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Top 5 tips for making the transition from FE to HE

#ALevelResults day is widely covered by the mainstream media. However, little attention is paid to those young people receiving the results of their Vocational Qualifications (VQs) and hoping to progress to university. It is important to consider the needs and characteristics of these students: more young people take VQs than A-levels each academic year, predominantly in colleges of Further Education (FE).

Top 4 tips for overcoming maths anxiety when home-schooling during lockdown

With many parents and carers faced with the challenge of teaching their children maths during the current lockdown, here are the top 4 tips for parents on how to ensure they are supporting their children’s maths learning without the stress.

How to stay social at a distance: Top technology tips during lockdown

The best apps on the market to help you remain sociable… at a distance  Like everyone, our family has been thrust into the situation of needing face-to-face social tools to allow us to stay socially active, but at a safe distance. We have now completed several weeks of working from home and home schooling during social distancing and, while physical distancing is necessary, we’re all trying to keep up social contact using virtual platforms, in order to stay sane.

University of Derby’s Head of Diagnostic Imaging named as National Teaching Fellow

The University of Derby’s Head of Diagnostic Imaging has been given the prestigious accolade of National Teaching Fellow in this year’s list of academics recognised for their contributions to teaching and student outcomes.

The growth of video conferencing: Opportunities and challenges

@DerbyUni - Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, video conferencing has become the communication tool of choice for many people, both personally and professionally. Here Dr Jane Montague, Head of Psychology at the University of Derby, and BSc (Hons) Psychology students Beatrice Henshaw and Sheela Payne, explore the opportunities and challenges the growth of video conferencing has brought and how it is affecting individuals’ lives.

What constitutes effective leadership in a time of crisis: a lesson from history

A global crisis, namely the Covid-19 pandemic, has led to reflections and ruminations on what constitutes effective leadership. There have been many examples of creativity, ingenuity and notably resilience at a local level, particularly within key sectors such as healthcare and the food supply chain, but inevitably attention has primarily focused upon prime ministers, presidents and governments. 

The challenges and rewards of mental health and learning disability nursing

For #InternationalNursesDay2020 today (12 May) Alison Kilduff, Head of #MentalHealth #Nursing @DerbyUni highlights the acute shortage of nurses working with people with psychological conditions and learning disabilities, and focuses on the rewards of this challenging role:

What does the furlough extension mean for the UK economy?

The economics of furlough Furlough is a term few of us were aware of until the coronavirus lockdown, but it has become a lifeline for many people and businesses.

Universities join brave battles in our hospital wards

#WorldHealthDay - Highlighting the contribution of universities to the fight to contain the spread of #Covid_19  When World Health Day was inaugurated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) 70 years ago, it will have been with the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918-20 still within living memory.

Internship helped build my portfolio – and my confidence

After the first year of her degree, Event Management student Kayleigh Ayriss took an internship over the summer as Event Co-ordinator at Foundations UK, based in Glossop, through the University of Derby’s DRIVEN programme. Her role took her to the heart of Westminster:


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