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

National Student Pride
24th February 11am - 25th February midnight
University of Westminster
Residential trip to National Student Pride run by SGRD (all welcome)
Human Rights Debate
27th February 2am - 4am
One Friar Gate
We will be holding a joint event with Debating & Speaking to debate: 'This house believes if there is a right to life there must be a right to death'
GeogSoc Social
27th February 6pm - 10pm
Come and join us at 67 Bridge Street for an evening of cocktails, boardgames, coursework or just to get out and socialise! There's something for everyone! x
First Steps Talk - ED Awareness Week
28th February 5pm - 6:30pm
N109 - Kedleston Road
First Steps are Derbyshires only Eating Disorder Charity. We are fortunate enough to have a member of staff who will provide an overview of eating disorders, what First Steps offer and take any questions you may have.
B-eat Guest Presentation - ED Awareness Week
1st March 5pm - 6:30pm
B-eat are a national eating disorders charity. They will be providing a presentation about eating disorders, followed by a talk from a B-eat young ambassador.
4th March 9am - 7:30pm
We will be spending the day in historic Cambridge visiting their museums, a botanic garden, a boat tour and many more activities. You can choose how you wanted to spend your day and we encourage making a plan before we leave Buxton.
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.
Democratic Ideas Forum

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