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Union of Students
Union responds to NUS changes

Wed 18 May 2022

The Union of Students acknowledges the recent announcement that The Government will temporarily disengage with the National Union of Students (NUS) following recent antisemitism allegations

Union of Students
Ted Baker sample sale success: over £4000 raised!

Wed 18 May 2022

Yesterday, the Union of Students hosted a charity sample sale with beautiful, brand new clothing from designer brand, Ted Baker.

Your Officers
Education Awards

Thu 12 May 2022

The Education Awards are a celebration of excellence in learning and teaching, giving staff and students the opportunity to reflect upon all the many achievements of the past academic year.

By-elections: The Results!

Fri 06 May 2022

9 positions were up for grabs. Find out who won each of them and will be representing you next year...

Student Activities
UODRC smash BUCS Regatta

Fri 06 May 2022

The University of Derby Rowing Club recently achieved some of their best BUCS results to date at a recent Regatta event

Union Sports
University of Derby announces new kit provider

Wed 04 May 2022

The University of Derby and the Union of Students are proud to announce a new partnership with Kukri Sports

Union of Students
All about AGMs

Thu 28 Apr 2022

Find out what happens at the AGM and how you can get involved.

Your Officers
What is Ramadan?

Wed 27 Apr 2022

Ramadan Mubarak to all those celebrating- yes, you can say this to your Muslim friends, they would greatly appreciate it.

Student Led Services
Community Awards: What are they?

Mon 11 Apr 2022

The Community Awards are a celebration of everything that societies and student led services have achieved this academic year!

Student Voice
UDOL Student Forum - March 2022

Thu 07 Apr 2022

On Wednesday, March 2nd, the Union of Students and University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) hosted their 4th UDOL student forum.

Union of Students
Your Officer Trustees are moving

Mon 04 Apr 2022

Thanks to an exciting new opportunity, your Officer Trustees have a brand-new location!

Help & Advice
Top Tips - Suspected Academic Offences

Fri 01 Apr 2022

Top tips from our Advice Service on how to avoid a suspected academic offence

University of Derby
Inter faith vigil for Ukraine

Wed 30 Mar 2022

Derbyshire's faith leaders, including The Rt Rev, Libby Lane Bishop of Derby, are inviting the public to come together in prayer for and solidarity with the people of Ukraine during an interfaith prayer vigil on Sunday afternoon at Derby Cathedral.

Keddies Shop
Out of this world doughnuts in your Union shop now

Wed 30 Mar 2022

Delicious sweet treats, new in store

Student Activities
Varsity 2022 - two weeks to go!

Tue 22 Mar 2022

The countdown to the biggest sporting event on campus starts NOW

Union of Students
Officer Elections 2022

Fri 11 Mar 2022

Find out who's leading your Union for the next year!

Derby Debate Society hosts candidate hustings

Thu 10 Mar 2022

The Derby Debate Society hosted some of this year's election candidates to a debate regarding some issues that students are currently facing and how the candidates will strive to address them.

Blends Coffee Shop: our values

Wed 09 Mar 2022

Along with a brand refresh, we've taken a look at why Blends is so special

Your Officers
Women in sport: Beth Baxtrem's perspective

Mon 07 Mar 2022

Our Vice President Activities shares her top reasons why getting involved in sport is a great idea

Union Elections 2022: your vote counts

Mon 07 Mar 2022

Vote for the candidates that you want to represent you during your time at the University of Derby.

Shops and Venues
Basecamp - your newest sustainable social space

Mon 07 Mar 2022

Basecamp - your brand new social space at Kedleston Road - was designed with sustainability at its heart.

Your Officers
Supporting Ukraine- Humanitarian Appeal

Wed 02 Mar 2022

We have partnered with Morrisons on their humanitarian appeal for Ukraine and set up a donation box at InfoPoint at Kedleston Road.

Your Officers
Statement Regarding Ukraine/Russia conflict

Fri 25 Feb 2022

The evolving situation in Ukraine may be distressing to many of our students who are worried about family and friends who are in the country or the surrounding region.

Student Voice
Scrutiny Panel 2 - February 2022

Tue 22 Feb 2022

Scrutiny Panel is a meeting held by the Union of Students several times a year where your elected full-time officers give updates on the progress of their manifesto points and work within their role.

Your Officers
We Love Your Feedback

Tue 15 Feb 2022

Powered by us - Frederico Almeida, Computing & Engineering Officer

A letter to my valentine - by Your Computing and Engineering Officer



Union responds to NUS changes

The Union of Students acknowledges the recent announcement that The Government will temporarily disengage with the National Union of Students (NUS) following recent antisemitism allegations

Ted Baker sample sale success: over £4000 raised!

Yesterday, the Union of Students hosted a charity sample sale with beautiful, brand new clothing from designer brand, Ted Baker.

Returning to University: COVID-19 FAQS

Keeping everybody safe whilst at University.

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.

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.

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!)

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

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).

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...

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

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

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