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The Union of Students is an independent, student-run organisation which is there to help students make the most of their time at Derby.
It offers advice, support and representation for all Derby students. The union also runs clubs and societies, provides volunteering opportunities and even has its own newspaper and radio station, Phantom Media, offering entertainment and information as well as the chance to get involved. There’s also a busy calendar of events throughout the year that all students are able to get involved with.
Clubs and societies
The Derby Union of Students provides a huge choice of sports clubs, from football, rugby and cricket to American football, dodgeball, cheerleading and dance. Most clubs provide options to compete or take part socially.
There’s also a range of societies, where students can meet like-minded people or try something new – from baking to medieval re-enactment or musical theatre.
For students who can’t find the perfect activity or group to suit them, the union provides expert and personalised support to help them set up their own society.
Derby is a thriving, culturally diverse city offering the best of both worlds. Its compact centre has a good choice of places to eat, drink, shop and relax, including cinemas, the university-owned Derby Theatre, museums, restaurants, bars and cafés.
A creative city, it hosts a number of arts events, including the annual Festé street festival and international FORMAT Photography Festival.
Outside the city is beautiful countryside, including the Peak District National Park, while there are also local green spaces to enjoy, with award-winning parks on the university’s doorstep.
Derby provides a wealth of opportunity for ambitious people – in 2019 it was rated the second-best city for millennials to start a business, and has four times the national average of people in hi-tech jobs.