Students and staff at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall welcomed Lord Burlington to its land-based and leisure college recently.
Lord Burlington is Derbyshire’s high sheriff and also chancellor of the University of Derby.
He took the opportunity to meet students studying higher education programmes at Broomfield Hall and toured the equine, animal management and sports facilities at the college.
Whilst there, he learned about the opportunities for further education students at Broomfield Hall to progress onto higher education programmes, run in partnership with the University of Derby.
He was invited to the college after attending a recent graduation ceremony for Derby College HE students.
Impressively, all achieved either first class honours or a 2:1 in their degrees. One student also had a dissertation published.
One such student, Megan Edwards from Pilsley, joined the college as part of her GCSE programme at school and progressed through to graduating with a first class honours degree in equine science, management and training.
Whilst at Broomfield Hall, Lord Burlington joined a masterclass led by equine nutritional expert Gillian Higgins and heard about equine fitness from student Katie Allan.
Lord Burlington commented: “I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the impressive work achieved at Broomfield Hall which offers extensive opportunities for young people to progress onto HE – studying in familiar surroundings and close to home – and for external students to progress into HE at the college.”
He added: “I have been particularly impressed with the calibre and obvious passion of the teaching staff here and the strong links between the college and the university for the benefit of students.”