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Union of Students
Sports Awards 2024 Winners

Fri 17 May 2024

The Sports Awards are all about celebrating the successes and achievements of sporting community from the past academic year. Last night was a wonderful night of celebration as the sporting community came together to support one another. A big congratulations to all of the nominees and winners, we hope you had a blast!

 
Union of Students
Education Awards 2024 Winners

Fri 10 May 2024

The Museum of Making set up for the Education Awards. Rows of chairs and screens that read 'The Unio

The Education Awards are all about celebrating the academic successes and achievements of our students and staff from the past academic year.

 
Union of Students
2024 By-Elections Results

Wed 08 May 2024

The votes have been cast, and you've chosen your new Officers for the 2024/25 term! The 2024 Union By-Elections displayed all of the amazing creativity and determination of the candidates; it was great to see so many passionate students campaigning for changes to improve the student experience.

 
Your Officers
Your thoughts, our actions on sustainability

Tue 30 Apr 2024

VP (Welfare) here to talk about responsible futures, sustainability and the actions we have taken to better incentivise sustainability.

 
Union of Students
Community Awards 2024 Winners

Fri 26 Apr 2024

The awards and envelopes lined up from last year's Community Awards.

Last night was the 2024 Community Awards where we celebrated the successes and achievements of the year. Here's a list of all of the winners!

 
Your Officers
Statement from VP (Welfare) on AFAF

Wed 24 Apr 2024

Jack Mcguinness

A statement outlining the event being held by AFAF, why the University are allowing it to go ahead, and the support the Union and University provides.

 
Union of Students
Say 'Hello' to the By-Elections

Mon 15 Apr 2024

Six of the elected Officers at Elections Results Night 2024.

Wondering what's going on and why Elections are back so soon? This handy article will explain all things By-Elections!

 
Union of Students
An Interview With Your Varsity Captains

Fri 12 Apr 2024

The Varsity team captains lined up with their game faces on.

We recently had a photoshoot with our 2024 Varsity captains and caught up with them about their preparation for Varsity and what being this year's captain means to them. Keep an eye on our socials (@derbyunion on everything!) to see the snaps and also some extra behind the scenes videos.

 
University of Derby
Summer Term Update from the Sports & Physical Activity Team

Thu 11 Apr 2024

Three sports councillors at the flag football give it a go session.

Get summer ready with an action-packed term of fun and memories made! Try new sports such as ultimate frisbee and flag football, play weekly social sport, take part in our Inclusive Sports events or round off with our celebration of faiths ‘Spirit in Sport’ event. There’s something for everyone.

 
Union of Students
All Students Meeting - What Do I Need to Know?

Thu 11 Apr 2024

Students in a lecture hall listening to a talk.

The Union of Students will be holding an All Student Meeting on Wednesday 15th May from 2.00pm - 3:30pm and all students are invited to hear about and question the Union’s performance in the last academic year from its Trustee Board, plus propose new policies and vote on changes to the Union's Standing Orders.

 
Union Societies
Little Shop of Horrors: Behind the Scenes

Wed 10 Apr 2024

The musical theatre society all stood together for a group photo.

Over the past semester we have been hard at work excitedly putting together a fantastic show and we're so proud of what both the creative team and cast have accomplished in such a short time. We whole-heartedly encourage you to grab tickets whilst you can and enjoy the show.

 
Union of Students
Responsible Futures: Student Auditors Needed!

Thu 04 Apr 2024

Are you interested in sustainability? Would you like to gain skills that'll boost your CV? Well we've got just the opportunity for you! Apply now to be a Responsible Futures Student Auditor.

 
Union of Students
Awards Season – Get Ready to Celebrate!

Thu 04 Apr 2024

A picture of the tables and stage set up at the 2023 Community Awards.

Every year we celebrate the success and achievements within the Union with three awards ceremonies – the Community Awards, the Sports Awards and the Education Awards.

 
Your Officers
Student Safety Updates

Thu 21 Mar 2024

Jack McGuinness at a Union stall

Hi everyone! Jack McGuinness, your Vice President (Welfare), here to give some updates on the work I’ve been doing around student safety and the plans I'm putting in place to improve student safety here in Derby.

 
Union of Students
Destresstival Week

Mon 18 Mar 2024

A group of students sat at a table in the Atrium painting wooden chest boxes.

Brought to you by Advice, Destresstival week takes place on the week commencing 22nd April and is an opportunity for you to destress before the exam/assessment period.

 
Your Officers
VP (Welfare) February Update

Fri 15 Mar 2024

Jack McGuinness

An update from the Vice President (Welfare), Jack McGuinness, on student safety, the community pantry and more.

 
Union of Students
Community Pantry

Thu 14 Mar 2024

Food items such as pasta and rice laid out around a community pantry sign.

In order to help students who may be struggling, we've set up a Community Pantry to help support those in need.

 
Union of Students
2024 Union Election Results

Wed 13 Mar 2024

Gabby, Jack, and Holly. Your Executive Officers for 2024/25

The results were formally announced at the Election Results Night event on Wednesday 13th March in the...

 
Union of Students
Referendum Results

Wed 13 Mar 2024

Students in a lecture hall.

Voting for our annual referendum on the Union of Student’s affiliation with NUS UK closed this morning at 10.00am.

 
Union of Students
Elections Hustings Candidate Answers

Tue 12 Mar 2024

As it’s the Union Elections season, candidates are stepping up to the plate, ready to vie for your vote and make their mark on campus. The Hustings, a pivotal event in the electoral process, serves as a platform for candidates to present their visions, answer pressing questions, and engage directly with the student body. Officer trustee candidates (President and the VPs) were posed with two questions each, whereas student officers received only one question each during the Hustings.

 
University of Derby
This Derby Girl Can

Thu 07 Mar 2024

A woman smiling in the gym. Text in a pink box that reads 'this Derby girl can'.

Since launching in 2015, the ground breaking This Girl Can campaign has positively tackled the gender activity gap, celebrating active women regardless of age, background or ability and helping change the way women think and feel about exercise.

 
Union of Students
Single Transferable Vote - What Do I Need to Know?

Thu 07 Mar 2024

Our voting system uses a Single Transferable Vote, which is a great way to make your vote count. In short, it means you can rank the list of candidates based on your order of election preference.

 
Union of Students
Spring Specials Are Back!

Tue 05 Mar 2024

The raspberry lemonade slush Spring Special. It is a pink slush drink. There are flowers in the back

As the nights get lighter and the weather gets warmer, you can treat yourself to a Spring time pick me up with Blends Spring Specials.

 
Your Officers
VP (Welfare) February update

Mon 04 Mar 2024

Vice President (Welfare) Jack McGuinness talking to a student at freshers' fair.

VP (Welfare) Jack McGuinness here to give you some updates on the work that's been going on!

 
Union of Students
Scrutiny Panel February 13th 2024 Results

Mon 04 Mar 2024

Students in a lecture hall with one person talking into a microphone.

The Scrutiny Panel is a meeting held by the Union of Students four times a year where your elected full time Executive Officers give updates on their progress within their roles and towards their personal statement aims to a panel made up of students with elected roles within the Union.

 
 

News

Education Awards 2024 Winners
The Museum of Making set up for the Education Awards. Rows of chairs and screens that read 'The Unio

The Education Awards are all about celebrating the academic successes and achievements of our students and staff from the past academic year.

 
Community Awards 2024 Winners
The awards and envelopes lined up from last year's Community Awards.

Last night was the 2024 Community Awards where we celebrated the successes and achievements of the year. Here's a list of all of the winners!

 
Say 'Hello' to the By-Elections
Six of the elected Officers at Elections Results Night 2024.

Wondering what's going on and why Elections are back so soon? This handy article will explain all things By-Elections!

 
All Students Meeting - What Do I Need to Know?
Students in a lecture hall listening to a talk.

The Union of Students will be holding an All Student Meeting on Wednesday 15th May from 2.00pm - 3:30pm and all students are invited to hear about and question the Union’s performance in the last academic year from its Trustee Board, plus propose new policies and vote on changes to the Union's Standing Orders.

 
Responsible Futures: Student Auditors Needed!

Are you interested in sustainability? Would you like to gain skills that'll boost your CV? Well we've got just the opportunity for you! Apply now to be a Responsible Futures Student Auditor.

 
Referendum Results
Students in a lecture hall.

Voting for our annual referendum on the Union of Student’s affiliation with NUS UK closed this morning at 10.00am.

 
Destresstival Week
A group of students sat at a table in the Atrium painting wooden chest boxes.

Brought to you by Advice, Destresstival week takes place on the week commencing 22nd April and is an opportunity for you to destress before the exam/assessment period.

 
2024 Union Election Results
Gabby, Jack, and Holly. Your Executive Officers for 2024/25

The results were formally announced at the Election Results Night event on Wednesday 13th March in the...

 
Elections Hustings Candidate Answers

As it’s the Union Elections season, candidates are stepping up to the plate, ready to vie for your vote and make their mark on campus. The Hustings, a pivotal event in the electoral process, serves as a platform for candidates to present their visions, answer pressing questions, and engage directly with the student body. Officer trustee candidates (President and the VPs) were posed with two questions each, whereas student officers received only one question each during the Hustings.

 
Community Pantry
Food items such as pasta and rice laid out around a community pantry sign.

In order to help students who may be struggling, we've set up a Community Pantry to help support those in need.

 
Scrutiny Panel February 13th 2024 Results
Students in a lecture hall with one person talking into a microphone.

The Scrutiny Panel is a meeting held by the Union of Students four times a year where your elected full time Executive Officers give updates on their progress within their roles and towards their personal statement aims to a panel made up of students with elected roles within the Union.

 
Student Led Sports Injury Clinic Now Open!

The University's Sports Therapy students and academic staff have re-opened their Sports Injury Clinic for semester two!

 
An Interview With Your Varsity Captains
The Varsity team captains lined up with their game faces on.

We recently had a photoshoot with our 2024 Varsity captains and caught up with them about their preparation for Varsity and what being this year's captain means to them. Keep an eye on our socials (@derbyunion on everything!) to see the snaps and also some extra behind the scenes videos.

 
Spring Specials Are Back!
The raspberry lemonade slush Spring Special. It is a pink slush drink. There are flowers in the back

As the nights get lighter and the weather gets warmer, you can treat yourself to a Spring time pick me up with Blends Spring Specials.

 
Elections Drop-in Sessions
Union President Dominic White doing a speech after being elected as President on elections result ni

Your Union President, Dominic White, is holding an Elections drop in session to answer questions about the elections and offer some tips on writing personal statements.

 
Call for Campaign Leads for the NUS Affiliation Referendum
A group of students sat in a lecture hall, one student is asking a question holding a microphone.

We will soon be holding our annual referendum on our affiliation to NUS UK, which is written into our Standing Orders to occur each year during the elections period. We are looking for a campaign lead for both sides of the debate, as well as members of the campaign teams.

 
Awards Season – Get Ready to Celebrate!
A picture of the tables and stage set up at the 2023 Community Awards.

Every year we celebrate the success and achievements within the Union with three awards ceremonies – the Community Awards, the Sports Awards and the Education Awards.

 
New Year, New You, New Hobby?
People stood at the societies council stand at a freshers' fair.

Why not kickstart the new year with a new hobby? Did you know the Union has over 80 different clubs that you can join; from musical theatre to motorsport, eSports to equestrian, there’s something for everyone to get involved with!

 
Extraordinary Scrutiny Panel - Who, What, Where and Why?
A group of students sat in a lecture hall listening to someone speak.

Here's everything you need to know about our upcoming Extraordinary Scrutiny Panel on Thursday 25th January from 11:00am – 12:00pm.

 
Combatting Loneliness This Christmas
A nutcracker doll on a stall at a previous Winter Market held at the University.

Whilst Christmas is a time for celebrations, it can also be a tough time of the year for many people. Here are a few tips on how to combat loneliness at Christmas.

 
2023 All Student Meeting Results
An image taken at the All Student Meal.

On Tuesday 28th November the Union held its first All Student Meeting, where a series of changes to the Union of Students were voted on by over 50 students.

 
Disability History Month – How YOU Can Get Involved
A wheelchair basketball session from an inclusive sports fortnight event.

Disability History Month is being celebrated from November 16th – December 16th 2023, and it’s something that everyone can get involved with. This year, the focus of DHM is “the Experience of Disablement amongst children and young people in the past, now and what is needed for the future.”.

 
Finding Where You Belong
A group of people raising their glasses at the Sports Awards 2023.

It can be tricky finding where you belong when you’re thrown into a new setting like university; it’s the start of a lot of new beginnings and it can take a while to find your feet. A huge part of university life is getting involved in extracurricular activities, whether it’s trying a new sport, joining a society or getting involved in student elections.

 
Elections – YOUR Union, YOUR Way
A table with election result prizes on.

In January, nominations open for the main elections where the student body will vote to elect the next group of Executive Officers, which includes Union President, Vice President (Welfare), Vice President (Education) and Vice President (Activities). This is an opportunity to have your say and decide who represents you.

 
Do you know which wheelie bin is for your recycling?

If you don’t, fear not. Recycling in Derby is super simple.

 
Union response to escalating conflict in the Middle East

We are deeply saddened by the devastating events and violence that is currently unfolding in the Middle East.

 
Autumn Specials are back!
A latte in a tall glass stands next to a frappe in a mason-jar style glass on a wooden table. They a

To frappe or not to frappe? That is the question.

 
Just Play is Back!

Team Derby are delighted to announce that their Just Play social sport programme will restart w/c Monday 25th September.

 
Everything you need to know about your Freshers Wristband
BASSHUNTER

So you're getting a free Freshers wristband, here's how to make the most of it!

 
Allow us to introduce ourselves…

We exist to represent you, provide you with lots of fun and exciting opportunities, and to make sure you have the best possible experience whilst studying at the University of Derby.

 
Marking Boycott

Many students are facing the challenge of a marking boycott.

 
Awards Season

Over the last two months, we have been busy celebrating student success.

 
New financial support available

The University is looking to offer additional financial support to International and European Union students.

 
NUS Affiliation Referendum

We are currently going through a referendum for our affiliation with NUS UK

 
Inclusive Sports Fortnight Success

Inclusive Sports Fortnight has seen lots of student and staff taking part in para and inclusive sport, which for many is the first time!

 
Exam season

Please be considerate of exam areas to avoid disturbing exams.

 
Community Awards Results 2023

The Community Awards were a great celebration of our Societies, Student-Led Services, and Volunteering successes over the past year.

 
Blends launches new menu in Basecamp
Two people sharing a tray of nachos topped with jalapeños, salsa and guacamole

The menu features delicious basics, warming comfort food and moorish snack foods that you can eat with one hand - for when you're typing like mad to meet a deadline!

 
Need to boost your employability?

These workshops will look great on your CV!

 
Access and Participation panel

We are looking for students to share their experiences, insight, and thoughts around equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education.

 
Competition success for Dance Team!

Reflecting on a successful competition season.

 
Inclusive Sports Fortnight

Inclusive Sport Fortnight is part of my Yes You Can campaign which aims to increase accessibility in sport and diversifying the offer.

 
Refreshers Fair 2023
Atrium full of local and national organisations.

Today we welcomed new and returning students at the Refreshers Fair.

 
Did you miss our Wish Upon a Star event?
Students at the Wish upon a star event

Did you miss our elections event yesterday? Here's what you missed!

 
Uni Staff Strikes
UCU strike sign

In response to the cost of living crisis, the University and College Union (UCU) have announced its plans to carry out a national strike for all academic staff on 24th, 25th and 30th of November.

 
Movember: Big Moustache on Campus Challenge
Whatever you grow will save a bro

Get involved in our Movember challenge!

 
Colour run success!

The RAG committee are happy to announce that from week one Freshers we’ve been able to raise £397 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

 
Your thoughts, our actions on sustainability

VP (Welfare) here to talk about responsible futures, sustainability and the actions we have taken to better incentivise sustainability.

 
An update from your Union
Freshers Village

We're here to support you to make the most of your first few weeks (and beyond!) on campus and can't wait to meet you!

 
Statement from VP (Welfare) on AFAF
Jack Mcguinness

A statement outlining the event being held by AFAF, why the University are allowing it to go ahead, and the support the Union and University provides.

 
Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II

We join the nation and the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

 
VP (Welfare) February Update
Jack McGuinness

An update from the Vice President (Welfare), Jack McGuinness, on student safety, the community pantry and more.

 
Honorary Lifetime Membership Nominations

Honorary Life Membership to the Union of Students is awarded to only four final year students each year who have really gone above and beyond.

 
VP (Welfare) February update
Vice President (Welfare) Jack McGuinness talking to a student at freshers' fair.

VP (Welfare) Jack McGuinness here to give you some updates on the work that's been going on!

 
VP (Welfare) Student Safety Roadshow

Jack McGuinness, Vice President (Welfare), is on a roadshow for student safety.

 
Student Safety Updates
Jack McGuinness at a Union stall

Hi everyone! Jack McGuinness, your Vice President (Welfare), here to give some updates on the work I’ve been doing around student safety and the plans I'm putting in place to improve student safety here in Derby.

 
The History of LGBT+ Rights in the UK
An image of a gay rights movement march in Birmingham circa 1975.

The history of LGBT+ rights in the UK, shown through significant milestones and progress points.

 
Can you write about ‘Spring’ in a 50-word festival competition?
The Derby Book Festival logo - it features a blue ribbon bookmark and text reading 'Derby Book Festi

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you this great opportunity that all students can get involved with. The Derby Book Festival are looking for inspiring entries for their Flash Fiction Writing Competition - could you be the winner? Check out the press release below for more details on how to get involved!

 
Returning to University: COVID-19 FAQS

Keeping everybody safe whilst at University.

 
A Final Message From Your Executive Officers
The Executive Officers (in order of appearance: Holly, Dom, Gabby and Jack) lying on the floor cover

With the year coming to an end, we wanted to leave you with one final message.

 
Why is it important to remember Disability History Month?

Disability History Month plays an important part in highlighting and remembering the people of the past, present and future who have disabilities.

 
Trans Day of Remembrance 2023

Trans Day of Remembrance aims to honour and remember transgender individuals who have lost their lives in acts of anti-transgender violence.

 
Elections? Why Should I Care?
Members of the Union's Student Voice Team making the elections X symbol with their arms at the 2023.

Whether you’re a candidate or a voter, the elections are a great opportunity to get involved with the Union and have your say.

 
A Term of Progress, Unity and Triumphs.
Union President Dominic White doing a speech after being elected as President on elections result ni

As we bid farewell to another year, I find myself reflecting on the multitude of successes and shared experiences that have defined our journey together thus far. Serving as your Union President has been both an honour and an immense responsibility, and I am extremely proud of the progress the Union has made so far since taking office as Union President.

 
Make a pledge for your mental health

Your Student Officer for Mental Health Awareness writes about Mental Health Awareness Day

 
Empower Your Voice: Why you should run in our upcoming Union of Students Elections!

I understand that running for the Elected officer roles can be a daunting experience.

 
Vice President (Welfare) October update

The Vice President (Welfare), Jack McGuinness, here to give you an update on what I've been working on.

 
Education Awards 2023

Last night, the Education Awards returned to the Museum of Making with a bang!

 
Liberation Months

An overview of all the liberation months we will be focusing on this year and why they are important.

 
Education Awards: Nominations are now open!

The Union of Students Education Awards are a fantastic celebration of all the hard work and dedication of our Student Reps and the inspirational staff at the 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.

 
BUCS is back!

A new term of BUCS Sport has started for our Derby teams!

 
Who is R.O.N?

When voting on the Student Officers you wish to be successful, you may notice that for every candidate you are voting for, there’s an option to vote for R.O.N…

 
My top 15 tips and tricks for settling in at University!
Top tips for settling in at University with Holly Lloyd

I understand that coming to university can be a very daunting time. But it doesn't have to be, I've put together my top 15 tips and tricks to ease your transition into Derby University.

 
AGM 2023 Results

On Tuesday 28th February the Union had its Annual General Meeting, where a series of changes to the Union of Students were voted on by over 50 students.

 
By-Elections: EDI Positions

Consider nominating yourself for one of our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Student Officer positions.

 
What is an AGM?
Annual General Meeting. Your chance to vote on important changes to your Union of Students.

A key annual meeting that all students are invited to vote on proposed policy changes.

 
Little Shop of Horrors: Behind the Scenes
The musical theatre society all stood together for a group photo.

Over the past semester we have been hard at work excitedly putting together a fantastic show and we're so proud of what both the creative team and cast have accomplished in such a short time. We whole-heartedly encourage you to grab tickets whilst you can and enjoy the show.

 
Single Transferable Vote - What Do I Need to Know?

Our voting system uses a Single Transferable Vote, which is a great way to make your vote count. In short, it means you can rank the list of candidates based on your order of election preference.

 
Women in STEM

As the Women History Month comes to an end, I felt like there was the need to talk about a group of women who don’t always get the credit they deserve: those are the women in STEM.

 
UDOL Student Forum - October2022
We hear you

We have now had the first Student Forum of the 22-23 academic year, hosted by the Union of Students and the University of Derby Online Learning team

 
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.

 
Men's Football 3rds Match Report
One of the men's football teams huddled together on the pitch.

Derby University 3rds were victorious in a commanding 4-1 win against league rivals Leicester University 2nds.

 
Goodbye from Vice President (Welfare)

And so the time has come for me to step down from this position, it has truly been an incredible experience.

 
What's a societies pass?

Want to join a society but unsure of what a society's pass is?

 
UDOL Student Forum - June 2022

On Thursday, June 30th, the Union of Students and University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) hosted their final UDOL student forum of the 2021/22 academic year.

 
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

 
BUCS round-up: Wednesday 18th October

It was a week of mixed results for our University of Derby sports teams, as the second week of BUCS got underway.

 
University Strikes

In the last few months, there has been an increase in staff strikes from different industries across the country, including the educational industry.

 
Sports Awards 2023

Sports Awards 2023 took place on Thursday 18th May at Pride Park.

 
My Psoriasis & Me

Over this last year I’ve been able to meet lots of students and I'm often asked 'why is your skin RED some days and not the next?'

 
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

 
BUCS round-up: Wednesday 23rd November

BUCS was back in action this week as most of our teams took part in cup competitions, looking to make the later rounds.

 
An update on Halls Sport and Parasports

Creating a new sport offering, focusing upon the social aspect and in turn improving our halls of residence offering, we are slowly but surely widening access to sport for all.

 
BUCS round-up: Wednesday 16th November

In yet another week of BUCS, the men’s football teams did us proud, while other sports teams struggled with mixed results across the board.

 
Fish n Picks
A group of students litter picking in a park.

16 students took part in a Fish ‘n’ Picks event in collaboration with Down To Earth Derby.

 
Have you considered joining the Placement Academy?

Are you considering doing an industrial year and need help with the process? The careers service has just the right thing for you.

 
Do you feel represented in our content?
A photo of Vice President (Activities)

Be part of the change you want to see!

 
Exciting new opportunities!
Phone with instagram, facebook and twitter icons

Have an interest in Sports or Societies?
Need some social media/marketing work experience?
... Check this out!

 
Annual General Meeting – The Results!

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

 
UDo Refresh - Have your say

UDo is your University of Derby student portal, hosting a range of information, advice and services to support you during your time at Derby and we'd like to know what you think.

 
Black History Month
A photo of VP Welfare Callum Young

For many, Black History Month is a time to reflect on the diverse histories of people of African and Caribbean descent, as well as to recognise their achievements and contributions to the UK's social, political, economic, and cultural development.

 
Black History Month Film Poll
Black History Month film night

We need your help in choosing a movie for our Black History Month cinema night!

 
Five reasons to run in the Snap Elections
Five reasons to get involved with VP Education Alex Mazilu.

Snap Elections exist to fill the Student Officer roles that have been left vacant since the Student Officer Elections in March.

 
Union Elections 2021 - The Candidates

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

 
Disability Officer campaigns for improved access to eTexts

Your Disability Officer is championing better access to learning resources for all students

 
Eight individuals receive Honorary Life Membership

Each year, the Union awards Honorary Life Membership to students who have gone the extra mile during their time at the University of Derby.

 
Why is Sustainability important to me?

An introduction to your new Sustainability Officer.

 
Mental health: Supporting each other

In times like these its good to know what exists to support you, and your loved ones.

 
Honorary Life Memberships Awarded

Congratulations to everyone that has been awarded an Honorary Life Membership!

 
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

 
Sports Awards 2024 Winners

The Sports Awards are all about celebrating the successes and achievements of sporting community from the past academic year. Last night was a wonderful night of celebration as the sporting community came together to support one another. A big congratulations to all of the nominees and winners, we hope you had a blast!

 
2024 By-Elections Results

The votes have been cast, and you've chosen your new Officers for the 2024/25 term! The 2024 Union By-Elections displayed all of the amazing creativity and determination of the candidates; it was great to see so many passionate students campaigning for changes to improve the student experience.

 
NUS Affiliation Referendum: Everything You Need to Know
A student talking into a microphone in a lecture hall filled with students.

As per our Standing Orders we are holding our annual referendum on the University of Derby Union of Student's affiliation to the NUS UK.

 
Halls Sport: What’s on Term 2?
A group of people in a park posing with frisbees.

Excitement is building as we confirm the lineup for the Spring Term with thrilling netball, table tennis, football, and pool competitions already confirmed.

 
You are invited to our All Student Meeting!

Find out what happens at our All Student Meeting, and how you can get involved!

 
Snap Elections: How to get involved

The Snap Elections happen just after Freshers every year (when needed) to fill any vacant positions after Main Elections and By-Elections.

 
Student Wellbeing Services

Are you aware of the wellbeing services available to you?

 
Students vs Robots: A Student's Guide to Responsible Use of Generative AI

Many of you will have heard about the emergence of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT and the impact that this may your academic experience.

 
Being Neurodivergent

You have probably heard people using the word “neurodivergent” before or calling themselves “neurodivergent”, but what is it and what it’s like being neurodivergent?

 
Go Green Week 2023

Find out what we have planned between 13th-17th March for Go Green Week!

 
Being Vice President (Education)
Vice President Education

Being an Officer Trustee is not an easy job, but it is exciting for sure.

 
Let's talk about sex, baby!
Love shack logo

Take a trip to the LoveSHaC (Love Sexual Health and Consent).

 
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.

 
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.

 
Honorary Life Membership application

Who do you think has gone above and beyond this year and deserves Honorary Life Membership

 
Handling Conflict in Student Housing

See our tips for handling conflict in student housing to get the best out of the experience.

 
How to Save Money
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As your Union Advice team, we have compiled a list of top tips on how to save money whilst you're at university!

 
Snap Elections Results

Our Snap Elections are now finished and we would like to thank all of the students who ran for positions, it has been great to see your hard work in campaigning and all of your determination.

 
A thank you to our sponsors
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Freshers wouldn't be Freshers without the support of our amazing partners and sponsors

 
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.

 
Autumn Term update from the Sports and Physical Activity Team

Exciting sports events and activities coming up this term: get ready for the fun!

 
Could you be a PAL Leader?

We are currently recruiting students who are in their second year or above to be PAL Leaders

 
Guidance on using social media
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Joining a Whatsapp group with your course-mates can be a great way to make friends but remember to keep professional standards!

 
Could you be the next Union President?
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Find out more about the Officer Trustee positions!

 
22 Top Tips for Freshers
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22 Top Tips, Advice and Opportunities for Derby Freshers

 
Black History Month Reading List

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

 
Summer Term Update from the Sports & Physical Activity Team
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Get summer ready with an action-packed term of fun and memories made! Try new sports such as ultimate frisbee and flag football, play weekly social sport, take part in our Inclusive Sports events or round off with our celebration of faiths ‘Spirit in Sport’ event. There’s something for everyone.

 
This Derby Girl Can
A woman smiling in the gym. Text in a pink box that reads 'this Derby girl can'.

Since launching in 2015, the ground breaking This Girl Can campaign has positively tackled the gender activity gap, celebrating active women regardless of age, background or ability and helping change the way women think and feel about exercise.

 
Your Quick Guide to LGBTQ+ History Month
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It’s February, which means… Happy LGBTQ+ History Month!! Here’s just a quick guide to what this month is all about and why we celebrate it, hopefully answering some of your questions along the way!

 
Tension Boils Over as Derby 3rds Defeat Derby 4ths
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Derby Men’s 3rds 2-0 Derby Men’s 4ths.

 
5 Reasons to Run in the Elections
Union President Dominic White smiling at the camera at Election Results night 2023

The Union elections are an amazing opportunity to use your voice and enact change within the Union and the University, so I wanted to share my top 5 reasons for why YOU should nominate yourself in the current Union elections.

 
Women's Football 1sts Match Report
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Emily Brett’s stand-out performance allowed Derby University Women’s 1sts to breeze past Birmingham City 1sts in 13-0 win at Kedleston Road.

 
Housing Terminology
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We've compiled a list of housing terminology to help you understand all of the terms you may come across when looking at accommodation.

 
Disability History Month
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In a world that often strives for inclusivity and diversity, it is important to shed light on the unique experiences and challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. Disability History Month serves as a poignant reminder of the journey towards equality and understanding.

 
VP (Welfare) November Update
VP (Welfare) Jack at an elections stall during a Union fair.

Your VP (Welfare) here to give you an update on some of the work that myself and the rest of the Executive Officer team have been up to during November 2023.

 
10 iconic transgender people to remember this day 🏳️‍⚧️💙💗🤍

We remember the lives lost for choosing to live freely, and we celebrate how far we’ve come today.

 
BUCS round-up: Wednesday 25th October

There were fewer fixtures than usual in this week of BUCS, however a good number of teams still played and here is how they got on…

 
Student offer at 'Screamfest'
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University of Derby students can claim 10% off all Screamfest tickets this month, offering a frighteningly fun night out.

 
BUCS round-up: Wednesday 11th October
Women's Football match - A derby Student kicking a football

Wednesday marked the opening day of the BUCS season for our UoD sports teams, who looked to kickstart their campaigns positively.

 
Freshers, hold the booze
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If you’re nervous about starting uni, just remember you’re not on your own. We want to give you some tips and tricks for navigating a booze-free Freshers Fortnight.

 
Here's why you should join one of our sports clubs or societies!

Hey there Freshers! I am Gabby and I am the VP (Activities) for the academic year ahead. I was part of Women’s Rugby during my time at university and here are my reasons for why joining sports clubs or societies can be an absolute game changer for your university experience.

 
UDOL Student Forum - June 2023

The third and final Online Student Forum of the 22-23 academic year was hosted by the Union of Students and the University of Derby Online Learning team.

 
Student Voice Unleashed (updated 4th July)

What happened as Student Voice was unleashed on 25th April?

 
Shouting About Success

Phantom Radio raised over £700 through 24 Hours Live!

 
UDOL Student Forum - March 2023

The second Online Student Forum of the 22-23 academic year was hosted by the Union of Students and the University of Derby Online Learning team.

 
Why LGBTQ+ History Month is Needed

As LGBTQ+ History Month is ending, it’s a great time to reflect on why this month is needed.

 
Student-Led Services

What are they and why should I get involved?

 
Fundraising Success!

We raised over £2,500 for charity!

 
Union Elections 2023 Results

Votes have been counted, transfers transferred. Find out your new officer team for 2023/24 now!

 
Find Your Thing
Photo of society stand at Refreshers fair.

Get involved in one of our brand new societies!

 
Spring Specials Launch in Blends
A raspberry pink slushy drink is presented in a rustic glass jar, with a straw sticking out.

Find your new favourite!

 
How to claim £400 on your energy bills
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If you pay all inclusive bills on your rented property then you could be eligible!

 
BUCS round-up: Wednesday 9th November
Students playing football

It was a day of mixed emotions for the University of Derby sports teams, as many of our teams took part in cup competitions and sought to make the next round.

 
PGR (Postgraduate Research) Students: What Societies Can do for You

Welcome (back) to Derby! We hope your summer has been relaxing and/or productive.

 
Snap Elections Results

After a very successful 24 hour voting window our Snap Elections are finished.

 
Student Safety Update
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Your Union President on Student Safety

 
An update on sustainability at University of Derby

For my journey so far as the Sustainability Officer, I have started to move forward within my manifesto in the following key areas.

 
A Service of Reflection on the Eve of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral
Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II

An invitation to attend a Service of Reflection on the eve of Her Late Majesty’s funeral at 1715 on Sunday 18th September

 
A warm welcome to new students from your Vice President (Education)

Starting uni is a big change, so myself and the team at the Union are here to welcome you, and help you settle in and make the most of your experience.

 
VP Welfare Callum's experience of Clearing
Headshot of Vice President Welfare, Callum Young

Callum’s advice for anyone who might be going through Clearing is not to be nervous, but completely open minded!

 
Cinema night poll
People sat in front of a large outdoor cinema screen in the evening.

Help us to decide which films to screen during Freshers!

 
What is PAL?

Find out more about Peer Assisted learning (PAL)

 
Black History Month inspired Cookbooks
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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!

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

 
The Climbing Club raised over £700 for charity!
Derby Union Climbing Club certificate

In May, the Climbing Club organised a charity climb 'Basecamp to Summit' to raise money for the Climbers Against Cancer charity.

 
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