Alumni benefits and services

Once you have successfully completed your studies at the University of Derby, the support you receive from us doesn’t stop. As a member of our University of Derby Alumni community, you have access to a range of exclusive benefits that can develop your career - and help you make the most of your leisure time.

Professional development

To help you extend your knowledge, we have exclusive discounts on offer to study at postgraduate level. Plus, there’s a wide range of flexible work-based study options to consider too.

  • Thinking about your next steps after graduation? If you’re considering postgraduate study, you could benefit from up to 25% discount to continue your studies at the University of Derby. The discount applies whether you’re continuing in the same discipline or switching to a completely different subject or campus
  • Contact Student Records and Awards Team for more information or call +44 (0)1332 593110

To continue your professional and career development, check out our range of flexible work-based learning solutions and professional development online courses (including free online courses known as MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses)

Join the University of Derby library for free. The usual cost is a one-off, annual fee of £50. Benefits include:

  • Access to our Derby based libraries at the Kedleston Road and Britannia Mill sites and libraries based in Chesterfield and Leek
  • Five standard loan items at a any one time

Apply at our Library service desks by bringing ID plus proof you studied at the University of Derby (student card or certificate). Contact the Library for more information library@derby.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1332 591215

The University of Derby's strategic partner, Marketing Derby, invites alumni who are based in London, either living or working and have strong ties to Derby and Derbyshire, to join the London Chapter of the Derby Ambassadors Club.

The aim of the Club is to create a network that will help raise the profile of Derby and Derbyshire to attract investment into the city and county.

There is no cost to joining the Derby Ambassadors Club and benefits include:

  • Invitations to exclusive events in London and Derby to network with other club members and be kept up to date on developments in Derby and Derbyshire
  • Opportunities to meet key business leaders in Derby and Derbyshire
  • Quarterly e-newsletters covering key stories from the city and county

Contact the University of Derby’s Development and Alumni Relations Office for more details on how to be involved with this exciting network alumni@derby.ac.uk.

The Derby Ambassadors Club is wholly managed by Marketing Derby, a third-party organisation.

Our Derby Enterprise Network offers a range of workspaces, networks and events for external business people as well as for our own entrepreneurial students and graduates and includes:

Innovation Hothouse

Our Innovation Hothouse is a networking group for our self-employed graduates to receive business support and join a community of like-minded individuals. This also incorporates a bookable hot-desking space at the Enterprise Centre. As an alumni of our University, you can use this space for free. As a member of the Innovation Hothouse, you also receive free membership of the East Midlands Chamber (worth over £340 per year – an East Midlands based business is required for this membership). We also offer free membership to Generation Next, the East Midlands Chamber’s network specifically for professionals aged 18–35-year-old (normally £150 per year).

Co-working spaces at the Business Lounge

From our Business Lounge at the Enterprise Centre, you can work on your business in our professional, co-working space and mix with other entrepreneurs and members of the local business community. It includes hot desks with power points and free WiFi and a Costa coffee area. The Business Lounge is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Enterprise Support

Our business support programme includes:

  • Mentoring

Workspace

If you are further ahead in your business journey, you might be ready for your own office or studio space. We run three affordable 'incubation units' for start-ups: two in Derby and one in Chesterfield. They're all thriving, entrepreneurial environments where you can collaborate and connect with others to help your business grow.

Our incubation units are:

Membership

If you’re not quite ready for your own space, we also offer membership services which includes the use of a postal address at one of our Incubation Centres.

The Help to Grow: Management programme will support entrepreneurial alumni of small and medium-sized businesses to boost the business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth. The 12-week programme has been designed to allow participants to complete it alongside existing work commitments.

The programme takes place over a 3-months period and will include online webinars and face-to-face sessions, alongside peer support and mentoring. Help to Grow is built around a practical curriculum that features access to the Alumni Programme including events with inspirational speakers, business clinics and networking opportunities.

SAIL is for employees in supervisory and management positions as well as recent graduates and aspiring future leaders. It doesn't matter if you are new to management or an experienced manager looking to update your skill set. The programme can also be an excellent gateway to formal qualifications.

A University of Derby industry networking event

Employability

There are many ways the University can support your career development, including helping you to develop your business ideas including accessing funding to help it grow.

  • Once you have successfully completed your studies at the University of Derby, we will continue to support you in securing the job you want. For up to three years after you graduate, our Careers and Employment Service will support and guide you with one-to-one appointments with employment advisers, career planning, CV tailoring and preparing for interviews
  • Access the Careers website as a graduate (log in required)
  • Having problems with your graduate login? Use our checklist to restore your account 
  • For more information, contact the team on careers@derby.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1332 591316
  • Contact Careers team careers@derby.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1332 591316 for more information
  • If you loved studying at the University, choose a rewarding career with us with plenty of opportunities to progress
A conference at the University of Derby

Leisure and retail discounts

You've worked hard to get your degree at the University of Derby, you are moving on to the next stage of your career and now we want to help you relax and enjoy yourself. We have exclusive sports and leisure offers for our Alumni, including discounted membership for our Sports Centre.

  • You can join our Sports Centre for £22.99 for monthly membership with Direct Debit or £229.90 for annual membership
  • Your membership includes access to all of our facilities at our £10.8m Sports Centre, including access to the gym and all classes on the activity timetable
  • You will need to provide your student number to benefit from the discount
  • The centre is open on weekdays from 6.30am-10pm and at weekends from 9am-5pm
  • You can also have access to over 90 other university gyms around the country with a multi-site membership for an extra £4.99 per month
  • Contact the Sports Centre sportscentre@derby.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1332 591790 for more information

University of Derby clothing

Would you like to update or replace your University of Derby hoodie? Alumni can claim a 10% discount on their purchases by entering 'alumni10' at the checkout in the Union of Students online shop.

Associate Membership

Maintain your team connections with this membership, it gives our alumni continued access to the Union of Students sports clubs and societies beyond graduation. Membership costs:

  • £15 for one year*
  • £20 for two years*

*Sports or Society membership fees are applicable on top of this membership. Contact the Union of Students at info@derbyunion.co.uk to find out more.

Totum cards can only be bought by registered students. However, final-year students are eligible to buy a three-year card. So, to continue benefiting from Totum discount, we recommend all final-year students buy one before they complete their course.

  • A three-year card costs £32
  • You can also buy a one-year card for just £12 or a two-year card for £22
  • A Totum card entitles you to more than 200 UK discounts
  • Many discounts are online only so you can’t get them without your Totum card
  • You will also receive a one-year FREE ISIC card, which will give you over 42,000 international discounts
The gym at the Sports Centre