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Success in Computing and Mathematics

Imagine Cup The Imagine Cup is an annual student technology competition held by Microsoft. The event begins with local and regional competitions and comes to an exciting finale at the worldwide finals in Poland. There were 56 entries from Great Britain. Of these 13 were selected to go through to the semi-final round, 10 came from the University of Derby. With the exception of the USA and Poland, more teams went through from Derby, as a single institution than any other country in the world! Find out more about the Imagine Cup 2010 and our entries at

A promising future David Stevenson and Leon Revill-Hendley are starting the final year of the BSc (Hons) Computer Networks degree at Derby. During their third year, which is the placement year, they set up their own company – East Midlands IT. Based at the University run ID Centre for start-up businesses, East Midlands IT provides computer support and repair for homes and businesses including website design, graphic design and printing services. It is a Microsoft registered partner and Cisco certified. They also launched their own tailor-made IT package aimed at new businesses, called KickStart It! A year after the company’s launch, the entrepreneurial duo are now looking at keeping the business going while they complete their degrees. Business has proved so good that they are looking to employ someone part time to help them out. “It has been a really interesting year. Both Leon and I have learnt a lot technically and about what’s needed to run a business day-to-day.”says David. Read David and Leon’s case study and to find out more about our students at

We had the idea of providing everything businesses might need in one package. David Stevenson

Success in Business

Success in Law and Criminology

Law skills triathlon

Christopher Redshaw with Business Quest judges.

Business Quest


In December 2009, Peter Gadsby, one of the Midlands’ best known and successful business leaders, along with the University, launched a new annual competition – Business Quest. Business Quest 2010 was aimed at students and graduates who had been trading for at least three months. Shortlisted contestants were mentored by a senior business expert to refine their business idea and prepare for the final pitch to Peter and his team of judges. The prize was investment and support from Peter to the value of £20,000. The competitions first winner was Christopher Redshaw, of creative design and media company Revolver Revolver. Christopher said “I honestly didn’t think I’d win, I thought Peter would

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go for a more unusual business concept.” “My first move will be to organise my marketing materials and look at drawing up employment contracts.” Find out more at

I was extremely impressed with the level of commitment from the competitors, and with the presentations. Peter Gadsby

Every autumn the Derby and District Law Society in association with the School of Law and Criminology stage the Law Skills Triathlon where entrants compete for the Jubilee Award. It’s an ideal opportunity to put all the skills you’ve learnt in your degree in to practice. Seven of our LL.B students are paired with seven trainee solicitors to form seven teams who compete in the one day competition. The teams compete in three areas of interviewing, negotiation and advocacy. This involves conducting a client interview, making a court application and participating in a negotiation meeting based on materials provided. (Details of the relevant law for the advocacy part are provided on the day). The event has been running since 2006 and has received high praise from all quarters including the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Find out more at

Success in Law and Criminology

Investigating New York For most people New York crime is TV fiction but a University of Derby graduate is bound for the ‘Big Apple’ to learn how to become a profiler of serious criminal offenders. Monica Connors studied BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology and graduated with a 2:1. In September she’ll be starting her masters degree in Criminal Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, New York. It is one of the top educational sites in the world when it comes to criminal justice study and research, with an

international reputation and close links with the USA’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Monica praised the support she received from the School of Law and Criminology, which gave her the confidence to apply to John Jay College.

“” The three years I was at Derby were the best years of my life Monica Connors

The “Power of Law” Frankii Davies studied LL.B (Hons). She was recently awarded a £7000 Benefactors Scholarship from Middle Temple. “Derby is an ideal place to study for a degree. It’s the perfect place to settle in to, rather than being thrown in to a huge city” says Frankii. “The staff are so helpful and the courses are practical. The skills gained set you up for life rather than setting you up just to pass an exam. The opportunities the University gave me helped me to show my true ability in interviews and on paper. I have also recently been accepted on the part time Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).” Read Frankii’s story and find out more about our students at

Success in Business

Dream job for Emily

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Emily studied BA (Hons) Business Studies, and now works for Derby County Football Club. “I look after 75 companies who sponsor the club, making sure we deliver on their contract to meet their needs and exceed expectations. Accounts include high profile partners such as Bombardier. It’s a relationship marketing role, making sure customers feel they get value for money” says Emily. “My degree gave me options which were transferable across lots of businesses and industries.” As a Derby County fan, working at DCFC is a dream job for Emily. She plans to stay and develop the role further. Read Emily’s case study and find out more about our students at

Where will your degree take you? Matt Warwick studied HND Business and Management. Now he’s the Production Editor for Loaded magazine, responsible for making it all happen. From writing headlines and arranging photo shoots through to sending the final issues to be printed and everything in between!

Matt has worked on magazines in London for the last six years including Heat and NME. “The best part of the job is the satisfaction of getting everything right and sending an issue away to print, having to get so many different elements together”

says Matt. “Derby is a fairly special place” Matt explains. “Because of its size it feels like a city specifically for students – almost like it’s one big campus.” Watch the interview with Matt at

Success in Computing and Mathematics

On the buses BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming student Chris McKellar has won national bus company Arriva’s competition to design a computer game for its website customers. “I was really shocked and excited to have won Arriva’s design a game competition” said Chris “I spent four weeks on the project and it provided something challenging to do during the holidays. I’ve designed games before for projects at the University, but this is a real achievement for me.” Chris’s arcade style game, Buster, challenges players to line up three buses of the same colour and ‘Bust’ through the rows. The game is available to play online now at

Nick Morris studied BSc (Hons) Mathematical Studies and is now enjoying a successful career as a Solutions Analyst at Experian in Nottingham. “I’d definitely recommend the maths degrees at Derby to anyone” Nick says. “I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to be taught by than the maths team at Derby. They're extremely enthusiastic about what they are teaching and have a remarkable ability to relate the subject to everyday occurrences, which helped the understanding of the concepts being taught” Photo supplied courtesy of Arriva

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Open Days Our open days give you the chance to meet our academics, find out more about the course and view our facilities. They are a great opportunity for you to find out more about our range of full time, part time and online courses Get a feel for the place You can't tell what a university is really like from a glossy prospectus. Coming to an open day means you can get a real feel for the place. We're confident you'll notice our warm and friendly atmosphere as soon as you walk in the door!

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