New to Derby?

Let us show you around.

Looking forward to a bit more normality in September we’re committed to offering you a more in-person Freshers with fantastic opportunities to meet new people and socialise, express yourself and your identity, join a vibrant student community, and fulfil your potential.

Regardless of the situation, and whether you’re after activities, representation, volunteering opportunities, employability, or advice, we’ll be here for you throughout your studies.

Save some cash

You can 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 12 and you've already saved a whopping £40! And that's not including all the other benefits of being a wristband holder like cheap food at our Hip Hop Brunches and more!

Buy a wristband for Freshers now!

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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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Freshers Fresh Laughs Comedy Club
18th September 7:30pm - 10pm
Derby Market Place
Join us at The Derby Market Place for an evening of the finest alfresco stand-up comedy. Use DERBYUNION21 for 50% off!
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Freshers Welcome Party
18th September 10pm - 3am
Popworld
Come and join us for the first night of Freshers!
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Freshers Hip Hop Brunch
19th September 11am - 6pm
The Hideout
What a night… Get over the hangover with a Hangover Breakfast at The Hideout.
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Freshers Foam Party
19th September 10pm - 3am
Popworld
Prepare to get wet and foamy at Popworld!
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Freshers UV Rave
19th September 10pm - 3am
Bar Fever
Join us for the biggest and baddest rave hitting Derby this Freshers Week.
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Freshers Vintage Vera Kilo Sale
20th 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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Freshers Halls Wars Bar Crawl
20th September 10pm - 3am
Derby City
The only way to experience Derby’s night life!
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Freshers Freshers Fair
21st September 10am - 22nd September 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 Comedy Night
21st September 7pm - 10pm
the Freshers Village
Laugh your socks off in our Freshers Village with comedy from Simon Brodkin, Carl Donnelly, and Ray Badran.
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Freshers Frat Party
21st September 10pm - 3am
Bar Fever
Think beer pong! Think red cups! Think America! We'll have it all! Just like anything American, this is the biggest and craziest party to hit Derby this year!
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Freshers Freshers Fair
22nd 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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Freshers Mukky Duck Inflatable Rave
22nd September 10pm - 3am
Popworld
Tonight, we’re bringing the inflatable rave team! Expect 1,000s of inflatables, all the usual Mukky Madness!
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Freshers Pool & eSports Competition
23rd September noon - 6pm
The Friary
Come on down and check out our annual games and consoles competition! Welcome to the eSports and Pool Wars!
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Freshers Bingo Night
23rd September 7pm - 11pm
Freshers Village (3G pitch, Kedleston Road)
Join us at Kedleston Road in the Freshers Village for a fun evening of Bingo.
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Freshers Karaoke
23rd September 10pm - 3am
The Friary
Warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to sing the night away!
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Rowing Rowing: Give it a Go #1
24th September 4pm - 5:30pm
Derby Rowing Club
You can now book onto our Give it a Go Days for the 2020/21 Academic Year - what are you waiting for? Get the chance to row in a boat on the River Derwent and meet the team!
Give it a Go
Rowing Rowing Give it a Go #2
24th September 6pm - 7:30pm
Derby Rowing Club, Darley Park, DE1 3FB
You can now book onto our Give it a Go Days for the 2020/21 Academic Year - what are you waiting for? Get the chance to row in a boat on the River Derwent and meet the team!
Give it a Go
Freshers Glitter Party
24th September 10pm - 3am
Bar Fever
Glitter, glitter everywhere and one of the most fun nights you'll ever have!
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Freshers UV Paint Party
24th September 10pm - 3am
Popworld
One of the biggest nights of the year and possibly the craziest!
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Freshers Eat Out to Test Out
25th September noon - 6pm
Derby City
Discounted food and drink with a Freshers wristband.
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Rowing Rowing Give it a Go #3
25th September 12:30pm - 2pm
Derby Rowing Club, Darley Park, DE1 3FB
You can now book onto our Give it a Go Days for the 2020/21 Academic Year - what are you waiting for? Get the chance to row in a boat on the River Derwent and meet the team!
Give it a Go
Rowing Rowing Give it a Go #4
25th September 2pm - 3:30pm
Derby Rowing Club, Darley Park, DE1 3FB
You can now book onto our Give it a Go Days for the 2020/21 Academic Year - what are you waiting for? Get the chance to row in a boat on the River Derwent and meet the team!
Give it a Go
Freshers Saturday Night Party Time
25th September 10pm - 3am
Derby City
Our affiliated venues throw open their doors for a Saturday night party!
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Freshers Hip Hop Brunch
26th September 11am - 6pm
The Friary
What a night… Get over the hangover with a Hangover Breakfast at The Friary.
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Rowing Rowing Give it a Go #5
26th September 12:30pm - 2pm
Derby Rowing Club, Darley Park, DE1 3FB
You can now book onto our Give it a Go Days for the 2020/21 Academic Year - what are you waiting for? Get the chance to row in a boat on the River Derwent and meet the team!
Give it a Go
Rowing Rowing Give it a Go #6
26th September 2:30pm - 4pm
Derby Rowing Club, Darley Park, DE1 3FB
Give it a Go
Freshers School Disco feat. Basshunter
26th September 10pm - 3am
Popworld
Join us as we take a trip back to the 00s!
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Freshers Dirtybeats Student Party
28th September 10pm - 4am
Bar Fever
You're Safe from cheesy tunes.
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Freshers Mukky Duck Hunt around Halls
29th September 2pm - 6pm
Halls of Residence
Do you fancy winning yourself a prize? Free drinks all night? Free entry to Mukky Duck forever?
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Freshers Mukky Duck Ball Pit
29th September 10pm - 3am
Popworld
All your standard Mukky madness plus a big ball pit!
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Freshers Karaoke
30th September 10pm - 3am
The Friary
Warm up your vocal chords, and get ready to sing the night away at The Friary!
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Freshers Fresher’s Finale
1st October 10pm - 3am
Popworld
For those of you that have survived Freshers 2021, we have one final Freshers event to knock your socks off!
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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 log in to buy a ticket?

This year we're also working in partnership with a company called Native to offer you some great 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 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 the events cost money?

Many of our online Freshers events are free to attend, but most of our evening events will have a small ticketing fee – if you plan to attend a lot of our events then buying a Wristband may reduce the overall cost for you.

Some Society or Sports Club (GIAG) events may also have a cost attached, but these will be clearly marked on the events pages when you look for more information.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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.