The Union of Students at the University of Derby has soared through the ranks this year, achieving a top 50 position in the WhatUni Student Choice table. The What Uni Student Choice Awards are an annual celebration of the best universities and higher education institutions in the UK and rankings are determined solely by student feedback and reviews.
Last year, the University’s Union was sat in 97th position nationally. The leap is reflective of the Union’s fresh and vibrant new brand, and exciting strategic direction – putting student experience at the heart of everything it does.
CEO, Vicky Hossack adds
“I’m thrilled that Derby Union of Students has jumped 47 places in the WhatUni Student Choice table this year as it recognises the amazing work taking place within our Union to transform and positively impact the experience of our students.”
“We really value the feedback from our students, and it is so encouraging to see the reviews submitted by our students over the last year that show just how much the Union is able to offer and contribute to student life.”
The Union’s vision outlines a commitment to transformation and change; something that the University of Derby has supported from day one. The Union actively empowers students to achieve their potential through academic representation, support, skills development and creative opportunities and fosters a strong sense of togetherness and community throughout all activity.
“They provide lots of relevant information and opportunities for students to participate in. They organise trips and fun days, enabling students to access experiences they wouldn't normally have the ability to do. The student’s union coffee shop also enables those students that don't get involved to still help support what is on offer to others to use.”
The Union is also proud to have over 50 Sports Clubs and over 100 Societies – an area that is incorporated in the student review criteria:
“The clubs and societies are amazing. They range from football all the way to 3D printing. Anything you can think of, there will be a club or society for it. However, if there is not then you have the ability to set one up yourself, and the students union will help you do this.”
Looking forward to the year ahead, the Union hopes that this improvement in national visibility will support the University of Derby to attract more prospective students locally, nationally and internationally.
For more information, visit www.derbyunion.co.uk
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