University’s double win in Times business awards

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The University of Derby won in two categories at the finals of the Times Higher Education Awards 2011, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Thursday.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, said: “These are major awards for the universities sector and to win in two different areas is very special.”

The University’s business-to-business arm, University of Derby Corporate (UDC), won the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative category.

UDC delivers accredited vocational training in the workplace to meet employer needs.

In 2010/11, it generated £4m in revenue - a 400% increase in the three years since it was launched. It has 260 clients and around 2,500 learners. Clients include Croda and Citibank.

The University’s Community Relations team won the Outstanding Contribution To The Local Community category which recognises imaginative attempts to aid the wider community socially, culturally or economically.

Their projects include a sewing group, community exhibition, a drop-in centre for people going through the asylum seekers process, and a library community space which has already hosted more than 200 events and art therapy sessions.