Bouncing back from Brexit

Our lead feature explores how Brexit has already affected key sectors of our economy and society, with contributions from University academics and some of the region's key stakeholders from sectors including business, transport, tourism, health and the arts.

How are these sectors faring now the UK has left the European Union? Read more in this latest issue. 

Editor's Letter


Did the last 12 months actually happen? I'm sat writing this letter from the dining room table which has been my 'office' since we were told by the government to stay at home a year ago today. It's March 23 2021, and a minute's silence has just taken place as part of the national day of reflection for the thousands of lives lost in this pandemic.

It has been a real rollercoaster of a year, with many ups and downs, moments of joy and of despair. As an employee of the University of Derby, it's certainly been a busy year - one I have been proud to be a part of. The University's overall civic response to the pandemic has been amazing to see; staff and students have really stepped up and supported the city, county and communities within it in so many ways, and, as part of the Corporate Communications team who gets to shout about all the positive news, it has been fantastic to be able to share these efforts with a wider audience.

Rosie Marshalsay smiling broadly

The decision to move this magazine to a digital-only version has been made easier because of Covid-19 – people are consuming content in different ways and it felt like the right time to make the shift. I hope our readers enjoy this issue.

Rosie Marshalsay

Our lead feature is on the fall-out from Brexit and what that means for some of the region's key sectors, and we have an interview with our Vice-Chancellor, who reflects on the challenges of the past year but also looks firmly ahead, with ambitious plans for the University. We explore how the University has supported students with their mental health during the pandemic, and, of course, make reference to a very high-profile visitor, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who we were privileged to welcome to Derby last October as part of her interest in mental health.

Despite the pandemic the University hasn’t stood still, and features on exciting new developments and research that’s making a real impact illustrate that. Addiction, using simulation to teach our nursing and social care students remotely, how sports stars are using their platforms to effect positive change, and how the pandemic has changed our relationship with nature are also topics covered off, among many others!

So, take some time out from what for many can seem like ground hog day, put your feet up and enjoy the read. Hopefully by the next issue, due out in the Autumn, the events of the past year will be firmly behind us!

Rosie Marshalsay