Careers at the University of Derby

Choose a career at the University of Derby and you'll be part of an energetic, innovative team dedicated to inspiring learners and making a positive impact in the East Midlands region.

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University of ambition

At Derby we have worked to build a powerful, regional university that addresses the needs of our students, the region and beyond. Recognised by the The Times Higher Education as one of the top 250 young universities in the world, our reputation for delivering excellence in research, knowledge exchange and teaching continues to grow.

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK, investing more than £200 million in facilities over the last 10 years.

We have the same ambitions for our people and because we specialise in identifying and developing individual potential, you can be confident you'll receive all the help and encouragement you need to build a rewarding career with lots of opportunities to progress.

People Strategy

Our Strategic Framework 2018-2030 sets out our long-term direction and aspirations for the University, our staff and our students. It informs the People Strategy, which describes how we will meet our ambitious goals through the people we employ and others who work with us, to help us deliver a world-class student experience.

We are proud of our staff and understand that the best student experience can only be delivered if the people we have working for us share our vision, our ambitions, and our dedication to delivering excellence. We understand the importance of high-quality staff experience to get the best out of people in a high-performance culture, where we strive to compete with the best in our sector.

Our People Strategy has been developed following direct consultation and engagement with our staff and other stakeholders as well as views submitted in staff surveys and in the development of our Strategic Framework.

Be part of our passion for learning and research

We achieve outstanding results for our teaching* and research and with more than 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academic and professional services staff.

* The University is a TEF Gold institution - awarded by HEFCE for Teaching Excellence, putting Derby in the top 20% of all providers in the UK.

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Our values reflect our strong sense of purpose, confidence and desire to succeed

Our values were shaped by our staff and provide the foundation for our future success as ‘an applied university of today and for tomorrow’.

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University of Ambitious Minds

Here at Derby, we take development seriously. We offer a variety of academic development pathways including apprenticeships, for those in academic and professional service roles, to ensure that you gain the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you need.

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University of Applied Research

Our research, knowledge creation and innovation is focused on making a practical, positive difference to people’s lives – regionally, nationally and globally. We will further establish ourselves as the preferred partner of choice to provide solutions to social and industrial challenges.

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