It’s nearly time for your next chapter to begin, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you. As you start to prepare for university life, we know that you will have lots of questions about how and where you will be studying this autumn, and how coronavirus measures will affect you.
When will I start?
The academic year will start as planned on Monday 21 September. Our Welcome and Induction programmes will introduce you to university life and help you to settle in. More information on this will be available on these pages in the coming weeks.
Teaching will begin for most courses on Monday 28 September. A small number of courses have different start dates – we will contact you separately if this applies to you.
Enrolment will be available from Monday 24 August. This year, enrolment will be fully online and details of how to enrol will be emailed to you once your university place is confirmed. We encourage you to enrol as soon as possible so that you have plenty of time to access your induction materials ahead of your course starting in September.
Your induction marks the beginning of your university journey. It provides essential information that will help you make the most of your university experience. Along with your programme induction you will work through a specific unit which contains important messages, welcoming you to the university and introducing you to key people and departments. Your induction will be available from welcome week and details of how to work through this information will be emailed to you once you have completed your online enrolment.
Our timetables for new students will be available within 24 hours of your enrolment being completed. We recognise that accessing your timetable is important and this information will help you to plan life around your studies. However, timetables cannot be finalised until the number of students on each course is confirmed after A-level results day.
Where will I study?
We are shaping up our plans to welcome you onto campus from the start of the semester. Working to government guidelines, we are introducing social distancing measures across our campuses and halls of residence. From September we are currently planning for the following:
- Regular on-campus contact time in small teaching groups, tutorials, practical and laboratory sessions
- Online and remote alternatives to large lectures during the first semester
- Access to our on-campus facilities where it’s safe for these to open – this will include carefully managed access to our libraries with bookable browsing and study slots
- A full induction programme, including extra-curricular activities, organised with social distancing in mind
- Personalised virtual services, including academic support, the Careers and Employment Service, Student Wellbeing, financial advice, and the Union of Students
- Flexible accommodation contracts, so you don’t need to worry about paying for accommodation if you don’t use it for any reason relating to the pandemic
- Access to our Sports Centre including fitness suite, 4G pitches and tennis courts
Please note that these plans could change, depending on how the Covid-19 situation develops, and subject to government guidelines.
When can I move into halls?
If you are planning to move in at the start of term in September, you can do this from Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 September. To adhere to social distancing guidelines whilst moving in, you will be asked to reserve a time slot for your arrival. Time slots will be available after A-level results day and our Student Living team will be in contact with you directly via email to arrange this.
Our Student Living team are putting plans in place to ensure you can still experience the buzz of meeting your flat-mates and making new friends.
We will provide the best possible university accommodation experience, developing social bubbles within each flat and 24-hour support from our Student Living team. We are also offering flexible contracts so you can move in later if you want to.
Find out more about our Halls of Residence
Will I be able to socialise?
Our Union of Students is ranked in the WhatUni Top 25 in the UK, and the Union team have been working hard to make sure you have a great social experience when you start university this September. We will be offering a wide range of on-campus and virtual activities for our Freshers Fortnight, from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 September.
Here are just some of the things you can expect:
- The team will make use of the large outdoor space we have at our Kedleston Road campus to host a Freshers Fair, giving you the chance to pick up fantastic discounts and freebies from local and national companies
- A range of Freshers events including quizzes, cook-a-longs, live music events and more – full details, including how to book, will be available on the Union website from Thursday 13 August
- The chance to meet and sign up to our amazing range of sports and societies – a key part of your university experience!
- Shops, cafes and our sports centre open and ready for you to use – fully adapted as required for social distancing
Find out more about our Union of Students
Our commitment to you
We want you to enjoy everything that being a student at Derby has to offer, including our outstanding facilities and great city. But above all we want you to be safe and well.
Across all of our sites we are making sure that you can have as much contact time with your lecturers, tutors and fellow students as we can arrange safely.
For full details on what this means if you are planning to live in halls, please visit our accommodation pages.
If you have any specific concerns about coming to campus or living in halls, we are happy to discuss these with you. Please get in touch. If you have additional needs and would like to discuss these with our Student Wellbeing team, please complete this form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Make yourself at home before university starts
We have various ways you can get in touch with us to make yourself feel at home and we can answer any questions that you might have about starting university this year.
If you have any specific questions about your course, your application or the University in general, please get in touch. You can contact us using:
UCAS Embargo: If you’ve applied for your next stage of study with us through UCAS, we’ve got some important information to share with you about how and when we can discuss your application with you. The “UCAS embargo,” covers two periods of time where we are not allowed to communicate the status of your application to you if you have an active UCAS application.
Each year, while we’re processing your application, we are required by UCAS to remove access which could indicate your results. This includes any additional applications you have with us where confirmation of your place could indicate your results; you’ll also lose access to “UCAS Track” during these times.
The dates for 2020 UCAS Embargo are shown below:
- Scottish qualifications (SQA) results embargo: 6:00 on Monday 27 July to 09:00 Tuesday 4 August
- JCQ results embargo (wide range of qualifications including A Levels, BTECs): 14:00 Friday 7 August to 08:00 Thursday 13 August
If you have a UCAS application, some of the information in UDo will be removed during these dates. However, they will be returned outside of the dates above.