Student voice

Our students are invaluable to us and have helped us to identify what works well across the University and where improvements could be made. #DerbyUniPower showcases some of the improvements we've made as a result of student feedback.

Social and study spaces

The environment that our students study in matters, so we've invested in study spaces to make sure they are fresh, comfortable and functional for students.

We have invested over £450,000 in our libraries and respective resources. Our students have given us some brilliant feedback and because of this the University have been able to introduce improvements.

  • The extra £450,000 in library resources and services is in addition to the £1.3 million they spend every year. This includes an extra £200,000 investment in databases and journals, giving you access to almost 75 million more resources including journal articles, e-books and conference papers. It also includes an extra £100,000 being spent on new books and e-books based upon identified areas of need
  • More red study pods – we now have 6 more study pods in the silent (red) area
  • More charging points – we now have 106 more power points on desks throughout the 4 floors of KR library
  • Accessible ‘create’ pods
  • iPad borrowing – we now have 24 loanable iPads
  • Longer laptop loans – laptops have increased their loan time from 3 hours to 4 hours
  • More PCs available – we now have an extra 50 PCs on the first floor
  • There now only needs to be 4 reservations instead of 5 for an additional purchase to happen and the library now also purchases an e-book version alongside a physical copy
  • Touch screens on Upper Ground Floor to make catalogue searches and IT support easier
  • Variety of new furniture, many of which include charging points: reading area (outside The Vault), Senator chairs (by Lapsafe), high bench study area (first floor), armchairs on various floors, and large planning desks (first floor)
  • Click and Collect lockers at One Friar Gate Square
  • Balcony refurbishment currently in progress
  • The refectory opening times at St Helena’s in Chesterfield have been extended
  • There are improvements to WiFi coverage and connection
  • Eight more water fountains were installed across all sites that needed them
  • Microwaves are available at all sites

Careers and Employment Service

Throughout the student journey our Careers and Employment Service are there to support you at every step of the job search and beyond. Even after graduation, we have a three-year promise to our students with a commitment to assist with any careers support for three years after you graduate. As part of our promise, students get lots of support and guidance including:

  • Employer takeovers on our social media accounts
  • Increased skills webinars
  • Online learning materials

We have created two new events for graduates to reconnect with our Careers Service. The Graduate Garden Party during the summer offers graduates an opportunity to network with their peers and access vacancies and advice from members of our team. We have also developed a graduate residential 'Gradventure' where graduates apply for a place on a trip to take part in a day itinerary of employability workshops and outdoor activities. Both of these events will be returning in 2020.

As well as new events we have also opened our invitations for existing events to our graduates, including the Annual Careers Fair, Internship Fair and Gradfest. We offer graduates a phone call before these events to ensure they maximise their time with us and offer a personal meet and greet upon arrival on campus.

The Careers Service now have a bigger presence at graduation ceremonies, offering freebies including the graduate newsletter 'The Derby Grad' which includes lots of great advice and insider tips on graduate employment. We're also on hand to answer any questions, promote our vacancies and update your contact information so we can support you once you've completed your studies.

The DRIVEN project has created over 100 full-time exclusive roles for Derby graduates so far. Through this programme, our graduates can access support with CVs and applications and request mock interviews. All of these roles start at a minimum of £18,213 per annum.

Student engaging with staff member
Students at Graduation reading their celebration brochure

Transport

Unibus travel is free for University of Derby staff and students with a valid ID card. We encourage staff, students and visitors to choose the Unibus as their preferred travel option to the University, as well as around the city and between each University site.

In addition to the free Unibus:

Student services

We’re always listening to student feedback and reflecting to ensure that our offer to students is the best it can be.

Some of our student improvements this year:

Students socialising
Students socialising informally

Anything else?

Student voice has helped us develop services to better suit the student journey.

Student having a conversation

Student Panel

We work hard to ensure our students are at the heart of what we do. Thank you to all students that have given their feedback to help improvements and developments.

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