Why join Derby?

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Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an extraordinary place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

We believe that if we attract the right people, motivate them and provide development in a supportive, friendly performance-focused environment, then together we will enjoy continuing success.

Our staff love the work they do and the impact they have on the lives of our learners and the wider community. Our recent staff survey told us that 93% of staff have good work relationships, 80% are proud to work here and 73% get a sense of personal accomplishment from their role.

We welcome new ideas that improve what we do and the way we do it, creating opportunities for you to make an impact and be recognised for it.

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 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.

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Rewards and benefits

As well as competitive salaries, we appreciate the importance of a healthy work/life balance so we offer a benefits package that includes generous holiday entitlements and fantastic retirement provisions too.

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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.


Find out what our staff and students love about the University of Derby.


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