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Why The University of Derby Proves so Popular

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If you’re looking to become a student at The University of Derby, or have already secured your place, then let us tell you why this is such a fantastic institute to be part of. According to the University League Table 2023, student satisfaction is at a whopping 79% and graduate prospects are enviable. They’re obviously doing something right! So, why does The University of Derby prove so popular?

Student Support

The University holds a strong reputation for providing excellent teaching and a wealth of support for students. This has colossal importance, especially for undergraduates and international students who are new to student life. Starting University for the first time can make you feel like a small fish in a large pond. It can be overwhelming to say the least!

To have a strong support network at your institute is essential. Not only for performance levels and achieving your goals, but also for mental wellbeing. They provide students with exceptional mental health support services that are catered towards a range of disabilities and mental health issues. Read more about their student support services here.


There has been an investment of more than £200 million in its facilities in the last ten years. With updates to an extensive range of recreational areas such as a fantastic £10.8 million Sports Centre. Fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the sports centre has a superb fitness suite, 3G pitches, tennis courts and climbing wall.

You will have an exceptional choice of activities. There are multiple contemporary libraries which are situated throughout the city. All of which have been designed to be spacious and bright to create a welcoming yet practical study environment. These cater students with pleasant places to work whilst providing a well-stocked collection of books, journals, multimedia and archive material.

But more importantly, they are open throughout the year with extended hours during the busiest times, so you’ll always be granted access to any material you may need for your studies.

And if that wasn’t impressive enough, the University has their own theatre as well as a film and television studio, fashion, music and dance studios and a photography lab to name a few. It really is a playground for all of you lucky people studying the Arts!

Industry Experience

The University of Derby ranking reflects their excellent opportunities for industry experience through placements, internships, and careers advice services. Not only do they focus on providing the best quality education and tools to help with student life, but they also invest a lot of resources in helping students prepare for life after University. Your Uni days go quicker than you think!

A fantastic 96% of recent graduates are either employed or in further study. That’s exceptional! Given that Derby itself is the hub of innovation with the likes of Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier being based here, global companies on the doorstep will provide you with top-class connections that may be hard to find elsewhere. The University of Derby makes sure to expose students to the importance of placements and internships to help kick-start careers.

Don’t just take our word for it, University of Derby alumni, Klara Visnjic, talks about her placement experience and the benefits of these opportunities in her vlog.


Lastly, The University of Derby ranking is determined by the city itself and its offerings. Not only are there countless cafés, bars and nightclubs, but it is a city full of history and rich culture. You’ll never be bored in Derby! See our blog ‘Living in Derby’ to find out more about this fantastic city.

Hopefully this has given you exciting insight about moving to this wonderful city and attending a truly fantastic University. Wishing you all the best for your future endeavours!

For further information about living in Derby, including the numerous transport links, the prime location of Marlix for all the top social spots, and so much more, please read our latest blog here.

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