Union Societies

Welcome to the home of Union Societies (US) at your Students Union - we boast over 50 student societies, ranging from quidditch to theatre and from 3D printing to bhangra or even airsoft.

Our societies sit in 6 categories: Academic, Active and Performance, Charity and Campaigns, Interest, Religious and Cultural and those based in Buxton and Chesterfield. There's a society for every taste – and if not, you can set one up!

Join US today and make loads of new friends, develop new skills, enhance your CV and discover new hobbies or continue an old one and the most of your time here at Derby.


Why join a society?

If you want to do something different with your time at university and meet new people who share a common interest, then joining a society will be for you.

What do societies do?

This depends a lot on what society you join, and what their focus and priorities are. Listed below are examples of the activities that our societies typically put on:

  • Meetings
  • Social events
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Fundraising
  • Talks/lectures
  • Performances
  • Beginning/End of year events

How do I join a society?

  • Please log-in to the website using your UDo log-in details
  • Select the society you are looking for from our A-Z of Socieites list - you will then be able to purchse a membership on each individual society page
  • Alternatively you can pay in cash at either the Kedleston Road or Buxton SU Information Points

How much is membership?

In order to purchase society memberships you must first purchase the Union Societies' Pass for £7 (payable once per year) and then pay top up membership fee for each society that you want to join. The  top-up membership prices vary depending on the Society, you can go to their minisite or contact the society directly for their price. There is also a full list of prices available during the online joining process.

When can I join a society?

You can join a Society between September and June within an academic year

How do I set up a society?

Any student can set up a new Society that does not currently exist. For more information click here.

I am having problems joining online and need help - what do I do?

If you are experiencing any technical or access issues please contact  Societies  Coordinator;

Rebecca Gosling: rebecca.gosling@udsu.co.uk / 01332 593890

What do I do if I have a comment, concern or complaint?

If you have a comment, concern or complaint about a society or society committee member, you can contact your VP Student Community giving details.

Amy Horner: vpcommunity@udsu.co.uk / 01332 591 515


 Societies Events

Peer Support Group Facilitator Applications!
20th March 2pm - 1st May midnight
Laser Tag
27th April 1pm - 3:30pm
Wild Park Derbyshire, Brailsford, Ashbourne DE6 3BN
Perfect mix of adrenaline, action and fun.. be prepared to take on towers, huts and barricades as well as streams and muddy slopes! Just like paintball (without the paint and the pain!)
Psychology Society End of Year Masquerade Ball
5th May 8pm - midnight
The Academy, Kedleston Road
This is a celebration for students coming to the end of their Psychology studies at the University of Derby.
Our Musical Theatre Showcase
13th May 7pm - 10pm
UDSU Academy Bar, Kedleston Rd, Derby DE22 1GB
A Musical Theatre Showcase, featuring a compilation of different musical numbers.
RCN Congress
15th May 6am - 8pm
RCN Congress is a fantastic opportunity to meet, learn, develop professionally and share excellent nursing practice. Don't forget to book your entry ticket through RCN website -this ticket is return coach travel ONLY!!
15th May 6pm - midnight
The Venue, 47-49 Abbey St, Derby DE22 3SJ
What to expect: Variety of Interesting acts and Performances Special Guests 3 Course Meal Inter-Society Awards Meet the newly elected committee for 2017/2018 More Info will be released soon. Keep an eye out.
Cocktail Making
26th May 7pm - 9pm
Slug and Lettuce, 11 Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3FJ
Ever wanted to learn how to muddle a mojito or shake a cosmo? Well, here’s your chance. At the Slug Cocktail School, you will receive a prosecco reception, expert tuition from one of the bar tenders, a delicious buffet and Jägerbomb rally!
5th Annual Mercian Cup
3rd June midnight - 4th June midnight
Markeaton Park
5th Annual Mercian Cup is a merc quidditch tournament that has always been a part of Derby Union Quidditch. We welcome it's return this year and look forward to seeing players from across the country for some sexy quidditch in the sun!
Seaside trip
30th June 8am - 7pm
Join us for a coach trip to the seaside! British beaches, fish and chips and arcades.. what more could you want?
20th July 2pm - 4pm
..because who doesn't love bowling?! Join us for the afternoon, with ticket prices including a sharing platter and a drink.
Democratic Ideas Forum

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