Record number of attendees at university open day

How the University of Derby achieved record numbers at its recent Open Day event

The University of Derby’s recent Open Day saw a record numbers of visitors attend, where more than 4,500 people arrived to explore its sites in the city.

A series of talks and presentations ran throughout the day at Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street, Britannia Mill, Deda, One Friar Gate Square and Derby Theatre to give visitors an insight into the different courses available and a taste of student life. Student ambassadors led campus and halls of residence tours for visitors and hundreds of people also attended the Open Day at the University’s Buxton campus

This was the first in a series of ‘new look’ Open Days at the University of Derby, showcasing graduate work including an exhibition from Paul Cummins, the artist of the Tower of London poppies, Rob Garner – who played a significant role in bringing the breath-taking visual effects of blockbuster movie Gravity to the big screen – and Sam Johnson, who is now a Designer at LEGO headquarters in Denmark.

The new £10.8 million Sports Centre, which boasts a 70 station fitness suite, an eight badminton court sports hall, spacious fitness and cycling studios, climbing wall, squash courts plus a three-lane indoor sprint track, was also open for visitors to look around.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, said: “Saturday marked my first Open Day since joining the University of Derby earlier this month, and it’s been a privilege to meet with so many prospective students and their parents.

“Open Days are an important way for prospective students to gain a real feel for both the City and the University. Here at Derby, we know that we have high quality facilities and that once prospective students have seen what we have to offer, they apply to Derby.

“We have had a record number of visitors and I am really pleased to see the increased interest, for all our courses, that university is able to attract.”

The next University of Derby Open Day takes place at the Derby and Buxton campuses on Saturday 17 October. To find out more, and book your place, visit:

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