The University of Derby

University of Derby

The University of Derby acquired its charter in 1992, so is a very young University. However, it can trace its roots back to 1851 as a teacher training institution that merged with the Derby Schools of Art and Science in 1870. 

Further mergers over the next 100 years have led to the development of an institution driven by the motto Experientia docet (experience teaches) and as such, the University of Derby has a significant presence in Derby and across the region of the East Midlands. 

The aim of the institution is to create opportunities that transform lives through education. It provides cost-effective, flexible education and training leading to employability. The University of Derby offers more work-based qualifications than any other University in the UK. Online learning is a high growth area and Derby has won several awards for its imaginative provision in this area.

Who are Derby students? There are almost 13,438 full-time undergraduates and 2,885 postgraduates currently enrolled. There are almost 4% of students from EU / overseas; this is a significant figure in this sector in the UK. Over 25% of Derby students have returned to study following time away from education.

However, the strength of the University of Derby is that 40% of students are from lower socio-economic status backgrounds. This reflects the aspirational nature of this institution, supporting the development of all students from all backgrounds and providing evidence that education can truly be a ladder of social mobility.

Jon White Oct 2013




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