The University of Derby Magazine

The University of Derby Magazine is produced by the Corporate Communications team and is one of the ways we keep in touch with the wider community.

Editor's letter

The impact that universities make, not only on the students that they teach, but on the communities they are part of, is currently a hot topic of discussion in the sector and the media.

Recent research has found that the level of understanding around what universities actually do, aside from teach, is limited, so this naturally has an impact on people’s willingness to positively speak out about the benefits that universities bring to society as a whole.

If you work in a university then it’s easy to advocate for them – they’re melting pots of ideas and innovation, they’re educators, knowledge sharers, collaborators and game changers. Universities help to enrich society, bringing together brilliance from across the globe, and supporting those aspiring to do great things.

However, outside of university walls it’s understandable that people who don’t have a connection with them know little about what they do and the difference they make.

This is why at Derby we’re proud to be part of Universities UK’s national public impact campaign #MadeAtUni, which has been designed to bring to life the everyday impact that universities have on people, lives and communities in every part of the UK.

Universities help to enrich society, bringing together brilliance from across the globe, and supporting those aspiring to do great things.

Rosie Marshalsay
Head of Corporate Communications

The campaign launched earlier this month, with the publication of the UK’s Best Breakthroughs – an inventory of inventions, discoveries, projects and initiatives to come from universities which have benefited individuals, communities and society, and which the University of Derby is part of.

This issue further builds on the theme, and on reading it you’ll discover more about the impact that Derby has.

We explore what being a modern civic university means, take a closer look at nature connectedness and the impact it has on wellbeing and conservation behaviours, and find out how our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is equipping officers with the skills to help keep communities safe.

As readers of this magazine, you are an important and engaged group of stakeholders, who no doubt recognise the value that the University of Derby adds to the city, county and communities within it. Please be advocates for us too, and help support the drive to get our university more widely recognised for the hugely valuable work that takes place here every day.

Rosie Marshalsay
Head of Corporate Communications

To find out more about #MadeAtUni follow and engage with the campaign on Twitter @MadeAtUni or click on the link below.

The magazine is designed to showcase the partnerships we have with organisations across the city, region and further afield, and how we support the local community. We also take a look at some of the fantastic work that our students, graduates and staff get up to. 

Inside each issue there are exclusive interviews, opinion pieces and the latest news from across the University.

We publish two issues a year. The magazine is free to read online.

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