Welcome 2018

Preparing to start your University of Derby journey


Wishing you the biggest congratulations and welcome to all of our new students starting with us in September 2018. Your first few weeks will be exciting and sometimes overwhelming packed with new information and chances to socialise. You may be in a new city/town, trying to make sense of everything coming your way, surrounded by people you don’t know yet – but everybody around you is in the exact same situation. You'll find information on getting started, your course induction schedule and other activities and events you can get involved in once you start with us.

Welcome Weekend

Our Welcome Weekend takes place on Saturday 15 September 2018 and it is when most of our new students move into their University Halls of Residence at our Derby and Buxton Campuses. If you have made other arrangements or are not moving into the University Halls you're not required to attend this day. However, we do have some activities taking place (incl. Freshers Fortnight) that you can join in with. If you're moving into Halls, be sure to book a time slot in advance and arrive at the time allocated - you can do that here.

Induction and enrolment

At the start of your journey, you'll need to attend your induction set out by your course team which will introduce you to academic and support staff, as well as your fellow students. Your induction may also include a whole range of activities and events to help you settle in. You’ll be sent instructions on how to enrol online, if you're going to be studying on campus you'll be also be required to come and confirm your enrolment on site - this will be built into your induction schedule. Don’t worry if you’re not sure about anything or don’t know what modules you need to study, as we’ll be here to advise and support you. To find your induction schedule and information about enrolment head to the 'Before you arrive' section below.

Get Ahead

If you have a disability, health condition, learning difficulty or mental illness, our Get Ahead programme will give you the best possible preparation for student life. You'll have been contacted directly by our Student Wellbeing Team with more details.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

After reading our Welcome pages you may have some questions - why not have a look at our Welcome FAQs to see if you can find an answer there.

Welcome checklist

To help you prepare, we've put together a few essential to-do activities for before you get here, during your first weeks and for the rest of your time with us.

Before you arrive

During your first week

Whilst you're here