Arts Excellence and Student Support Puts University In Awards Final

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Date posted: 5 September 2013

The University of Derby has been shortlisted in two categories for one of the UK's most prestigious annual awards ceremonies for higher education.

Derby has been shortlisted in the 'Excellence and Innovation in the Arts' and 'Outstanding Support for Students' categories of the 2013 Times Higher Education Awards, run through the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine.

The shortlists for the THE Awards categories were released today (Thursday September 5), with the winners to be announced at a finalists' dinner at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on November 28.

In 'Excellence and Innovation in the Arts' Derby is shortlisted alongside the universities of Kent, Newcastle, York, Norwich University of the Arts and York St John University

Over the last few years the University of Derby has taken on and re-launched Derby Theatre in the city; staging innovative and interesting commercial productions and providing a unique 'learning theatre' environment for its students.

For the 'Outstanding Support for Students' category Derby is up against the universities of Essex, Leicester, Plymouth, Stirling and Sunderland.

Support for students is paramount at the University which, in partnership with its active Students' Union, listens to and responds to their needs and concerns. Last month (August) the independent annual National Student Survey reported that student satisfaction levels had risen for the third year running at Derby, with 86% of students quizzed agreeing that they were satisfied 'overall' with their course.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "Being shortlisted in two categories for these prestigious annual awards is yet further evidence of the hard work and commitment of all at the University.

"Our relaunch and continuing management of Derby Theatre has seen it go from strength to strength, in a way which benefits both our students and the wider theatre-going public.

"Within the University we continue to strive to do the best for our students and that is obviously recognised by them, as our excellent results in the 2013 National Student Survey show."

The University of Derby has previously won at the annual Times Higher Education Awards, scooping both the 'Outstanding Contribution To The Local Community' and 'Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative' categories in 2011.

For more information about the Times Higher Education Awards see website

Media requiring further information on this news release should contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email:

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