Schools and Colleges Liaison

The team works closely with schools and colleges to provide a link with the University. We offer an exciting and inspirational programme of free events which have been designed to showcase the breadth of options available to students at the University of Derby.

The health and wellbeing of our staff, students, and visitors is of utmost importance. To ensure this is prioritised and in line with the latest Government advice on coronavirus (Covid-19), we are putting measures in place to reduce the number of people on campus, including the postponement of all school and college visits. We will keep monitoring the situation and responding to official guidance.

Activities for your students

Although we can't see you or your students in person at the moment, we are still offering an exciting and inspirational programme of free events. Our events have been designed to showcase the breadth of options available to students when thinking about Higher Education.

We would encourage your students to join our Applying to University virtual event series. This series of events will guide your students through the process, sharing information, advice and top tips, and giving them the opportunity to chat with our team of experts so they get the answers you need.

Over the series we'll cover topics including:

  • why choose to go to university?
  • applying after the 29 January deadline
  • narrowing down your options
  • navigating student finance
  • what happens once you've applied?
  • what to expect in your first weeks of university?

We have a range of recorded sessions, each lasting 20-30 minutes, where your students can find out more about different topics related to higher education, including:

  • UCAS and personal statements
  • Student finance and budgeting
  • Why choose Derby?
  • Transition to HE; study skills and academic preparation for university

If you would like to access these sessions or have any other topics you would like us to prepare for you, please email

Information, advice and guidance

We can deliver live virtual talks, including a Q&A, to your students on request. These sessions will allow students to find out more about higher education and ask our experts questions about their options.


We can offer subject-specific talks for your students, dependant on academic availability. These could be live or pre-recorded and can give your students insight into higher education and support their level 3 curriculum.

To discuss any activities for your students please email

We have a range of subject-focused virtual event packages that allow your students to learn more about our courses and what it is like to study at Higher Education. These free events help towards Gatsby benchmark 7 and consist of an interactive webpage to help give your students a taste of what it is like to study these subject areas at university. Students will take part in an interactive activity, tour the facilities, hear from academics, speak to our current students and hear what our graduates have gone on to do.

Topics include:

Art and Design (subject to approval)

  • Graphic Design and Illustration: Exploring your Drawing Skills
  • Fashion and Textiles Design: Mark Making
  • Popular Music Production: Popular Music Production

Business and Social Science

  • Accounting: Accounting and Finance 101
  • Marketing: Marketing and the High Street
  • International Business
  • Social Sciences: Sociology

Health, Psychology and Social Care (subject to approval)

  • Psychology: Understanding Autism

English and Creative Writing (subject to approval)

  • Creative Writing & Publishing: Creative Writing & Publishing
  • English: Ambiguity

Science and Engineering (subject to approval)

  • Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Zoology: Designing a Zoo
  • Engineering: Future Transport Choices
  • Engineering: Colour Temperatures

These events can be accessed at any time. There is also an option to arrange a live session with one of our academics to get feedback and follow up with an interactive activity.

If you would like to access these virtual event packages, please email

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