The University of Derby is recognised for its teaching quality, rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. Industry-experienced lecturers, modern facilities, and opportunities for placements and study abroad combine to give students the practical skills, academic knowledge, and confidence to succeed in their chosen career.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


On the outskirts of a city or town

UCAS Code: D39

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 70%
  • Part Time 30%

Where students come from

  • UK 92%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • At Kedleston Road there are four floors of books, journals, multimedia and archive material for students to borrow. Chesterfield has a resource centre and computer laboratory, while Buxton has a fully-equipped library. Britannia Mill offers one of the best art and design libraries in the UK.
  • The university also provides a range of online study resources, along with outdoor learning space and bookable study rooms.

Student jobs

  • The Student Employment Agency advertises temporary and part-time paid work to fit around students' other commitments.
  • Some opportunities are based at the University, including roles as student ambassadors working at events and Open Days.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employment Service offers career development programmes, advice and guidance, and support for developing skills through work experience and volunteering, to all students throughout their course and up to three years after graduation.
  • This includes drop-in services and tailored one-to-one appointments at each site with an expert from the careers team, as well as career planning, workshops, extensive online resources, vacancies and more. The careers team also contribute to the delivery of employability education across the whole university.
  • The Futures Award is an extracurricular skills award, giving students and graduates recognition for volunteering, involvement with the Union of Students, work experience and more.
  • There are a wide range of employer and volunteering events through the year, with the annual Careers Fair attracting employers such as Next, Barclays, Cancer Research and JCB.
  • In addition to prompting a wide variety of vacancies, the university works with local employers to create paid internships specifically for Derby students and graduates.

Health services

  • The Student Wellbeing service provides advice and guidance on any health-related issue.
  • Students living in Derby can register with the Park Medical Practice GP surgery at Kedleston Road.
  • For students living in Buxton, the Student Wellbeing service can assist them in finding suitable healthcare providers.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university offers professional support for any personal, emotional or mental health problems students may experience. Mental health awareness is promoted through the university's Love your Mind campaign.
  • A confidential therapy service is available, free to all students.
  • The psychoeducation team organises a series of workshops to support well-being and improve student learning, performance and university experience.

Disability support

  • The university's Inclusion and Wellbeing team works with students who have a declared disability, long-term health condition or a specific learning difference. The university works with students from application through to graduation, undertaking assessment of need and planning any support.
  • A two-day event called Get Ahead runs before the start of each academic year, providing additional support for disabled students before they start their course. This includes key information, presentations, tours, and events to support their transition. A two-day early induction event called Forward Thinking prepares students with specific learning differences to succeed at university.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • With £200 million invested on facilities over the last ten years, specialist learning environments offered by the university include a new STEM centre, a healthcare immersive suite and ultrasound room, a crime scene house, Crown Court replica, Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab and a Sports Centre.
  • The university also owns Derby Theatre, offering discounted entry for students; the Devonshire Dome, which operates both as a classroom and a fully equipped commercial day spa, hair salon and restaurant; and an outdoor leadership centre where a variety of professional training courses run.

Students' Union

  • Every student is automatically a member of the Union of Students, entitling them to access services and representation, including the independent Help+ advice service.
  • Run by students for students, the union's team is passionate about making the time at university as enjoyable as possible. Students directly shape the union through the Ideas Forum and representation networks, which include 600 programme reps, part-time elected officers and Liberation Committees.
  • Over 60 student societies are spread across six categories: academic, active and performance, charity and campaigns, interest, religious and cultural, plus those based in Buxton and Chesterfield. Over 40 sports clubs range from social sports to competitive and performance teams. Union facilities include shops at each campus, the student bar (The Academy), the coffee shop (Blends), and the new student venue, No67 Bridge Street.


  • The university's roots can be traced back over 160 years to 1851, when it opened as a teacher training college.
  • The college evolved over the years, and through a series of mergers the Derbyshire College of Higher Education was established in 1983.
  • University status was awarded in 1992 and since then the University of Derby has grown significantly and built a reputation for academic quality underpinned by practical education.

Fascinating Fact

  • One of the University of Derby's alumni, Paul Cummins MBE, created the ceramic poppies that were exhibited at the Tower of London and then around the country to commemorate the centenary of World War I.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Adam Buss – CEO at Derby's QUAD Arts Centre and marketing director of Format.
  • Paul Cummins MBE – internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been displayed at Chatsworth House, London Olympic Park and the Tower of London.
  • Dawn Foote – managing director and owner of Katapult, a Midlands-based brand communication agency.
  • Richard Gerver – inspirational speaker on education, business and the third sector, with an international reputation.
  • Kathryn Jeffs – BBC Natural History producer, including the Frozen Planet and Blue Planet II series.
  • Khumbo Kachali – former vice president of Malawi.
  • Craig Guildford – chief constable for Nottinghamshire Police.

  • Jeanette Stevenson – barrister at Cornwall Street Barristers.


University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB