Latest events

Terrific talks, exciting events, eye-popping art - there's something for everyone. All open to the public.

Upcoming events

FE & Skills Showcase 2016

Saturday, 7 May 2016 at 9.45 AM

The third FE & Skills Showcase at the University of Derby. This event, organised by the PGCE (FE and Skills) Initial Teacher Education team, provides a unique opportunity for early-career professionals working in post-14 education to share their ideas and experiences in teaching.

An Evening With Dame Vivienne Westwood

Monday, 9 May 2016 at 6.15 PM
Running until Friday, 29 April 2016

Join us for An Evening With Dame Vivienne Westwood as she talks about ‘climate ruin’, culture change and the need to act now. Adam Buss, Chief Executive of QUAD,Derby will be introducing the event.

Derby Business School Showcase

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 at 4.00 PM

Join us for our popular student showcase to learn more about the great work our students have been doing with local and regional employers.

Publishing Derby: Launch Event

Thursday, 12 May 2016 at 12.00 PM

The University of Derby is set to become the only university in the North to offer a comprehensive range of postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Publishing. Join us at our launch event as we set out the university’s vision to make Derby a vibrant centre of learning in this exciting new area.

Gamification in higher education biosciences

Friday, 13 May 2016 at 10.30 AM

This workshop will discuss the theory of gamification and the type of play mechanics which can be employed in a teaching environment.

The Big Show: Exhibition

Saturday, 28 May 2016 at 8.00 AM
Running until Saturday, 11 June 2016

The Big Show Public Exhibition showcases the very best in young and emerging creative innovation across the strata of art and engineering education.

Derbyshire Open Arts Festival

Saturday, 28 May 2016 at 10.00 AM
Running until Monday, 30 May 2016

Visit Banks Mill Studios during the Derbyshire Open Arts festival and meet over 17 artists, designers and makers under one roof. See our artists in their working studios and buy or commission original artwork and handmade products direct from some of Derbyshire’s best artists, designers and makers.

The Big Show: Fashion Show

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at 12.00 AM

Fashion and textiles students will show off their final year collections in our annual Fashion Show, which is part of The Big Show 2016.

Precious Memories 2

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at 10.00 AM
Running until Wednesday, 29 June 2016

This solo exhibition by textile artist Jo Beattie is a reflection on memories and is created by machine stitching on see through fabrics. By raising the artwork from its background light and reflection enable its shadow to be the prominent picture and to tell a story.

An evening with the Duke of Devonshire

Thursday, 2 June 2016 at 6.30 PM

The Duke of Devonshire will present an illustrated talk on the gardens and landscape of Chatsworth in Derbyshire with reference to the change of appearance, management and features in the garden and landscape from the 1st Duke to present day.

Dr Christine Padesky Workshop - Strengths-Based CBT for Vulnerable Clients and Chronic Issues

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 at 9.00 AM
Running until Wednesday, 8 June 2016

This is the University of Derby’s final workshop with Dr Padesky. After 2016, she plans to teach fewer workshops outside North America so she can complete several writing projects, devote more time to consultation, and develop international training programs that require less travel.

The Big Show: Schools and Colleges Day

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 at 9.30 AM

This exciting and vibrant event is planned especially for schools and colleges to ignite the imagination of visitng students and enable them to explore the wide range of Art, Design, Media, Performance and Engineering subjects exhibiting at this year's show.

Wendy Hirsh's Inaugural Lecture

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 at 5.30 PM

Our Visiting Professor of Career Development Dr Wendy Hirsh, will give her Inaugural Lecture at the University this June.

The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 158

Thursday, 30 June 2016 at 9.00 AM
Running until Friday, 19 August 2016

The Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition is the longest standing exhibition of its kind in the world, having been held almost every year since 1854.

A is for Art, A is for Africa

Monday, 4 July 2016 at 10.00 AM
Running until Friday, 29 July 2016

The exhibition will include five large scale artworks which will be over one and a half meters tall along with photographs depicting life in the village compound. To set the atmosphere music and tribal singing will be played in the background.

Department of Law, Criminology and Social Sciences Teachers Conference

Friday, 8 July 2016 at 9.30 AM

Join us for an exciting and inspiring day of professional development with the Department of Law, Criminology and Social Sciences. Conference workshops will be available in a variety of areas such as Law, Criminology, Policing, Sociology and International Relations.

Humanities, Journalism and Media Teachers Conference

Monday, 11 July 2016 at 9.30 AM

Join us for an exciting and inspiring day of professional development with the Department of Humanities, Journalism and Media.

Reinventing the Landscape

Monday, 1 August 2016 at 10.00 AM
Running until Friday, 26 August 2016

Kerri will be inviting members of the public who have lived or worked in Derby to become involved in the project by contributing stories, photographs and ephemera, documenting personal recollections of the changing city.

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Public History Conference: Culture and Ideas

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The College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences will be hosting a Conference which will see second year undergraduate History students deliver a series of talks as part of their Public History module.


Running until: Friday, 20 May 2016 at 3:00 PM

This collection by University of Derby graduate artist Caroline Lowe has been developed since her AA2A residency at the University of Derby and her previous solo exhibition at Banks Mill entitled ‘Fragments’.

*POSTPONED* Coping with pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality

Running until: Wednesday, 6 April 2016 at 10:06 AM

Dr Caroline Lafarge, from the University of West London, will speak on Coping with pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality.