New to Derby?

Don't worry, settle in with us.

This year, the start of your journey will look a little different, but we’re committed to offering you fantastic opportunities to meet new people and socialise, express yourself and your identity, join a vibrant student community and fulfil your potential.

Whether you’re after activities, representation, volunteering opportunities, employability, or advice, we’ll be here for you throughout your studies.

Daily delights

Every day of Freshers we're featuring a new piece of content. From invaluable information to games and giveaways, there's always something new! Check back every day and click the links below to join in.

What's on?

Over two weeks, from the 25th January to 12th February, your Union will be hosting a variety of online, fun, engaging and inclusive events to help you feel refreshed and welcomed back this semester.

Refreshers is not just for new students – there will be loads of opportunities for new and returning students to get involved, with a line-up of events perfect for everyone. Including ‘Dick and Dom Goes Virtual!’ and a thrilling ‘Among Us’ tournament.

Upcoming Events

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Freshers KPop Quiz – Hosted by Emkay
27th January 7pm - 10pm
Online
Join us for a virtual K Pop quiz hosted by Korean DJ Emkay! This is your chance to test your knowledge about Kpop music
Freshers/Refreshers
Elected Officers The University’s Sustainability Agenda
28th January 1pm - 2pm
Online
A talk from Liz Hunt, Environment and Sustainability Manager and Nina Çupriç, Vice President Education on The University’s Sustainability Agenda
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Virtual Yoga
28th January 5pm - 6pm
Online
This yoga workshop will energise your body and ensure you feel good! Sarah will guide you through a range of yoga sequences and talk you through her favourite uplifting poses. Expect lots of tips and tricks on how to keep your energy levels up
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Imperium coaching - develop your resilience
29th January 11am - noon
Zoom Meeting
Feeling anxious about the current situation we are all in?
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Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers International Students Social
29th January 3pm - 4pm
Online
Meet online with other International students and ask any questions you may have. We will help you to settle in, and support you on your student journey.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers How to be a lie detector
29th January 7pm - 8:30pm
Online
Dr Glenn Wilson is one of Britain’s best-known psychologists, specialising in personality and sexual behaviour. Dr Wilson will share their insight on how to be a lie detector, reading the cues to deception in body language and speech patterns.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Dick and Dom Goes Virtual
29th January 8pm - 10pm
Online
With lockdown 3.0 in full swing and venues all over the UK closing down, everyone’s favourite double act is bringing the party to you! Experience the legendary Dick vs Dom DJ set from the comfort of your home, as the guys showcase their favourite
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Among Us Tournament
31st January 5pm - 8pm
Online
Try your hand at the most popular game of 2020, in an exclusive student Among Us tournament. Whether you’re a seasoned player or you’ve never heard of the game, our team of hosts will be on hand to help you meet new people and play the game.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Meditation Mondays
1st February 6pm - 7pm
Online
Happy Not Perfect is your go-to place for everything you need to look after your mind in a fun new way. Now more than ever, having the tools to take care of your mental health has become a human priority. We know learning to meditate, or learning a
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Virtual Activities Fair
2nd February 10am - 3pm
Online
Join our Virtual Activities Fair and speak to reps from our Sports clubs, Societies, and Student-Led Services.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Maths Hub Social
2nd February 3pm - 4pm
Online
Maths Hub Socials! There will be one multiple choice maths puzzle (not requiring any advanced maths knowledge) and scores updated across the semester. Winners will get a prize and certificate at the end of the semester.
Freshers/Refreshers
Advice Meet the Advisors
3rd February noon - 12:30pm
Online
Meet the team, find out more about what they can support with and ask any questions you may in our friendly, virtual environment
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers LUNACINCOS: New Music Showcase I
4th February 8pm - 10pm
Online
Lunacincos Is A 5-part series of live music showcases - promoting emerging & hot talent that are on a trajectory to breakthrough. The seminal event had its debut in January 2020 with over 1000 attendees, and we’re back with an even bigger line up.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Drag Aerobics
5th February 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Online
Get your spandex on, push your sofas to the side, and get ready for an aerobics class with a twist, turn and a shimmy shimmy darling! Be part of the most outrageous exercise class and workout while you isolate. Drag superstar Dolly Trolley will take
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers LUNACINCOS: New Music Showcase II
5th February 8pm - 10pm
Online
Lunacincos Is A 5-part series of live music showcases - promoting emerging & hot talent that are on a trajectory to breakthrough. The seminal event had its debut in January 2020 with over 1000 attendees, and we’re back with an even bigger line up.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Among Us Tournament
6th February 5pm - 8pm
Online
Try your hand at the most popular game of 2020, in an exclusive student Among Us tournament. Whether you’re a seasoned player or you’ve never heard of the game, our team of hosts will be on hand to help you meet new people and play the game.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Virtual Yoga
7th February 11am - noon
Online
This yoga workshop will energise your body and ensure you feel good! Sarah will guide you through a range of yoga sequences and talk you through her favourite uplifting poses. Expect lots of tips and tricks on how to keep your energy levels up
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Maths Hub Social
9th February 3pm - 4pm
Online
Maths Hub Socials! There will be one multiple choice maths puzzle (not requiring any advanced maths knowledge) and scores updated across the semester. Winners will get a prize and certificate at the end of the semester.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers LUNACINCOS: New Music Showcase III
10th February 8pm - 10pm
Online
Lunacincos Is A 5-part series of live music showcases - promoting emerging & hot talent that are on a trajectory to breakthrough. The seminal event had its debut in January 2020 with over 1000 attendees, and we’re back with an even bigger line up.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers LUNACINCOS: New Music Showcase IV
11th February 8pm - 10pm
Online
Lunacincos Is A 5-part series of live music showcases - promoting emerging & hot talent that are on a trajectory to breakthrough. The seminal event had its debut in January 2020 with over 1000 attendees, and we’re back with an even bigger line up.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Lunar New Year Party
12th February 7pm - 9pm
Online
Join us in celebrating the Year of the Ox! After a hugely successful first term, Native and Cheeky Promotions are teaming up once again to provide a virtual club night, this time celebrating Lunar New Year!
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Rebel Bingo
12th February 7pm - 9pm
Online
Experience bingo like never before! Rebel Bingo takes a completely unique twist on the concept of traditional bingo and throws DJs, stage performers and a brilliant array of top prizes and novelty prizes into the mix. But that’s not all, don’t forget
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Maths Hub Social
16th February 3pm - 4pm
Online
Maths Hub Socials! There will be one multiple choice maths puzzle (not requiring any advanced maths knowledge) and scores updated across the semester. Winners will get a prize and certificate at the end of the semester.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers LUNACINCOS: New Music Showcase V
18th February 8pm - 10pm
Online
Lunacincos Is A 5-part series of live music showcases - promoting emerging & hot talent that are on a trajectory to breakthrough. The seminal event had its debut in January 2020 with over 1000 attendees, and we’re back with an even bigger line up.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Maths Hub Social
23rd February 3pm - 4pm
Online
Maths Hub Socials! There will be one multiple choice maths puzzle (not requiring any advanced maths knowledge) and scores updated across the semester. Winners will get a prize and certificate at the end of the semester.
Freshers/Refreshers

Hey, how's it going?

We’re the Union of Students and we exist to represent you, help you, and provide you with opportunities to make your experience here the best it can be.

We’re run by students, for students. Literally. Four students help to run the whole organisation on behalf of the student body, they’re supported by other students that work part-time on specific areas that we think are important to you.

They’ve all been in your shoes so know just what you need to make your time here unforgettable!

Your four Officer Trustees: Nina, Corey, Josh, and Emily

Frequently Asked Questions

We know there's often lots of questions on your mind when you start Uni, and the unique situation we are in currently can cause a little worry. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions below, simply click or tap on a question to see the answer.

How do I/do I have to join the Union?

When you enrol with the University you become a member of the Union. This will give you access to all of our services, events and activities. At the point of enrolment you can opt out of your membership and you can find out more about this process in our Standing Orders.

How do I meet people?

There will be lots of opportunities to meet new people during your studies. You will meet people on your programme of course, but there are many other great ways to meet like-minded students. We suggest you take a look at our range of sports clubs or societies to find out about different groups you can join. If you have a particular interest that isn’t covered, then get in touch with us to set up your very own group.

The Union runs a variety of events throughout the year, this starts with our Freshers programme above.

How do I log in to buy a ticket?

This year we're working in partnership with a company called Native to offer you some great virtual events. If you're interested in one of these events you'll be taken to our sister site derbyunion.native.fm to sign up – you'll need to create an account with them to book your (free) tickets. You can regsiter with any email address, but we'd suggest using your Derby Unimail address if possible.

If the event you're interested in is hosted by us, you can simply log in to the site at derbyunion.co.uk/login (there will also be a link to the login page on every ticketed event hosted by us if you're not already logged in) with your student number and University password. If you’ve not got these yet, or you’ve only got them recently you may not be able to link your University and Union accounts yet, so you’ll need to create a guest account (from the same login page) to book any tickets until the accounts can be linked.

How do I know if it's an official Union event?

All Union of Students events can be found here on our official website, or on our sister site at derbyunion.native.fm. New events are being added all the time so check back regularly for the latest updates.

Do any events cost money?

All our Union Refreshers events are free to attend (online). There may be some Society or Sports Club (GIAG) events that have a cost attached, but these will be clearly marked on their events pages.

I’m in my third year at uni – can I come to some of the events?

Yes! All University of Derby students are welcome to attend our events!

How do I join a sports club?

We’ve got over 40 teams for you to get involved with and you can even set up something new if you think there are enough people interested.

You can find a full list of our clubs and sign upon the website. Clubs and societies offer free sessions so you can try before you join.

Do you have any gaming societies?

You can find a full list of our societies on the website.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, why not start your own society. We can help you get up and running!

Do sports/activities cost to join?

Sports clubs and activities usually have a cost to joining to keep the club running and ensure students are safe and insured. Membership prices for each club and society will be available on the website from 1st September.

Check out our full list of clubs and societies.

I’m struggling to settle in, is there someone I can talk to?

The Union offers a free advice service to all students. Here you can chat to one of our friendly advisors over the phone or in person.

Questions? Comments?

The first port of call if you have any questions about the Union, want to speak to any of the Officers or book an appointment with our advice team is the information point at Kedleston Road.

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID19 situation our InfoPoint at Kedleston Road will be closed for a while. However, when we repoen, InfoPoint offers a small range of services to make your life that little bit easier. These include: ring binding, laminating, ticket sales, room booking (for clubs and societies), and memberships.

Until we repoen, you can still contact us with any questions or queries you have on the details below (and remember to follow the Union on Social Media so we can tell you as soon as we reopen InfoPoint).

Not on site?

No problem; contact Info Point on 01332 591507 or email info@derbyunion.co.uk.

Do you Trustee us?

Every year we hold at least two elections to vote in students that will lead the Union forward for the next year.

Any student can run for one of these positions; many are part-time and can be done during your studies, but the main four officers either take a year out of their studies to work full-time (or run in their final year and start after they graduate).

It’s an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience, but if you don’t feel like running for a position just make sure you vote for who you want to represent you.

Need any help?

Our advice team are focused on helping any and every student whilst studying at Derby.

We understand that students may encounter some difficulties, and no matter how big or small – we’re here to help!

Book an appointment by calling 01332 591507 or through our website derbyunion.co.uk/advice. We can help with a range of issues including:

Academic Offences
Academic Appeals
Complaints
Disciplinary
Grievances
Exceptional
Extenuating
Circumstances
Housing
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Who loves saving money?

You can buy an NUS TOTUM card, saving you all the monies on your online and highstreet shopping.

At only £14.99 for one year it’s a great bargain!

Just download the app for your phone and you can start enjoying TOTUM Lite for some free discounts – or you can purchase a card to access them all!

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You wanna tell us what to do?

Change is at the heart of everything we do; and you are at the heart of every change we make.

The Ideas Forum

Change starts with one thing – a great idea. If you’re one of those people with a great idea then head to our website at derbyunion.co.uk/ideas and let us know what it is! No idea is too big or too small. If other students like your idea then the Union will strive to make it happen for you.

Academic Representation

We work closely with the University and our officers and reps sit on almost all of the decision making groups in the University.

This means that, through our Academic Rep Scheme, if you want to change your course or something about the University then we can represent you and pass on your views to the people who make the decisions.

You can find the rep for your course, or find out how to become one on our website.

Annual General Meeting

Every year we have a huge meeting where you can come and hear about what’s changed, tell us what you want to change, and even vote on what changes should happen.

Need any essentials?

Your Union of Students runs two commercial venues and three convenience shops providing you food, drinks, supplies, and some entertainment too!

We have a shop at each of the Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill, and Markeaton Street sites. Selling a range of food, drinks, convenience items, and clothing; we hope you’ll have access to everything you need on site in between your lectures.

We even have an online shop too, so you can get a hoodie delivered directly to your door!

Blends is our Union coffee shop and offers everything from hot and cold drinks to breakfast, snacks, and sandwiches. Plus an amazing selection of cake, muffins, and biscuits! We have a Blends at Kedleston Road and also at One Friar Gate Square – in case you’re not on the main site and want a caffiene fix.

The Academy provides great food and drinks for that after-lecture breakfast, well-earned lunch, or just a nice cold beer to wind down after your studies. Cheers!

Want to play for us?

The Union of Students activities team coordinates all of the competitive sports at the University and supports all of our teams.

Most of our clubs give you the opportunity to play sport competitively as well as socially. The British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) league allows many teams to compete against other institutions to gain points for the University. Last year we were placed amongst the top 40 institutions in the country!

We’ve got over 40 teams for you to get involved with and you can even set up something new if you think there are enough people interested. You can find a full list of our clubs on the website.

Looking for like-minded friends?

The Union of Students activities team also coordinates all of the social societies at the Union and supports their members.

We have a massive choice of almost 100 societies to get involved with – whether you’re into Accounting, Medieval Reenactment, Poetry or eSports we’ve already got you covered. You can even start a new society for almost any interest.

Being part of a society is a great way to meet like-minded people, new friends, and have some downtime from your studies. You can find a full list of our societies on the website.