Presidents Blog

Celebrating success at all levels

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 31, 2019 10:45:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Skills Wheel, University of Derby, Excellence Awards, IQ Community

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It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the IQ Fellows Lunch and Student Awards at the Tower of London. It was a great environment to celebrate the successes of students from the University of Derby Centre for Mineral Products. I look forward to returning this November to celebrate another year of academic achievements.

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Developing an industry for the next generation

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Leadership, University of Derby, Careers

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As President of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), I am in a privileged position following in the footsteps of my predecessors in this role, all of whom have helped build the Institute into the organisation it is today. Whilst the time within the role is relatively short, we have all aspired to ensure the long-term goals of the Institute are progressed.

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Creating future leaders

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 1, 2019 10:17:14 AM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in Leadership, University of Derby, Personal Effectiveness

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My recent columns have focused on the challenges our industry faces in managing health and safety. In dealing with these challenges, leadership is a recurring theme that affects the whole organisation - from the board room to individual operational sites.

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A competent workforce drives success

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Phil Redmond, IQ President posted in CPD, University of Derby

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As members of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) we focus heavily on the need for competence, both for ourselves and our colleagues. It is a core principle in supporting our efforts to improve in priority areas such as health, safety and well-being. As professionals we should all know our responsibilities from the regulatory perspective and it is critical that we all continue to meet those obligations.

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Learning at the rock face

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2017 2:51:00 PM / by Dr Miles Watkins, IQ President posted in University of Derby, Apprenticeships, Careers

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Like many, when the time came, I opted to take the traditional path into higher education, studying for my degree at the University of Hertfordshire and my PhD at the University of Bath, the latter supported by Aggregate Industries. But, given my time again, I’ve often thought that the apprenticeship pathway might have suited me better.

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