Your guide to enrolment and induction

Before your studies begin, you will need to set up your university account, access your student portal (UDo) and start the online enrolment, if you're an on-campus student.

If you're an online student please use the enrolment guide for online students

If you're a returning student, please go directly to UDo and click on the "My Student Record" tile to start online enrolment.

Follow these easy steps to start your university journey.

You will receive an email titled ‘It’s time to set up your university account’ from noreply_passwordcreation@derby.ac.uk. You may need to check your spam filters and junk email.

This email will be sent when you’ve met all the conditions of your course (known as unconditional firm status). It contains instructions for creating your student account.

Please engage with this email as soon as possible. Not doing so may delay enrolment onto your course and access to the systems. Setting up your password should take about 10-15 minutes.

Set up your password

Once you have created your password, you will be asked to enter contact details in our password reset system. This information will ensure that you do not get locked out of your account in the future.

Further support with password creation or the password reset steps is available in the password reset guide.

UDo is your student portal. This can be accessed with your student ID number and university systems password after you have submitted your contact details.

Access UDo

UDo contains information, advice, and services to support your university experience. Familiarise yourself with the information tiles available to view. 

More tiles will be available to view as your progress through enrolment, induction, and the welcome journey.

What’s in UDo?

On UDo you can:

  • Upload your photo for your University ID
  • Find information to help you get started
  • Access student wellbeing guidance and support
  • Find information about your Union of Students 
  • Access your university induction through the Blackboard (Course Resources) tile. Please allow 24/48 hours after your password has been created for the Blackboard tile to appear

Invitation to enrol

You will receive an email titled ‘Invitation to enrol online at the University of Derby.'

New students  - this will be sent to the email address you provided during the admissions process. Please let us know if this email address needs updating by using our enquiry form.

Returning students - we’ll email your Unimail address.

If you’re completing a placement year you’re not expected on campus for enrolment but you’re still required to enrol online.

Watch our video on how to enrol

Module selection

You will be automatically enrolled on your core modules. These can be viewed on the enrolment summary page at the end of online enrolment.

Module selection should be discussed with an appropriate academic each year to make the right choice for your individual study. 

New students - if applicable, an opportunity to discuss module selection will be included within your programme induction.

Returning students – if you have an active refer or defer against a module from a previous academic year, you don’t need to re-enrol on that module(s).

If you cannot see the module you need on the module selection page, please complete online enrolment and then contact us using the enquiry form.

If you are unsure about your module choices, please contact your relevant academic for guidance.

Online enrolment

Accept the terms and conditions. This link will open a new page, so you may need to allow pop-ups to enable this. Once opened, please read the terms and conditions before closing the page. You can then return to accept the terms and conditions before continuing to enrol online.

There will then be a series of pages, where you will have the opportunity to check your personal information and your programme details. If you need to update your programme details, please contact us using the enquiry form.

Your induction process is in two parts: University Induction and programme (course) induction. These can be accessed through the ‘Blackboard (Course Resources)’ tile on the UDo student portal. Allow 24/48 hours after password creation for access to the tile.

University Induction

The University Induction takes place online and provides insight into studying at Derby, support services, the Union of Students, and UoD Sport and Physical Activity opportunities. You will also receive study advice and top tips from current students.

You can work through the University Induction material in your own time. Some units are useful to read before you begin your studies, and some will be more relevant when your programme has started. Explore the units, taking note of what you need and what you believe will be most helpful to you.

How do I find it?

The University Induction is located within ‘Blackboard (Course Resources)’ tile in UDo under the ‘Courses/Modules’ folder and is under the heading on the left-hand column titled ‘University Induction’.  

Programme (course) Induction

Your programme induction introduces the programme and what can be expected, alongside all the important people you will be working with: academics; staff in your College, School and Department; and students who will study and live alongside you. It is a key opportunity to start making connections with other students. 

Your programme induction will include a range of online and on-campus activities to help you settle in and feel at home.

As part of the Welcome journey, it is very important for you to attend your programme induction.

How do I find it?

The programme induction is located within Blackboard (Course Resources) tile on UDo:

  • Click on ‘Programmes and Organisations’ (if you're using the App click on the 'More' tab at the bottom)
  • Click on the name of your course 
  • Select the 'Organisation Content' folder
  • Select the folder titled ‘Student Induction September 2022’
  • In the folder, click on either ‘New Students’ or ‘Returning Students’, depending on your status

Here you will find your induction information, including a reminder of where to find your University Induction, your programme induction schedule (look for week 2 folder) and any specific learning materials. This will provide you with guidance to help you through your first few weeks with us.

We will continue to update the programme induction area as the full programme of sessions, events and activities are confirmed, so keep an eye out for future developments. 

If you are starting an Online Learning course, please contact the  University of Derby Online Learning directly.

If you are not a British or Irish passport holder, you will be required to have a student visa, other UK visa category or permission in order to study in the UK with our University. You will need to complete the Right to Study checks with the International Team of the University by providing documents to prove your Right to Study.

Find out more about the Right to Study

New students - Once you have enrolled online and finished the University Induction, we will confirm your enrolment. This officially registers you as a student and we will confirm your registration with Student Finance if applicable. You can also visit enrolment support during Welcome Week for assistance with your enrolment and to collect your Unicard. 

You can visit the following locations for any enrolment queries, to complete your enrolment and collect your Unicard. 

  • Kedleston Road Library – Monday 12 September to Friday 23 September, 10 am - 6 pm (excluding Sunday)
  • Markeaton Street site, – MS134, MS135, MS136 and MS145 – Tuesday 20 September to Thursday 22 September, 9 am – 5 pm. Please note, international students will need to attend Kedleston Road library for right-to-study checks
  • One Friar Gate Square – FG501 – Monday 12 September, Wednesday 14 September and Thursday 15 September and Tuesday 20 September to Friday 23 September

Returning students - you do not need to come onto campus to be registered as a student. Your enrolment will be confirmed once you have enrolled online and completed all relevant enrolment steps. 

If you are self-funding, you will be required to pay 25% of the cost of your autumn/through modules before you can be confirmed.

Students sponsored by a company need to email a sponsor letter confirming that they are willing to support you to sponsors@derby.ac.uk. You cannot be officially registered as a student without it. 

After any initial payments at enrolment, the fees will be split into five payments across the academic year. Find out more information about payment dates using our guide to payments and queries.

Learn more about making a payment

Completing enrolment is really important, so please contact us if you are experiencing any problems.

Confirmation of Enrolment

Once we have officially registered you as a student, you will receive a confirmation of enrolment email. This is your proof that we have officially registered you as a student with us, so please keep it safe. This email will be sent to your unimail email address. 

Sponsored Students

You are a sponsored student if all or part of your tuition fees will be funded by an official financial sponsor.

An official financial sponsor includes the UK government, your home country’s government, the British Council or any international organisation, international company, university, or Independent School.

If a sponsor is covering your course fees and living costs, you will need to provide a letter that contains:

  • Your name
  • Your sponsor’s name and contact details
  • The date of the letter
  • The length of the sponsorship
  • The amount of money the sponsor is giving to you or a statement that they are covering all course fees and living costs

Your official financial sponsor will need to write to us on headed paper to confirm their intention to fully or partly fund your studies. We have created a sponsorship letter template to make it easy for your sponsor to write the letter of sponsorship.

Please send a copy of the letter of sponsorship to sponsors@derby.ac.uk

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Enrolment: Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to emailing our enrolment team, please check our FAQs. You will find answers to our most frequently asked questions such as how to change your password or how to amend your student record.

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