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The University of Derby has recently announced a phased transfer of its undergraduate Higher Education provision in Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Events Management from the Devonshire Campus in Buxton, over a three-year period, to its main campus in Derby city and the closure of its Spa Management and Outdoor Leadership Degree programmes.

The purpose of this note is to provide a clear position regarding the Further Education provision delivered from the Devonshire Campus in Buxton that provides valuable technical and vocational education to both young people and adults. Further Education provision is continuing in Buxton and the latest programmes offered are set out in the Buxton & Leek College (BLC) prospectus for 2020/21 published this week. Each year BLC reviews its curriculum offer for relevance and intent as part of its normal planning cycle and this may result in individual programme changes or the introduction of new programmes according to local and regional needs and demands.

Further Education has a long tradition in Buxton, dating back to 1955 with the establishment of High Peak College and BLC continues to grow and strengthen this provision. Achieving a ‘full house’ of GOOD grades at the Ofsted inspection in February 2019 means that our curriculum quality clearly matches our ambitions for our local communities. We anticipate that the transfer of Higher Education to Derby will not limit any new local opportunities for the College and its engagement with the communities of Buxton but will allow us to provide more tailored support for Further Education students, matched to their unique requirements.