Events and activities

The University and your Union of Students hosted a programme of exciting activities to kick start your academic year. We know it’s more important than ever for you to have opportunities to connect with other students and enjoy your student journey with us.


We kicked off Welcome this year with WelcomeFest, a collaborative event with our Union of Students, offering our new and returning students a chance to meet new people and get settled into the new academic year. We had live music, free food and drink, and stalls for attendees to visit, with around 850 students joining us to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Our friendly student Welcome Heroes were also on hand to offer directions, answer questions and chat about student life.

We hope you enjoyed your welcome and freshers activities this year. Tag us @derbyunistudent using the hashtag #DerbyWelcome and let us know the ones you enjoyed the most. 

Welcome Heroes standing behind the Derby Uni sign at Kedleston Road site

Welcome Heroes

Our student and staff Welcome Heroes were out in full force at our Derby sites this year. With their bright pink t-shirts and friendly faces, they were on hand to support students with anything from signposting to offering digital support, to answering student queries.

Student Debates

Welcome isn’t just about introducing new and returning students back to the University of Derby, it’s also a chance for students to share their opinions and have their voices heard. That’s why we delivered our Welcome Debates, a series of three events to get students speaking up about what they believe in.

Starting with mental health, where students discussed how the pandemic has affected peoples’ mental health, followed by environment and sustainability, talking about how people are changing their lifestyles to do better for the environment and combat climate change. On the final day of the Welcome Debates, students talked about diversity, if people are taking an active approach to diversify their lives and if corporate branding impacts customers.

Students discussing and chatting

International students

International/EU students can access a wide-range of support services from across the University including admissions, accommodation, student wellbeing, careers and employment, and college student centres. We also have a dedicated visa advisor who can provide advice on your visa and immigration requirements.

If you are a new international/EU student, you will be invited to join students from the UK on our welcome activities. You'll soon be finding your way around and making new friends from all over the world.

Find out more about international student support

An insight into International Student Life at the University of Derby.

View International student life video transcript