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Rock-solid success for the Class of ‘23

The successful class of '23 celebrate their graduation
The successful class of '23 celebrate their graduation

Almost 80% of graduates on University of Derby Minerals Products course achieve First Class or 2:1 honours degree

THE Class of ‘23 on the BSc (Hons) Mineral Products Management course at the University of Derby’s Centre for Mineral Products has carved its success in stone with almost 80% achieving a First-Class or 2:1 honours degree.

This year’s oversized cohort comprised a total of 37 students, half of whom had been held back a year due to the impact on studies of the COVID pandemic. The BSC (Hons) Mineral Products Management course was developed in partnership with the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).


Mark Osbaldeston MIQ, head of Centre for Mineral Products at the University of Derby, explained: ‘The assessment board met on 1 March to award students. Normally, for this programme, there are approximately 20 learners in a cohort in an academic year, but this year was exceptional due to the hangover from the pandemic. It has been a testing time for both our staff and our learners, and together we have achieved excellent results.

‘The board was delighted to be able to award degrees first time round to 34 of the 37 students. The remaining three learners are on track to submit to the next board, which meets in June. Of the 34 successful students, 10 (29%) were awarded a First-Class degree, 17 were awarded (50%) 2:1, five (15%) 2:2 and two (6%) received Thirds.’

The BSc (Hons) Mineral Products Management is a part-time degree designed specifically for the mineral products industry to prepare its leaders and managers for the future. The blended learning course involves online modules (supported by face-to-face workshops), as well as a work-based project.

IQ chief executive officer James Thorne said: ‘What a fantastic achievement by all of this year’s cohort. This success marks a significant milestone in the continual progression of the mineral products programmes at the University of Derby. Hanson’s Robin Gillespie was our first First-Class student back in 2018, so we are now seeing a real raising of standards, which has to be of benefit to our industry.

‘IQ’s partnership with the University of Derby is helping raise standards of professionalism throughout the industry, as more and more individuals and operators recognize the profound benefit of academic qualifications from higher apprenticeships through to honours degrees.

‘The University’s Centre for Mineral Products delivers industry standard and globally recognized qualifications to the mineral products sector. We have a longstanding commitment to training and development in the mineral products industry and are extremely proud of all students who qualify in this field.’

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