University unveils city vision

University of Derby celebrated its rise up the national league tables by announcing its intention to grow its estate, creating greater synergy and connections with the city.

Speaking at a Marketing Derby event, Vice Chancellor Kathryn Mitchell said

"We are a confident University with ambitions for the city and county.

"The University is proud of its achievements to date and recognises that it is time to take ambitious steps in terms of what we do and how we do it, and a real determination to embrace change and deliver an outstanding experience for everyone who wants to engage with the University of Derby."

An early image of how the University's city campus could look was presented by Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, Hari Punchihewa focusing on a possible new Business School, digital and conferencing facilities,

"We want to create a student zone in the city including a new University Enterprise Zone and we are looking for partners to get behind this."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby opened the event saying that great cities need great universities and Derby is a city on the up and clearly has a University which is also on the up.

"We must remind ourselves that Derby is still a young University - only 26 years old - but has already made its mark as its position in league tables is beginning to show."

At the event the University launched its 2018-2030 Strategic Framework, its ambitions for the future and its civic role within our region.

Speaking about the framework the Vice Chancellor said,

"The framework provides the foundations and direction on which to plan, perform and succeed in a changing and globally dynamic environment, and sets out a clear purpose and promise to its students, staff and region."

The University has a long line of achievements this year which includes:

13th best university in the UK for teaching quality, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 league table

Ranked as one of the UK’s top 30 universities overall in The Guardian’s University Guide for 2019 – it’s highest ever overall position

Named among the world’s top 250 modern universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University rankings

Presented with the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs)

Those successes followed the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award from the Higher Education Funding Council in 2017, which puts the University of Derby in the top 20 per cent of all providers in the UK.