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University of Derby

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The University of Derby is ranked 26th in the Guardian University Guide 2020. As an ambitious and modern university, Derby offers high-quality, real-world learning experience to its students. The University of Derby was also shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year Award 2019.

The university is in the heart of England in the city of Derby. It has invested around GBP 200 million in the last ten years, on facilities and learning centres.

Derby students are prepared to face a world that is filled with opportunities, developing a great sense of personal and professional achievement. The university is known worldwide for its excellent teaching, and therefore it has been honoured with the prestigious gold rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

Students can choose from a range of courses at the university, which are some of the most comprehensive courses in the UK. Most courses are aligned to industry needs that help students become successful employees. Derby works with employers to ensure students gain employable skills during their time at the institution to hit the ground running on graduation.

Small class sizes with dedicated teachers ensure that every student receives one-on-one assistance. In addition, students receive outstanding support from various student-run groups on campus. Derby’s International Student Centre is ranked the best of all UK universities that participated in the International Student Barometer 2018.

The city of Derby is the Innovation Centre in the UK, known for its strong ties with reputable industries like Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. It is also easily accessible by rail, road and air and is one of the safest cities, with affordable accommodation. The city offers an ideal calm and relaxed lifestyle with great opportunities for international students to really experience British culture.

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What’s new

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".

Student stories

Marcus Chan, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia came to the University of Derby to pursue his academic aspirations. Marcus admitted to being a little nervous when he first embarked on his study abroad adventure, 6,500 miles from home. However, he soon found his feet and noted that the services provided by the university really helped him feel at home, including the airport transfer, accommodation facilities and access to amenities. Marcus soon found his place amongst a vibrant and diverse student community, building lasting friendships. His top tips for prospective international students? Be calm and confident, as all will be well, and be sure to pack some warm, comfortable clothes.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

In 2017, the University of Derby was awarded a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework as a recognition of the high quality teaching provided at every level.

Courses at the University of Derby are taught by academics involved at the forefront of research within their field. There is a strong emphasis on practical, experience-based learning in order to prepare students for life after graduation.

The University of Derby is home to several research centres and groups and has invested heavily in them in recent years. They are geared towards providing the best environment for students to work, in a variety different academic disciplines. Some of these centres and groups are:

  • Centre for Educational Research and Innovation
  • Centre for Business Improvement
  • Data Science Research Centre
  • Nature Connectedness Research Group.

University of Derby students speak highly of the teaching at the university. Andy Heyes, a BA International Hospitality Management student praised the lecturers for their ability to, “test your practical and mental abilities to the maximum” and their “enlightening and inspiring” way of teaching.

BA (Hons) International Tourism Management student Rebecca Handley believes that Derby’s lectures give students, “insight into a range of opportunities” and “empowered them to take on any task without hesitation.”

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Scholarships & funding

The University of Derby offer a range of scholarships and discounts for international students and it’s easy to apply. International students will be automatically assessed for scholarship eligibility by the international admissions team, so there are no separate forms to complete.

Some of the scholarships available to University of Derby International Students are:

Vice Chancellor Scholarship: For international students with excellent academic results and achievements in extracurricular activity. This scholarship is the cost of a full year of undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fees.

Excellent International Student Scholarship: A GBP 5,000 scholarship awarded to international students with academic results exceeding entry requirements and demonstrable achievements in extracurricular activity.

Leadership Scholarship: A GBP 5,000 available for international MBA students who can show leadership qualities in previous or current jobs and have academic results higher than the entry criteria for their course.

Tourism and Hospitality International Excellence Scholarship: A GBP 3,000 scholarship for exceptional international students studying selected courses taught at the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism.

Regional High Achievers Scholarship: A GBP 3,000 scholarship available to high achieving students from one of the following regions: South East Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia), China (including Hong Kong), South Asia (India, Pakistan), Africa.

International students are also eligible to apply for one of several sports scholarships made available by the university.

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The University of Derby has a Campus and sites across the city of Derby with outstanding facilities to ensure students gain the hands-on practical skills and experience employers are looking for.

Over the last decade, the university has invested GBP 200 million to improve its facilities. Some of the standouts facilities available to students are:

  • Forensic training house - offering a stimulating learning environment for students to explore the dynamic world of Forensic Science. The facility offers seven replica domestic and commercial scenes, a blood spatter room and fully panoramic CCTV recording and two-way audio feedback.
  • Replica court rooms - for Law students to experience a mock trial
  • Bloomberg financial markets lab - one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it’s like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.
  • Derby theatre - Students have a rare and exceptional learning experience at Derby Theatre. The institution is one of the only universities in the country to own and run a professional producing and receiving theatre.
  • NHS Standard Mock Hospital Ward - This hospital’s six-bed ward provides students with a taste of what working in a hospital is like.
  • Sports Centre - Gym, Climbing Wall, 3G pitches, physiology laboratory, strength and conditioning suite, biomechanics and performance suite, VICON camera system.

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Student support

Student support

International students at the University of Derby are supported by the International Student Centre, which was rated as the best in the UK in 2018 by the International Student Barometer UK Benchmark Group.

The team provides help and support to assist students to feel at home as quickly as possible. Staff will help with logistical issues such as visas and immigration, but also take an interest in the welfare of all students.

Student support comes in many forms at the University of Derby with staff available to help in a number of ways. Staff can support students with a range of issues, that include:

  • Financial difficulties
  • Learning support
  • Disability support
  • Counselling for students with mental health issues

The Student Wellbeing Centre is open on weekdays during and out of term times. Specialist advisers can help students make the most of their time studying at the University of Derby. There is also a free counselling service and several workshops held throughout the year.

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Student safety

Student safety

The University of Derby’s security teams provide a range of services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure the safety of everyone across its campuses. All the work done by the team is in order to create a safe, pleasant environment for students to live and study in.

Some of the services and initiatives provided by the security team include:

  • Foot patrolling of all the university’s sites
  • Advice to students on security issues
  • Investigation of security related concerns
  • A CCTV system
  • Access control
  • Fire alarm activations
  • Management of emergencies
  • Secure parking facilities
  • Pro-active campaigns and surveys educating students about safety issues and necessary precautions

The university recently introduced new measures to improve campus safety including requiring all visitors to report to the main reception to be collected.

All students and staff are encouraged to report incidents to the Campus Security Officer either in person, by phone or email.

The city of Derby was recently awarded Purple Flag status which recognises it as a welcoming, diverse and safe place offering an enjoyable night out experience.

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Derby Derbyshire Kedleston Road
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Chesterfield Derbyshire St Helena Sheffield Road
Located in the heart of England, University of Derby has built on its region?s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching, from foundation and undergraduate degrees through to postgraduate study and research. Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and a Top 30 UK University in the Guardian University Guide 2020, its academic strength is backed up by practical experience to ensure that their students are ready for a successful career.

Student can study online or on-campus in Derby, Buxton or Chesterfield and can choose from wide range of subjects that will help them develop the skills and confidence to aim high. The undergraduate degree at University of Derby feature projects for real companies, practical lessons and assessments, work placements, internships and more. Students can choose subjects that includes Art & Design, Forensic Science and Motorsport Engineering courses. Postgraduate study at the University of Derby can mean many things, a master?s degree, teacher training, a professionally-accredited qualification or a research degree and students can choose to study their way either full-time, part-time or online. Students can even choose short professional development courses based on their requirements.

Joining a club or society is a great way to make friends, develop or try something new. There are over 150 sports clubs and societies on offer at the University and all are run by students and supported by the Union. From individual sports like archery, boxing, swimming, trampolining and even weightlifting, to team sports like football, rugby (union and league), cricket, netball, table tennis, American football, dodgeball and cheerleading, students will surely have the best time of their life.

Derby is an intimate, friendly city with lots going on and a reputation for innovation and its central position means it is really easy to get to. Students can choose to study at the buzzing, contemporary campus of Derby, the grand 18th-century Dome in Buxton, or the beautifully restored building in Chesterfield. The university has invested heavily in first-class facilities so all its campuses at the University of Derby contain the latest equipment and technology. The result is courses with valuable hands-on experience, which give you a taste of life beyond university.
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