Category: Student Life

Students sat in halls

Starting university can feel overwhelming, and that's perfectly normal. Student Sam shares his advice on getting involved and finding where you fit in.

Professor Malcolm Todd explains how students and staff have worked together to enhance the academic experience of those who study at the University of Derby.

France football group huddled together

Working as a reporter at the 2019 Women's World Cup wasn't all glitz and glamour for Football Journalism student Thomas, but he'd do it all over again.

Graffiti wall

Starting university can be a daunting time for any student, but Amy had additional worries. She never imagined the support that was about to greet her.

Three people in a nightclub, smiling.

Simona first arrived at University afraid that she would feel alone and find it difficult making new friends. Fortunately, the feeling didn't last long.

Buildings in Times Square, New York illuminated at night time.

Mimi Oloni's visit to Times Square gave her the chance to experience a lot of what she had learned on her Marketing and Consumer Psychology course.

Tamzin at the Forum in Rome

Student Tamzin Burch went to Italy as part of the International Travel Awards scheme. Here, she tells us how the trip affected her.

The University of Derby quidditch team

Elis Vavrušková describes how joining societies in Freshers Week helped her grow in confidence after she moved to Derby from the Czech Republic.

an open laptop with a cup of coffee, notebook and mobile phone sitting next to it on a desk

All students are assigned a personal tutor when they start at the University of Derby, so you can be assured you’ve always got someone to turn to. Wondering what personal tutors do and how can they help? Let Simona Velcovska explain.


Sam Chikowore recalls his first residential Geology fieldtrip as part of his prescribed Fundamental Skills for Geoscientists module. For Sam, it felt exhilarating and like a journey into the unknown.