Derby Moves

Derby Moves is a mobile app for University of Derby students and staff that earns you rewards for being active.

Whether you’re walking to lectures, going for a jog or training at the gym, you can earn points through Derby Moves. Once you’ve collected enough points, you can use them to redeem a variety of rewards and prizes ranging from a hot drink to a hoodie.

It's completely free - all you need to do is download the Moves+ app and confirm which activity tracker device you use.

How Derby Moves works

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How to sign up

Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for Moves+ 

  1. Download the Moves+ app.
  2. Open the app and select the University of Derby from the drop-down list.
  3. Register your details, entering all the required information (this must include your University of Derby email address).
  4. Go to your Uni email address to verify it.
  5. You now have the option to connect your wearable device or tracker and add a profile picture (you can skip this step and come back to it later if you wish).
  6. Once you have registered and successfully logged in, you can start using the app.

Frequently asked questions

No, Derby Moves is completely free. We are offering the Moves+ app to help motivate students and staff at Derby to stay active during their busy schedules.

Moves+ can connect directly with the following trackers and wearables:

  • Apple Health (iOS devices only) – no wearable device required
  • Google Fit – no wearable device required
  • Strava – no wearable device required (recommended for cyclists and runners)
  • Fitbit – you’ll need to purchase a Fitbit wearable device (Fitbit Charge 3 or above), and Fitbit tracker is recommended for swimmers
  • Withings (Health Mate app) – you’ll need to purchase a Withings wearable device

You can connect most other trackers/apps to Moves+ via one of the above trackers but we’d recommend using Google Fit or Apple Health rather than an unsupported tracker (eg Garmin).

For further help on trackers, and how to connect, visit the Moves+ FAQs page

Yes, you will need to connect to a simple step-tracker or wearable device to track your activity and collect points such as Apple Health or Google Fit

No. You can only connect to Derby Moves with one tracker at a time.

The Moves+ app currently tracks:

  • steps walked
  • miles run
  • miles cycled
  • metres swum

However, please note:

Moves+ does not collect data associated with any other activities so, if your tracker/wearable allows you to log different types of activity (eg weights or rowing), then any steps recorded during this activity will not be collected by Moves.

Not all trackers have the ability to track swimming:

  • Apple Health needs an Apple Watch
  • Strava and Google Fit require a waterproof phone
  • Fitbit - only certain models which allow for swimming and GPS capability
  • Moves+ is currently unable to read swimming activity on Withings

The trackers sync daily with your Derby Moves account. All connected trackers, apart from Apple, will sync with Moves at 23:55 (11:55pm) and pull through all your activity for that day. Your activity is then converted into points.

Apple Health will only sync activity when you open the Moves+ app. If you don’t open the Moves+ app, any points earned will be rolled over. We recommend that you open your app every day.

For new users tracking with Google, Fitbit and Withings, you will need to open your tracking app in order to sync through the activity. Please note it will take at least a day for the first sync with Moves.

Visit the Moves+ website for detailed troubleshooting guidance

Rewards range from hot drinks and food offers to discount codes, free classes and Derby Moves merchandise. Once you have signed up to Derby Moves, all the rewards available to you will be visible on the Rewards tab in the app.

To see what rewards are currently on offer, simply go to the Rewards tab in the app. You can redeem a reward once you have enough points.

Rewards are either available to claim at a shop or point of sale or online via a discount code. Details are given in the reward description on the app:

  • Point of Sale rewards - take your phone to the till point, show your phone screen to the member of staff present as you view and accept the claim 
  • Discount Code rewards - redeem the reward on your phone, make a note of the code, then to claim/apply the discount, enter the code on a website or provide it to the retail assistant/staff, whichever is required

Please note: We will always endeavour to keep rewards available up until their finish date. However, we reserve the right to remove or withdraw rewards at any time. 

There is lots of helpful information and guidance available to registered users on the Moves+ FAQs page, including:

  • How to connect, change and reconnect trackers
  • Your user profile
  • Rewards
  • Joining and leaving challenges
  • Public and private groups
  • Changing your marketing preferences


If you are having any issues using the app, please visit the Moves+ FAQs page for help.

If you have any further questions about Derby Moves, please contact us by email at