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Last update Thursday 9th April at 2.16pm

As we head into the Easter weekend, we wanted to say thank you for your patience, understanding, energy and commitment over what has been an unprecedented few weeks for us all. The way the entire University community has reacted and adapted to the situation says everything about our students, our Union of Students and all the staff at Derby, demonstrating that our foundations are built upon the right attitudes, behaviours and values.

We have had to move at pace through this period and, as always, the Union of Students and the University have been working collaboratively to ensure we are championing the student voice, and we have been supporting and representing students daily.

Many decisions have been made, and through the engagement and input of our student representation we have ensured the needs of students have been at the heart of our decision making. Student feedback has been gathered across all channels and shared with the University, helping shape the no detriment policy that has been put in place. This policy aims to safeguard your opportunity to succeed and has been a powerful student-led change across the institution.

Student representatives, including your Officer Team and Part-Time Officers, have been working collaboratively with University leadership to inform decisions made around teaching, access to resources and challenges that students told us that they were facing. Decisions to waive third term payments in student accommodation, improvement of online learning resources, access to computers and provision of additional wellbeing services have all been shaped by student feedback.

During this extraordinary period in our lives, it's so important that all our students feel supported, so they can continue to succeed with no detriment to their assessments. The Union of Students and the University are committed to ensuring we continue to put students at the forefront of decisions being made.

Although challenging for us all, we are determined that when we look back on these difficult-times we can be proud of how we have worked together and managed our way through.

Thank you once more, and we wish you all a well-deserved Easter break.

Kind regards,
Daniella Quill, President of the Union of Students
Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor

Monday 23rd March at 9.00am

The Union of Students recognises the decision taken by the University of Derby to move teaching online from Monday 23rd March and also to the announcement that from 5.00pm on Tuesday 24th March areas of Kedleston Road will be closed to students and staff. This includes the Union quarter and main atrium. In response to this decision the Union is making several changes to the way our services will be offered, with these changes in place from today until Monday 20th April. We expect to carry out a further review on our services following the end of the Easter holiday for students and will update our News regularly as things progress.

  • All Union activity at Kedleston Road has now ceased, with Blends and the Keddies shop now closed. This is due to the Union quarter and atrium area being closed to students and staff from Tuesday 24th March. As of 5.00pm on Tuesday 24th there will be no members of Union staff on site and you are therefore encouraged to make contact with us via facebook, phone or email. Please note the library remains open to students Monday-Friday and further details can be found in your student email.  
  • The Union has now cancelled all Union events up to the end of the academic year, following University instructions. This includes sports club, society and student led services events. We have explored the option of postponing our end of year award ceremonies but have taken the decision to cancel these events due to the financial cost of these going ahead with low numbers in attendance and in anticipation of the ongoing public health risk to large group gatherings. We are working on delivering these events virtually and more information will follow soon so that achievements from this academic year are suitably recognised and celebrated. Unfortunately it has also not been possible to move Varsity to later in the year and so this has been cancelled.    
  • All Union advice appointments will now be carried out via phone or Skype. This is in the interest of protecting the wellbeing of our staff advisors and the students visiting for appointments. Appointments are still available to book online at 

We recognise that these are exceptional times for all of us, and the Union remains available to support all students. For further information on the measures we are taking please email

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