University of Derby
The University of Derby is a thriving institution inspired by a dedication to quality and opportunity. It is an innovator in flexible modular study and e-learning solutions tailoring programmes to students' needs.
The University is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from the UK and overseas. Subjects offered to students include a wide range of disciplines in arts, desigh and technology; business, computing and law; and education, health and sciences.
The University has won and been shortlisted for a series of national awards in recent years including HEIST Best Website (Gold Award, 2008); HEIST Marketing Department of the Year (Bronze Award, 2008); Outstanding Finance Team, Times Higher Education (Winner, 2009); Universities Human Resources Excellence Award for Staff Engagement (Winner, 2009); CIPR Best Broadcast category (National finalist. 2009); Times Higher Education Best Community Project (National finalist, 2009).
The University Quarter in Derby incoporates sites at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill to the west of Derby city centre.
The University of Derby Students Union, a number of research centres and academic schools, including The Derbyshire Business School, are all based at the Kedleston Road site. Facilities include the 1.5m Clinical Skills Suite and a pioneering computer games development suite.
The UK's first dedicated site for arts, design and technology at Markeaton Street was opened by Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, in autumn 2007. Britannia Mill, a restored Victorian mill, houses the University's School of Social Care and Therapeutic Practice.
The University of Derby has been teaching geology since 1896 and is located in a region containing substantial quarrying activity. The former college of further education achieved university status in 1992. Strong links already exist between staff and local quarrying companies for the purposes of fieldwork. Professor John Coyne has been the University's Vice-Chancellor since the summer of 2004.
In 2008, University of Derby Corporate, the business-to-business arm of the University, was launched.