Events calendar 2021/22

The Widening Access team runs events and activities for primary school, secondary school, and sixth form students. Learn more about our events and book your place. 

Upcoming events

Two students studying in a study space together at the University and writing notes.

Our Think Reflect Succeed event for Year 10 students focuses 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. 

A student working at a laptop in the University.

Our Think Reflect Succeed event is designed for Year 12/13 students to equip them 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 Year 12/13 learners to develop their academic skills ahead of progressing to university.

Two students trying on Forensics equipment.

Our Skills Challenge event aims to engage Year 8 students to start thinking about possible career routes and skill-sets through a range of engaging and competitive taster sessions. These tasters will also seek to dispel the myths surrounding gender stereotypes in certain job roles and university courses.

Two students trying on Forensics equipment.

Our Skills Challenge event aims to engage Year 8 students to start thinking about possible career routes and skill-sets through a range of engaging and competitive taster sessions. These tasters will also seek to dispel the myths surrounding gender stereotypes in certain job roles and university courses.

Five students presenting their work on a Year 7 Experience Day at the University.

Our Year 7 Experience Days provide students with the opportunity to see what university is like, learn more about university life, look around our facilities and meet our current students. On the day students will take part in a campus tour, student life activity and play our 'To Skill a Mockingbird' game to develop key skills needed at university. 

Three students in a classroom discussing a piece of writing.

Our Year 7-9 Looked After Children Experience Day provides students the opportunity to visit the University with their carer and take part in a range of interactive taster sessions. On the day students will find out more about the additional support available for them at university and meet current students. 

Four healthcare students completing CPR in a mock hospital ward.

Our Health and Social Care Insight day offers Year 10 students the opportunity to explore course and career options within healthcare. Students will have access to our fantastic facilities through a range of taster sessions and healthcare professionals will be on hand to share their expertise and provide insight of working in the sector.

Two Biology students investigating a plant in the glasshouse.

Our Girls into STEM event aims to engage Year 8 students to start thinking about their GCSE options and future career path through a range of competitive STEM taster sessions. Students will also have the opportunity to meet inspirational women in STEM careers across Derbyshire. 

Two people speaking to a member of staff at the University at a careers fair.

Our Year 10-12 Looked After Children Experience Day provides students the opportunity to visit the University with their carer and take part in a range of interactive taster sessions. On the day students will find out more about the additional support available for them at university and meet current students. 

Four healthcare students completing CPR in a mock hospital ward.

Our Health and Social Care Insight day offers Year 10 students the opportunity to explore course and career options within healthcare. Students will have access to our fantastic facilities through a range of taster sessions and healthcare professionals will be on hand to share their expertise and provide insight of working in the sector.

Student working with equipment

The IET Faraday Challenge is a national competition, hosted by the University of Derby. The competition is ideally for students who are interested in Science, D&T, Maths or Engineering. Six school teams can compete in the Challenge Day with six Year 8 students.

Two students studying in a study space together at the University and writing notes.

Our Think Reflect Succeed event for Year 10 students focuses 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. 

A student working at a laptop in the University.

Our Think Reflect Succeed event is designed for Year 12/13 students to equip them 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 Year 12/13 learners to develop their academic skills ahead of progressing to university.

Two primary aged students colouring in a classroom at the University.

Our Primary Explorers Days will give pupils the chance to learn more about the University and explore university courses and careers. They will meet current students and take part in our educational activities. Our activities are tailored for primary school pupils to provide key information to encourage pupils to start thinking about their future aspirations.

Two primary aged students colouring in a classroom at the University.

Our Primary Explorers Days will give pupils the chance to learn more about the University and explore university courses and careers. They will meet current students and take part in our educational activities. Our activities are tailored for primary school pupils to provide key information to encourage pupils to start thinking about their future aspirations.

Two primary aged students colouring in a classroom at the University.

Our Primary Explorers Days will give pupils the chance to learn more about the University and explore university courses and careers. They will meet current students and take part in our educational activities. Our activities are tailored for primary school pupils to provide key information to encourage pupils to start thinking about their future aspirations.

Five students presenting their work on a Year 7 Experience Day at the University.

Our Year 7 Experience Days provide students with the opportunity to see what university is like, learn more about university life, look around our facilities and meet our current students. On the day students will take part in a campus tour, student life activity and play our 'To Skill a Mockingbird' game to develop key skills needed at university. 

Two primary aged students colouring in a classroom at the University.

Our virtual Primary Explorers Days will give pupils the chance to learn more about the University and explore university courses and careers. They will meet current students and take part in our educational activities. Our activities are tailored for primary school pupils to provide key information to encourage pupils to start thinking about their future aspirations.

A Student Ambassador helping two students to complete their work.

Our HE Can Summer School hopes to support young male students in year 10 with their inspirations to aspire to university. Predominately aimed at working-class males, this two day non-residential summer school will give your students the opportunity to experience the academic and social sides of university. 

Four students sat in a classroom making paper airplanes out of paper.
taster day

Our Year 10 Summer School is an exciting opportunity for students to experience university life through a range of on-campus activities over three days. Students will take part in a range of taster sessions and social activities, all designed to increase confidence and awareness of the opportunities available to them within higher education.