University of Derby

With our reputation for relevant degree programmes we offer our students unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside their studies.

About the University of Derby

We have invested around £100 million over the past five years in some of the best university facilities you’ll find in the UK to ensure our students get the hands-on practical skills and experience employers are looking for.

Renowned for technology and innovation, Derby is a thriving multicultural city and home to a wide range of industries with many global companies based here including Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. It’s an exciting place to learn and experience university life, providing students with many opportunities to gain real world experience through placements and internships.

96.9% of University of Derby students are employed or in further study within 6 months of completing their degree (HESA 2015), and for some courses the stats are even higher – Radiography, Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing all boast 100%.

Our nursing provision is ranked 18th in the Guardian League Table 2016, our radiography degrees are ranked number 1 for teaching quality in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

Providing modern and real-world training environments is important to us. We continually invest to keep our facilities up to date. Our simulation space, which includes virtual learning and an immersive environment, is now available at our Derby Campus. In 2016 our Chesterfield campus will move in to a new purpose built home at the refurbished former St Helen’s Grammar School on Sheffield Road, Chesterfield. Find out more on our website and the Chesterfield website.

Our Courses

The College of Health and Social Care at University of Derby works with students to prepare them for the next step in their career in making sure they are fully prepared to work effectively as a professional within the health and social care workforce. We work hard to provide courses in response to our national and local NHS, Social Care, Service Users and other collaborative partners in providing both pre and post graduate health and social care courses, from foundation degree to a doctorate level studies.

The University is proud to be accredited or endorsed by a range professional bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Health and Care Professions Council, Higher Education Academy, British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), the College of Occupational Therapists, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

Our courses are underpinned by quality research

74% of research at the University has been rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally significant’ (REF 2014). In 2015 we launched our Health and Social Care Research Centre, providing a collaborative and rigorous approach to research and scholarly activity and to enable research that that supports the transformation of health and social care services to deliver improved health outcomes for the population of Derbyshire and beyond.

You can study our courses in a range of delivery methods including part-time and as joint honours. You can find out more about our courses on our website.

Quality improvement with the public

Patient and Public Involvement is interwoven through all the College’s health and social care provision in collaboration with our Expert by Experience group (ExE) group.  The group work alongside academics in a range of roles as advisors, presenters and consultants in our admissions process, teaching and learning, programme and curriculum development and assessment. This leads to a positive impact on the quality of provision and the student experience and a range of practical and ethical benefits for the service users and carers themselves.

We meet regularly with professional leaders in health and social care, and our academic staff spend time supporting students in health and social care settings. Many of our staff also work in practice settings alongside their academic roles. These close links help us to be sure that our courses are created and refined to meet current and future needs of both the public and the health and social care sector.

Our college research centre works alongside  NHS, Social Care partners and the public to help evaluate and ensure the improvement and quality standards of local services.

Throughout their courses many of our students undertake quality improvement projects, exploring a specific area of health or social care. The public are key in many of these projects, through engaging with the students and helping to establish improvement goals and in the evaluation of their work. Some examples of these projects can be seen in the case studies.

Inspiring our community

We're proud to be part of a fantastic city and we are always looking for innovative ways to invest back into the community.

We regularly offer grants to inspiring projects that seek to benefit the community in some way. Whether it’s a conservation project, wellbeing programme, youth work or anything that benefits the community, organisations can apply for a share of our annual £10000 fund.

The University works with regional schools and colleges to inspire 14-17 years olds to progress to Higher Education through activities such as the ‘Health Care Insight Day’ and ‘Boys in to HE’.

With free to attend events such as the annual Family Fun Day and the Nature Connections two-day festival, we welcome our local community regularly to the University. Our public lecture series which brings leading figures from all walks of life to the university is popular with local organisations, companies and individuals alike. You can find out more about our events on our website.

Global Engagement

We also have a strong international body of students from across the globe with 800 international students from over 100 countries. This is alongside our many partner institutions all over the world who teach our courses to over 8000 students.

Our online learning provision ‘University of Derby Online Learning’ (UDOL) also brings a number of our courses to over 3000 students in more than 100 countries. More information about the courses offered, including in Health and Social Care and free modules via online learning can be found on our website or our twitter account.

We regularly host international conferences, such as the Consortium of Institutes of Higher Education in Health and Rehabilitation in Europe (COHERE) conference, bringing leading figures and international experts to Derby.

If you would like further information or to get involved with our institution, please use the contacts below

Quality Improvement in Education and Research
Lorraine Henshaw (Research)
Clare Carter (Education)

Patient and Public Involvement
Alison Kilduff
Paul Reed

Interprofessional Education
Fran Fuller

Technologies in Education
Chris O’Reilly

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