Progression Conference 2019

On Thursday 4 July 2019 we are holding our annual Progression Conference at our Kedleston Road site. The conference is free of charge and is suitable for school and college teaching staff, careers advisors, guidance staff and anyone with an interest in the progression of students.

100%of attendees rated the conference as very good or excellent**Feedback taken from the 2018 Progression Conference evaluation
92%of attendees rated the key note speakers as very good or excellent**Feedback taken from the 2018 Progression Conference evaluation

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Date: Thursday 4 July
Location: University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB 
Time: 09:00 - 15:30

The day will include:

09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:15 Welcome and Keynote speaker - Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby
10:15 - 11:15 Workshop session one (Session descriptions are stated below)
11:15 - 11:30 Refreshments
11:30 - 12:45 Full conference sessions (Session descriptions are stated below)
12:45 - 13:30 Networking lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Keynote speaker - Baasitt Siddiqui, Managing Director, Siddiqui Education Ltd
14:30 - 15:30 Workshop session two (session descriptions are stated below)
15:30 - 15:45 Evaluations and departure

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Workshop options


Rob Fowler, SMART Team Co-ordinator
Come along to this workshop to find out about 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.

Careers and Employment Services TeamRob Fowler, SMART Team Co-ordinator
This session will be led by the University of Derby Careers team and will cover how schools can best prepare young people for progression into HE and into the Labour Market of the future.

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 Students’ Allowance, the application process and the support available to students at the University of Derby.

Jane Stanton, Course Director and Head of Discipline, 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.

Student 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:

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

Student 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

Student Ambassadors
One Friar Gate Square is located in Derby city centre and is home to our Law, Criminology, Policing and Social Sciences courses. 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:

  • Replica crown court
  • Police interview suite
  • Student Legal Advice Centre
  • Café
  • Social spaces

Sharon Bell, Head of Discipline and Sarah Roeschlaub, Lecturer in Childhood Studies, 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 these ideas and insights.

Martin Brock, Senior Lecturer, Department of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Teacher retention is a key issue facing the profession, with stress, student behaviour, current competitive policies and practices resulting in many leaving teaching within the first five years of qualification. Consequently, recent research initiatives have focused on resilience training. Drawn from Compassion Focused Therapy, this workshop will give the opportunity to explore the principles of Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) and consider the potential implications for the education environment and both teachers’ and pupils’ wellbeing.

Luke Gordon-Calvert and Charlotte Wisson, Widening Access Officers, Equality and Social Mobility Unit
The Widening Access team will highlight the importance of providing activities for young learners which raise aspirations. They will provide an insight into how universities can work with schools to raise the aspirations of students through a multi-intervention outreach programme. The workshop will also provide resources which can be taken away and used in the classroom to support students in understanding how to reach their future career aspirations.  

Chris Bell – Senior Learning Technologist
Our Technology Enhanced Learning Team will discuss how you can use digital technology in the classroom to support inclusive approaches to learning and teaching including audio/visual feedback tools and interactive quizzes.

Dr Phil Hodgson, Head of School, Law and Social Sciences
As popularity for these courses continues to increase, we will explore the options available to students – from undergraduate degrees to apprenticeships and what school leavers need to consider for a career within the criminal justice sector.  

Pip Bradstock, Lecturer in Pre-Qualifying Health Care
This session will focus on what the University are looking for from students applying for Nursing. This will include what personal experience they need to show, the importance of professional appearance, personality and engagement, plus an overview of values based recruitment and ‘the 6 c’s of Nursing’

Trevor Cotterill, Lecturer in Education Studies and SEND
Every teacher is a teacher of SEN. Never has there been a more appropriate time in education to examine how teaching and support staff work together to support learners with SEND. This session looks at how we can use the Waves model from the SEND Code of Practice (2015) to ensure that there is a collaborative approach to Quality First teaching.

Susan Tarrant, Senior Lecturer in ITE
Get up to date information to guide your students through the process of preparing for an interview for a teacher training degree at Derby; including hints and tips on what to include in the Personal Statement, and what to do on the day of the interview.

Full Conference session options

Andy Dowling, Business Development Manager, Apprenticeship Hub, University of Derby
This session will cover a general overview of the apprenticeship landscape at present, and discuss the Teacher and Careers Development Professional apprenticeship standards.

Alan Jones, UCAS Professional Development Executive
Come along to this workshop to find out what is happening in terms of applications and acceptances to UK higher education.We will consider what the statistics mean for you in terms of raising learner aspirations, and supporting applications and applicants as successfully as possible, now and going forward. We will also highlight new services and tools that UCAS are developing and releasing (such as the new Adviser Portal released this Spring and the new Application Management System being released in 2020),  and some of the existing resources already available to advisers.

Feedback from our Progression Conference 2018

"I now know more about the degrees available to the students I support. Finding out about the joint honours with foundation year has been really helpful."

"I hope to use some of the strategies to improve the aspirations and resilience of our students."

"I know more about what Derby has to offer, updated knowledge on Student Finance and a variety of other areas."

*Feedback taken from the evaluation at the Progression Conference 2018