Events and activities

The University and your Union of Students plan an exciting range of activities and events. 

Freshers and welcome events

We're putting together a programme of events to make this Welcome as social and exciting as possible. Along with your Union of Students, we’ll be hosting a wide range of activities for you to get involved in. Keep checking your emails for details.

Your Union will be hosting a very special Freshers programme of events and activities. Look out for sports, societies,  student media, cookalongs, quizzes and many more opportunities to find out more about the vibrant student community at the University. 

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.

Find out the full programme of Union of Students Freshers events

Welcome Heroes

Our student and staff Welcome Heroes will be out in full force in Derby and Chesterfield this year. With their bright pink t-shirts and friendly faces, they will be ready to support students with anything from finding your way around to offering digital advice and answering student queries.

International students

International students can access a wide range of support services from across the University. These support services can help with admissions, accommodation, wellbeing, careers and employment, and much more. We also have a dedicated International Student Hub who can provide advice on visa and immigration requirements.

Find out more about international student support

There will be many Welcome activities to help you settle in and get involved with the University community. We also have events that can support you with the additional challenges you may face as an international student, such as adapting to life in the UK. 

Global Gathering

Monday 13 February, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm in Basecamp at Kedleston Road. This celebratory event will welcome new international students into the University of Derby community. There will be entertainment, activities, free food, and the chance to win freebies! It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other students and get to know your Union of Students Officers. 

Book your place for the Global Gathering 

International Social

Your International Social will take place on Monday 6 March, 7pm – 9pm at St Alkmund’s Church (40 Kedleston Rd, Darley Abbey, Derby, DE22 1GU). This is a social for international students, hosted by us and The Meeting Place. There will be free food, games, and the opportunity to socialise with other students and to get to know the Derby community.  

Book your place for the International Social


Multi-Faith Centre - fish, chips and quiz evening

Tuesday 21 February, 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm, in the Multi-Faith Centre at Kedleston Road. Come and enjoy a classic British meal, socialise with other international students, and test your knowledge about the city, region, and country for the chance to win a free University of Derby hoodie!

*Please note numbers are limited so email to book your space.

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

View International student life video transcript

Global Gathering Monday 13 February

Entertainment, activities, free food, and the chance to win freebies!

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