The University of Derby is located in the English city of Derby. Formerly known as Derby College of Art and Technology, the institution can trace its origins back to the foundation of the Derby Diocesan Institution for the Training of Schoolmistresses, which was established in 1851. It gained university status in 1992.
Derby city is located in the centre of the UK. London is about 125 miles south, while Manchester lies 90 miles to the north.
The university's primary campus is located in the north-west of Derby and comprises of various sites that align the path into the city centre: Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill, Markeaton Street, Enterprise Centre, One Friar Gate Square, and Chandos Pole Street. The university also has campuses located in Buxton, Derbyshire and Chesterfield. Derbyshire is home to the university's newest site and provides a base for nursing and healthcare courses.
There are a range of excellent facilities at the Derby and Chesterfield sites. The Kedleston Road campus is home to the Sports Centre, four-storey library, spacious study areas and plenty of places to eat and socialise with other students, including a Starbucks, Subway and Student Union cafe and bar among others.
Famous graduates of the University of Derby include former vice-president of Malawi, Khumbo Kachali; painter, David Imms; cricketer, Devon Malcolm; singer Lucy Spraggan and ceramic artist Paul Cummins, who created the Seas of Red poppies installation to commemorate World War I.