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Students cross continents to collect their Derby degrees

Michelle DuvalWork-based learning students have travelled from all over the world to pick up their degrees from University of Derby Corporate at its latest award ceremony.

More than 100 people gathered to celebrate their achievements in a range of subjects from modern telecoms to housing sector governance, and events safety management to supporting apprentices.

But nobody travelled further than Michelle Duval, who came from Sydney, Australia, to collect her Master’s degree (MA) in Applied Coaching.

She said: “I am delighted to pick up my Master’s Degree and this will add an extra dimension to what I do. I have written a couple of books in the field of coaching, but never actually undertaken any academic study or research before.

“I really wanted to understand the rigours of academic research. I’d been working with a particular group of people and wanted to understand how to study them properly, and build the credibility and evidence base behind the work that I was already doing. I’ve learnt a lot from the course.

“I plan to publish another book. I’ll put the research I’ve done for my course into that.”

University of Derby Corporate works with a wide range of companies to deliver work-based learning including Waterstones, Transport for London (TfL), New College Nottingham, Futures Housing Group and the Chartered Institute for Payroll Professionals (CIPP).

Professor Margaret Bruce, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “It is through these partnerships that we are able to provide high quality, employer-led and learner focused programmes to meet the needs of employers and their staff.

“Through this we are increasing innovation, acquiring new skills and ultimately raising business performance.”

Employees who complete work-based programmes benefit from increased confidence, self-awareness and motivation, along with enhanced skills and knowledge. These can be translated into new ideas and applied directly to the workplace, and can impact positively on an organisation.

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