Category: Student Life

Top down of a desk with a coffee and a laptop with somebody typing

A detailed account of a disabled mature student's experience of starting university.

Sign on the wall of the City of Miami Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum

Second-year Criminology students recently had the opportunity to see first-hand how the American criminal justice system works. Student Danielle Poulter, now in her final year, tells us about her experience, meeting inmates in jail and sitting in on a murder trial.

Students playing pool and table tennis in a halls common area

Student Sam Chikowore makes the case for staying in (or moving into) university halls of residence: events, all-inclusive bills, security and more.

A picture of international student Marcus Chan on a bridge in a city

International transfer student Marcus Chan offers some tips and advice on how to cope with moving away from home to come to university in the UK.

A group of students gathered around a table in a halls common room

Sam Chikowore lifts the lid on what it's like to work as a residential assistant in one of our University halls of residence.

Charlotte sitting at Markeaton park in Derby beside the stream

Student Charlotte Pearson shares her first impressions on moving to Derby and explains what it’s like to live in Derby city centre.

Derby buildings including the standing order pub

Moving away from home for the first time can be difficult. Student Ray Underwood found there was so much to do in Derby that her homesickness soon melted away.

Field with trees and sunshine

International student Weronika Jedrak shares her favourite places in the city that are affordable and fun. Together they make up her perfect Saturday.

Looking at the sunset through an aeroplane window over a wing

Tereza Rydlova left the Czech Republic to study Marketing in the UK. Despite not knowing anyone, she found that adapting to life in Derby wasn't hard at all.

Chatsworth house

Matthew LeDoux-Deakin shares his experience of studying as a mature student and explains why the university experience can be just as rewarding as it is for younger students who've just left college or sixth form.