Before you arrive at university

Admission to the University is done entirely on academic criteria and a declaration of mental illness will not negatively affect your application. An early declaration and conversation with us will make it more likely that you will be successful as it will allow us to begin putting support in place for you at an early stage.

There are many practical steps we can take to assist you before the academic year begins including outlining the types of support we will be able to provide and the process for accessing this support and visiting the University in the quieter summer months.

We will also be able to explore the realities of University life with you so you can have some planned strategies in place to help with the transition to university.

Experience shows that those students who seek support have a more positive experience of university and are far more likely to stay well and succeed academically, than those who don't. If you have an existing mental illness and are coming to study with us in the future please contact Student Wellbeing on:

Derby Campus

Buxton Campus


If you regularly use any medication you must ensure that you bring at least 4 weeks supply with you to university. It can take this long for your notes to transfer from your GP at home to your new GP in Derby. This can delay you getting a new prescription.

If you are unable to get 4 weeks supply, for whatever reason, please contact us in the Student Wellbeing Service so we can discuss other options with you.

You can find some brief guides to the different types of medication prescribed on the NHS website. If you are concerned about the impact of your medication on your academic performance do not stop taking it. Please either contact your GP or The Student Wellbeing Service to discuss this. You can find the guides here.

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