University of Derby

Derby | East Midlands

Town Rural

Ucas code: D39

At Derby we provide you with education with the personal touch. We're a friendly, down-to-earth uni based in the Midlands. At Derby, you'll have to work just as hard to get your degree as at other universities, but we like to do things a bit differently. We believe in being approachable and caring, offering our students plenty of support and treating people as individuals.
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What students say about this university

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    • Facilities

      The library at the keddleston road campus is very well organised, and although it may seem so big and intimidating at first,...

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      2012, 2nd year, Human & Social Geography By Topic

      Facilities

      The library at the keddleston road campus is very well organised, and although it may seem so big and intimidating at first, the library induction is perfectly setup so that you are shown the key areas relevent to your subject/degree. The careers centre is very helpful and even after you finish your final year, you can continue to visit the centre or keep in contact for another year to help guide you on your career path if you are stuggling after graduating. over the course of time at the university there are plenty of opportunities to visit the CDC for help/advice. There is a vast collection of books/journals in the library and even more accessible online through your student log in that are very helpful for assignments and coursework. You don't necessarily need to go to the library to get a book you want if it is available online as an ebook. The only thing i wish I had known before coming to derby university is that they were going to use my student year as the guinea pigs for new methods of marking/collecting assingments/coursework, and testing out new modules and course content. Because my year has been tested with these trials perhaps the years coming will not have to deal with that, but for me it is very frustrating to have a course switch what it teaches half way through the degree and I would have selected a different university

      2012, 2nd year, Human & Social Geography By Topic

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    • Political scene

      There is a conservative society and I have received flyers for the Socialist movement at the university, but I have never seen...

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      2014, 2nd year, European Business Studies

      Political scene

      There is a conservative society and I have received flyers for the Socialist movement at the university, but I have never seen a demonstration or much of a meeting. There is not really an emphasis on politics, but there is a lot of hype around the student elections in Spring.

      2014, 2nd year, European Business Studies

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    • Accommodation

      Halls are great. The security is really good. But halls can be unbelievably noisy.

      2012, 1st year, Others In Medicine & Dentistry

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    • The upside

      University has a great atmosphere

      2013, 1st year, Training Teachers Primary

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    • Academic Experience

      The BEd is a pretty full course with lots of taught sessions each week. You normally have a couple of lectures and then some...

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      2013, 1st year, Training Teachers Primary

      Academic Experience

      The BEd is a pretty full course with lots of taught sessions each week. You normally have a couple of lectures and then some group sessions as well ( which are split into smaller groups). There are various amounts of subjects you learn and the variety is nice as you don't feel bored doing the same thing each week. Although the course is interesting it is also challenging. You need to put in a lot of extra effort and time. While your friends from other courses are off shopping for the day you'll be studying or something. This applies especially during placement weeks where you can't go out as much due to the heavy workload. Your expected to be in school first thing and you leave late, when you do finally get home your probably going to be planning lessons or making resources for the week ahead. This is why the course is considere to be very challenging. One of the good things about the course is that there are no exams. However within modules you may be expected to complete small tests to see how your knowledge is developing etc and of course there are also the qts tets. The course work you complete in your first year is don through essays, posters and presentations. Again this is nice to have variety so your not stuck doing the same thing and you can challenge yourself. The feedback from tutors is mostly good with areas you've done we'll in, where you could have done better. The course has various facilities, too many to list, but some examples are children's books in the library which are only available to teaching courses. An ict suite with computers with primary school software on, as well as other technologies such as beebots and an interactive whiteboard for our use. We also have all other equipment which is found in schools for other subjects such as science and pe.

      2013, 1st year, Training Teachers Primary

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    • Everyday expenses

      I don't buy food from the student shops unless I absolutely have to, as they are incredibly expensive and don't cater to my...

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      2013, 1st year, English Literature

      Everyday expenses

      I don't buy food from the student shops unless I absolutely have to, as they are incredibly expensive and don't cater to my dietary needs, so I can manage my costs by buying elsewhere and bringing food in. The cost of books can be somewhat difficult to manage, specially with anthologies or other academic works, where one can expect to pay over 30 for a book. Transport is reasonably priced at Derby, with buses charging 9 for a 10-journey ticket.

      2013, 1st year, English Literature

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Sporty

68%

MED

Creative

61%

MED

Varied union activities

62%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

57%

MED

Political

46%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Student score 79% MED

Overall student satisfaction

86%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

16,290

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

83%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

33%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

56%

of students are female

Young / Mature

24%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

8%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

61%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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