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Can students from the College of Engineering and Technology have more storage on Turnit in, some assignments are a large size and turnit in has not got enough storage?

Unfortunately, Turnitin will only allow a specific maximum file size. Turnitin will accept any file that is less than 40mb, has a minimum of 20 words, and is less than 400 pages. Therefore we are not able to increase the file size restrictions as this is set by Turnitin. However, there are alternative submission points to Turnitin, such as the Blackboard standard submission point. Your lecturer can choose this alternative route. Please be advised that large files, through any system, will take a long time to upload. Please see your academic for alternative options for uploading large file sizes. IT Services would be happy to help academics find a suitable solution.


Can specialist software be installed in the library computers, can we have 24hour access to this? Ideally Houdini, Maya and Adobe.

The University has recently extended its opening hours which includes 24 hour access to the library and 1am access to certain labs at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street between 11 March - 14 April and 29 April - 5 May to provide wider access to specialty software. With regards to the specific software mentioned… Adobe – The Adobe core suite is available on all University PCs. We would require specifications of any additional specialized Adobe software that is needed so that we could further investigate these possibilities. Houdini – We’ve not had a request for Houdini in the past, however, we would need more information about the requirement for Houdini as we would need justification to pursue additional or reshuffled licencing. Currently, there are licences for room MS101, MS213 and MS 214 which are now covered in the extended opening hours. Maya – Maya is deployed on all self-serve windows and Apple laptops at Markeaton Street (of which there are 48) and Britannia Mill (of which there are 24). There are also 4 specialist CAD units in Britannia Mill Library and 6 specialist CAD units in Kedleston Road Library. Currently, this software requires specialist local PC’s limiting where this software can be installed. We are also exploring the use virtual desktops to enable use of the software anywhere within the University and where possible at home.


Why is there no parity between opportunities for those at ked rd and other campuses? Many activities happen at ked rd and other campuses are either not notified of them, sufficient transport is not offered or activities not put on at other campuses alongside KR.

For Union Activities: All of our activities are for the most part student-led, so students at other sites can always put on events at other sites as well. The only activities we put on that are not student-led are, Varsity which we do put on transport for. Jailbreak which is available to students in both Derby and Buxton. Briefings will take place in both Buxton and Derby so no transport is needed. The sports and Community awards both provide transport. We have also put on transport for committee training that will hopefully be online next year. The societies council also came to Buxton for allow Buxton students to apply for funding in September too.

The biggest reason why most things seem to happen at KR is there is more space here for the events to take place in. I’m sure more events would take place at other sites if the space was available.


Joint honours students finding it hard to find support for psycology or criminology modules as their personal tutor is early childhood.

The PAT policy puts students firmly at the heart of the relationship. Although Joint Honours (JH) students study 2 subjects, you are very much a whole person! A JH PAT will work with you on how you bring together your 2 subjects so you can explore, understand and enhance how your 2 subjects, your experiences and skills all come together to make you who you are. You can use this exploration to identify actions you can take whilst at Derby to make yourself the best version of you so you can go out into the workplace, or onto further study, with confidence. Subject specific queries should go to your SubjectLeader. Each subject you study has a Subject Leader. You can find out who yours is in the Joint Honours tile in UDo. It’s their role, alongside your module leaders and whole teaching team to support you with your subject knowledge. An easy way to remember it: your PAT is there to help you with you, your Subject Leader is there to help you with your subject. If you have any feedback about your experience with this, please tell us at feedback@derby.ac.uk


How much were the new security gates at ked road? How effective are they in terms of security?

“The installation of gate access as Phase 1 of our security transformation is part of a comprehensive series of changes we have been putting in place across the University, spanning many areas of change in our people, processes and technology. You will see far more comprehensive access control, visitor management systems and a greater security profile to ensure that we not only know who is on our campus, but also to advise, guide and support the many thousands of students, staff and visitor who come here every day and for whom we wish to provide the safest environment possible.

We would very much hope that we are never in the position of finding out how effective the gates themselves are in terms of security. However, these combined with the other changes, training and security measures we have put in place are both in response to the changing nature of the world we now live in and in particular, to the suggestions, advice and guidance we are given both from our external partners (Police, Security Services etc.) plus requests from our students and staff about ensuring the Campus continues to be a great place to study, visit and work within.”


Is the undergraduate research project flexible with dates to allow students who are on placement over the summer to take part?

The timescales of the URSS have been revised this year to open applications much earlier with students in place to begin the research from May-June with delivery of findings at a conference in October.

The students may commence work on the scheme upon completion of their right to work check and responses to ethical conditions (if applicable). This will most likely be in Mid-May to Early-June. However, the scheme is flexible as to when the research is undertaken during Mid-May to the end of September as long as the research outcomes are ready to present by the conference in early October (provisionally booked for the 4th October 2019). As a loose guide the £2,000 bursary equates to 254 working hours (based on the current minimum living wage of £7.85 p/h), or 31 days (based on 8 hours a day). This is only guide however and the scheme does not prescribe minimum or maximum hours to be spent on a project.

If on a summer placement the student and academic supervisor should work together to agree if the research can be delivered within the prescribed scheme timescales. As the scheme is only open to 2nd year students the timing of the key dates in the academic calendar cannot be adjusted.


Given the reduced number of modules, assessment work and academic face to face time in comparison to Undergraduate Years 1-3, does the panel feel it appropriate that the Foundation year attracts the same annual fee as those other Undergraduate years, noting some other Universities charge a lower fee for their Foundation years?

Foundation Programme Joint Honours students get between 15 and18 hours of class contact time each week for 35 weeks of the year. They all study 120 credits worth of Through Modules. So the fee charged proves excellent value for money.


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