Global Education was invited by Derby University for a full 4-day tour of the University. Being one of their oldest agents in Europe counting 20 years of representing the University in Cyprus.

Day one consisted of a warm welcome from the International Manager Richard Side, followed by a speech from the Marketing Manager, Jo Newman and the international officers Mikaela Green and Chris Wyke.  We had the opportunity to meet Helen Boulton and Alex Hudson from the English Language Centre and Laura Williamson from the International Student Centre. A university tour from the student ambassador Emma Halten, who showed us all round the main building and the student Union as well as the student library. Sessions continued with Suzanne Wigley from the Joint Honours programme and Larissa Allwork from the Research Impact in Europe, department. Our closing presentation was from the College International Academic director Marcus Werren from Derby Business School. Dinner followed with all the agents who were with us, Portugal, Spain, Norway and the Netherlands.

Day 2. Visit to Markeaton Street campus. A lovely morning talk with the Head of the School of Arts, David McGravie who gave us a tour in the college of engineering & technology by Richard Bostock and an overview by Warren & Louise Pigden. Fantastic facilities and some of us had the opportunity to tried the virtual reality (VR) experience. State of the art recording rooms as well as the arts department. We visited Britania Mill and got a touring of the Student Halls. Pick of the day was our backstage touring of Derby Theatre, a one-off experience as we got to see the last-minute rehearsals and preparation as it was Press night only a few hours away. A must see in Derby.

Day 3 at found us back at Kedleston Road – Derby’s main campus.A morning talk with Sally Akehurst from the college of life and natural science, then off to the sports centre where Martin Stuart spoke to us about everything we had to know about the prestigious Sports Centre and everything is has to offer. A fresh walk back to the main campus ( which is only a 3 minute walk away from the Sports Centre) Jane Montague, Head of Psychology spoke to us about everything related to psychology then followed a 20 minute walk to the School of Law  Law school – Phil Hodgson gave us a presentation about the School of Law and we were then taken on a  tour of the building and its fascinating facilities .Day ended with a talk from Isobel Stockdale from the Centre of Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism, which is based in Buxton campus.

Day 4. Chartsworth House. Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house was dressed for Christmas. We were very lucky to have the opportunity to see this. There are over 30 rooms to explore. Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese. Our day finished with lunch at the Cavendish Restaurant.

It was a great experience! Special thanks to Mikaela Green and Christopher Wyke for their warm hospitality.