Progression Conference 2018

On Thursday 5 July 2018 we are holding our annual Progression Conference at our Kedleston Road site. The conference is suitable for teaching staff in schools and colleges, careers advisors, guidance staff and anyone with an interest in the progression of students.

The event will include a range of workshops covering issues vital to the successful progression of students into Higher Education, plus a keynote speech from our Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell and a keynote workshop from our guest, Steve Oakes - inspirational trainer and author of ‘The A Level Mindset’ and ‘The GCSE Mindset’. 

Date: Thursday 5 July 2018

Time: 9.00am- 3.30pm

Location: University of Derby, Kedleston Road site, Derby, DE22 1GB

Please see below for the selection of workshop choices that will take place on the day. To book your free place please complete the booking form below.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us:

Workshop choices:


Student finance update

Rob Fowler, SMART Team Co-ordinator

Come along to this workshop to find out changes and developments that are happening in student finance. Learn more about fees, loans and bursaries and how as a practitioner you can advise your students. This session will explain the funding regime, the application process and the support services available to help students and their families.

Admissions update

Debbie Gilbert, Admissions Analyst

Expert staff from our Admissions team will share some of the internal debates and recent developments at the University of Derby. They will give insight into how the University of Derby make decisions on offers to applicants, what they look for in a personal statement and give advice about what applicants can do to make their personal statement stand out. There will also be opportunities to ask questions and discuss your own experiences.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Jenny McGeehan, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Officer for DANCOP

Jenny will discuss with you the role of NAS (National Apprenticeship Service) and UCAS and how you can support your students through the very competitive application processes of higher and degree apprenticeships. She will look at the data so far, what the levels mean and what the potential offer is throughout D2N2 taking into context the wider offer. Jenny will de-mystify higher and degree apprenticeships and discuss with you some research showing that if we don’t educate and bust the myths, this route into Higher Education will become the preserve of the well off and well-educated.

Government policy overview

Krisha Bainham, Head of Widening Access and Jo Astley, Widening Access Manager

This informative workshop will give an update around the current government policy drivers affecting Higher Education and progression to HE. This will include an overview of key government funded projects such as Opportunity Areas and the National Collaborative Outreach Programme and will cover the introduction of the new Access and Participation Plan all universities will have to complete. 

There will be advice around how to engage with Derby and other HEIs to make the most of the opportunities these formal mechanisms and projects may present for your pupils and students.

Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents

Lee Houghton, Careers Consultant, University of Derby & Buxton and Leek College

The careers strategy is part of the government’s plan to make Britain fairer, improve social mobility and offer opportunity to everyone. This workshop will offer an overview of the Department for Education strategy and an opportunity to map your school/college against the Gatsby Benchmarks. In addition this workshop will offer opportunities through facilitated discussion to share good practice, challenges and views on the strategy implementation.

Student wellbeing 

Sara Hannak, Student Adviser (Disability)

Come to this session to find out more about student wellbeing services and support available for disabled students, students with long term health conditions and mental health conditions. The session will explain Disabled Student’s Allowance, the application process and the support available to students at the University of Derby.

Demystifying the art & design portfolio 

Jane Stanton, Deputy Head of Department, School of Arts

In this practical workshop Jane will outline options that are available to students interested in studying Art and Design at University. She will also advise on the HE application process and discuss tips and techniques for a winning portfolio.

Academic transition to Higher Education 

Sean Broome and Sarah Roeschlaub, Institute of Education

Preparing students for the intellectual rigours of university.

Learning in higher education requires a different approach from learning at school. When they move to university, students face the difficult challenge of meeting a new set of intellectual requirements. How can teachers help their students to prepare for this? Can evidence from the latest educational research provide any help? This workshop aims to help you develop ideas and insights.

Tour of Kedleston Road 

SCL Ambassadors

Kedleston Road is our largest site and is where many of our courses are taught. This tour, led by our knowledgeable Student Ambassadors, will give you the opportunity to see first hand what students studying here can access including:

  • Our Clinical Skills Suite 
  • Forensic Training Facility
  • High specification computer gaming labs
  • Library facilities
  • Student support centres
  • Students’ Union quarter 
  • Sports Centre 

Tour of Markeaton Street and STEM Centre 

SCL Ambassadors

A creative production hub, Markeaton Street is home to our engineering, computing and mathematics courses as well as art, design, media and performing arts. Our new STEM Centre has the latest equipment, including facilities for mechanical testing, robotics and a hemi-anechoic chamber. Just around the corner is Chandos Pole Street, a dedicated building for our fashion and textiles students. 

  • Our Student Ambassadors will give you a tour of Markeaton Street’s facilities including:
  • Photographic dark rooms
  • Equipment Centre and Digital Print Resources
  • Recording, post-production and TV studios
  • Electronic renewable energies lab
  • Product design and architecture studios 
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