Sponsorship for online students

Our courses are designed to allow you to continue to work while you study. If your employer or another sponsor is likely to benefit from your new knowledge and skills, they may be happy to fund your course or make a contribution to your fees.

Your employer or sponsor will need to write to us on headed paper to confirm their intention to fund or part fund your studies. To make it easy for them, we've created a sponsorship letter template. Once complete email to udolenrolment@derby.ac.uk

Following this confirmation, if your employer/sponsor is willing to pay for all of your course fees, we will invoice them for the full academic year when you enrol.

If your employer/sponsor is only making a part contribution towards your fees, we will invoice them for the amount specified once you are enrolled. At the same time, you will also need to pay at least 25% of the outstanding balance. You can then take advantage of our pay as you study instalment plan for your contribution or simply pay the balance in full.

Your employer/sponsor will then need to write to us again in the September* of each academic year in which they will be sponsoring your studies.

Please note that sponsors do not benefit from any discounts available.

If you are self-employed and your business is sponsoring your studies, your accountant must sign your sponsorship letter.

*The start of the academic year is always in September, regardless of when you start your course.

For employers and sponsors

We enable ambitious employees to balance their commitment to work with online study for a UK university qualification.

Our work-related degrees and vocational qualifications are accredited by professional bodies, so you can be sure that our course content is relevant. Our specialist online tutors are experts in their respective fields so you’ll benefit from the insight they share with your employee, and our dedicated online team provides all of the support each student needs to successfully complete his or her course.

Investing in people

You may wish to sponsor an employee who is:

Your investment will contribute to employee engagement and satisfaction and increase the knowledge and skills available to you.

Please confirm your support

Whether you are funding or part-funding your employee’s tuition fees, please confirm this in writing. We’ve created a sponsorship letter template which indicates all of the details we need. Once complete email to udolenrolment@derby.ac.uk

Once we have received your confirmation, we will send you an invoice for your proportion of the fees for the current academic year. These fees must be paid when your employee enrols on the course for which s/he has been accepted.

We'll then need you to confirm your sponsorship every September for each new academic year until your employee completes his or her course.