Category: Student Life

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.

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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.

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Joining a society can be a big part of your life at university. And there is so much choice. Student Christina Vassell even set up her own micro society.

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Mature student Marek Fraczek explains that age is irrelevant when going to university - and also describes exactly what his American Studies course entails.

Preeya Kaur in Copenhagen

Economics for Business BA (Hons) student Preeya Kaur took the opportunity to travel to both Copenhagen and Vienna to expand her University experience.

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One of the greatest assets of the University of Derby is the effort that goes into the student experience. Kayleigh Ayriss got to go to New York and Washington DC thanks to our International Travel Awards.

Societies group at freshers fair

Nigel Duffus describes how his personal journey with the University’s societies began during welcome week.

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Sam Chikowore offers his advice on how to get a job, including drafting a CV, registering with the University's Student Employment Agency and working around your study schedule.