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

  • 96.7% of full time first degree graduates are in work or further study making us 10th in the UK (eighth 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.

Total students

  • Total student number: 28,964 (including 2,745 online)
  • UK undergraduates: 13,894 (including 3,780 part time)
  • Overseas undergraduates: 1,320 (including 744 part time)
  • Taught postgraduate: 2,910 (including 603 overseas)
  • Postgraduate research: 258 (including 36 overseas)
  • Further education: 4,833
  • Overseas collaborations: 5,749

All figures correct as of December 2014

Supporting the regional economy

  • We contribute £262.16m to the regional and wider economy each year
  • Our students contribute over £100m to the local economy each year
  • We employ over 3,000 staff, and this employment creates around 2,100 jobs elsewhere in the economy

All figures correct as of December 2014

Producing satisfied students

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