Expert teaching

Be inspired by our academic team who blend years of industry and teaching experience to help you achieve your best. 

Top 10for student satisfaction with teaching and feedback**Guardian University Guide 2020
TEF Gold logoWe're rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Top 20for academic experience**Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018

Gold standard

We’re rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, and are recognised for the quality of our teaching. At Derby, you’ll meet passionate and committed lecturers who harness the very latest thinking, from their professional lives and ground-breaking research, and share it with you.

Thanks to their great connections – with many still working in their profession – you’ll gain a different perspective on your subject as visiting speakers share their views with you.

Our research

Our lecturers don’t just teach – many are also pushing the boundaries of knowledge, making breakthrough discoveries and developing new theories about our world. This research will feed into your studies, putting you at the forefront of latest thinking, with opportunities in some cases for you to get involved directly. 

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Research showcase

From tackling climate change to improving cancer treatment, our researchers are at the forefront of finding solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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Personal academic tutor

To help you get the best out of your time at Derby, you’ll be assigned a personal academic tutor who is there to support, stretch and challenge you. They will guide you throughout your time with us and will meet with you regularly to discuss your progress and ensure you’re on track to achieve your goals.

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How has my own personal academic tutor challenged me?

"By working with my personal academic tutor, I was able to understand what was expected of me in much more detail, which I could then put into practice and demonstrate within my work."

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Academic profile

David Orton

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, MBA Global and MBA Global Finance

With 20 years of teaching experience, David Orton knows how to get the best out of students at this level. It requires, he says, “Flexibility and willingness to question your own beliefs and assumptions, and be receptive to new ideas and thoughts that students are able to share. I invite students to take ownership and responsibility for their own ideas, through debate, and encourage them to challenge myself, their peers and, most importantly, themselves.”

David's teaching puts him into contact with students from diverse professional and international backgrounds. Although he acknowledges that this can be challenging, he also relishes the opportunities provided by teaching in such an environment:

“I enjoy drawing on the students’ previous studies and professional backgrounds to help facilitate their learning and identify and create their own solutions to real world business challenges. The knowledge exchange and professional support among students provides a rich arena for discussion, debate and inquiry.”

He believes that postgraduate study at Derby offers "a first-class educational experience, with tutors that both support and challenge, shared in a small but truly international classroom environment, with equally motivated fellow students".

Sharing our expertise

Our academic staff regularly share their thoughts and ideas beyond the classroom via the University of Derby blog. Here, Jon Burton explores technological advances in audio and lighting, Dr Mark Faghy investigates modern training methods and Dr Fiona Holland looks at the positive benefits of change.