About us

Once a Diocesan Institution for training teachers, the University of Derby of today is a vibrant, fresh-thinking and forward-looking education provider that puts our learners at the heart of everything we do, making it a challenging and incredibly rewarding place to work.

Seriously ambitious we work to the highest professional standards, delivering outstanding teaching* and research** to set us apart from our competition in the education marketplace.

More than 34,000 students choose to study with us either on campus in Derby, Buxton, Leek or Chesterfield, in the workplace or online via University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL). The University of Derby Group also includes Buxton & Leek College our further education arm. 

A socially responsible employer we care about the impact our activities have on others from our staff through to the wider economy to which we contribute more than £560 million every year.  We take the time to build mutually beneficial, strategic partnerships with local community groups and businesses to help ensure the learning we provide reflects their needs, provides valuable opportunities for our learners and generates income.

Financially strong, our future aspirations are built around the skills, energy and enthusiasm of our dedicated academic and professional support teams. They work closely together finding creative ways to stand apart from our competition and ensure the University of Derby is a university of choice.

*Top Twenty university for teaching quality in The Times and The Sunday Times University League Table 2017.

**74% of our research was judged to have impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.