The University of Derby is a university in the city of Derby, England. The main campus is on Kedleston Road, Allestree in the north-west of Derby close to the A38 opposite Markeaton Park. The university additionally operates a site in Buxton, Derbyshire, known as the Devonshire campus, a grade II* listed building which dominates the local landscape and has a dome which is over 145ft in diameter, bigger than that of St Paul's Cathedral in London. It was formally opened by Prince Charles in February 2006. A contemporary-styled building for Arts, Design and Technology students on Markeaton Street in Derby was formally opened in early November 2007 by Richard Branson. Courses are also housed in the Britannia Mill campus in Derby and the Chesterfield Centre for health education.
The university provides nearly 300 study programmes at the undergraduate level. Undergraduate programmes as well as short courses, foundation degrees, and postgraduate degrees are generally superintended by individual faculties/research groups and cover most popularly-recognized academic disciplines and subdisciplines. The university's Joint Honours Scheme allows students to combine over 40 subjects from across all four university faculties.
The university offers a variety of resources and facilities to its students, including computing laboratories, a Spa (Buxton), two computer games development suites, a life-like Hospital teaching environment with robot patients, a well-stocked Learning Resource Centre (opened in 1997) at the Kedleston Road campus, a restaurant run by culinary students, a university bus system, conference and/or colloquium settings, multi-functional lecture theatres, art and culture venues, concert venues, recording studios, sport centres, sport halls, fitness suites, outdoor pitches, student union bars and cafes, meditation/prayer rooms, natural/park environments, and frequent exhibitions by local, national and international organisations, businesses and product vendors.
The other line of this confluence began in 1853 with the establishment of the Derby School of Art, which in 1870 became the Derby Central School of Art and the Derby Central School of Science. In 1885, the two schools were reformulated into the Derby School of Art and Technical Institution. Less than a decade later however, 1892, three more mergers took place and the institution became the Derby Municipal Technical College.
Derby is CISCO accredited and CISCO (CCNA) is an integral part of the BSc (Hons) Computer Networks course.
In the latest Guardian Law league table, Derby was the highest-placed New University and joint first in teaching and value added. However, it is profitable to note that the university as well as many others frequently argue the validity of university rankings. See Criticism of college and university rankings (2007 United States). Available subjects varying from short courses to research awards include: Crime and Justice --- Law --- Business Law --- Criminology --- International Law --- Social and Public Law --- Information, Arts and Media Law --- Introduction to Legal Studies --- MPhil and PhD specialities
Courses in architectural conservation, construction management, electrical engineering, electronics, motorsport technology music technology and product design are taught at the School of Technology. Previously housed at Kedleston Road, the school has now re-located to the new £21 million Markeaton site. As of September 2007, the following subjects are available: Architectural Conservation --- Architectural Technology and Digital Innovation --- Architectural Venue Design and Digital Innovation --- Civil and Transport Engineering --- Civil and Surveying Engineering --- Construction Management --- Interior Architecture --- Architectural Design --- Built Environment --- Computer Aided Design --- Construction Surveying --- Electrical and Electronic Engineering --- Electronics --- Fault Finding for Industrial Control Systems --- Human Machine Interface Programming --- Programmable Logic Controllers --- Servo Control for Industrial Control Systems --- Manufacturing Engineering --- Mechanical Engineering --- Rapid Manufacturing --- Motorsport Technology --- Multimedia Technology and Music Production --- Music Technology and Audio System Design --- Popular Music --- Sound, Light and Live Event Technology --- Design Technology --- Product Design --- MPhil and PhD specialities
This branch of the Faculty of Education, Health & Sciences administers the subjects of Applied Social and Community Studies, Applied Mental Health Studies, Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Arts, and Complementary Medicines. Contained within these subsets is the chance to study from the foundation award to the doctoral award. Options attached thereto are: Community and Youth Studies --- Community Work --- Social and Cultural Studies --- Social Care, Health and Community Studies --- Social Work --- Sociology --- Applied Studies --- Popular Culture and Media --- Community Regeneration and Development --- Social Studies --- Interprofessional Practice Education (Social Work) --- Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy --- Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Doctor of Practice) --- Counselling in Professional Development --- Integrative Counselling Practice --- Systemic Thinking and Practice --- Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Studies --- Psychotherapeutics --- Complementary Therapies --- Creative Expressive Therapies (Dance, Drama, Music, Art) --- Dance and Movement Studies --- Healing Arts --- Art Therapy --- Artists in Integrative Arts in Health, Education and Community Settings/ Integrative Arts in Health, Education and Community Settings --- Dance Movement Therapy --- Dramatherapy --- Music Therapy --- Occupational Therapy --- Hand Therapy --- Returnee to Practice --- Doctor of Practice in Therapeutic Arts --- MPhil and PhD specialities
The School of Culture and Lifestyle is located in England’s highest town and delivers a vast spectrum of programmes representing prospects in further education on through to multiple masters and doctoral degrees. The school offers the only degree in Spa Management and has recently opened their newly refurbished spa facilities at the Devonshire campus to support the curriculum. Students also have opportunities to visit spas in Eastern Europe and Malta as part of the programme. Students who have completed A level, BTEC or other similar qualifications can apply to join the programme. Other potential subject selections that in many instances can be studied at the highest of research levels are: Accountancy --- Adult ESOL --- Adult Literacy and Numeracy --- Archaeology Topics --- Adventure Tourism --- Tourism --- Beauty and Spa Services --- Book keeping --- Bread and Baking --- Business Management --- Supporting Disabled Students --- Spa Therapies --- Sport and Recreation Management --- Sports Psychology --- Sports Studies --- Script Writing for Film --- Short Film --- Spanish --- Teacher Training --- Text Processing --- Travel --- Children's Care Learning and Development --- CLAIT --- Computerised Accounts using 'SAGE' --- Cooking to Entertain --- Counselling Advanced Certificate --- Counselling --- Creative Writing --- Children's and Young People's Services --- Countryside Management --- Culinary Arts --- Culture and Heritage --- English --- - Events Management --- Events Tourism --- Football Studies --- Hairdressing and Salon Management --- Hospitality Management --- International Spa Management --- Martial Arts Theory and Practice --- Modular Foundation Programme --- Outdoor Activities Management --- Outdoor Recreation --- Physical Activity and Health --- Public Relations --- Public Services Management --- Voluntary Sector Management --- Ceramics --- Emergency First Aid in the Workplace --- Essential Care Practice --- Infection Control --- Moving and Handling in the Care Sector --- Personal Awareness --- Managing and Safe Handling of Medicines --- Dry Stone Walling --- Electrics --- ESOL --- European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) --- French --- Health & Social Care --- Nail Treatments --- Photography --- Portable Appliance Testing --- Reflexology --- Royal Horticultural Society Certificate --- Web Page Design --- Welding --- Wine Tasting and Appreciation --- MPhil and PhD specialities
Found at Kedleston Road, the centre stands as a resource of national and international research with numerous publications and valuable educational activities to its credit. The centre is individually keen on spanning the gulfs between guidance as an academic endeavour and the support of lifelong learning. To this end, areas of study and service entail: Masters Programme in Guidance Studies (e-learning) - Work-Based Learning Opportunities - Career Exploration Systems - Ph.D. Study Programmes.
The Biological Sciences Research Group maintains many national and international connections and is interdisciplinary in scope and method. Current research interest are: cryopreservation for plant conservation, comparative DNA analysis for evolutionary studies, biomedical research, nuptial feeding in insects, toxic metals and biota interactions, aquatic microbial ecology, forensics, and vascular plants. The research group supervises master and doctoral courses.
Owning a developed national and international network and as a focal underpinning of taught undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the centre produces research in varied areas including; facial imaging scales for medical anxiety, life event exposure, sensation seeking and personality, modelling, learning, rule discovery, vocabulary acquisition, cognition, constructivity, distress prediction, postnatal perineal morbidity, memory, recall, speech, neurology, hypnotherapy, research methods, diversity, object assembly, and behaviour. MPhil/PhD programmes are available.
The Community Regeneration Research Centre exists to contribute to the maturation and general quality of habitated areas be they rural, suburban, or urban. Utilizing healthy links with community organisations the centre heads consultancy, research, mentoring and training efforts for a variety of subdisciplines. MPhil and PhD engagement is accessible.
The Culture, Landscape, and Lifestyle Research Group is a hybrid enterprise indulging heavily in both the social sciences and humanities. The members and methods of this group are of international notoriety and presently lend themselves to areas such as; leisure, market evaluations, entrepreneurship, creative industries, conflict and identity, consumption, cultural space, education and change, heritage, regeneration, representation, third world development, global adjustment, and visual culture. The group facilitates MPhil and PhD programmes.
The Health, Nursing and Therapeutic Research Group participates in consultancy and research in several areas. Aetiology, continuous professional development, ethicality and learning disabilities, child protection, dementia and care, therapeutic writing, distributory justice, nursing assessment, IT and education, domestic abuse treatment, and user involvement constitute a small sampling of present areas of activity. The group also oversees and partners with student research for various masters and doctoral awards.
As a research and consultancy group of the Faculty of Business, Computing, and Law, the Research Centre for Advanced Innovation & Management has placed itself in diverse arenas of typical mass appeal with particular attention being paid to applied and practice-based applications. Expertise includes but is not limited to: entrepreneurship, management and innovative practice, business opportunities, knowledge management, marketing, finance, risk management, optimisation, virtual reality, measurement science and technology, AI, commercial law, welfare law, data mining, human resources, software, medical imagery, purchasing, and accounting strategy. Students are able to study for the DBA, MPhil, or PhD.
The Research Centre for Education and Professional Practice studies and disseminates material on virtually every core aspect of historical and contemporary education. Members of the centre have published widely in their respective fields and are of the aspiration to translate their expertise into both public and academic knowledge, both theory and practice. In conjunction with present research activities the mentioned fields include; religion and education, behaviour management, cultural diversity in education, educational psychology, learning, motivation, post compulsory education, telephonics in education, social justice, curriculum and sociomoral epistemology, student feedback, improving performance, nursing and health education, substance abuse education, race and education, dyslexia, organizational change, student self-esteem, violence and education, and bilingual education. Students are able to pursue the MPhil, PhD, or Ed.D degrees.
The Signal Processing Applications Research Group dwells within the Electronics and Sound area of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology. SPARG has robust relationships with the industry and has placed many graduates with engineering research partners. The key areas of research are real-time Digital Signal Processing and the applications of signal processing in the aim to positively compliment a myriad of technological issues. Individual expertise is had in: spatial audio-capture, psychoacoustics and spatial perception in artificial environments, embedded systems, manipulation and transmission of spatial sound, multimodal spatial information display, perceptual testing and signal processing, synthesis, and digital music technology and spatial music. There are routes to study and research on to a PhD.
With national and international collaboration, The Open Studio functions as a physical and virtual domain for creative development that is experimental, reflective, and culturally and interpersonally encouraging. Studio spaces, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and the internet are all used in the facilitation of this function. Main areas of research activity are but are not limited to: photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media, film, design, art theory, art history, visual environment, and non-traditional media. There is potential within The Open Studio to study up to a doctorate degree.
The Atrium, built in 1994, is a large concourse at the Kedleston Road site, which includes a branch of Waterstone's bookshop, a bank (NatWest), the student union shop (Keddies), hairdressers, a clothes shop and NatWest and Lloyds TSB cash machines. It also includes a range of catering facilities, serving hot meals, salads, light snacks, and drinks; these facilities provided by Scolarest have been criticised by the student magazine Dusted in October 2007 as being grossly expensive. Five minutes' walk away (via the pedestrian entrance near the Clinical Skills Suite) is the Park Farm shopping area of Allestree with more reasonable prices. Most student residences are based in the "student quarter" between the Kedleston Road campus and the centre of town along Ashbourne Road. They are linked to the University by a bus-service (UniBus) which runs throughout the day and evening, which starts at the train station.
There is a student newspaper called Dusted and a student radio station called D:One. The University of Derby Podcast is currently in development.