Make it Real
at Derby

The University of Derby is a place where you can live your dream, where you can realise your vision for your future. It's a place where you can truly be yourself and where you can take your passion and talent and use them to create a better world.

Our students, graduates and staff are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. We can make it real for you.

Let our students and graduates tell you how we made it real for them.

Graduate Sile Sibanda

Sile Sibanda: finding a voice

Sile Sibanda didn’t want to miss out on the uni experience. During her time at Derby, she embraced every opportunity. Now as a graduate, she uses her voice hosting BBC radio, and in performing poetry.

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Business Management student Lauren Sowter

Lauren Sowter: embracing change

Lauren Sowter couldn’t see where her future lay. Then she discovered Derby and reset her route entirely. Now she's on track for a first-class degree and has the next stage of her career lined up.

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Jessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas: finding self-belief

Jessica Lucas's friends have always believed in her ability. Jessica wasn't so sure. Particularly when her A-level grades were lower than she had hoped for. But her friends encouraged her to go to university – and now she has found the self-belief she was missing.

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Charlotte Evans

Charlotte Evans: falling in love

Charlotte Evans came to university with a completely pragmatic approach to learning. Then she found a gap in her knowledge. And she started exploring it. And now she is completely and utterly in love. With finance.

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Dan Jellicoe

Dan Jellicoe: making connections

Dan Jellicoe is thriving through all the connections he is making. He’s recently spent the weekend at Brands Hatch racing circuit working on a live stream for an outside broadcast company. And he’s done so much more.

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Omar Soomro

Omar Soomro: living the dream

There is no question. Omar Soomro is living the dream. He graduated from our Film Production course last year and he has already spent six months working as a camera trainee on Netflix’s acclaimed series Sex Education.

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Kate Henry

Kate Henry: being inspired

A moment of inspiration changed Kate Henry's life. Now, as a newly qualified nurse, she is on the front line. And she's using her creativity to inspire the next generation of nurses.

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Chloe Twigg

Chloe Twigg: taking it step by step

Coming to university was a big step for Chloe Twigg. She’d spent the first 18 years of her life in a little farmhouse in the middle of a field in Oxfordshire. Moving to a city, any city, seemed a daunting prospect. Now, she’s a Fashion Design graduate working with global names in motorcycle racing.

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Jack Holcombe

Jack Holcombe: spreading positivity

Every day, Jack Holcombe sets himself a target. And it’s always the same: to bring a sense of energy, excitement and joy to the people around him. They could be his friends or the people he meets through his course or on work experience.

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The Goldbox team: Odhran Taylor, James Heaney, Josh Spaticchia, and Ben Collison

Goldbox: building a business

Getting together on a project in their second year changed the lives of Film Production students Josh, Ben, Odhran and James. Just a year after they finished their degree, they are running their own production company full-time – with a growing reputation for their work.

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Jessica Boateng

Jessica Boateng: designing a future

A dream of one day running her own interiors business is what motivates Jessica Boateng. Discovering her African heritage through textiles and a bursary to support diversity in the industry are helping her build the skills to take her there.

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Tom Berrington

Tom Berrington: igniting a passion

For Tom Berrington, university has been about the opportunities. The link between education and real-world experience has allowed him to develop his skills – and his employability.

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Arvin Johal

Arvin Johal: perfectly balanced

University has been a personal journey for Arvin Johal. And he's got the balance right. He is taking every opportunity that comes his way and achieving firsts in his academic studies.

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Oscar Quick

Oscar Quick: becoming Oscar

Oscar Quick is an artist, a creator, a musician, a songwriter, a journalist. He has become the person he was always meant to be. But it has not been an easy journey.

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Barbora Horackova

Barbora Horackova: taking the leap

Sometimes you’ve got to take that leap. Barbora took one - to come from the Czech Republic to Derby. It was her dream to study in the UK and she found the courage and belief in herself to do it.

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Toby Arnold

Toby Arnold: being a role model

Respect for others, kindness and helping those around him are the ideals that drive Toby Arnold. They are values he carries with him in his determination to become a police officer.

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Jamie Thrasivoulou

Jamie Thrasivoulou: a sense of purpose

Jamie Thrasivoulou is an inspiration. Anyone who has seen him perform We Are Derby from the centre circle in front of a packed Pride Park Stadium will agree. Jamie is a poet. And a writer and a storyteller. And he’s passionate about taking poetry and creativity to places it might not normally go.

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Mark Faghy

Mark Faghy: managing excellence

When Mark Faghy first arrived in Derby as a teenage undergraduate, his goal was to become England football manager. Now he is a respected research academic leading an international collaboration in the fight against Covid. And his students are helping.

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