“What makes our university stand out is a clear vision to offer a good value UK education that is
more personal, relevant, and business-focused. We’re also passionately committed to improving what we do every day, and are open to fresh ideas and new ways
of doing things. As an institution we must always move forward.”
Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor
The University of Derby has its origins in various educational institutions across Derbyshire, dating back to 1851. We gained university status in 1992 and
celebrated 20 years in 2012.
EDUCATION WITH THE PERSONAL TOUCH:
The University of Derby prides itself on offering a more supportive learning environment, with greater personal attention given to students than in other UK
universities. Delivering a rewarding learning experience with the personal touch forms the core of what we do at Derby. That’s why over 85% of our classes have
fewer than 30 students in them, and you have access to your personal tutor whenever you need it. We also believe in listening to our students so they are
represented on all of the senior management committees.
TEACHING AND LEARNING:
We are dedicated to providing teaching that is informed by our research, and focused on delivering real world, experiential learning. This is why Derby
moved up 24 places in The Guardian University Guide 2013 published by The Guardian newspaper. Our teaching is outstanding in several areas, and our
ambition is to continue on this upward trend.
Our graduates are contributing at the highest levels in their chosen professions. You will find Derby graduates everywhere: from the BBC’s Frozen Planet
to the Natural History Museum; from Clothes Show Live to MIG bank; from re-inventing the wheelchair to leading corporate sustainability at the London Olympics.
ENGAGING WITH EMPLOYERS:
We are nationally recognised for excellence in engaging with employers and business and continue our work to make sure we are integrated fully with the vision
of the city and the county so that we can play our part in maintaining and growing their prosperity.
BUILDING COMMUNITY RELATIONS:
We have strong relations with the non-business community and are national award winners for our work, particularly with the Congolese community which has grown
from very small beginnings to an international profile.
INVESTING IN OUR FACILITIES AND OUR REGION:
Our focus on the future improves the student experience through continual investment in the University’s facilities. Just one example of this is the £1.4 million
refurbishment of the Harpur Hill sports facility at our Buxton Campus in 2012. We also create jobs and support the local economy, spending an average of £15
million locally and our direct employment of around 1,600 people creates an additional 1,642 jobs.
In August 2012 Leek College became part of the University of Derby. Only 13 miles from our Buxton College, Leek is also a rural college and has a curriculum that
complements Buxton’s, so we are excited about the synergies that we can achieve during 2012 and beyond.
In terms of both financial and environmental sustainability we are in our best position ever, but we will not be complacent. We will continue to refine our
performance in both areas.
We are, and will continue to be, a key partner in the cultural life of Derby and the region through our sponsorship of the Format photography festival, BBC Big
Screen and the Buxton Festival, among many others. Having also secured the future of Derby Theatre, we are well placed to add new dynamic elements to the cultural
calendar in the years ahead.
We are a major force in developing sport and fitness across our region; through our work with Derby County, Stockport County and Buxton Town football clubs as well
as our scholarships for talented athletes, county cricket players and the Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team. This year, Team Derby has made a huge leap forward with
the opening of a brand new gym, massive expansion of its community activities and the support of three times Olympian Donna Kellogg. We plan to do even more in 2012 of course.
ACADEMICS ARTS, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY:
School of Art and Design
School of Humanities
School of Technology
BUSINESS, COMPUTING AND LAW:
School of Computing and Maths
Derby Business School
School of Law and Criminology
EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SCIENCES:
Education and Social Science
Health and Social Care
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY BUXTON:
School of Sport Performance and Outdoor Leadership (undergraduate and postgraduate study)
School of Hotel, Resort and Spa Management (undergraduate and postgraduate study)
Buxton and Leek College (further education, aged 16+)