About the University
Teaching at our Derby site actually dates back to 1851, when it was a Diocesan Institution for Training, so we have over 160 years of expertise in education.
We pride ourselves on offering:
- A high quality education to individuals and businesses, which is relevant to today’s world and ensures graduates are well equipped to lead successful careers.
- Research that directly informs our teaching or provides solutions for businesses.
- A more personal experience. We have a greater staff to student ratio than many other UK universities – over 85% of classes have fewer than 30 students – so we can spend more time supporting our students.
- Experiential learning, where our students put into practice everything they learn – often in excellent real world facilities.
Facts and figures:
- We’re a top 15 UK University for employability: 96.9% of our graduates progress to further study or employment within six months of leaving.
(Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2015)
- According to the latest national assessment of university research, three quarters (74%) of Derby’s research was ranked as at least ‘internationally significant’ and up to ‘world-leading’ standard. That’s up from two-thirds (66%) in the previous assessment.
(Research Excellence Framework, 2014)
Figures correct as of May 2015.
Where is Derby?
Home to 250,000 people, Derby is a small city located in the heart of the UK. It’s the UK’s most central city and is easy to get to.
The city is on the edge of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Derwent Valley, which contains a series of 18th and 19th century cotton mills and an industrial landscape of high historical and technological interest.
It’s also close to the Peak District National Park, which contains almost 1,500 square kilometers of beautiful countryside and magnificent stately homes, such as Chatsworth Estate, which is home to the Duke of Devonshire – the Chancellor of the University of Derby.
History of innovation
Derby was founded in around 873 AD so it has plenty of historic buildings – a medieval cathedral, Tudor public houses, Georgian townhouses – as well as cutting-edge modern British architecture.
It has been at the heart of innovation and manufacturing for centuries:
- Clocks in the 17th century
- Textiles and porcelain in the 18th century
- Railway infrastructure in the 19th century
- Cars and aircrafts in the 20th century.
Derby remains the home of global brands such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Bombardier and Royal Crown Derby, and is now also a leading high-tech city.
“Derby is an attractive, small city and a good place to study. English people are the friendliest and very polite; they are always offering help. I’m glad I came here to study.”
Rashed Alderei, a trainee police officer from the UAE who’s studying the MSc Criminal Investigation here.
- 1½ hours to London by train
- 4 hours to Paris by train
- 10 minutes to the M1 by car
- 20 minutes to East Midlands Airport by car