University rises in league table

The University of Derby has risen again in The Guardian's University guide, from 29th to 26th, its highest ranking ever, putting it one place behind Edinburgh and ahead of Manchester (40th).

The methodology is based on subject-level tables, ranking universities’ subject areas against 9 statistical measures. Prospective students rely on the annual guides published by national newspapers to decide where to study.

The University of Derby scored highly in student satisfaction, placed joint 3rd out 121 institutions. Derby also achieved top 10 rankings in the following subject area:

Accounting and Finance
Building and Town and Country Planning
Business, Management & Marketing
Hospitality and Event Management

The University of Derby has also been ranked in the Top twenty for:

Fashion & Textiles
Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations
Nursing & Midwifery
Social Work

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, said the improvements are a "reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students."

She said: “At Derby we have worked to deliver a powerful regional university that addresses the needs of our students, region and beyond. This has established us as a leading institution for social mobility, achieved through our academic and student frameworks, and highlighted by this latest Guardian University Guide position."

“This improvement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students, the support of key partners across the region, and our commitment to delivering excellence in teaching and learning, providing an outstanding student experience, and increasing graduate employability."

“It also demonstrates how our strategic framework and our values, which we launched almost a year ago to the day, are driving us forward to where we want our University to be - making a positive impact in our city, county and region, creating the next generation of game-changers, and opening doors of opportunity to anyone wishing to access education, regardless of their background."

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