History, Affiliations, and Rankings
Formerly known as Derby College of Art and Technology, the University of Derby is a public university situated in Derby, England, UK. It traces its history back to the establishment of the Derby Diocesan Institution for the Training of Schoolmistresses in 1851 and finally gained university status in 1992. The university is also affiliated with ACU, EMUA, EQUIS, ERASMUS, Florence Nightingale Foundation, Universities UK and University Alliance. Furthermore, According to QS World University Rankings 2022 and THE World University Rankings 2022, the university is ranked between #1001-1200 and between #601-800, respectively. The Complete University Guide's University League Tables 2022 and The Guardian's Best UK Universities 2022 Rankings, respectively, place the University of Derby at #96 and #59.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
The university also takes pride in providing a safe and supportive learning environment for the 34,000 students who entrust them with their education. The university's mission is to provide a high-quality academic learning experience with a personal touch. The University has two campuses – one in Derby, and another in Buxton. The university's main campus is in Derby, and it is comprised of several locations, including Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill, Markeaton Street, Enterprise Centre, and One Friar Gate Square. The university also has a location in Chesterfield where nursing and healthcare courses are taught. It is well known for its quality of teaching, and its research community. The University of Derby offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and online courses for study. Undergraduate courses include Art & Design, Forensic Science, Motorsport Engineering and many more. The University has several postgraduate courses such as postgraduate certificates and postgraduate diplomas, research degrees such as MPhil and PhD.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University of Derby was also rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The Global ISB Benchmark Group 2018 has placed the university in the Top 10 in the world for an international student learning experience. The university has also been ranked in the top 11 for its postgraduate taught experience according to the 2021 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. The university also contributes over £560 million to the regional and wider economy each year and has deep connections to local communities and businesses. Furthermore, three-quarters of the university's proposal was declared 'internationally significant in the 2014 REF, with 5.4% deemed 'world leading' and 24.5% deemed 'internationally excellent'. Many alumni of the University of Derby have gone on to become pioneers and notable leaders in their areas. Graham Joyce (British Fiction Author), Paul Cummins (Artist), Devon Eugene Malcolm (Former Cricketer) and many more are among the famous graduates.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Derby is one of the top ten universities in the country for graduate employment, with 96.7% employed or enrolled in further study within 6 months after graduation. Male students make up 40% of the student population, while female students make up 60% of the student population. For the third year in a row, the percentage of all students who identify as BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) has risen by 1%, making it one of the most diverse universities in the country. BAME students account for 21% of Derby's student population, while non-BAME students account for 68%. The ethnicity of 11% of the research participants is unclear. With worldwide corporations such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota, and Bombardier situated in Derby, the city is also known as a centre for innovation.