project wins top uk award

Derby Theatre's award
Derby Theatre's award

Derby Theatre and the University of Derby have won an award at one of the UK’s most prestigious annual ceremonies for higher education.

They triumphed at The Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, thanks to the pioneering Learning Theatre model.

The University owns and runs Derby Theatre and with the support of Arts Council England, the University has developed a three-year Pilot Programme for the theatre to establish a new and entirely unique operating model as a Learning Theatre which incorporates learning into everything the theatre does.

This initiative helped Derby beat the universities of Kent, Newcastle, York, Norwich University of the Arts and York St John University to win the award for ‘Excellence and Innovation in the Arts’ at the awards. The victory was witnessed by more than 1,000 people, who gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “We are delighted to have won this major award, which is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of all at the University.”

Sarah Brigham, artistic director at Derby Theatre) added: “We have a unique new model of working, in which we produce professional theatre of the highest standard with the golden thread of learning running through everything we do.

“This innovation allows us to delight and develop audiences while training the next generation of theatre makers and we are thrilled to have been recognised with this award.”

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n Pictured at the awards are (left to right) host Sandi Toksvig; Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology Professor Huw Davies; Sarah Brigham and Derby Theatre General Manager Gary Johnson