Annual Review 2017/18: Our Alumni

University is a profound experience for many people – a journey of excitement, hard work and making friends for life. For many of our students, we’re much more than a place to learn; we’re a home from home. Whatever path they decide to choose, we are proud of all our alumni.

Here, we share some of their successes with you.


Alumni highlights

Ed Hollands graduated with a First Class honours degree in Business Studies at the University in 2015 and now owns DrivenMedia, a company working with hauliers, advertisers and marketing agencies to use the sides of lorries as advertising space. Ed appeared on Dragons’ Den in February, and secured a £30,000 investment from Dragon Jenny Campbell in exchange for a 20% share in his company.

In November, Robert Ward graduated with a Distinction from the University’s very first Behaviour Change Masters programme. Now, as a result of his research, submarine manufacturing workers are using protective skin creams after his findings changed the way a global defence company approaches aspects of employee health and safety. Robert is a full-time Safety, Health and Environmental Advisor at BAE Systems, and has designed a multi-faceted approach to integrate skincare into daily life at the firm to prevent contaminants from entering the skin of workers after a day’s work.

International Spa Management graduate Melanie Gullett has become the General Manager of the Gin Spa in Glasgow, the world’s first botanically inspired day spa, which opened in December 2017. The spa uses botanical products, inspired by gin, in all of its treatments and serves complimentary gin cocktails to guests.

When our alumni leave Derby, we want to continue to support them as they navigate their way through the future, and help them stay connected with the University and each other.

Derby alumni can do this by:

Registering to receive your monthly e-newsletter for the latest benefits, news, events and continuous professional opportunities.


Connecting on social media

  • Facebook /DerbyAlumni
  • Twitter @DerbyUniAlumni
  • Instagram /derbyunialumni
  • LinkedIn search: ‘University of Derby’

Or contacting us on

T: 01332 591368



For further press information please contact the Corporate Communications Team on 01332 591491, or @derbyunipress

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