Derby as a region is renowned for its heritage of innovation and creativity and is the home to leading global brands such as Rolls-Royce, Alstom and Toyota. Strong industry links and state-of-the-art facilities mean that you will build the practical and transferable skills you need to succeed, whatever path you choose.
Through our ground-breaking research, we are combatting the most prevalent challenges in our society and shaping a better future, today. This research inspires our curriculum and creates relevant, up-to-date modules containing real-world learnings which our students can apply to their future workplace.
Our academic research themes cover areas of critical importance for the future and include:
At Derby, we believe in powering the next generation of thought leaders. This means that you don’t just gain the academic qualifications for a job, you acquire the skills, resilience, and experiences for a meaningful and impactful career.
Career experts are there to guide, support and advise. Whether you need help with placement applications, enhancing your CV or finding work experience, the University will be by your side every step of the way, making sure you’re on the path to success.
The outstanding Careers teams provide an accredited service and are proud to confirm that 96% of recent graduates are in work or further study, and 75% of recent graduates are in graduates-level roles*.
*Destinations of Leavers for Higher Education Survey
Moving to university is a new and exciting chapter in your life, but it can also feel like a big and sometimes scary step – especially if this is your first time living away from home. We have a team of friendly, caring and supportive staff who are trained to help with specific concerns around your course or wellbeing or simply to provide that little piece of reassurance you may need.
We’re here for you and are always on hand to help make your university experience the best it can possibly be.
The sense of community that can be found in halls of residence is unrivalled, making it the perfect place to begin your student journey. You can immerse yourself in university life, gain that all-important independence and meet like-minded students who will become lifelong friends.
The University offers seven halls of residence, and all are conveniently located close to the city centre and to the teaching and learning spaces that are spread across Derby. All accommodation at the University of Derby is inclusive of bills, meaning you do not need to worry about hidden extra costs. The Student Living team are fully trained to help match you with suitable accommodation based on your preferences and requirements.
Halls of residence are a safe place to live, providing peace of mind to students who are new to the area or the UK. At the University of Derby, student wellbeing is the top priority, and all accommodation is installed with CCTV and an intercom entry system.
The University provides access to library resources (print and online), information technology and study space to support students in their studies. Help and advice is available throughout the year from friendly and knowledgeable staff. There are computers and printers available on every floor of the Library.
There are computers available to students within the Library and laptops that can be borrowed. Students also have access to the Microsoft suite to support their university work. IT services are available to students that have any queries about this.
The University of Derby has its own on-site doctor’s surgery at Kedleston Road.
The University of Derby is spread across several teaching and learning sites, located in or near the city centre. Derby is a relatively small city which means that all sites are conveniently within walking distance from the halls of residence and the city centre. For those rainy days, you can hop on one of our handy Unibuses which will get you from A to B.
Our main site is at Kedleston Road and features an outstanding Sports Centre, a four-storey library, a Multi-faith Centre and the Union of Students. You’ll also find lots of popular eateries including Starbucks and Subway.
The University of Derby also has a site in Chesterfield which is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Health and Social Care.
The University of Derby Sports Centre is open to students, staff and the wider community all year round. Students can join as a member from as little as £99 for the year, but many of the activities and facilities are also available on a pay-as-you-go basis. There is a superb fitness suite and a range of weekly classes on offer and social sport activities to enjoy, keeping students healthy and well. Other top quality facilities include: squash courts, double-sized sports hall, indoor climbing wall, external 3G pitches and two outdoor tennis courts.
Societies are run by students, for students, and are a great way for you to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill or try out a new hobby. You’ll find everything from Warhammer to Medieval Re-enactment, Afro Caribbean to Ballroom and Latin Dance – and if there’s not something on our societies list that catches your eye, you’ll have the freedom and support to set up your own society.
Each society offers organised activities to enhance your social experience, including bar crawls, quizzes and day trips.
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