The University of Derby believes anything is possible, helping students get their careers off to a great start through a broad range of courses at all levels. The university knows how vital it is to have the best teaching and is proud to rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017); but it also offers so much more – with excellent facilities, guaranteed work experience for all full-time undergraduates, and practical, hands-on learning to ensure studies are relevant to life after graduation.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

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 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 69%
  • Part Time 31%

Where students come from

  • UK 92%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

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


  • Four floors of books, journals, multimedia and archive material for students to borrow.
  • Technology to support students' study.
  • Outdoor learning space, and bookable study rooms.

Student jobs

  • The Student Employment Agency advertises temporary or part-time paid work to fit around students' studies.

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 Students' Union, work experience and more.
  • A wide range of employer and volunteering events are run for all subject areas; and an annual Graduate Recruitment, Internship and Placement (GRIP) Fair last year had over 60 employers, including PwC, Rolls-Royce, JCB, and the NHS, with opportunities for students and graduates.
  • 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 Well-being 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 Well-being service can assist them in finding suitable healthcare providers.

Counselling services

  • Health practitioners provide confidential consultations on a whole range of health and mental health issues.
  • The Student Well-being service provides a confidential counselling service.

Disability support

  • The Student Wellbeing Team works with students who have a declared disability or a Specific Learning Difference to support their preparation for starting university, and to develop a personalised plan of support.
  • A two-day event called Get Ahead runs before the start of each academic year, where disabled students benefit from an individual support package for starting their course, key information, tours, and events to support their transition.
  • A one-day early induction event prepares students with Specific Learning Differences to succeed at university.
  • All Colleges have a Disability Co-ordinator and the Students' Union elects a Disabled Students' Officer to represent student interests in the university.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • Every student is automatically a member of the Students’ Union (UDSU) entitling them to access services and representation, including the independent Help+ advice service.
  • Run by students for students, the SU 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. Facilities at UDSU 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, Kathryn Jeff, was behind the filming of an epic battle between a shark and an octopus in the BBC's Blue Planet II.

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 most recently at 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.
  • Edward Hogan – critically acclaimed, award-winning author.
  • Kathryn Jeffs – BBC Natural History Producer, including the Frozen Planet and Blue Planet II series.
  • Khumbo Kachali – former Vice-President of Malawi.
  • Lorna Steel – Curator of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum.


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