The University of Derby is officially one of the most improved universities in the country, rising 16 places in the Complete University Guide 2015 published.
Its rise to 87th place is the fourth best improvement in the UK, with the rankings also confirming Derby as one of only ten universities to improve its position by ten or more places.
The independent annual guide ranks UK universities on a wide range of criteria including student satisfaction, research assessment, entry standards, student/staff ratio, spending on services and facilities, degree results, graduate prospects and completion.
Welcoming the 2015 results today Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “We’re pleased that the work of the University is being recognised by our continuing ascent of the league tables. We always want to do the best for our students and when this has the effect of increasing our standing nationally then we are naturally delighted.
“Our already impressive student satisfaction rate continues to sit in the top 25% of the higher education sector and this reflects our approach to offering high quality education with a personal touch. We truly believe in putting our students at the heart of everything we do.
“I am also delighted to say that our students are achieving more and more, with the percentage of graduates achieving a First or 2:1 degree classification increasing from 54.7% to 60.2%. This is very impressive.
“Our focus at Derby is on real world learning, preparing students for the world of work by giving them the theory and letting them put it into practice in our state of the art facilities. We give them the opportunity to meet great people, to embrace original thinking, to be inspired and to change their life.”
Derby’s rise is the fourth best in the league table after the University for the Creative Arts (rising 24 places from 86th to 62nd). Abertay rose by 20 places to 91st and Arts University Bournemouth rose by 18 places to 57th.
The Complete University Guide 2015 contains full profiles of all universities covered. Data for the rankings have been derived from official sources and have been meticulously checked directly with the universities to create an independent and authoritative league table designed to match applicants’ needs.