I think that this people think in numbers you are just a number once you enrol that is all, you feel alone without any help, there are some nice lectures, people, etc.but I think that they make too many mistakes, problems with udo well a real nightmare, lectures, modules, study materials, etc.You have to be alert all the time, simply the are a lot better universities around.A lot of things simply do not work, about help not much.Bad experience in my case.
I had so many problems at UoD, I will not bore you with the whole list. The new (2007) Markeaton Campus is not fit for students studying ADT (Art Design & Technology) courses it houses. The heating controls are based at the main Kedleston Road campus so its either v.hot or v. cold with the ground floor corridor (with a few sofas) being a wind tunnel, not the sustainable building it is supposed to be. There is no study area for this site unless you brave the wind tunnel sofas! Many of the students on my course ended up having councelling or really struggling with stress because our unfair treatment, and the student union was no help at all. I would strongly recommend against this university and I am now doing my Masters at Nottingham Trent (NTU) and so far have been very impressed. NTU with a study room just for built environment students and that room alone has twice as many A0/A1 printers than the whole of Derby uni and at half the price to print! On the subject of printing at Derby you do not get any money left on your card back at the end of your studies, in contast NTU has £6.30 print/copy credited pre loaded before you even start paying fees and states any funds left on the card willl be refunded!
Derby University is an amazing place to study and Derby itself is a really great place to live.
The teaching quality at the University is great and the lecturers are always there for you if you need extra help or are wanting to try different things.
The facilities at the University are great, no matter what course you choose! The new Markeaton Street campus is extremely modern and a really fancy place to study. The equipment available there is all completely up to date and all free to use for students!
Derby as a place to live has been really great. Its a big enough city to give everyone a real taste of grown up live, but is still small enough to have a real homely feel and means you can walk everywhere which is always nice!
The nightlife is amazing in Derby and you can find yourself having an amazing mix of nights without spending too much.
Derby University students union put on so many amazing student nights that give great deals, offers and entertainment, so you're never short of something to do.
There's so much to do even when you're not learning or sleeping too! Like the new Westfield shopping centre which has everything from shopping and eating out to a gorgeous cinema! It really is a perfect place to live!
The last thing I would mention about Derby University is that the student halls are really good! I've been to a lot of Unis and just the thought of living in most of them made me shiver! The halls at Derby are clean, spacious and really nicely designed, making the student experience here just perfect!
Derby University (UoD) is one of the post-1992, 'new' universities that emerged from the old polytechnics and teacher-training colleges. Generally not regarded as pure 'research' institutions like the red-brick and research-led 'Russell Group' Universities, centres like Derby have tended to initially concentrate on their strengths, such as teaching excellence and community outreach.
The principal campus is at Kedleston Road (KR), about 30 minutes' walk from Derby city centre. There is, however, a dedicated University bus service that offers heavily subsidised travel back and forth from KR to the city, then onto the railway station.
Currently, KR's buildings are in the middle of a £13.8 million pound re-fenestration of the exterior, which quite frankly was beginning to look its age. Despite the obvious disruption, this exercise has clear long-term benefits to students and staff. The campus itself is set in rolling tonsured lawns and sports areas, plus the inevitable disfigurement of large car parks that are a feature of any large institution these days. The main feature of KR is the imposing atrium that boasts a Waterstone's bookshop, clothes boutique, bank, ATMs, shop selling consumable comestibles, stationery, and subsidised broadsheet newspapers and also the 'red top' variants.
The other UoD sites are the nearly Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street (this, opened by Sir Richard Branson a couple of years ago) which are served by a free shuttlebus from KR, and further out, there is the Victorian architectural wonder at Buxton, officially opened by Charles and Camilla, no less.
In the recent national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), UoD received glowing reports and commendations, with 25% of its research submission rated as 'world class' and 70% of international standing. As a result, the University has received substantial research funding to carry its research endevours into the next decade. This, under the current leadership of Professor John Coyne, the Vice-Chancellor, is a clear statement of intent by UoD to raise its game in terms of research. However, UoD still maintains its high standards in terms of teaching excellence, as its consistently high reports from external examiners and independent assessors testifies.
The city of Derby is a pleasant, safe and interesting place. There's lots to do, and to keep the entertainment-savvy student occupied. Try it.
I'm currently going into my second year of studying Geology at Derby university, so this review will be based on my first year.
Freshers week - This week, where ever you go is one of the most awkward experiences of your University life, meeting all those new people and finding your way around. I found that it wasn't as bad as I expected, the University staff were always around to help and a lot of the lecturers planned team building and ice breaking excersises. As well as this there was a faire which was useful as there were loads of freebies from all of the local clubs and groups. As well as this the University organised a street party which was brilliant.
Accomidation - The accomidation is up to date, well, all but Lonsdale - There are rumoured to be mice and foxes as well as problems with insects. All the others appear to be great :) Personally I was in St Christophers Court, which had a great community and my flat and the people around were amazing and to me we felt like a little family at the end. - Unfortunatly, all halls of residence are off campus so a 10 minute walk is usually needed, unless you live at one of the further ones where it can take 20 minutes or a short bus journey costing £1:50. (Oh, there is a free shuttle between Markeaton and Keddlestone! and at nights betweeen Keddlestone and Lonsdale, via Markeaton)
Night life - What can I say? I'm not really a big drinker so I went out like 3 times in the year, but they were very enjoyable times, and the people I know that went out every week enjoyed it thoroughly. It's one of the best parts of Derby, so I'm told. The student Union bar is great also - There are great bands on every month or so, and they do different events during the week (And it's good for getting a pint after lectures ;) ) If you're not a drinker, there are loads of places to go out resturants, the Cinema (don't fotget your 2 for 1 Orange thing on Wednesday!)
The University - The Kedlestone campus is recently going through a window renevation..thing, where they appear to be putting windows on top of the old windows therefore making it look prettyer. It does! It really looks a lot better but I wouldn't have payed 10 million for them to do that. As well as this the atrium is a nice place, with a Upper Crust sandwich shop, Keddies - A newsagent type shop, a bank and two cash points, Waterstones and a hairdressers. There are always things going on - It's really busy with different University events and weekly stalls as well as occasional shows. It's a very up to date place.
I don't feel it is fair to review the teaching at Derby as I have had no experience with any department other than the Science department - Everyone I know is pleased with the quality of teaching though! If you need any more details feel free to contact me.
I spent my three years at Derby usinversity in September 2005. I started off with a boyfriend back home, shy and never went out, to become confident, loud, popular and independant!
Derby University is situated over a few sites, the main being Kedleston road which is approx 15 minutes on the Uni Bus from the city centre, Buxton, Mickle over and there was a new site opened i believe it was called the markeaton campus.
The Kedleston Road campus has a multi faith centre, gym, various cofee outlets, food stops, snack shop, waterstones and even a natwest!
The library at Keddy Road is amazing, theres computers for student use on every floor and lots of books to help you with your essays, or dissertation!
Socially there are lots of difefrent sports teams or societies to join ranging from your typical football to a rock society. The university is also supportive of those who wish to start their own society, with enough members, and a pitch the university will fund your new club!!!
I was a part of the business school which is highly rated which i found odd as Derby uni itself is not. I had some great lecturers who give you email addresses and phone numbers, and are always available to give help, feedback and advice. My subject.. Marketing Management offered a variety of different modules where i learnt the many different skills needed for marketing, variety ranged from advertising to economics to ethics.
The university based in Derby is a great city for students, various bars with differet specialities, Blue note for you rockers, First floor for the hardcore moshers, zanzi for you ravers, saddlers for the house fans and then bars such as coyote for all ya'll cowboy wannabees!
Derby is also host to a Westfield shopping centre, which is awesome, and their are great transport links into Nottingham and Birmingham!
I loved this university its supportive and social. The halls arent too far away from campus and the staff are really teher to help you!
Everyones university experience is different and it is very hard to make comments as your feellings change. I know when I first moved to Derby I thought it was a lovely leafy town, and I thought the University was adequete enough. However after living in Derby for 4 years my view has become somewhat tainted.
I would say that the University of Derby has easy to work out campus's (Old Jackson & Mickleover, New Markeaton), each faculty/department is clearly defined.
Personally I found my lecturers to have sound knowledge and with all university most aspects of study is self orientated. For this I found the libarary resources very good and easy to navigate with a vast stack of disertations and reference books.
Socailly, Derby has some good sports and social networks which are easy to join. I found the Balls were always well organised by the Students Union and we had some great line ups (Editors/Pendulum...).
If you are after a university which is fairly self contained and located in a small city, Derby is a good choice. I also found the staff we very helpful when i wanted to change my degree to a totally new subject - alwyas good to know if you are a bit indescisive!
I?m currently a student at the university of Derby (as you might have guess) about to start my second year and so I know what people think is important about the universities they are about to choose or embark upon. Since I only have experience at Derby Uni. I will let you know on what is here. I am currently residing in one of atleast six halls of residence. Four of these are close to the halls I am in at the moment so you certainly wont be far away from your lecture buddies. But more importantly there are four pubs within close proximity to halls all serving various cheap shots and the favored drink snake bite and black. And if this was not enough the town centre is 15-20 minutes by walk (as is the university if your bothered) with regular buses also in operation (if your to hung over to walk). In town there are a multitude of club and pubs to incapacitate any hardened drinker. All types of music admirers are catered for in various pub and clubs. Cheese being the most popular among the student body at the time that is not all that is on over. Punk and Jazz nights are also available at selected pubs and are well advertised to tell you exactly where and when. Drinks cheap Nights are long Anyone and everyone can party hard any night of the week Break the bank account and enjoy stumbling home Have Fun P.s. kebab, pizza and chip shops are plentiful
I'm now in my second year at derby university, on a computer studies course. I think the university is good as a whole, with good facilities. There is a nice learning centre, big restaurant, plenty of computers, but I think there is a lack of good lecturers. Some of my classes, I believe are boring. Maybe its the actual subject, but there are subjects that I like, but the lecturers drone on and on, either not explaining something in enough detail, or just being bloody annoying. I was in manchester with my girlfriend and tagged along to one of her lectures, Economics. I can't say this interests me one little bit, but the lecturer explained everything perfectly, and I left the lecture with a little understanding of the subject. The university could be improved by having more interesting subjects (for my area - computing), as I find that I enjoy say, 50% of my course. Thats just my personal preference, but i'd like other peoples opinions on this subject, because it looks like i've just got a grudge against derby uni. I haven't, so lets hear you!
I am currently a third year at the university of derby and i have to say...WOW! since the moment i came here for the open day i fell in live with it. The university is small but very very friendly. Everyone says hi and you get to know so many people. The halls of residents are all very modern and very fun to be in. They are safe and any problems are delt with ASAP! Also, if you have a computer you can get connected to he universities network to your room for a one of price of £30. from this you get FREE access to the internet 24/7! Night life is great. There is somewhere to go every night of the week to get aboslutly trollied or you can just chill at the local SU. There are lots of student nights with great deals like buy 1 get 2 free and 60p shots. I also believe that although the university, academically is towards the bottom of the league table i think it will be climing in the next years to come. It is a relativly new uni that is still getting of the ground and i believe when it does it wil be up there. The univeristy of derby also has one of the biggest Student unions in the contry and there is usually something going on to get involved in so you will never be bored... unless yu want to be. I would reccomend the university of derby to anyone ... trust me, you wont be sorry you came here.
I've recently finished my first year at Derby University, and I thought I'd tell you how it was. The accommadation is great, modern and stylish halls with decent common rooms and cool facilites. And it is good value for money, and makes it really easy to get to know loads of new mates. The university itself is also modern, well layed out and with excellent facilities, for instance the library and cinema showing classics and new releases. The social life - wicked. Cheap and cheerful student bars on various sites - the best is the Riverside, with free pool from 5-7 every day. Clubs? Union 1 is brilliant, especially SPANK! on wednesdays which plays a load of cheesy hits. Union 2 is not quite as good, but worth a look. In town try Zanzibar, Brannigans, Mcluskys and loads of other good value bars and clubs. And Time (home to Saturday club `Progress`) is best for all you dance lovers. There are loads of great events, the standout being the May Ball. We had Jools Holland playing this year, who was truly amazing. Plus a casino, stand-up comedy and thousands of other things it really is an event not to be missed. All in all, Derby Uni is a modern, trendy and good value place, which I would recommend to anyone who is trying to decide where to go. Party on!