Staff profile

Nia Sutton

Partnership Business Development Manager


Teacher Training


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



My main role is to create meaningful relationships with a range of education settings to widen and strengthen our partnership working, with student achievement and organisational improvement always at the heart of the dicussions. My main aim is to support you with your continuing professional development (CPD) needs. These conversations frequently focus on listening to what the current priorities and challenges are to education leaders and then identifying where University teams and individuals might respond to address those issues and support staff to develop professionally and personally.

We currently offer a range of bespoke learning activities that can be accredited or non-accredited and facilitated either on campus or at your workplace. We can deliver CPD for all groups of education staff so just get in touch and I will be delighted to talk more with you.

Professional interests

My passion for learning and for supporting staff in school has brought me to Derby via many interesting projects and roles over 20 years secondary and primary teaching, local authority INSET delivery and as senior lecturer for primary PGCE students. My interest in using ICT to support learning and my own leadership and management opportunities galvanised me into my MA study followed by several years working for Becta-a Government Agency supporting the use of technology in education and then the Open University’s Vital project- all of which focused on providing professional development for a range of staff in school. This IT specialism led to consultancy input for the design of new learning spaces resulting in several successful projects to build new and refurbished primary and secondary schools-exciting times!

The education landscape is always moving on, stimulating new thinking and requiring reflection, analysis and responsiveness. My role in Derby gives me and my colleagues the chance to continue that journey and enable others to aspire to and achieve outstanding outcomes for the learners in our/their care.


  • BSc (Honours) Biochemistry, Royal Holloway College, University of London
  • PGCE Biology and PE, Loughborough University
  • MA Education Studies (Distinction), Loughborough University


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