Virtual open days
Prospective students will now have the opportunity to explore the university digitally through the provision of the recently launched Virtual Open Day. Available on the university website, students can tour teaching facilities, from the replica courtroom to the clinical skills suite. They can also get advice from current students and explore the award-winning university accommodation. It’s a great way for students to get an idea of what life at the university is like, as many students may not have the opportunity to visit in person.
Climbing the rankings
The University of Derby climbed three places to be ranked 26th in The Guardian University Guide 2020. This is the university’s highest ever ranking in the table. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, noted, “This improvement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students, the support of key partners across the region, and our commitment to delivering excellence in teaching and learning, providing an outstanding student experience, and increasing graduate employability".
The University of Derby has been shortlisted for the sector’s most prestigious accolade, the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year Award 2019. The THE Awards are widely acknowledged as the ‘Oscars of the higher education sector’ and recognise outstanding work and exceptional performance across 23 award categories, with the University of the Year Award being the most sought after.
Derby has been shortlisted in two other categories. Firstly, the Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year category, which recognises the innovative use of digital technology to improve any function at a university. In addition, Sian Burgess, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, has been nominated for the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award, designed to honour academics whose imagination and passion has transformed a course and inspired students.
Current international student Sam Chikowore believes the university offers an excellent experience for international students. Chikowore, studying Business Management and Geology, was especially impressed with the International Student Centre team for, “going the extra mile in making sure that the transition for international students is much easier to handle”.