Summer School

Date and time
Tuesday, 12 July 2022 -
Thursday, 14 July 2022

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

Year group: Year 10
Maximum size of group: 4 students from each school (mixed gender)


Six students on summer school lifting up another student in a classroom.

I enjoyed making new friends, developing my confidence...Summer School taught me that you can achieve anything no matter what you are dealt with.

Year 10 student from City of Derby Academy
Summer School 2019

Our Year 10 Summer School is an exciting opportunity to experience university life through a range of on-campus activities at the University of Derby. 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. 

Proposed schedule of activities*

The Year 10 Summer School will take place over three days. 

*Schedule subject to change with Government guidance and capacity on-campus. All activities will run virtually if we are unable to have any students on-campus.


Tuesday 12 July

Introductions and ice breaker activities 

Why go to university?

What can you study at university?

Campus tours

Wednesday 13 July

Escape rooms 

Murder mystery course activity

Skills session

Group projects

Thursday 14 July


Welcome to day three

Union of Students talk 

Group projects

Awards ceremony

100%of students rated the summer school as good or excellent**Widening Access evaluation data 2021
100%of students felt that summer school has helped them make a decision about their next steps**Widening Access evaluation data 2021

Frequently asked questions

We prioritise young people from widening participation backgrounds on our events, as well as specific targeted widening participation cohorts in line with the University of Derby's Access and Participation Plan (APP).

  • Pupil Premium students
  • Students in receipt of free school meals (FSM)
  • Some ethnic sub-groups, including young people from Black and Asian communities, and White males from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Young people in local authority care (LAC) or care experienced students
  • Young people with caring responsibilities
  • Young people who are estranged from their families
  • Those from traveller communities
  • Young people who have parents/carers in the armed forces
  • Refugees or asylum seekers
  • Young people with mental health problems, specific learning difficulties, and/who are on the autism spectrum
  • Students who live within the 40% most deprived wards based on IMD postcode data
  • Those from Young Participation Rate quintile 1 and 2 based on POLAR4 postcode data
  1. Book your school on to the Summer School by completing a booking form (Complete by March)
  2. The Widening Access team will ask you to complete a form detailing the WP criteria of the students selected (Complete by April) 
  3. The Widening Access team will confirm students have a place on the Summer School (Complete by May)
  4. Schools to share consent forms and links to parents/carers (Complete by June)
  5. Schools to share resources and links to students (Complete by July)
Two students writing on a whiteboard in a classroom at the University.
Students and Student Ambassadors standing in a circle and interlocking hands at Summer School 2019
Three students sat next to each other working on computers.

Widening Access event enquiry form

If you would like to attend this event please complete this form with details of your enquiry, feel free to add in any additional questions. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

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