University of Derby to build new business school

The city centre facility is scheduled to open in September 2024, and will be a hub for Derby’s business community

The University of Derby has announced plans to build a new business school in the centre of the city.

The landmark building is scheduled to open in September 2024, and serve over 6,000 students by 2030. It will be located at Ford Street in Derby on a university-owned site opposite the School of Law and Social Sciences.

In line with the university’s sustainability goals and expertise, it is intended to be net zero carbon in construction and operation.

The university’s existing business school is based at its Kedleston Road site, and the new, larger location is intended to give the university a greater physical presence in the city centre. As well as providing a “transformative” learning experience for students, the new business school is also designed to be accessible to residents, schools and colleges, local businesses and entrepreneurs, and contribute to the growth of Derby city and its surrounding area.

Artist’s impression of the new University of Derby Business School

“Our ambitious plans for an iconic new business school, located in the centre of Derby, are part of a broader vision to expand the university’s reach and reputation across the UK and globally,” said Professor Kamil Omoteso, pro vice-chancellor dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Derby.

“To do so, the university must be in a position to offer the best possible learner experience that reflects its values of being bold, brilliant and future focused. We intend to build on our already strong reputation to become a leading business school for applied real world learning; one that creates opportunities for a diverse range of students to attain their full potential and become successful and responsible future leaders.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, vice-chancellor and chief executive of the University of Derby, added: “This new city centre building will not only enhance the area’s appeal and vibrancy, but also attract more students to Derby, positively impact the local economy, and provide businesses and organisations with easier access to research, innovation and the business services they need to grow and prosper. This is a hugely important project for the University, one that I hope will receive the support it needs to make it a reality.”

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