Buxton Students Have No Fear of the Dragon's Den
Date posted: 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.