Our mission is to be the learner’s first choice University for quality and opportunity For us, quality and opportunity translates into a learning environment for our students which is innovative and interactive; encourages questions; is stimulated by challenge; and creates communities and embraces inclusivity. Our proposition is clear – education that is high quality and great value for money, offers you a choice and is delivered with the personal touch. Celebrating the past, focusing on the future “What makes our university stand out is a clear vision to offer a good value UK education that is more personal, relevant, and business-focused. We’re also passionately committed to improving what we do every day, and are open to fresh ideas and new ways of doing things. As an institution we must always move forward.” Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor The University of Derby has its origins in various educational institutions across Derbyshire, dating back to 1851. We gained university status in 1992 and celebrated 20 years in 2012.The University of Derby prides itself on offering a more supportive learning environment, with greater personal attention given to students than in other UK universities. Delivering a rewarding learning experience with the personal touch forms the core of what we do at Derby. That’s why over 85% of our classes have fewer than 30 students in them, and you have access to your personal tutor whenever you need it. We also believe in listening to our students so they are represented on all of the senior management committees.We are dedicated to providing teaching that is informed by our research, and focused on delivering real world, experiential learning. This is why Derby moved up 24 places in The Guardian University Guide 2013 published by The Guardian newspaper. Our teaching is outstanding in several areas, and our ambition is to continue on this upward trend.