Big Rise For Derby in Latest Guardian University Guide

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Date posted: 22 May 2012

The University of Derby was one of the highest climbers in the 2013 University Guide, published today by The Guardian newspaper.

In the overall rankings Derby is now in 70th position (out of 120 UK higher education institutions), up from 94th in last year's guide. This makes it the fifth highest climber in the country, overtaking regional neighbours Nottingham Trent University and De Montfort University in the process.

The news was welcomed by Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, who said: "We're delighted that the work of the University is starting to be better reflected in the League Tables.

"What is particularly satisfying in this instance is that we have improved in six of the eight measures used by The Guardian, which highlights our continued progress across the board. These are challenging times for our sector, but we are rising to that challenge and relishing the need to continually evolve and improve."

As well as providing an overall ranking, The Guardian's University Guide also scores universities by subject area. Again here, there were some impressive results for the University of Derby:

  • Law scoring joint first for 'value added'
  • Tourism, Transport and Travel ranked in the top ten nationwide
  • Education ranked 14th
  • Music ranked 19th
  • History ranked 34th overall in a category dominated by the older universities, with a 100% satisfaction rate amongst students.

Professor Coyne added: "The subject scores reflect our versatility. We are already well recognised for our more vocationally-focused courses but strong performances in the likes of History highlight our ability to also deliver quality in more traditional subjects.

"Overall, the fact that we have scored particularly well in terms of 'student-to-staff' ratios and 'spend per student' highlights what is important to us. Our strength has always been to provide the personal touch to students through smaller class sizes, a personal tutor and a wide support network, and we will never lose sight of that."

The 2013 University Guide can be found at

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