Derby, University of

 

 

Overall ranking: 87th out of 123 in the The Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: Roots date back to 1851. Before it became a university in 1992 it was the Derbyshire College of Higher Education. It was one of only a couple of colleges of higher education to gain university status in 1992. Merged with the former High Peak College of further education in Buxton in 1998.

Address: The main site, Kedleston Road, is on a hill less than 10 minutes from the city centre and there's also a stunning campus in Buxton.

Ambience: Derby has a 'university quarter' with three main teaching sites - Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill and its new £21m Markeaton Street (for art, design and technology students). Having spent millions on its facilities in the last few years, Derby has never looked so good. University accommodation is also nearby, and all the sites are a few minutes from the centre of Derby - officially the 'safest city in the East Midlands'.

Who's the boss? Professor John Coyne, an economist and business guru who has been vice-chancellor since August 2004.

Prospectus: 08701 202 330 or order one here.

UCAS code: D39.

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Entry tariffs have risen significantly and most degree courses typically ask for 260-300 UCAS entry points. The average entry score is 299 UCAS points. If you're not qualified, Derby also offers foundation degrees which can lead to a degree.

Vital statistics: Over 28,000 students including 14,000 undergrads (full and part-time); overseas and professional students; and over 4,000 further education students on non-degree courses. Vocational courses are the name of Derby's game - business, law, education, design and technology-related courses are strong points. The Buxton campus, 30 miles from Derby, dates back to the 18th century. Being a spa town at the heart of the Peak District it is the ideal place to study spa management, health and beauty and outdoor recreation.

Added value: 'Education with the personal touch’ - small classes, friendly feel and personal tutor system. Through volunteering and placement schemes and its Derby Award in leadership, graduates can add value to their CVs to boost their employability. Over £100m spent on new facilities in recent years, including a £23m campus in Buxton, a £700,000 all-weather pitch, a new £8m business centre and a £450,000 gym. The Britannia Mill opened in November 2012, following a five year £6m project to renovate the 1912 textile mill into a learning space for hundreds. Great legal training facilities including a courtroom, crime scene house, forensic labs and a Crown Court, which the university boast are "some of the country's most comprehensive facilities for the study and practice of law and criminology." The extended academic campus at Kedleston boasts a students’ union, multi-faith centre and clinical skills suite, which features hospital wards, counselling rooms and a new purpose-built iDXA suite. A new £10.8million sports centre is also due to open on the site in 2015. Its other sites – outside of Derby – are the University of Derby Buxton campus, where students can study sport, performance, outdoor leadership, hotel, resort and spa management, and Chesterfield, which specialises in nursing, where they have recently bought new premises. The latest investment is The Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering, which will work to support advanced manufacturing in Derby, will feed into the postgrad and professional programmes taking place at the university.

Teaching: 24th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 96th out of 123 with 55.1 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Derby guarantees a place in halls for first years. Rooms are priced between £94.78 and £135.03 per week. Optional extras include a car parking permit and canoe storage (the latter at Buxton).

Cheap to live there? Cheaps as chips. Private rentals are as wallet-friendly as the university's rooms, at just £62.50 per week on average (shared house). With the Unibus under £2 a trip and similarly good value gym membership, Derby is excellent value for money.

Transport links: Ten minutes from the M1 and on the main line north from St Pancras by train. East Midlands airport nearby. A specially designed and subsidised university ‘Unibus’ service links teaching sites, university residences, private housing areas, bus and railway stations and the city centre.

Fees: Classroom-based courses are £8,100; resource-intensive courses are £8,600; and specialist courses are £9,000 for EU and home students. International students pay more.

Bursaries: Bursaries of £1,000 for students coming from Buxton College and Leek College. Students with high UCAS points, disabled students, care leavers and those from deprived areas can apply for the National Scholarship Programme, which awards full time undergraduate students £2,000 in the first year of undergraduate study.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Dynamic students' union, with the £500,000 award-winning Academy Bar (opened in 2006) designed by Derby students and featuring plasma screens, pool tables and a DJ booth. Outdoor deck overlooks the new all weather sports pitches and tennis courts. Clubs in Derby city centre run packed student nights. Big nights on campus include the May Ball.

Price of a pint: The union is unbeatable for food and drink deals, but Derby's not too pricey either.

Sporting reputation: Average- 58th in the current BUCS league out of 145 universities and colleges.

Notable societies: Ever wanted to try pole-dancing? Now's your chance with the Derby Treefrogs. For self-confessed 'geeky fun', join the Comic Book, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Roleplaying group. Or if you're more DJ than nerd, learn to spin discs with the DJ and Mix Society. Yes, there's also a Glee Club.

Glittering alumni: Kevin Gratton, head chef at Le Caprice; Silvana Franca, celebrity chef; John Stobart, famous maritime artist; Arnold Machin, designer of the Queen's Head that appears on all British stamps; Agrina Mussa, Her Excellency High Commissioner to South Africa for Malawi; Roger Baker, former chief constable of Essex; John Blakemore, photographer/lecturer who won the Fox Talbot prize.

Alternative prospectus: See how current students rate various aspects of their university experience at Derby on What Uni? here.

Day In a Page

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map