Notes to media editors

The University of Derby achieved University status in 1992 and is home to a diverse community of more than 29,000 students from the UK and overseas. Professor Kathryn Mitchell is the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby.

Students have the choice of studying in seven colleges: Arts; Business; Education; Engineering & Technology; Health & Social Care; Law, Humanities and Social Sciences; and Life & Natural Sciences. There is also the option of studying for a degree online through the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL).

The University Quarter in Derby incorporates sites at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill to the west of Derby city centre. Courses are also delivered at our Buxton Campus, which is based at the magnificent 18th Century Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome campus in the heart of the town.

University of Derby Students' Union, research centres and academic schools - including the Derby Business School - are based at the Kedleston Road site. Facilities include the £1.5m Clinical Skills Suite, two law courts, a forensic training facility (or 'crime scene house'), and a pioneering computer games development suite. A new £10m sports centre will be completed in summer 2015. The University also owns Derby Theatre, a major live professional theatre venue in the city.

The University has recently launched a Guide to Expertisebringing together all of its media friendly experts to provide comment on everything from zombies and daydreaming to law and politics. The Guide also provides additional information about the University, its facilities and staff. Each expert is listed under the College or department they work in along with a short biography. If the subject you are interested in is not covered in the Guide please do not hesitate to get in touch as we are adding new experts all the time. The Guide is also available to download as an App.

Buxton and Leek College is also part of the University of Derby group. It was formed in August 2012, following the merger of Leek College and the University of Derby, and provides a further education and training service to students of all ages and abilities from Leek, Buxton and the surrounding areas.