Essential Checklist

Make sure you know the essential tasks that you need to complete before beginning your studies. Complete these as soon as you can, so that you can enjoy preparing for University.

1. Read through your Welcome magazine

It contains lots of helpful tips and advice for you to prepare for your journey with us. This will have been posted to your home address if you’re in the UK. Don’t worry if you’ve not got your copy yet, you can view an electronic version on your student portal (UDo) when you’re set up.

2. Set up your University of Derby account

You’ll have received an email called “It’s time to set up your University of Derby account”.

You’ll need to create your password. You’ll then be asked to verify your identity by entering your date of birth.

If you need help creating or resetting your password visit the IT Services Knowledge Base.

3. Access your student portal (UDo)

Once you’ve created your password, you’ll receive an email to access UDo. Please note this may take 24 - 48 hours during busy periods. Follow the instructions and link in the email to gain access. You’ll need your username and the password you created.

4. Enrol online

Once you’ve accessed UDo and uploaded your photo, you’ll receive an online enrolment email invitation. The enrolment tile will also appear on UDo.

Key things to remember:

If you need help with online enrolment, you can view our frequently asked questions and submit an online enquiry form via our website – just go to derby.ac.uk/welcome and follow the enrolment links.

5. University Induction

Before you even come onto campus, you’ll have access to your online University Induction to start your journey with us.

Your University Induction will contain a whole host of useful information, which you can access via your student portal (UDo).

It’s a one-stop shop for information about:

The University Induction will stay live throughout the academic year, meaning you can access this information whenever you need to.

6. Complete your Right to Study

International students who need a visa or immigration permissions to study in the UK will need to provide copies of the necessary documents. You will need to complete the Right to Study checks with the International Team by providing documents to prove your Right to Study. Students will be asked to provide copies of documents such as biometric residence permit (BRP) and passport as part of enrolment.

7. Complete enrolment

To complete your enrolment, you need to have accessed and engaged with the information available to you on the UDo Blackboard (Course Resources) tile and complete any other steps required (if applicable, details will be provided via email). This is when you’ll be formally registered as a student, which will trigger any funding (if applicable). You will receive an email to confirm your enrolment as a University of Derby student once all steps are completed.

8. Find your College Student Centre

Each College has a dedicated College Student Centre where you can get advice and guidance on many aspects of student life. They can help with enrolment, assignment hand-ins, student fees and much more.

9. Download the DerbyUni App

The Derby Uni mobile app provides easy access to timetables, emails, course resources and more – wherever and whenever you need them.

The app brings together key services and resources while allowing you to move your favourite tiles to create an app display that is personalised to you. DerbyUni App is available as a free download for iOS and Android devices.

10. Check your unimail

Your student email (unimail) will be the main way that the University contacts you. Make sure you know how to check it and do so regularly. You will be able to access your email via the DerbyUni App and can set it up with your existing email app on your phone or other devices.

11. Know where you will get your student ID (UniCard)

If you are moving into Halls of Residence, your UniCard will be available to you at your Halls. If not, you will be able to collect your UniCard on campus either at WelcomeFest or during your Programme Induction.

12. Download a proof of study letter

If you need a letter to prove you are a student, you can download these from the ‘Student Documents’ tile on UDo. You may need one to open a student bank account or apply for a council tax exemption.

13. Register with a doctor

You should be registered with a local doctor’s surgery so that you can access health care if you need it and local to your term-time address. Your doctor’s surgery will also be able to help you access Covid-19 vaccinations and other medical services.

14. Ensure you get disability support

Tell us if you have any of the following as soon as possible: a disability or long-term health condition, physical or sensory impairment, a mental health difficulty, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. We can offer you appropriate advice and support during your studies.

Email the Student Wellbeing Centre

Complete our online form if you've enrolled

Tel: 01332 593000, available between 9 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday