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Upcoming Events

Freshers Moving in Day
21st September 8am - 5pm
Kedleston Road Atrium
Grab your keys, meet some friendly faces, unpack your stuff - and get yourself a #derbyfresh wristband if you haven’t already!
Freshers Welcome Fest at Markeaton Street
21st September 2pm - 7pm
Markeaton Street
Move in day can break a sweat in even the most precise packers, so once you’re all settled in head down to Markeaton Street for some good grub and a chance to chill before our Wild Welcome Party!
Freshers Wild Welcome Party
21st September 9:30pm - 2am
Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
Have you got the moves like jaguar? Channel your wild side as you let loose in the Academy at our roaring welcome party. Come for drinks at the watering hole with good vibes that will have you believing you’ve mastered the bare necessities of life.
Freshers Freshers Foam Party at Walkabout
22nd September 9pm - 3am
Walkabout Derby
Forget having a night off with a bubble bath and your trusty rubber duck, the Mukky Duck team have foam for days - no FOMO here!
Freshers Union Pop-up
23rd September 11am - 1pm
Markeaton Street
Come and talk to us about how to be part of the Union; sports, societies, student-led services, Advice, Part Time Officers and Programme Reps, we've got you covered with every inch of info!
Freshers Night at the Museum
23rd September 6pm - 11pm
Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE11BS
Beat your top score under the pinball glow as you travel back to a world of retro gaming with all your favourite arcade classics!
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Freshers OFGS Union Fair
24th September 11am - 2pm
One Friar Gate Square
Goodies, giveaways, and lots of information about how to make the most of your time at university. Come and meet us and find out what your Union can do for you!
Freshers Pint with the President
24th September noon - 2pm
Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
Meet the President (and the Vice-Presidents) for a pint and a chat about all things Union!
Freshers Comedy Night
24th September 8pm - 11pm
Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
A night of contagious laughter and entertainment with hilarious headliners! Don’t forget to redeem your limited time drinks vouchers in your Freshers vouchers book!
Freshers Cheese and Wine Welcome
25th September 5pm - 7pm
Britannia Mill
A welcome talk for mature, commuter and parent students. With cheese and wine!
Freshers Freshers Glitter Party at Walkabout
25th September 9pm - 3am
Walkabout Derby
Would it be a Freshers party without a bit of glitter? Derby's biggest student night brings you more sparkle than ever before!
Freshers Imperium Coaching Q&A
26th September 11am - 1pm
Kedleston Road
Feeling anxious about first weeks of university? Come for an open Q&A panel discussion with Kyle Watson, a graduate coach and founder of Imperium Coaching. Take control of your actions, build your confidence and enjoy university to the fullest!
Freshers Union Advice Tea Party
26th September 4pm - 6pm
Blends Coffee Shop, Kedleston Road
Do you need help with settling into student life in Derby? We know this can be solved over a good cuppa. Come and enjoy some positivi-tea while you chat to our advisors about your student concerns.
Freshers Outdoor Cinema
26th September 7pm - 11pm
The Academy Bar, The Union of Students, Kedleston Road
Get your popcorn (or holey grail doughnuts) and blankets at the ready for our outdoor screening of a popular blockbuster! Quiet at the back!
Freshers Quiz at OFGS
26th September 7:30pm - 9pm
One Friar Gate Square
It's time to question the laws of quizics, so find that mate who has more general knowledge than sense for our first quiz of the year!
Freshers Derby Festé
27th September midnight - 28th September midnight
Derby Cathedral
The arts festival returns with packed programme of spectacular family entertainment featuring the breathtaking Museum of the Moon at Derby Cathedral!
Freshers Union Pop-up
27th September 11am - 1pm
Britannia Mill
Come and talk to us about how to be part of the Union; sports, societies, student-led services, Advice, Part Time Officers and Programme Reps, we've got you covered with every inch of info!
Freshers Comedy Bingo
27th September 8pm - 11pm
Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
Comedy, music, and mayhem; come and see why quiet dabbing is a thing of the past. Win big and expect an evening of non-stop laughter!
Freshers UV Rave
28th September 10pm - 2am
Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
Paint your face and grab those glow sticks for an unmissable night at the Academy!
Freshers Freshers Fair
30th September 9am - 5pm
Kedleston Road Atrium
One of the biggest events during your first few weeks in Derby and your first chance to see the Union in all its colours.
Freshers Programme Rep Info Event
30th September 5pm - 7pm
One Friar Gate Square
Learn about your Union’s Programme Representatives scheme, how they represent your academic interests, and how you can go about becoming one to support your coursemates and improve your programme.
Freshers Freshers Fair
1st October 9am - 5pm
Kedleston Road Atrium
One of the biggest events during your first few weeks in Derby and your first chance to see the Union in all its colours.
Freshers Sports and Societies Shindig
1st October 5pm - 7pm
Blends, OFGS
Haven’t been tempted by one of our existing sports clubs or societies? Form your own!
Freshers intu Student Shopping Night
1st October 7pm - 10pm
intu Derby
Who can resist a too good to be true deal? intu’s student lock in is the perfect opportunity to get all the bits you need to settle in to student life in Derby!
Freshers Harry Potter Party at Walkabout
2nd October 9pm - 3am
Walkabout, 11 Market Square, Derby DE1 3QE
Are you a Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or a Gryffindor? Join the Mukky Duck Crew on the most magical night of the week!
Freshers Oktoberfest
3rd October 7:30pm - 11pm
Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
Who says you need to be in Munich to drink a stein? Come to the Union’s very own festival for a night of high spirits with live music from a Bavarian band!
Freshers Quiz at OFGS
3rd October 7:30pm - 9pm
One Friar Gate Square
Let’s get quizzical; it's time to get your thinking hats on ready for our second quiz of the year!
Freshers All Day Blowout
4th October 11am - 5pm
Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
Missing your home comforts and your parents’ good grub? The Academy is open all day for you to relish 25% off the entire menu!
Freshers Freshers Finale
4th October 10pm - 2am
Academy Bar, Kedleston Road
Round off the Freshers Fortnight with the biggest night of all. Grab your new mates and celebrate in style! Basshunter and MistaJam will be preforming live! This is the night you will not want to miss!
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Freshers Freshers Fair Markeaton Street
8th October 10am - 2pm
Markeaton Street
A chance to see the Union in all it’s colours – the perfect opportunity to get involved in our clubs and societies, grab a load of info, and learn more about what’s on offer in the local area. Brands, freebies, and pizza – lots of free pizza!
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