her research has just been published in the Journal of the International Colour Association  and was presented at the 12th International AIC(Association of International Colour) Colour Congress, held in Newcastle Upon Tyne last month (July).

It is also one of the many pieces of research to be featured in the University of Derby's 2013 Research Review publication, just published. The annual review covers the fascinating research currently being pursued at the University in science, arts, business and many other areas.

Kate's research points out that many of the plant extracts once commonly used to dye clothing - such as indigo and woad (blue), turmeric (yellow) and henna (red) - would also have been used in traditional medicines.

She is looking at the possibility that, by wearing naturally dyed cloth next to the skin, people might directly absorb health-improving extracts.

Kate said: "It's an area that's not really been studied before which is surprising given that a dye like indigo appears in many different countries and across cultures. It is extracted from different plants through a process that is steeped in myths, superstitions and religious rituals, and which evolved over centuries.

"Around the world indigo was extracted from a variety of plants. In Europe it was the flowering plant isatis tinctoria (woad), in India indigofera tinctoria (indigo), in China and Japan it was polygonum tinctorium (Japanese indigo, a type of knotweed), and in West Africa the vine Ionchocarpus cyanescens.

"With people's interest now in handmade and sustainably made clothing, there is renewed interest in natural dyes. Woad is again being commercially farmed in England and to a greater extent in France, alongside other natural dyes. These are also being used in some cosmetics."

Kate's colour research is part of her larger body of work into 'slow textiles', focusing on sustainable and ethical production methods which produce unique clothing and garments.

For more information about the University of Derby's Textile Design course see website www.derby.ac.uk/courses/textile-design-ba-hons/

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Count Dracula Gives Kiss Of Life To Tourism

16 May 2013

Research from the University of Derby Buxton is to lift the lid on a dark world of horror - and see how it can boost the UK's tourism industry.

Goths - the sub-culture which grew out of Punk Rock in the 1980s and not the ancient tribes who brought down the Roman Empire - are being investigated by the University's Dr Pascal Mandelartz, an expert in what has been dubbed 'Dark Tourism'.

Dr Mandelartz believes that the Goths, who are famous for their dark clothing, black make-up and fascination with horror and Vampire culture such as the Twilight film series, are an undiscovered sector of the market, a worldwide phenomenon ranging from light-hearted tours of the London Dungeon to more macabre visits to sites where famous people such as Elvis Presley and James Dean died.

Despite their fierce look, Goths are well-known for being gentle and law-abiding, as anyone who has been to North Yorkshire during the bi-annual Whitby Goth Weekends will know.

But as yet no study has been carried out into their impact as an undiscovered segment of the Dark Tourism market, said Dr Mandelartz.

"We want to ask: is dark tourism part of the Goth identity?" Dr Mandelartz, from Germany, told a conference in which students examined how research techniques can be used to improve the tourism industry. "Where are the boundaries between the mainstream and the sub-culture?"

Goths were originally English followers of punk Band Siouxsie and the Banshees, but have since spread across the globe. Whitby is their spiritual home because it's the port where that famous fictional 'tourist' - Count Dracula - first made landfall in Bram Stoker's novel. Only last month their official status as a sub-culture was confirmed when Greater Manchester Police controversially decided to record attacks on Goths and other groups such as Emos and Punks as hate crimes.

Dr Mandelartz was one many speakers at the Research Conference, including Sally Hogg, Head of Visitor Services and Marketing at Chatsworth, who demonstrated how professional research techniques had helped the stately home create a tourist experience which attracted 720,000 visitors a year.

Dr Sarah Rawlinson, Assistant Director of the University of Derby Buxton, said: "Hearing from a top tourism practitioner about how research can boost business is exactly the kind of real-life expertise which we at the University aim for.

"Our students study with real-life experts because our courses are aimed at giving them real life chances."

For more information on studying BA (Hons) Tourism Management at the University of Derby Buxton visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb

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Courtney's Fantasy Fashion Collection Proves Real Hit

13 February 2013

The "inspirational" fashion designs of a University of Derby student have seen her reach the finals of the UK's largest student-run charity fashion show.

Courtney Blades, a third year BA (Hons) Fashion Studies student, is one of only five up-and-coming UK fashion designers whose collections will feature in the finalists' show of the 2013 Alfa Romeo Young Designer Award competition, this Saturday (February 16).

Sponsored by car manufacturer Alfa Romeo, the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show of the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, has raised more than £300,000 for charity in 21 years of annual shows.

Courtney and other finalists were given a fairy tale and fantasy theme for their collections, which also had to incorporate elements from Alfa Romeo vehicle designs.

Courtney, 21, originally from Bedlington, Northumberland, said: "There is a lot more to designing even a small collection of five outfits than most people realise.

"They have to fit the 'brief', or theme, and say something different to the other collections, whilst also being wearable. It took me two months to complete the collection and I can't wait to see them on the catwalk, being worn by professional models, at Saturday's final."

If she is named the outright winner Courtney will receive a six week work placement with fashion label PPQ and prize money of £1,000.

Fiona Hawthorne, University Senior Lecturer in BA (Hons) Fashion Studies, added: "This is a very prestigious competition and Courtney has done exceptionally well, going up against other great young designers from around the UK, to reach the final five.

"The kind of creativity and drive she's demonstrated is what we try to instil in our students generally, so they will go on to succeed in a very competitive industry."

For more information about the 2013 Alfa Romeo Young Designer Award competition see website www.standrewsfashion.co.uk

To find out more about the University of Derby's Fashion degree course see website www.derby.ac.uk/courses/textile-design-ba-hons

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Cream Of Computer 'Games Jam' To Feature at Games@Derby Expo

31 January 2013

The best original computer games created from scratch during a 48 hour, non-stop design session will feature in a Games@Derby public exhibition at the University of Derby.

Around 60 students from all years of the University's BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming (CGP) and BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation (CGMA) degree courses will compete in teams to design a game from start to finish, starting at 5pm tomorrow (Friday February 1) and finishing at 5pm on Sunday February 3.

Competitors won't even be able to choose the name and subject of their game, as they'll have to work to titles randomly generated by clicking on the website 'The Video Game Name Generator (at http://videogamena.me ).

Examples of the bizarre suggestions this site comes up with include 'Invisible Bongo Smuggler' and 'Urban Spelling Gladiator'.

All student teams taking part will play and rate each other's prototype games and vote which ones should have a stand at the University's free public event, Games@Derby. It will be held from 1pm to 5pm on Friday February 8, in the Atrium at the University's Kedleston Road site in Derby, and is being sponsored by global software giant Microsoft.

The Games@Derby event will feature around 15 exhibitors in total. Stands will include playable games for the public by first to final year students, examples of Windows 8 apps (or applications) they've designed and the work of commercial games companies established by Derby graduates.

Dr Tommy Thompson, University Programme Leader for Computer Games Programming, said: "These 48-hour 'games jams' are great fun for the students but they also teach them about working in teams of programmers and digital artists, to a deadline and under pressure; just as they will have to do when they graduate and join the games industry.

"The added challenge of working to a randomly generated title for the game you're designing should make for some very interesting creations. The public will be able to have a go on the best of these at our Games@Derby event on 8 February."

Dean Cunningham, 21, from Birmingham, is on the final year of the University's BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming course.

He added: "I have taken part in these 48 hour games jams before and they are fun. It does get a bit stressful towards the end when you're trying to cram extra features into the game and it keeps 'breaking'."

For more information about the University of Derby's Computer Games courses - all taught by games and software industry professionals - see website www.derby.ac.uk/games

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Creating Fine Art From Death And Destruction

7 June 2012

Real bullets 'frozen in time' and elegantly dressed bird skeletons are among the striking artworks on display in a new show by University of Derby students.

The free public exhibition by BA (Hons) Fine Art degree students - currently at the University's Markeaton Street site, Derby, until 12 June - is part of the University's annual Degree Shows of final year students' work in visual communications, film, photography, textiles, fashion, product design, architecture and many other subjects. It is held at Markeaton Street and the nearby Britannia Mill site annually.

Fine Art student Alasdair Evans' work - entitled .22 - required University Senior Technical Advisor Paul Marshall to fire 180 shots using a .22 calibre rifle into separate boxes of clay, at a safe facility. Paraffin wax and different coloured resins were then poured into the containers to make a permanent cast of each bullet's path, with the metal shot embedded at one end.

For his artwork, he then constructed a short corridor with the 180 bullet casts sticking out of its walls, down which visitors to the exhibition will walk.

Alasdair, 22, originally of Birmingham, said: "The corridor gets smaller and the casts more densely placed the further you walk down the corridor, giving a real sense of claustrophobia.

"What I've tried to do is give a physical sense of people being caught between two opposing armed sides; whether it's on the global scale of the Cold War or modern day street gang culture.

"I'm definitely not 'pro-gun' but the physics of firearms interests me and how you can use their destructive power to create art. I'd love to try this sort of thing with a much heavier calibre weapon, perhaps even a tank one day."

His partner and fellow Fine Art degree student Kelly Gare, 22, of Birmingham, has also taken a somewhat deadly route with her artwork, called Other Tidings (a play on 'tidings' meaning both 'bad tidings' and being the collective name for a group of magpies).

Sourcing the skulls of magpies and crows, birds seen as a 'nuisance' which can be legally culled in rural areas, she has created smartly dressed sculptures of groups of birds and placed them all around the exhibition.

Kelly said: "People often find birds strange, disturbing even; just think of Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds. I wanted to create a reaction in visitors by making it hard to avoid these obviously dead birds, there are 19 altogether, which nevertheless are attractively dressed and grouped in ways which imitate human behaviours .

"Part of this is about making people think about whether it's morally acceptable to cull particular species of birds. There have been petitions against culling so-called predator birds like this as 'pests' and it's not something I personally agree with."

Other Fine Art works on display at the University's Markeaton Street site exhibition include:

  • an elegant chair and table, set for tea but covered in fine sand
  • a film about a man trapped in a phone booth
  • a grim depiction of urban decay captured in a photo series.

Denis O'Connor, University Lecturer in Art, added: "The overall quality of work for the Fine Art students' final year show this year is very strong.

"To create something out of an object as destructive as a fired bullet, as Alasdair has done, or weave a narrative in the way Kelly has done with her magpies, is extremely innovative."

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Creative Designs From Derby On Show In The Capital

3 July 2013

Visual artwork by BA (Hons) Graphic Design students will also be featured at the New Designers' exhibition, including this work by Derby student Danny Painter.

Ingenious new products - many with a 'green' theme - and stunning visual images will be exhibited by University of Derby students at a national showcase devoted to the best in design.

New designs in fashion, textiles, interiors, jewellery, graphics and illustration, furniture, products and other fields are featured each year at the annual New Designers' exhibition.

Derby students who've just completed their courses will join more than 3,000 exhibitors at London's Business Design Centre for the 2013 show, from today (July 3) until Saturday (July 6).

Among the creations on display from Derby's BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) Product Design students are:

  • paintbrush and paint roller cleaning device, with recyclable cleaning agent (by student Josh Owen, who is in the process of applying for a patent for his idea);
  • beginner's sculling boat with an adjustable stability function (Matthew Ellis);
  • low capacity dishwasher designed for small accommodation spaces (Ollie Olsen);
  • soil-less plant growing system for use within the home (Sam Doy);
  • accessible refuelling nozzle for people with limited mobility (Samantha Evans);
  • alternative instrument personal midi-controller (a single device enabling different musical instruments and sounds to be played), shaped and played like a guitar (Steven Lewis).

Samantha Evans, 21, originally of Sutton Coldfield - who completed her BA (Hons) Product Design course this summer (2013) - is already attempting to patent her invention.

She said: "The idea came to me when a friend of mine told me that a lady had asked him for assistance with refuelling her car, as she couldn't do it herself due to having arthritis.

"I decided to carry out some research and realised that this was a big issue for a lot of people, so I decided to find a solution to the problem. I've recently applied for a patent on it, which is still ongoing.

"I'm excited to be going to the New Designers' exhibition. It will be a great experience and I'm really pleased to have the opportunity to take part."

Terry Watson, University Programme Leader for Product Design, added: "New Designers' is the most important showcase for graduating product designers. The event features UK-based students but is international in reputation, with potential employers from around the world attending.

"We have been sending representatives to the show for eight years and it has proven to be a springboard into employment for some, while others have been awarded prestigious prizes. This year's group are very talented and we have high hopes for their success."

Also exhibiting at New Designers' from the University of Derby will be students from the University's Graphic Design, Illustration and Animation degree courses.

These will include Matas Zaloga, Ugne Dagilyte and Harriet Farren. They have just completed Derby's BA (Hons) Animation degree course and are also the creators of an animated TV commercial, now being shown on E4 and other digital TV channels to promote the University of Derby's latest student recruitment campaign, called 'Are You Ready?'

Fellow visual artists exhibiting at the London show include:

  • From the BA (Hons) Graphic Design degree course - Laura Taylor, Danny Painter, Jason Booth, Hazel Wilkes, Sophie Shearsmith and Jon Cooper-Bagley.
  • From BA (Hons) Illustration - Rosie McAdam, Claire Stamper, Matthew Watson, Samantha Allen and Tracy Slater.

Marc Bosward, Lecturer in Design, said: "New Designers' offers our students a fantastic opportunity to show their work at the UK's most important graduate design exhibition.

"Our Illustration, Animation and Graphic Design students will get the chance to network with leading industry professionals, and meet potential employers and commissioners."

For more information about the 2013 New Designers' exhibition in London see website www.newdesigners.com

For further media information about this press release please contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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Creative Ideas For Promotion Prize

14 March 2011

A group of creative Buxton students were recognised for their innovative promotional ideas at a prize ceremony recently.

As part of a marketing and promotion module, degree students on a range of programmes were asked to act as marketing consultants and come up with creative proposals to promote the University, complete with justification and an implementation plan, after carrying out detailed analysis of current practices and challenges in the sector.

Twenty projects made it onto the shortlist and two winners were announced. The first winner was BSc (Hons) International Spa Management degree student Sophie Collins, aged 20. Sophie had the idea of producing a branded bus that visited potential recruitment areas and fares, representing all of the hands-on courses available at the University such as Outdoor Activities and Spa Management degrees

The other award winner was Lidia Malecka, 19, a BA (Hons) Travel & Tourism Management degree student, who came up with the idea of a dance video that would promote the University virally across the internet. The music video would be filmed at the Buxton Campus, posted onto Youtube, and promoted virally through social networking.

Lidia said: "We wanted to find a new way of promoting the wide variety of exciting vocational courses on offer at the University's Buxton Campus, coupled with the fact that it attracts a large number of international students from across the globe.

"Our idea was to film students representing their various courses and home countries in a music video. They would be filmed dancing, walking and lip-syncing to a pop song, around the Dome and other key areas on campus.

"Using a music video we hoped to encourage more international students, and demonstrate that they would really enjoy there time here, have fun and make friends from all over the world during their studies."

Sheila McLaughlin said: "We are increasingly developing experiential learning projects for the students like this one, and we hope that some of these projects may reach fruition."

Sarah Rawlinson, Assistant Dean for the Faculty said: "This prize was a fantastic way to celebrate some of the creative and innovative students we have studying here. We hope they took something valuable away from completing this project."


Creativity On Display

13 April 2011

Talented hair and beauty students were judged on their skills and creativity by industry professionals at Buxton College's recent hair and beauty showcase.

More than 40 Hairdressing NVQ Level 3 students were challenged to design and create an original 'avant-garde' hairstyle, working with NVQ Level 3 Beauty students to create a look suitable for fashion catwalk, photography and competitions.

Sheila Hughes, Lecturer in Hairdressing, said: "This event was an opportunity for students to demonstrate what they've learned over the last year; techniques such as hair extensions, setting and dressing, curling and using hair pads and pieces to create volume."

Professionals from the hairdressing industry including Gill Lomas from Blake's The Art of Hair in New Mills, and Kristian Wood from Hair by Kristian Wood in Ashbourne, judged the styles, along with the Head of Buxton College, Mary Blauciak, who said: "The event was fantastic. The students all worked incredibly hard to create some truly unique styles and should all be proud of what they achieved."

The winner was Chloe Meredith, aged 19, from Buxton, an apprentice at Buxton's Profile Hair Design. She was inspired by the musical 'Cats', and, using hair extensions, platting and hair pieces, created a dramatic style with plenty of height, and presence that obviously caught the judges attention.

Judge Gill Lomas said: "The winning style was very impressive, it was excellent. Chloe had put a lot of thought into how to use the techniques to create the style and it showed."

Chloe said: "I was really happy that the judges liked the style I created. I spent a lot of time thinking about how to achieve it, and pre-made lots of the aspects before the day, like the hair pieces and plaits.

"The show was a fantastic opportunity to do something that I wouldn't normally be asked to do in a salon, and to try lots of new techniques."

The finale of the event was a catwalk show held in Buxton College's iconic Dome, where the students, their family and friends and industry professionals watched as each of the creations had their moment in the spotlight.

For more information on Hairdressing and Beauty courses starting this September at Buxton College, part of the University of Derby Buxton, visit www.buxtoncollege.ac.uk

For more information please contact Press & PR Officer Joanna Colburn on 01332 593004 or 07775 036988, or email j.colburn@derby.ac.uk

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Cricket All-Rounders Swing By New Outdoor Centre

11 February 2013

Derbyshire County Cricket Club's up and coming young players spent three days developing their teamwork off the pitch recently, as they overcame outdoor obstacles and culinary challenges with help from students and staff at the University of Derby Buxton and Buxton College.

The eleven Derbyshire County Cricket Club Academy players took part in the team building trip as part of a unique partnership agreement with the College and University of Derby's sports development arm, Team Derby.

Their first challenge was to walk across the Peak District from Grin Low to the College's dedicated Oaklands Outdoor Leadership Centre in Buxton through deep snow and difficult weather conditions, where they attempted its high ropes and low ropes courses by working as a team.

On the second day in the great outdoors, the players were coached in the basic survival skills of fire and den building by the College's Outdoor lecturer, Allan Shaw. And as a final test the team worked with Buxton College's professional cookery students in the Campus' kitchens to prepare a three course meal for 35 guests.

Talented young bowler, Ben Cotton, age 19, said: "It's been a really good three days. The best bit for me was taking on the outdoor activities, especially the high ropes course which was really good fun. We definitely learned a lot in the kitchens too, and it's been a great opportunity."

Howard Dytham, Head of Development at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, said: "The University and College teaching staff and student helpers have been great, and our players have really enjoyed their time here. It has been a physical and mental challenge that has really put them under pressure at times, and that's what we wanted."

The partnership between the University of Derby (including Buxton College) and Derbyshire County Cricket Club is an extension of the 2012 partnership. This year it will see the University of Derby's name on the Club's LV County Championship Shirts and sponsorship of the Academy, with a view to improving cricket performance for both county and the University.

For more information about Buxton College visit www.blc.ac.uk

For more information on the Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre visit www.oaklands-manor.com/

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'Crime Degree' Sisters Take On Tough New Roles

21 August 2009

Sisters who completed the same 'crime degree' are to use their talents to help prison inmates and the mentally ill.

Natalie and Nicki Siddall, from Derbyshire, both received a 2:1 grade from the University of Derby this summer, after completing the same Joint Honours degree in Criminology and Psychology.

Now Natalie is to use her knowledge to help prisoners find new careers and Nicki is taking up further training, to become a specialist nurse working with the mentally ill.

Natalie, 21, said: "We were both interested in Psychology at school and did it at A-level. When we came to look at degree subjects we again found ourselves interested in the same course.

"It was useful being able to study together and it did mean we saved on the cost of textbooks."

Natalie has just taken up the post of Careers and Employment Tutor at a men's prison, where she will be helping inmates retrain for new careers.

"It's about teaching key work skills, including Maths and English, to help them find employment when they get out," added Natalie.

Nicki, 23, said: "While I was doing my degree course I was a part time Care Assistant, working with older people with dementia in a Ripley care home.

"That got me interested in working in that line when I completed my degree. In September I will be starting a two-year accelerated training course at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, after which I will be a qualified mental health nurse. I'd eventually like to work as one in prisons."

On studying with Natalie, she added: "We encouraged each other during the course but there was always a bit of healthy competition. If one got a good grade the other would try and match it or get a slightly better one."

The Siddall sisters follow in the legal footsteps of identical twins Emma and Kelly Shooter, who both graduated from the University of Derby with a 2:1 grade LL.B (Hons) law degree in January this year.

David Walsh, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Crime and Justice degree course at the University, said there were distinct advantages to making study a 'family affair', in terms of mutual support.

"Having said that, Natalie and Nicki showed real individual commitment to their course of study. They should be commended for choosing to use their degrees to help others in circumstances which can be very difficult," added David.

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Critically Acclaimed Local Writer Holds Master Class For Students

25 November 2008

 Celebrated author and University of Derby graduate Edward Hogan nurtured a whole new generation of talent when he visited the institution yesterday.

Edward Hogan (28) from Little Eaton, Derby had his first critically acclaimed novel Blackmoor, short-listed for the 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize for young writers.

He shared the secrets of his success as part of a master class with current students on the Ba Hons Creative and Professional Writing and English degree – the same course Edward had studied.

After graduating from the University of Derby in 2001 with a First, Edward was signed to Simon & Schuster who published his first novel Blackmoor. The Independent’s Peter Carty has said Hogan is ‘a writer to watch'.

Keen to find out more about the places he grew up Edward set the novel in a small mining community in the Midlands. He wanted to discover more about the effect the closures of the mines had on the people employed in the industry. In the story the reader comes to understand and know the characters through the passage of time.

The Dylan Thomas Prize awards £60,000 to recognize the best young writer in the English-speaking world and ensures that the inspirational nature of Dylan's writing will live on. The 2008 award was won by Nam Le, author of The Boat.

Edward said: “It’s great to be back where I did so much of my early writing and to see the lecturers and writers who taught me. I’ve enjoyed meeting current students who are today’s up and coming writers, they’re in safe hands.

“My lecturer on the Creative Writing course, Moy McCrory, was a very influential figure in my studies. I really enjoyed my time at the University of Derby.”

Dr Moy McCrory, Senior Lecture for Creative Writing said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome Ed back as a visiting writer. When he was a student we tried to expose our groups to writers and now he’s back to inspire our current students.”

Second year Creative and Media Writing student Damien Barker (23) added: “Ed’s talk gave me some good tips on techniques which will help me get in the right frame of mind to write, I’ll definitely be trying them out.”

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Crowds Flock To See Madame Butterfly

5 July 2011

Over 400 people flocked into Derby's Market Place last night (July 4) to enjoy a balmy night of opera on the BBC Big Screen.

Puccini's Madame Butterfly was brought to life courtesy of a live relay from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

Spectators, many of whom had brought picnic hampers and deckchairs, were moved to tears by the story of a Japanese geisha's love for an American naval officer. Puccini's heartrendingly powerful music transported the audience through to the story's devastating conclusion.

Angela Drinkwater, Events Officer at the University of Derby said: "We were delighted with the attendance. It was wonderful to see the Market Place so full, and also to see people joining in and enjoying themsleves.

"A combination of the warm evening and the popularity of this well loved opera made the event a fabulous success."

The opera was preceded with a nationwide hum-a-long, the Derby hum was led by Derby's VoiceBox Choir.

Louise Angell, BBC Big Screen Manager - Derby and Leicester, said: "It was a wonderful event. Our partnership with the Royal Opera House in means we can deliver world class opera and ballet, for free, around city centres. The feedback we recieve for these events is always positive and we look forward to our next one."

Opera fans are in for another treat on Wednesday July 13 when an opera version of Cinderella will be shown on the screen. The show is once again courtesy of a live relay from the Royal Opera House.

Local entertainment starts at 6.40pm the screening is set to finish at 10.25pm. Pre-opera entertainment will be from The Viva String Quartet.

There will be some seating and refreshements available on the night but spectators are welcome to bring their own camping chairs and picnics.

Later in the month the Market place will host Derby's One Year To Go Sports Event. On Wednesday July 27th there will be a daytime celebration of exactly one year to go until the official opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Young people will be able to take part in a range of cultural activities;  including art, dance, drama, music and various sporting activities with films and Market Place action relayed live to the Big Screen.

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