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Notes to media editors

The University of Derby achieved university status in 1992 and is home to a diverse community of more than 34,000 students from the UK and overseas. Professor Kathryn Mitchell is the Vice-Chancellor at the University.

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.

Our Chesterfield Campus is currently home to our nationally recognised Adult Nursing degrees and Mentoring in Practice modules. The new Chesterfield Campus - set to open in autumn 2016 - will also offer world class university facilities for health and social care, business, engineering and IT students.

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, a forensic training facility (or 'crime scene house'), and a pioneering computer games development suite. A new £10.8m sports centre is also on-site, featuring a fitness centre, indoor climbing wall, and performance suites and squash courts. The University also owns Derby Theatre, a major live professional performing arts venue in the city.

A new £12.5m building dedicated to STEM subjects at the Markeaton Street site is due for completion in early 2017, and we recently opened One Friar Gate Square in the city centre, where our Derby Law School is based.

Media can browse the University’s award-winning Guide to Expertisebringing together all of its media friendly experts to provide comment on everything from zombies and daydreaming to law and politics. 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.