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Union of Students
Cathedral Court support

Tue 11 Jan 2022

The Union acknowledges that University of Derby Halls of Residence Cathedral Court is currently closed and will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

Union of Students
Culture Derby 2025

Fri 07 Jan 2022

Culture Derby 2025

UK City of Culture is a competition run by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) every four years.

Your Officers
Student Voice Conference 2021

Mon 20 Dec 2021

Looking back at the 2021 Student Voice Conference

Peer Assisted Learning
Staying in touch over the holidays

Mon 20 Dec 2021

Image is of stick people playing pictionary

For yet another year it's a weird time to be socialising in big groups so your PAL leaders have put together some tips for staying in touch with friends and family virtually over the holiday season. These tips are handy if you can't (or don't want to) get together in person.

Your Officers
Vice President (Activities) Student Safety Night Walk

Mon 20 Dec 2021

Myself, Russ Lewis (Head of Student Engagement) and Jack McGuiness (Student Insight Placement) met with Derby City Council and took part in a tour around Derby to see what the Council has in place to keep students safe.

University of Derby
Do you have a membership with the Sports Centre?

Tue 14 Dec 2021

There will be a change of management in the New Year.

Violence against women and girls survey

Tue 14 Dec 2021

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster has launched a dedicated survey to find out where and why people feel less safe, and the actions that can be taken to address this.

Union of Students
Introducing the Union’s new CEO

Tue 07 Dec 2021

Colina Wright is coming to take up the role at Derby, from the University of Sunderland Students’ Union. She has a strong background in membership engagement

Your Officers
Celebrating the classes of 2020 and 2021

Mon 06 Dec 2021

A farewell to our graduating classes.

Union of Students
Festive food donations urgently needed

Fri 03 Dec 2021

Can you help support Derby's Food 4 Thought Alliance this Christmas?

Your Officers
Have your say on University's proposal on the Business School

Fri 26 Nov 2021

Staff and students have the opportunity to be involved in the design and planning process for the University's new Business School as part of a consultation exercise taking place.

Help & Advice
Ask for Angela

Wed 24 Nov 2021

Ask for Angela is a nationally recognised initiative that allows people to discreetly ask for help on a date or night out.

Help & Advice
Hollie Guard app

Wed 24 Nov 2021

The Hollie Guard app is best described as a digital personal alarm. Instead of carrying an extra device with you, Hollie Guard is an app on your smartphone that can help keep you safe.

Help & Advice
What does it really mean to consent to sex?

Tue 23 Nov 2021

green light on traffic light

I’m pretty sure whipping out a form to sign half way through the ‘build up’ would ruin the mood a bit… so how do you know if you have given or received consent?

Your Officers
SpLD Hub- new weekly support for Specific Learning Differences

Thu 18 Nov 2021

Speak to a specialist at the weekly SpLD Hub (dyslexia/ADHD...) - starts Thurs 25/11/21, 1 – 4pm. KR Atrium “goldfish bowl” or online, for students & academics. Also, self-access Ahead of Time videos by UoD’s specialist team & their students.

Meet Sophie Paul, your Disability Student Officer

Wed 17 Nov 2021

If you didn’t know, it’s Disability History Month 18 Nov – 18 Dec, so I wanted to take this time to properly introduce myself.

Union of Students
Fancy winning £200?

Mon 15 Nov 2021

A student texting while covered in vibrant paint

We are running a short survey to help us understand what students like you want and need from your time at the University of Derby.

Your Officers
Re-introducing the Student Rep Scheme

Fri 12 Nov 2021

A student talking into a microphone in a lecture theatre

Check out what's changed and what's stayed the same with the Student Representation Scheme- it's never been easier to be a Student Rep

Police and Crime Commissioner seeks views on violence and harrassment

Thu 11 Nov 2021

A major new survey has been launched to identify what makes women and girls feel unsafe in Derbyshire

Introducing Umbrella UK, our DHM charity.

Wed 10 Nov 2021

Throughout November and December, we will be fundraising for Umbrella as part of Disability History Month.

What does the sunflower represent?

Tue 09 Nov 2021

As part of Disability History Month, we are re-introducing the Sunflower.

Your Officers
An update from Vice President (Activities)

Tue 09 Nov 2021

VP Activities, Beth Baxtrem, brings updates on her manifesto points, RAG week and student safety.

Union of Students
Union announces new charity partnerships to enhance student support

Mon 08 Nov 2021

One of our Union Advisors

The Union of Student’s Advice team provides a free, confidential advice and support service for all University of Derby Students. Independent to the University

Union of Students
University and Union collaborate to expand student facilities across campus

Mon 08 Nov 2021

Basecamp - new student space on campus

Over the past few months the University of Derby’s Estates Development Team and the Union of Students have been working very closely together to create something new and exciting on campus.

Your Officers
All I would like to say is thank you

Fri 05 Nov 2021

Thank you firstly for putting your trust in me. When I stood for election, I didn’t know what to expect.



Cathedral Court support

The Union acknowledges that University of Derby Halls of Residence Cathedral Court is currently closed and will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

Returning to University: COVID-19 FAQS

Keeping everybody safe whilst at University.

Activities Awards - the winners!

What an amazing night we had celebrating students and staff at our online Activities Awards!

Election Results 2021

The campaigning has stopped, the votes have been cast, the virtual confetti canons have been… cannoned… and just like that - it’s all over for another year. The Union Elections 2021 was a spectacular display of committed candidates, fantastic and creative online campaigns and we can’t quite believe it’s all over.

Elections 2021 - How to vote
Students wearing Elections t-shirts

There are a variety of positions, focussing on a range of topics including academic, sports, societies, liberation and more.

Lockdown Update - 3 March

At our recent Student Summit, we brought over 150 students together to discuss and debate the refund of tuition fees for students affected by COVID-19. This discussion was prompted by an idea placed on our online Ideas Forum

Lockdown Update - 16 Feb

Our latest weekly update aims to share with you the latest work of the Officer team to advocate for change and improvements to the student experience during this challenging period.

Lockdown Update - 8th Feb

Our latest weekly update aims to share with you the latest work of the Officer team to advocate for change and improvements to the student experience during this current lockdown.

Lockdown Update - 23 Feb

We hope the Government guidance gave a hope that there is in fact a way out of this lockdown and that soon, we may be able to return to some sense of normality, see loved ones, and begin the roadmap out of lockdown.

Lockdown Update - 2 Feb

Welcome to this week’s instalment of keeping you as up to date as possible with all the great work we have going on over at the Union. We would like to thank everyone for continuing to observe the government guidance to keep yourselves, those around you and the wider University community as safe as possible. If you need any advice or are experiencing significant hardship at this time, our advice service remains ready to help in any way they can.

Lockdown Update - 26 Jan

I am pleased to say that we have been able to make significant progress against some of the core areas that were outlined to us as student concerns. We have maintained our commitment to work collaboratively with the University and keep student voice at the heart of the conversation, at all levels across the institution.

Lockdown Update - 18 Jan

We have been working collaboratively at all levels of the University to advocate your voice and the challenges that students are facing during these difficult times

Seven student leaders receive the Union's highest honour

The Union is delighted to recognise some of our most passionate and engaged students.

Accommodation fee waiver update
University accommodation building

With the current national lockdown restrictions, we know that this is a particularly challenging time for all our students

Lockdown 3 Update

In light of the latest lockdown, the Union are working very closely with the University to work through some of the key areas of student concern. Please find below an outline of our conversations with the University to date, and the progress we hope to make in the coming weeks

Annual General Meeting – The Results!

Find out what changes are being made to your Union of Students

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender flag

Around the world, 350 transgender people have been killed so far this year (2020). The annual list, released for Transgender Day of Remembrance, found the average age of those killed was 31, with the youngest just 15. We need to remember that these are only the reported deaths, this death total is likely to be the tip of the iceberg.

Hallsfest 2020 is here!
Weekly list of events

Hallsfest 2020 is a week of online events to students while in lockdown, led and ran by our activities.

Union Elections 2021 - The Candidates

See our fabulous candidates here and how to vote ( and what you could win just for voting!)

What even is Rep Con?

Don't worry, you probably aren't the only one asking that question. There is no need to hide, we have the answers

All Lives Matter, no?
Martin Luther King JR. Wall art

It is true to say that all lives matter. They always have and always will. So why then is this considered to be the wrong response to “Black Lives Matter?”

Re-introducing the Student Rep Scheme
A student talking into a microphone in a lecture theatre

Check out what's changed and what's stayed the same with the Student Representation Scheme- it's never been easier to be a Student Rep

Four ways we represent your academic interests...

...and three ways you can get involved right now!

Interview with 1999-2000 Vice President (Welfare) Clare Clark
Clare Clark's campaign poster from 1999.

“Amazing – once in a lifetime.” Clare reflects on her transformative experience as Vice President (Welfare).

ProudToBe... an equality, diversity and inclusion Officer at Derby university.
Odreika Mclean - your Ethnic Minorities Officer

Student Engagement Team's Student Voice Welcome Debate on Diversity!

Co-chaired by myself, Odreika Mclean the Student's Ethnic Minorities Officer and the Faith and beliefs Officer.

Interview with 2014-16 President Daisy Giuliano
A photo of Daisy smiling in Blends.

“Fun. Transformative. Memories for life.” Daisy reviews her time as elected Union President.

Sports Clubs Welcome Event
Filling beer pong cups from beer cans

Your Vice President Activities talks about welcome parties...

3 takeaways from the School of Arts rep forum
A photograph of a Chinese takeaway on a table

Representing the interests of Arts students at the rep conference - Art and Media Officer Nina Cupric updates on behalf of her team of reps in the school.

Tips for Mature Students

A few helpful tips from your Student Office for Mature Students.

Introducing Umbrella UK, our DHM charity.

Throughout November and December, we will be fundraising for Umbrella as part of Disability History Month.

Education Council Sum Up 1!
A microphone in a meeting room

Education Council is a meeting held multiple times throughout the year with your elected student officers for education.

A final update from your President
Jack Tymon, your Union President

Jack's final update as President and what happens next.

Computer says "yes"
A trojan virus dancing

Your Union of Students have been horsing around all in the name of benefitting you. Here's every freebie you will ever need, courtesy of IT Services.

Black History Month Reading List

Read your way through Black History Month with this selection of fiction & non-fiction books

Introducing Beth, your Vice President (Activities)
Beth, your Vice President (Activities)

Elected to represent you this year, Vice President (Activities), Beth tells us a little bit about herself

Introducing Owen, your Vice President (Welfare)
Owen, your Vice President (Welfare)

Elected to represent you this year, Vice President (Welfare), Owen tells us a little bit about himself

Being Bisexual
Vice President (welfare), Emily stood infront of a heart

I was not really aware of what bisexuality was until I was in my late teens and I was questioning my own sexuality.

Black History Month inspired Cookbooks
Profile view of a stack of books

To celebrate Black History Month, the Afro-Caribbean Society have approved a selection of cookbooks.

Our Student Led Services

Find out more about Phantom Media, RAG and Enactus!

Introducing Jack, your President
Jack, your Union President

Elected to represent you this year, Union President, Jack tells us a little bit about himself

(Re)Introducing Nina, your Vice President (Education)
Nina, your Vice President (Education)

Elected to represent you for a second year, Vice President Education, Nina tells us a little bit about herself

Introducing: Dominic White (Sports Council)
Dom White, Union sports council member

Union Sports are overseen by the Sports Council – a group of elected students that have specific areas to develop

Activities Awards - Nominations open
Male on stage presenting an award

The Union Activities Awards are a way to celebrate the fantastic achievements of all of our Sports clubs, Societies and Student-Led Services.

How to manage home sickness whilst balancing university studies

It’s hard being a student at the moment. For a plethora of reasons. The switch to online learning, the limited social life, the list goes on. But one aspect in particular that isn’t being spoken about as much is home sickness. Most students who have a relationship with their family back home

How to combat "screen fatigue"

Tamzin Burch - PAL leader for Marketing and Logistics