University’s Online Learning Provider Wins Prestigious Business Award

University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) has scooped the Derbyshire ‘Online Business of the Year’ Award at a ceremony recognising the county's best businesses.

The Award was presented to UDOL on Friday evening (September 27) at a black tie event, held at Derby’s Roundhouse. It was one of nine categories in the annual Derbyshire’s Best Business Awards; organised by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) and the Derby Telegraph, with sponsors and event partners.

The fastest-growing part of the University of Derby, UDOL has seen its student numbers and income increase dramatically over the past year. It was launched just two years ago (2011) when the decision was taken to build a bespoke website for the University’s online learning offer and establish it as a distinct business.

Julie Stone, Director of University of Derby Online Learning, said: “We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award which recognises the hard work and passion that our team has put in over the last few years.

“We are now the fastest-growing part of the University of Derby. Innovation is at the forefront of everything we do and students are at the centre of our decision-making.

“Education changes lives and winning this award will help to raise awareness of our pioneering online offer, which allows us to reach out and engage with students around the world. It makes higher education far more accessible, particularly for mature learners who are seeking to develop their careers, enrich their lives and achieve their aspirations.”

The Online Business of the Year Award is a new category in Derbyshire’s Best Business Awards, open to all businesses experiencing growth through the implementation and development of their online presence.

Students taking an online degree with the University of Derby get direct access to expert tutor support and guidance. Courses are designed and delivered by the experienced online team and students will receive the same high quality degree they would expect from attending any UK university.