Alumni benefits and services

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

Career and business support

Your benefits as a member of our University of Derby Alumni community include exclusive help in the next stage of your career. And there are other ways we can help you develop your career, including helping you find space for your business and access to 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
  • For more information, contact the team on careers@derby.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1332 591316

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.

E: 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 alumnus 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).

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 weekdays from 9:00 until 17:00.

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:

  • If you have loved studying at the University of Derby, why not choose a rewarding career with us with lots of opportunities to progress?
A University of Derby industry networking event

Professional development and further study

To help you extend your knowledge, we offer an exclusive discount on postgraduate fees for our Alumni plus a range of flexible study options.

  • Derby Alumni benefit from free membership of our University of Derby library. This normally costs £50 per year
  • This will give you access to our libraries in Kedleston Road and Britannia Mill in Derby and also in Chesterfield and Leek
  • You can borrow five standard loan items at a time
  • Apply at our library service desks, bring ID plus proof you studied at the University (student card or certificate)
  • You can contact the library at library@derby.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1332 591215 
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 £26 for monthly membership with Direct Debit or £215 for annual membership
  • Your membership includes access to all of our facilities at our £10.8m Sports Centre
  • 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
  • Call +44 (0)1332 591790 or email sportscentre@derby.ac.uk

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