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!

Derby University - safety net approach
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As assessment and exam season is just around the corner, it is important to keep up to date with any changes the University of Derby have made. We also want to let you know what options are availible to students struggling to meet deadlines.

Census 2021
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The census is a survey about all the households in England and Wales. The next census takes place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

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
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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.

Your student officers
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Your student officer group was elected in March to represent you for the academic year 2021/2022. Your officers are now trained and are in position to support and help improve your student experience here at the University of Derby.

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

Buxton Part Time Officer Successes
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Your Part Time Officers at Buxton have worked incredibly hard this year to enact change and voice feedback on behalf of the students studying at Buxton.

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

Hidden nature hot spots in Derby!
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For Mental Health Awareness Week and future walks or getting active - we have found some hidden beauty nature hot spots within the City of Derby for you to explore!

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.

By-Elections begins!
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The By-Elections are similar to the Officer Elections, just on a much smaller scale!

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?”

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).

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.

3 takeaways from the School of Arts rep forum
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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.

Student Mental Health Working Group
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Join your Union Officers in a the first Student mental health working group.

A thank you from your Union President
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Your President Jack reflects on Freshers Fair and the first week of Freshers.

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.

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

Looking After You
Yacht on the water

Your student leaders provide tips and tricks for looking after yourself.

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 Reading List

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

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

Derby Museums Freshers Offer

Running throughout September and October

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
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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.

Go Green week begins!
Man and penguins

This year we're observing Go Green Week between 22-26th February...

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

Nursing PAL Newsletter
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Childrens and Mental Health Nursing PAL Leaders, 2nd year students.

How to combat "screen fatigue"

Tamzin Burch - PAL leader for Marketing and Logistics

Making the Most of Being Online
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Just imagine for a moment that we were mixing, mingling and making sure our assignments were looked at before the due date. It'd be great wouldn't it?

Although this year isn't quite going how we hoped, this guide will help you do all that and more. So sit back with a drink, read on and know that whatever you achieve each day is enough.