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.

Freshers Offer!

Grab yourself a Hoodie, Tshirt, and Tote for just £20!

We're offering a package deal on our University Hoodies, but only for a short time! Purchase before the Freshers Fair and you can get this awesome discount and your package will be ready to collect from the Keddies stall in the Freshers Village on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Sorry! this offer has now ended. You can still buy a hoodie from our online shop though, as well as a selection of other clothing and items. Check it out!

What's on?

Enjoy a safe and sociable mix of virtual and in-person Freshers events when you arrive, all hosted by your Union of Students.

We're planning everything in partnership with Derby City Council and the Environmental Health team and we're confident that our events are not just awesome and student-friendly, but Covid-aware, health and safety conscious, and adhere to all Government guidelines.

Upcoming Events

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Freshers Officer Cook Along
21st September noon - 7th October 5pm
Virtual Event - Instagram
Join us every Friday for a cook along with one of your student officers! Want to learn a new dish, or polish up them skills now you've left home cooking behind? This is perfect for you! Hosted on our Instagram @derbyunion
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Union of Students Freshers' 2020
21st September 6pm - 25th September 5pm
Online and on site
Enjoy a safe and sociable mix of virtual and in-person Freshers events when you arrive, all hosted by your Union of Students.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Mini Golf - Thursday
24th September 11am - 7pm
Freshers Village
Grab a putter and put your short game to the test over nine holes of mini golf at the Union's Freshers Village. Avoid those bogeys and down it in one!
Freshers/Refreshers
Advice Advice - twilight session*
24th September 5pm - 7pm
derbyunion.co.uk/advice/livechat
Live chat with our free, independent Advice service
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Business Business Society welcome
24th September 6pm - 7pm
Microsoft Teams
Introduction to the Society and committee with an overview of what we have planned for the year. Join our 'Give it a go' channel on Microsoft teams to access the meeting. https://teams.microsoft.com/l/channel/19%3a940328823110451882819075937efac
Give it a Go
Freshers Discover Derby: Derby Market Place takeover
24th September 6pm - 9pm
Derby Market Place
Good food. Good times.
Freshers/Refreshers
Musical Theatre Virtual Musical Theatre Give It A Go
24th September 7pm - 9pm
Virtual
A one-time virtual Give it a go session, hosted on the musical theatre discord server for current and prospective members.
Give it a Go | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
LGBTQ+ LGBTQ+ Virtual Pub Quiz
25th September midnight - 11:59pm
Give it a Go
Freshers Mindful Zumba (Feel Good Friday)
25th September 9:30am - 10:15am
the Freshers Village
Find a calm little corner in one of our Freshers Village marquees and join in with some of our creative sessions including Mindful Zumba.
Buy Tickets
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Poetry Workshop (Feel Good Friday)
25th September 10am - 11am
Online, via Zoom
Find a calm little corner of the internet and join in with some of our creative sessions including a Poetry Workshop.
Buy Tickets
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Freshers Mindful Pilates (Feel Good Friday)
25th September 10:30am - 11:15am
the Freshers Village
Find a calm little corner in one of our Freshers Village marquees and join in with some of our creative sessions including Mindful Pilates.
Buy Tickets
Freshers/Refreshers
Buxton Freshers Buxton Virtual Scavenger Hunt
25th September 11am - 7pm
Buxton
Explore, fun, repeat.... while keeping your social distance of course! Download the app now!
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Mini Golf - Friday
25th September 11am - 2pm
Freshers Village
Grab a putter and put your short game to the test over nine holes of mini golf at the Union's Freshers Village. Avoid those bogeys and down it in one!
Buy Tickets
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Laughtercise*
25th September 11:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom
Stretched Muscles. Warm Hearts. Tickled Ribs. Calm Minds.
Buy Tickets
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Freshers Mindful Meditation (Feel Good Friday)
25th September 11:45am - 12:30pm
the Freshers Village
Find a calm little corner in one of our Freshers Village marquees and join in with some of our creative sessions including Mindful Meditation.
Buy Tickets
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Mindful Comics (Feel Good Friday)
25th September 1:30pm - 2:15pm
the Freshers Village
Find a calm little corner in one of our Freshers Village marquees and join in with some of our creative sessions including Mindful Comics.
Buy Tickets
Freshers/Refreshers
Lacrosse Lacrosse Give it a Go
25th September 3:30pm - 5pm
Lower 4G Pitch - University of Derby
Come and try Lacrosse in a safe and friendly environment! There is a limited capacity for this event.
Give it a Go
Hallyu Wave Virtual Icebreaker
25th September 5pm - 6pm
Online, Zoom
Join our Zoom call and get to know our society and fellow members, ask us any questions you may have and play some quizzes! Join our Facebook private group to get more info or message us on any of our social media accounts.
Give it a Go
Imagineers Imagineers One Shot Role Play Game
25th September 6pm - 7pm
Academy Bar
Join our Imagineers Society in the Academy Bar to take part in their One Shot Role Play Game
Give it a Go
Taekwon-Do TKD-Give it a Go
25th September 6pm - 7pm
University of Derby Sports Centre
Come join us for a FREE session of fun filled exercise!
Buy Tickets
Give it a Go
Freshers Comedy Night
25th September 7pm - 10:30pm
the Freshers Village
Laugh yourself silly with our live comedy night, proudly sponsored by intu Derby
Freshers/Refreshers
Interior Design Virtual Welcome for Interior Design Society
25th September 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Online
A short welcome virtually! Grab a cuppa and join us online for a little chat where you can ask questions and we can introduce ourselves. Online platform to be confirmed, but will be sorted. Worst case scenario the event will be moved back a tad
Freshers/Refreshers
Rowing Rowing Give It A Go
26th September 1pm - 4:30pm
Derby Rowing Club
'This year we are offering the opportunity to come down to Derby Rowing Club and spend some time on the rowing machine with our committee'
Give it a Go
Rowing Rowing Give It A Go
27th September 1pm - 4:30pm
Derby Rowing Club
'This year we are offering the opportunity to come down to Derby Rowing Club and spend some time on the rowing machine with our committee.'
Give it a Go
Bake Off Signature Bake Give It a Go
28th September midnight - 4th October 6pm
From the comfort of your own home
Participants are given a theme (this time it's your course) and a week long window in which to produce a bake at home and submit it to our socials or email for judging. Then, a Star Baker will be crowned!
Give it a Go
Football & Futsal Women's Women's Football Give it a Go
28th September 4pm - 5:30pm
Lower 4G Pitch - University of Derby
Come and try Women's Football in a safe and friendly environment! There is a limited capacity to this event.
Give it a Go
Elected Officers LGBTQ+ Welcome*
28th September 7pm - 9pm
Blackboard
An opportunity to meet your elected Equality Officers for LGBTQ+ and Gender and socialise with other students
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Equine Equestrian Team Trials
29th September 10am - 1pm
Hargate Equestrian Centre
Team trials for anybody who is interested in joining a team competing this year.
Give it a Go | Freshers/Refreshers
Equine Equestrian Give it a Go Lessons
29th September 1pm - 2pm
Hargate Equestrian Centre
Give it a go lessons for any new riders.
Give it a Go | Freshers/Refreshers
Elected Officers International Welcome*
29th September 6pm - 8pm
Online
A virtual welcome to the University of Derby, hosted by your Part Time Officer
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Christian Union Virtual Fresher's International Student Welcome Call
29th September 7pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Freshers Event: Welcome Zoom Call for International Students
Freshers/Refreshers
LGBTQ+ Virtual Pictionary
30th September midnight - 11:59pm
Give it a Go
Freshers Practical Mindfulness*
30th September 11:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom
Join this online seminar covering the importance of mindfulness and the positive wellbeing it can bring to your life
Buy Tickets
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Rounders Rounders' Give it a Go
30th September 1pm - 3pm
Sturgess Field (Behind Jonty Farmer on Kedleston Road)
An opportunity to try out the sport in a relaxed environment and meet the club committee.
Give it a Go
Debate Debate Society Quick Fire Debate Session
30th September 3pm - 6pm
Virtual
Join our Debate Society online to take part in their Quick Fire Debate Session.
Give it a Go | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Elected Officers Student Parent and Carers Welcome *
30th September 4pm - 5:30pm
Blackboard
An opportunity to meet your elected Equality Officer for Student Parents and Carers, alongside others student parents and carers
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Anime and Manga Online Anime Watch Party
1st October 5pm - 8pm
Virtual
Online watch party for attendees, including voice channels.
Give it a Go | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Animation ANIMATION SOCIETY - GIVE IT A GO ONLINE SESSION
2nd October 2pm - 4pm
Online via Microsoft Teams
The Animation Society welcomes anyone interested in animated media, be it making, discussing or watching. Find out about all the interesting events we have planned for this year and get the chance to meet the team as we play some cartoon themed games
Give it a Go | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Elected Officers Students with Disabilities and Allies Welcome*
2nd October 4pm - 6pm
Blackboard
An opportunity to meet your elected Equality Officer for Students with Disabilities' and other students who have a disability and discuss how we can support each other
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Christian Union Virtual Fresher's Church Search
2nd October 7pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
A freshers event for new students to help them find out more about the churches in Derby.
Give it a Go | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Book Club Book Club Give It A Go
4th October 6pm - 7pm
Virtual
A virtual Give It a Go session for potential members to have a general discussion for all things book related, then followed by a book themed quiz.
Give it a Go | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Student Voice Welcome Debate series - Black Lives Matter*
5th October 5pm - 7pm
Blackboard
This debate will discuss the importance of equality and diversity within the higher education sector
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Student Voice Welcome Debate series - Online learning*
6th October 5pm - 7pm
Blackboard
An opportunity to meet other students online and debate important topic of online vs face-to-face learning, as well as how online learning may impact mental health.
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Student Voice Welcome Debate series - Consent*
7th October 5pm - 7pm
Blackboard
Join us for this debate looking at the subject of consent and enforcement of personal boundaries.
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Elected Officers Sustainability: a student perspective*
8th October 2pm - 7pm
Blackboard
A day of virtual activities, exploring the concept of sustainability from a student perspective
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Animation DAN WEAVER OF FUDGE ANIMATION Q&A - GIVE IT A GO
9th October 2pm - 4pm
Online via Microsoft Teams
Join the Animation Society as we get the opportunity to talk to the Dan Weaver, Creative Director of Fudge Animation! It's a great chance for you to talk to a professional in the industry! So get your questions ready and come Give It A Go on Oct 9th
Give it a Go | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Elected Officers Postgraduate Welcome*
9th October 5pm - 7pm
Blackboard
Your postgraduate welcome event! Hosted by your Postgraduate Taught Officer.
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Snowsports Snowsports Give It a Go
5th November 6:30pm - 10pm
Tamworth Snowdome
Snowsports GIAG is here! whether you're a total beginner or a steezy pro, you're invited to join!
Give it a Go

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. Check out our Freshers Minisite to see what we have to offer.

What is happening this year?

This year we have worked hard to offer you a safe and sociable mix of virtual and in-person Freshers events when you arrive.

We have designed a purpose built, outdoor Freshers village at Kedleston Road, where you take part in a range of events and activities throughout induction week in one of our four marquees.

Check out our full list of events for more information.

Will there be food and drink on site?

The Freshers Village bar will be open when events are taking place, throughout the day and into the evening with outdoor seating and places to relax. There will be an ordering system in place where you can pre-order food and drink to your table and use contactless payment methods to pay.

Away from the village, the Union will open its coffee shop Blends, at both Kedleston Road and One Friar Gate Square, and our main shop at Kedleston Road will also be open selling a wide range of meals and snacks.

Where can I find out where to go on the day?

You won’t be able to miss the Freshers Village, it will be visible and well signposted on the approach to the Kedleston Road building. Entry and Exit points will also be clearly marked to help you navigate our safe one-way system.

I have anxiety and prefer quieter events. Is there anything for me?

Yes! We have made sure there are a great mix of events for all students. You may find quieter events such as the Wine and Cheese or the creative Feel Good Friday ideal for you. We are also offering virtual events for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa.

Check out our full list of events for more information.

Is Derby good for a night out?

We think so and we work closely with a number of local nightclubs to offer great student deals on nights out in the City. These nights will resume as soon as government guidelines allow. In the meantime you can check out the wide range of bars and restaurants available and start planning to get to know your new home away from home!

Where are the events?

This year there is a mix of virtual and in-person Freshers events when you arrive.

For Derby based students, your in-person events will centre on our Freshers Village, a purpose built outdoor venue at Kedleston Road.

For Buxton based students, your events will centre on the Devonshire Dome, a large, open plan space.

Check out each event to see where you can find each one.

How do I log in to buy a ticket?

You can log in to the site at derbyunion.co.uk/login, there will also be a link to the login page on every ticketed event if you're not already logged in.

You will log in using your using 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 purchase 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. So you know which events are being run by us before you arrive; new events are being added so check back regularly for the latest updates.

Do any events cost money?

A small number of our evening events require you to purchase a ticket to secure your booking. Due to limited capacity these tickets help to ensure each seat at the event is taken.

If for whatever reason you cannot attend as planned, you will be entitled to a refund if you let us know 48 hours before the event. Any cancellations after this point cannot be refunded.

I’m so excited! How do I buy a wristband?

There is no wristband to purchase this year, each event that requires a ticket is being sold seperately. Some events have a limited seating so make sure you book your space.

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. A first release of tickets are designated to first year students only, but all other releases are open to everyone.

Can I bring my friends?

You are able to book tickets for you and other members of your household and you will be seated together if you book as a group. As places are limited we request that only University of Derby students attend ticketed events, but guests are welcome at Freshers Fair and other daytime 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.

Do I need to wear a mask to attend events?

For events which take place in the Freshers village, face coverings are optional and you can wear one if you choose. The Village is an outdoor venue and the space is therefore very well ventilated.

Are events going to be safe to attend?

We are working hard to ensure all Freshers events are COVID-19 safe, with one way systems around the venue and clear signage to help you navigate the space. There will be hand sanitising stations on the entrance and exit to each marquee and floor signage encouraging social distancing is maintained at all times.

We will be adhering to NHS Track and Trace guidelines and encouraging pre-booking to all events so that details can be stored securely in the event of a positive case being recorded.

We are also utilising temperature checking for seated events on entrance to the marquees and all events will have allocated seating and table only service to ensure social distancing throughout.

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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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.