Union of Students at the University of Derby

To get more out of your time at university, look to your Union of Students. They provide so many great services – from fun nights out to sports teams and societies, impartial advice, campaigns for change and more.

The Union is run completely by students and is independent of the University, though obviously we work closely together. You automatically become a member of the Union when you enrol and start your course.

What does the Union do?

Provides over 150 sports clubs and societies

There’s a wide variety of sports on offer at the Union, from the more traditional like football, rugby, cricket and netball, to the more unusual like American football, dodgeball and cheerleading.

If sports aren’t your thing, you might like to join a society to meet like-minded people or try something new. Societies can be related to a course or subject area, a cause or campaign, a religion or culture, or just an interest ­– eg people who like films.

Sports clubsSocieties

Varsity at the University of Derby
The University of Derby were crowned winners of 2018's Varsity with the University of Northampton, winning 20-9 on home turf.

Puts on entertainment and social activities

From cocktail masterclasses to trips to Alton Towers. 

However, the biggest and best event they organise is Freshers’ Fortnight in September. From club nights and parties to outdoor cinemas and open mic nights, Freshers’ Fortnight has something for everyone.

Latest events

UV Party at the Academy Bar
UV Party at the Academy Bar

Organises fundraising and volunteering opportunities

The Union fundraises for different charities each year and is always looking for support with its Raise and Give (RAG) efforts.

There are also loads of opportunities to volunteer at the Union. You’ll gain valuable experience as well as recognition for your work in the form of a ‘Futures Award’.

Fundraising and volunteering

Introducing the Union of Students

Supports a student paper, TV and radio station

Phantom Media is run by students and produces a student paper, TV and radio station. They need students to help produce content and run the media platforms, so get involved!

Represents all students and calls for change

The Union is the collective voice of students at the University. It’s therefore the most effective way to make change happen, whether it’s something big – an issue with your course for example – or something small, like what’s sold in the coffee shop.

Offers free, impartial and confidential advice

University can be daunting, and sometimes you need support or just someone to chat to. The Union’s Advice Team is independent of the University so you can talk to them in confidence about any issue, large or small. It’s available to all students at any campus and for online learners too.

 

Blends, Kedleston road

Runs some great, affordable coffee shops, bars and shops

The Union has a shop or coffee shop at most sites but its main outlets are:

Blends at Kedleston Road, Derby

The popular Union coffee shop. You can buy everything from hot and cold drinks to breakfast snacks and sandwiches, as well as a selection of great-tasting cakes, muffins and biscuits. 

The Academy bar at Kedleston Road, Derby 

Get great value food and drink from hearty breakfasts to cold beers after a hard day’s study. 

67 Bridge Street, Derby

Next to the Princess Alice Court halls of residence, this combines the best bits of Blends and the Academy. Offering beers and cocktails alongside coffees, freakshakes and great food, it’s open from early morning to late evening. Look out for regular, themed quiz nights too. Check out 67 Bridge Street on Instagram

Keep up-to-date with the Union