A strong UK university

We truly believe in putting our students at the heart of everything we do

The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider that achieved its university status in 1992. Teaching at our Derby site actually dates back to 1851, when it was a Diocesan Institution for Training, so we have over 160 years of expertise in education.

We pride ourselves on offering:

  • A high quality education to individuals and businesses, which is relevant to today’s world and ensures graduates are well equipped to lead successful careers
  • A more personal experience – we have a greater staff to student ratio than many other UK universities, so we can spend more time supporting our students
  • Research that directly informs our teaching or provides solutions for businesses
  • Experiential learning, where our students put into practice everything they learn – often in excellent real world facilities.

Recent successes

  • 96.1% of full time first degree graduates are in work or further study making us 12th in the UK (ninth in England) for student employability.
  • Ranked first for student support and faith provision, and third for lecture quality, learning technology and employability, out of all the UK’s modern universities*
  • Rated in the top 10% of UK universities for management and quality procedures, by Government Inspectors
  • Ranked in the top 50 in the 2015 Guardian University League Table
  • Winners of the 2011 Times Higher Education awards in the Outstanding Contribution To The Local Community category
  • Winners of the 2011 Times Higher Education awards in the Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative category
  • Shortlisted in the category of 'Midlands Enterprising University of the Year
  • Winners of the Outstanding Leadership and Management Team category at the 2010 THE Leadership and Management Awards.

*Results from an independent survey of international students studying at UK universities that belong to the Million+ group.

Some key facts about our university

  • 50% of our students achieve a First Class honours degree or a 2:1
  • Ranked 1st for student support and faith provision
  • 20,000 students study with us
  • 1,700 international students from over 120 countries study with us.

Total students

  • UK undergraduates: 13,012 (including 3,384 part time)
  • Overseas undergraduates: 949 (including 260 part time)
  • Taught postgraduate: 2,744 (including 410 overseas)
  • Postgraduate research: 150 (including 36 overseas)
  • Further education: 3,139
  • Overseas collaborations: 2,038
  • Total student number: 22,124.

Supporting the regional economy

  • Our contribution to the regional and wider economy is £240.3m
  • We spend £47.3m in the regional and wider economy
  • We employ nearly 2,000 people and contribute to the creation of 1,700 additional jobs in the region
  • The wealth created through this employment is £87.5m
  • Our students contribute £105.5m to the regional economy.

Producing satisfied students

The National Student Survey lets final year students rate our performance each year.