Derby is proud of its personal touch: small classes, a personal tutor and a friendly atmosphere. The majority of its classes have fewer than 30 students. It offers single and joint honours in courses including, arts, business, health, science, technology, computer gaming and leisure-industry-related subjects. Around 30 courses are available online. It has several initiatives in place to boost student employability, including around 90 incubation units.
The compact city of Derby is an economic powerhouse with global brands such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier, as well as a thriving creative sector. It boasts the highest average salary outside London, at £32,966. Cultural highlights include the international photography festival, Format, and the Feste arts festival. The campus at Buxton is set in a charming spa town, which is home to Buxton Opera and Buxton festival.
2014-15 fees: classroom-based courses are £8,100; resource-intensive courses are £8,600; and specialist courses are £9,000.
2014-15 scholarships: Derby has 1,006 scholarships as part of the National Scholarship Programme, providing an overall benefit of £2,000 paid directly to students in their first year of undergraduate study.
Derby guarantees a place for every first-year undergraduate student who applies by the end of July in one of eight halls of residence; seven in Derby and one in Buxton. The halls are close to the campuses. Room costs currently range from £94.78 to £135.03 a week (2014-15). There are also optional extras, such as an annual car parking permit for £270, motorbike permit for £135.
The sports hall at Buxton has undergone a £1.4m refurbishment. The main Derby site’s three towers include many green-energy features. The university owns Derby theatre and an outdoor centre.
There is a sustainable transport plan throughout Derby, which services the Buxton campus during term time. Frequent Unibus services run between Derby sites and into the city centre. Derby is 10 minutes from the M1 and on the main railway line from London St Pancras.