Expertise - MBA Global - University of Derby


MBA tutor, Mike Gilbert, addresses a class "Derby has great, helpful teachers, the subject content is always updated and relevant to business practice.” Mustafa Saffaf, MBA graduate from Syria

Our academics have all gained extensive experience in industry and continue to undertake research or consultancy to keep their knowledge fresh and relevant.

You will also find them friendly, approachable and supportive.

Discover more about the people teaching you

We've interviewed the key people running this programme so you can find out more about their expertise and background:

Insightful guest speakers

In addition to our in-house teaching team, we also invite specialists from industry to come in and give talks or take part in events. Their expertise is based on years of practical experience in a particular field, sector or profession.

Some of our recent visitors included: 

Dame Vivienne Westwood giving a lecture to students
  • Dame Vivienne Westwood, world-renowned fashion designer, climate change campaigner and businesswoman
  • Mel Morris, co-founder of King Digital, the company behind Candy Crush Saga and Owner and Chairman of Derby County Football Club
  • Richard Gerver, celebrated and international speaker on change, leadership and education
  • Graham Mulholland, Managing Director for epm: technology group, a leader in high-performance engineering
  • Claude Littner, British business executive and former Chairman of Viglen, who's become known for his tough interviewing style on BBC's The Apprentice.

Valuable connections

As well as individual guest speakers, we also have links with these influential organisations:

Student visiting JCB
  • United Nations
  • Toyota Manufacturing UK
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Boots
  • JCB
  • Bombardier
  • East Midlands Trains
  • Derby County Football Club
  • Derbyshire Constabulary
  • NHS East Midlands
  • Derbyshire County Council.

These organisations work with us in a variety of ways. For example, by acting as mentors, providing placement opportunities, allowing us to visit their sites and observe their work first-hand, or giving our students real project briefs to work on.