Do you have a vacancy for a professional role that is well suited to a newly qualified graduate? Maybe you even have a specific graduate development programme? If that’s the case, we can help you find the best candidates to fill those roles.

Advertising your roles

If you have your job advert ready to go, the best option is to upload it to our vacancy portal, which all our students and graduates have access to. This allows you to take control of your opportunities and manage and edit them yourself.

You will need to register for an account on the portal first and confirm your email address — please do this so we can stay in touch with you.

Once your roles are on the portal, we will make sure they are promoted through:

In addition, we will make sure your opportunities are seen by relevant academics.

Please note we have a few rules about advertising jobs.

“Since joining the team, our graduate hardware engineer, Adil, has excelled in supporting our strive for continuous improvement and played a vital role in new product introduction. He has worked on no less than seven new products in the time since joining us and is a credit to the organisation.”

– Tim Telford, Hardware Director at Devtank, an open source engineering company based in Derbyshire.

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Get funding for student and graduate internships

Through the Derby Talent Programme your business may be eligible for financial support towards the costs of employing a student or graduate intern.

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Recruitment support

We can also provide practical help with your recruitment, such as:

Contact our Employer and Community Engagement team to find out more and get the process started. 

Raise your company's profile

A good way to raise interest and awareness of your company on-campus, is to share your knowledge with our students and graduates through mentoring or specific skills and information sessions.  

Why work with Derby?

This is a university of applied learning. We make sure our students build practical and technical skills during their course through work-related projects and work experience, as well as optional year-long placements. In fact, we insist that our second years complete 30 hours of course-related work experience because we believe it’s so important.

Thanks to our active Careers and Employment Service, students often continue this valuable ‘real-world learning’ beyond their course, through internships, volunteering and casual or part-time work

All of this means that when they leave Derby, our new graduates are already experienced at using their knowledge to solve real business issues and problems. They are ready and able to work.

Finding graduates for Smith of Derby

Hear how renowned clockmaker, Smith of Derby, has benefitted from taking on our graduates.

Video interview with Bob Betts, Managing Director of Smith of Derby Ltd

View How our graduates helped a renowned clockmaker video transcript

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs)

Accelerate your research and development with a part-funded partnership with the University and a recent graduate.

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Service promise

We promise to listen to your requirements, offering you advice and guidance and a streamlined process to access the University of Derby’s excellent talent. You will receive a personalised service, responsive to your needs. 

Wider business services

The University of Derby is a university of and for business; an applied university, committed to using our research and knowledge, expertise and resources to inspire and develop the organisations of today and tomorrow. Using technology, we offer learning and personal development, industry-shaping research and innovation, digital networking events and seminars along with support to nurture and recruit your workforce. For further information, learn about our growing innovation and business.

Contact us

To discuss any of this information in more detail, please get in touch with the Derby talent team directly via email: or telephone: 01332 592939.

Rules for job adverts