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Graduation success for industry professionals

Graduation day for University of Derby Corporate students

Industry professionals celebrate successful completion of University of Derby Corporate courses 

A COHORT of 83 professionals who work for quarrying, asphalt and concrete companies graduated last Saturday (26 January) with University diplomas and certificates from a range of University of Derby Corporate (UDC) courses.

The graduates, from companies including Hanson, Aggregate Industries and Tarmac, celebrated the successful completion of their courses in areas including Quarry Technology, Asphalt Technology and Quarry Studies, at the ceremony which was held at the University’s Kedleston Road site in Derby.

Andrew Hartley, managing director of UDC, the corporate training and development division of the University of Derby, presented the certificates to the group who had undertaken their studies while remaining in their professional roles.

Ivan Connor, assistant quarry manager with Harrington Concrete & Quarries, who graduated with a Diploma in Quarry Technology, said: ‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed completing the diploma; it’s really strengthened my practical knowledge of the industry as well as the theoretical aspect. I’ve also recently gained a promotion as a result of completing the course, so it’s certainly benefited my career.

‘Everyone who graduated has come so far, from the daunting days of being introduced to the course material, to solving electrical engineering equations! The sense of achievement is most rewarding.’

Andrew Hartley said: ‘Graduation is an extremely proud time both for our students and staff, and the culmination of months of hard work. We’re delighted to celebrate our student’s success and officially recognize their achievements in this way.’

Phil James, chief executive of the Institute of Quarrying, added: ‘These are highly professional people who have put in a tremendous amount of work while working in very demanding roles. As a result, their personal achievement is a huge gain for the industry as vital knowledge and skills are put into practice to improve the safety, efficiency and impact of our quarrying operations.’

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