Supporting care experienced students

The Widening Access Team are committed to ensuring that our offer targets students from a wide variety of backgrounds. It is important that we continue to do this to ensure fair and equitable access to higher education.

We will continue to prioritise learners from Widening Participation backgrounds which includes care experienced students, care leavers or estranged students. Priority places will be awarded on our events for students who meet this, and other Widening Participation criteria.

DfE data shows only 6% of those aged 19 – 21, who meet the definition of ‘care leaver’, go onto higher education compared to those who enter HE straight after school or college. We also know that on average that care experienced students achieve lower educational outcomes than their peers. To support care experienced students in making informed decisions about applying to higher education and to support them in developing the study skills required at university, we can run a variety of events and workshops.

If you would like more information, please contact your Widening Access Officer contact or Charlotte Wisson on c.wisson@derby.ac.uk.

Events and activities for care experienced students

Care experienced students and their carers are invited for a personalised visit to the University. On the day students will find out more about the additional support available as an estranged student, meet current students and engage in interactive taster sessions.

Date: Wednesday 09 February 2022

Year group: 7-9

Location: Kedleston Road, Derby

Length of session: Full day

Delivery method: On-campus

These events focus on equipping students with the necessary independent learning skills for their current and future studies. Throughout the day we will focus on reflective thinking, metacognition and encourage your learners to develop their academic skills. This will engage them in understanding how they think and prepare them for higher level learning. 

Dates: Tuesday 9 November 2021 and Tuesday 15 March 2022

Year group: 10

Location: Kedleston Road, Derby (or in school on a bespoke date, subject to availability)

Length of session: Full day

Learning outcomes: 1, 3, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 3, 7

Delivery method: Online, in school or on-campus

Care experienced students and their carers are invited for a personalised visit to the University. On the day students will find out more about the additional support available as a care-experienced student, meet current students and engage in interactive taster sessions. 

Date: Wednesday 16 February 2022 

Year group: 10-12 

Location: Kedleston Road, Derby 

Length of session: Full day 

Delivery method: On-campus

This interactive session introduces higher education and challenges the myths surrounding university. The activities will help students to make informed decisions about the benefits of going to university and make students familiar with the support available for care leavers. Please let us know if you would like to organise a campus tour as part of the session.  

Date: Negotiable

Year group: Any

Location: On-campus or online

Length of session: 15 minutes to 1 hour

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: On-campus or online