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University climbs the ranks

The University of Derby has moved up the ranks in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
The influential annual guide ranks UK universities on a wide range of criteria including student satisfaction levels, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student-to-staff ratios, spending on services and facilities and dropout rates.
Derby has jumped five positions in the 2014 rankings – to 84th position nationally (among 121 institutions), up from 89th in the previous league table – putting it in 6th place among East Midlands’ universities, overtaking regional neighbour De Montfort University in the process.
In terms of ‘student satisfaction’, Derby is ranked second highest in the region with a score of 83.8 per cent.
Since 2012, Derby has seen a steady improvement in rated categories such as student satisfaction, entry standards, degree completion rates, achievement of good honours degrees and graduates' prospects.
This year’s positive result overall follows Derby’s 18 place jump, then to 89th position, in The Times Good University Guide 2013.
Welcoming the 2014 results, Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We're delighted that the work of the University is being recognised by our ascent of the league tables.
“Our impressive satisfaction rate reflects our approach to offering high quality education with the personal touch, we truly believe in putting our students at the heart of everything we do.
“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.”