Civic Hub

Welcome to our Civic Hub! This is the one-stop shop for all things Civic and the best place to find out about all the fantastic projects and initiatives we're involved in. 

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Here you can read our Civic University Agreement, follow our Civic news, find out about important research that's underway, and read about the real difference this is all making to local communities and individuals. 

We are delighted to be a Civic University and proud of the positive impact we are making across the city and county. We are also thankful for all of the support we receive from stakeholders, partners and the signatories of the Civic University Agreement, who are all working hard to make Derby and Derbyshire the best places to live, work and study. 

The main image on this page, by Grant Archer, shows our Over to You project. This project places community voice at the heart of arts and culture in Derby. It is produced by Derby CAN (Creative Arts Network), part of the University-owned Derby Theatre. And, in September 2022, Over to You brought together communities, artists and a circus tent in Markeaton Park to celebrate the city of Derby, local people and performance.

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Civic University Agreement

Our Civic University Agreement reaffirms our ongoing commitment to playing our part in the prosperity and wellbeing of the city of Derby and the county of Derbyshire.

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Our Civic work

As a Civic University we are involved in a wide range of projects and initiatives that are making a real difference to local communities and individuals – opening doors to opportunities, raising aspirations and helping to transform lives.

The five goals set out within the Civic University Agreement have been developed in direct response to both the challenges and opportunities facing Derby, Derbyshire and the communities within it. They are designed to make a long-lasting positive impact on the city and county, bringing benefits to many. 

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Public Engagement

Public engagement is core to our civic activity. Across various projects and activities regionally, the University welcomes members of the public to get involved as participants, co-researchers and audiences, contributing to the cultural, social and economic vibrancy of our region.  

In recognition of our excellence in public engagement, the University of Derby was awarded a Bronze National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Watermark Award in 2022.

Our latest civic news

Professor Keith McLay

Professor Keith McLay, Provost - Learning & Teaching at the University of Derby, has been appointed as the new Chair of Derby Book Festival.

Councillor Tricia Gilby and Professor Kathryn Mitchell

The University of Derby and Chesterfield Borough Council have signed a new strategic partnership agreement to establish a closer working relationship and recognise shared ambitions between the two organisations. 

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A leading Derby child protection expert and the founder of a charity supporting vulnerable women are among those receiving honorary degrees from the University of Derby later this month.

The University of Derby's Kedleston Road site

Derby City Council and the University of Derby have joined forces to create a sustainable travel hub at the University’s Kedleston Road site.

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A new state-of-the-art facility for computing students has opened at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre. The facility is the first site of the new East Midlands Institute of Technology (EM IoT) to open and will support teaching in a range of digital and engineering subjects, such as computer games animation, design engineering and mechatronics.

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Our civic and public engagement team

You can contact us for advice, or to find out more about how to get involved or to support our work. We also support business development and training and offer a wide range of opportunities.

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Civic University Agreement signatories

We are delighted to be working in partnership with these signatories to deliver on the ambitions set out in the Civic University Agreement.  

Each signatory plays a key role in securing a sustainable and prosperous future for our city, county and people within it.

Our signatories

If you would like to find out more about the University and its Civic University Agreement, please do get in touch. You can contact us at and follow our Civic team on Twitter @Derby_Civic.