New to Derby?

Let us show you around.

This September we are excited to offer you a fabulous Freshers experience with 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 are here to welcome you to the University of Derby and we will be here for you throughout your studies.

Save some cash

You can now buy an official Freshers Wristband for £20 – meaning if you attend just four of our clubnights you've made your money back.

Turn up to all of them and you can save a whopping £55! And that's not including all the other benefits of being a wristband holder like our Brunches, Quizzes, Bingo and more!

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What's on?

Your Union will be hosting a variety of fun, engaging, and inclusive events to help you feel refreshed and welcomed back this semester.

Freshers 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.

Upcoming Events

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The University's St Helena site Union of Students Freshers Fair - St Helena, Chesterfield
16th September 10am - 3pm
St Helena, Chesterfield
Join us in Chesterfield for a warm welcome from your Union, and other fantastic organisations
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A group of students chat round a table outside at a Freshers event. Bunting hangs above them. Union of Students Welcome Fest
17th September 1pm - 6pm
Freshers Village
It all starts here..
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Freshers Welcome Party
17th September 9pm - 3am
Popworld
Your official welcome to Derby Uni!
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Freshers Hideout Brunch
18th September noon - 3pm
Hideout
Come down to Hideout for hair of the dog, or a strong coffee, the choice is yours!
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Freshers UV Rave at Popworld
18th September 9pm - 3am
Popworld
Mad DJs, crazy lasers, insane UV!
Freshers/Refreshers
Some students relaxing outdoors at Freshers Fair Union of Students Freshers Fair Day 1
19th September 9am - 4pm
Freshers Village
Your University of Derby life is about to begin. Start it in the best possible way, with us!
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Freshers Quiz at Friary
19th September 9pm - 3am
Friary
Gather your flat mates and see who is the best pub quiz team member - and who needs to hit the books!
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Students having fun at Freshers Fair Union of Students Freshers Fair Day 2
20th September 10am - 4pm
Freshers Village
Your University of Derby life is about to begin. Start it in the best possible way, with us!
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Students watching a film in an outdoor cinema. Union of Students Outdoor Cinema (Film TBC)
20th September 7pm - 10pm
Freshers Village
Enjoy a family friendly film night in our Freshers Village!
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Freshers Vodka Rocks Frat Party
20th September 9pm - 3am
Hideout
Jocks vs cheerleaders. Dig out the fancy dress and face paint, gather your gang, and come down to the best night out in town!
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Freshers Rock and Roll Bingo
20th September 10pm - midnight
Friary
IT'S NOT JUST BINGO... IT'S ROCK N ROLL BINGO!
Freshers/Refreshers
Students browsing the vintage clothes sale Union of Students Vintage Vera Kilo Sale
21st September 10am - 5pm
Freshers Village
Vintage Vera, the UK's best provider of pre-loved vintage, will be back as part of our Freshers Village
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Student playing rounders Union of Students Rounders Tournament
21st September 1pm - 6pm
Upper Pitch, Kedleston Road
Get a taste of the Union Sports by watching our sports teams play a game of Rounders.
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Students watching a film in an outdoor cinema Union of Students Outdoor Cinema (Film TBC)
21st September 7pm - 10pm
Freshers Village
Enjoy a family friendly film night in our Freshers village!
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Freshers Pre-drinks at Stonegate Venues
21st September 7pm - 10pm
Friary/Fever/Hideout
Start the party early with pre-drinks at top venues in the city.
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Freshers Secret New Wednesday Night
21st September 9pm - 3am
Popworld
The biggest student night in Derby!
Freshers/Refreshers
Students browsing the vintage clothes sale Union of Students Vintage Vera Kilo Sale
22nd September 10am - 5pm
Freshers Village
Vintage Vera, the UK's best provider of pre-loved vintage, will be back as part of our Freshers Village
Freshers/Refreshers
Students eating cakes outdoors. Union of Students Advice Tea Party
22nd September 11am - 5pm
Freshers Village
Enjoy free cake and refreshments and meet with your Union.
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Freshers Inflatable Rave
22nd September 9pm - 3am
Fever
Crazy inflatables all night long
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Freshers Karaoke
22nd September 10pm - 3am
Friary
Sing your heart out at the best Karaoke party in Derby!
Freshers/Refreshers
Two origami cranes made from colourful paper Elected Officers Online paper crafts with Alexandra Mazilu
23rd September 11am - noon
MS Teams
Try paper crafts like origami and quill art, whilst chatting to your VP Education, Alex. Give it a go!
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Two origami cranes made from colourful paper Elected Officers Online paper crafts with Alexandra Mazilu
23rd September 2pm - 3pm
MS Teams
Try paper crafts like origami and quill art, whilst chatting to your VP Education, Alex. Give it a go!
Freshers/Refreshers | ATTR – Virtual (online) Event
Freshers Paint Party
23rd September 9pm - 3am
Popworld
Expect UV paint, face painting and mad DJ's
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Freshers Sports Saturdays
24th September 10am - 9pm
Friary/Hideout
Sports fan? Look no further than Sports Saturdays: A jam packed day of sports fixtures and drinks deals!
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Freshers Big Saturday Night Out!
24th September 9pm - 3am
Friary/Fever/Hideout/Popworld
Cheers to the freakin' weekend!!
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Freshers Brunch at Hideout
25th September noon - 3pm
Hideout
Come down to Hideout for hair of the dog, or a strong coffee, the choice is yours!
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Foam Party
25th September 9pm - 3am
Popworld
The UK's biggest foam cannons are coming to Popworld...
Freshers/Refreshers
Photo of our radio studio Phantom Radio Phantom Radio Give it a Go Sessions - Autumn 2022
26th September midnight - 1st October midnight
Phantom Radio Studio
Phantom Radio will be running Give it a Go sessions for anyone interested in starting their own radio show
Give it a Go | Freshers/Refreshers
Union of Students Union Roadshow
26th September 10am - 2pm
Britannia Mill
Meet your Union, and find out how we represent you!
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Freshers Quiz at Friary
26th September 9pm - 3am
Friary
Gather your flat mates and see who is the best pub quiz team member - and who needs to hit the books!
Freshers/Refreshers
Two origami cranes made from colourful paper Union of Students Paper crafts with the Voice Team
27th September 11am - 2pm
Atrium
An opportunity to learn new skills, and find out more about how your Union represents you.
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Freshers Rock and Roll Bingo
27th September 8:30pm - midnight
Friary
IT'S NOT JUST BINGO... IT'S ROCK N ROLL BINGO!
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Freshers Wild West
27th September 9pm - 3am
Hideout
Howdy partners, join us for a Rodeo!!
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Union of Students Union Roadshow
28th September 10am - 2pm
Markeaton Street
Meet your Union, and find out how we represent you!
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Pre-drinks at Stonegate Venues
28th September 7pm - 10pm
Friary/Fever/Hideout
Start the party early with pre-drinks at top venues in the city.
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Secret New Wednesday Night
28th September 9pm - 3am
Popworld
The biggest student night in Derby!
Freshers/Refreshers
Union of Students OFGS Freshers BBQ
29th September 11am - 3pm
One Friar Gate Square
Food, drinks and a mini Freshers Fair!
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Karaoke
29th September 8pm - midnight
Friary
Sing your heart out at the best Karaoke party in Derby!
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Vodka Rocks Beach Party
29th September 9pm - 3am
Fever
Show us your best sun, sea and sand themed fancy dress!
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Freshers End of Freshers Party
30th September 9pm - 3am
Popworld
The BIGGEST and CRAZIEST Fresher's night out!!
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Freshers Sports Saturdays
1st October noon - 6pm
Friary/Hideout
Sports fan? Look no further than Sports Saturdays: A jam packed day of sports fixtures and drinks deals!
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Big Saturday Night Out!
1st October 9pm - 3am
Friary/Fever/Hideout
Cheers to the freakin' weekend!!
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Brunch at Hideout
2nd October noon - 3pm
Hideout
Come down to Hideout for hair of the dog, or a strong coffee, the choice is yours!
Freshers/Refreshers
Freshers Survivors Event
2nd October 9pm - 3am
Popworld
Join us at Popworld to send Freshers '22 off with a bang!
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

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

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 non-sporting, social, groups?

Our societies help likeminded people gather and meet each other, whether you have an existing hobby or want to experience something new.

You can find a full list of our societies on the website; and if you can’t find what you are looking for you can even start your own society!

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 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.

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.

You can also 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 all the important things as they happen).

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
C-Scheme
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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.

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Need any essentials?

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

We have a shop at the Kedleston Road, and Markeaton Street, sites. Both 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 two Blends outlets at Kedleston Road and also at One Friar Gate Square and Markeaton Street – in case you’re not on the main site and want a caffiene fix.

Campus Kitchen is our mobile food trailer that provides great food across campus, perfect when you need to grab something special after some serious studying.

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.