Union of Students (University of Derby)

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Union of Students
Institution University of Derby
Location Kedleston Road, Derby. DE22 1GB
Established 1992
President Grace Suszek
Other sabbatical officers Academic Affairs:
Megan Hill
Abby Wilson,
Student Community:
Charlotte Gauja
Athletic Union President:
Connor Todd [1]
Affiliations National Union of Students
Website www.derbyunion.co.uk

The Union of Students (US) is the representative organisation (students union) for students at the University of Derby, and is based within the Students' Union Quarter at the Kedleston Road site.

The Union of Students completed a rebrand for the start of 2017 - 2018 academic year and was previously known as UDSU - University of Derby Students' Union.

Its main bar and entertainments venue, the Academy, was opened in April 2006.[2] The venue has a capacity of 570[2] and has been host to artists including Girls Aloud, Pendulum, Scouting for Girls, Sugababes,[3] Zane Lowe,[3] Taio Cruz, Fun Lovin' Criminals and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Student media at the University of Derby Students' Union includes a newspaper, Phantom, and a Student Radio station Phantom Radio.

Liberation campaigns[edit]

The Union of Students has four liberation campaigns made up of students are deemed a subdivision of peoples under-represented/oppressed in society. They are staffed by voluntary Part-Time Officers elected each year, who also sit on Union Council representing the members of their campaigns. The four Liberation Campaigns are: Black Students, Disabled Students, Women and the LGBT.

Previous operations[edit]

The Union of Students previously owned and operated a number of student venues in Derby. The Union's city centre venues were in desperate need of refurbishment. There was a £400,000 maintenance backlog on the buildings, all the old bar equipment and pumps needed replacing, for instance. If the union had continued to occupy the building they would have had to have done that maintenance work. Taking this into account the decision was made to close The Late Bar pub, Union One and Union Two clubs.[4] As well as these venues there was previously a bar located at the University's Lonsdale Hall halls of residence. With the closure of these locations, the Academy Bar is the only Union of Students owned entertainments venue.

Prior to the opening of the Academy Bar, the Students' Union operated a bar called The Union Arms [5] at the Kedleston Road Campus, whilst the Richardson Hall (location of the new Academy bar) was used for concerts and events.


  1. ^ "Your Officers // Union of Students". Retrieved 2017-10-11. 
  2. ^ a b "New Student Venue The Best - Bar None!". University of Derby. 2006-04-21. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Sugababes To Headline May Ball Extravaganza". University of Derby. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Derby Entertainment: Media". Derby Accommodation and Tourist Guide. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Media". University of Derby Students Union. Archived from the original on 2000-06-23. Retrieved 2011-05-25.