Primary School Events

Would your Year 5 and 6 pupils benefit from an activity with the University of Derby to help raise aspirations and encourage them to think about their future?

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

Seven primary aged students stood in the Atrium.

You can come to university when you're over 18 to pursue your dream job and get the qualifications. You can choose if you want to go.

Quote from a Year 6 student at Firfield Primary School
Primary Explorers Day 2019
Five students throwing their graduation caps in the air.

As many of the children at our school come from deprived and low socio-economic backgrounds, it was really valuable to see that University is something which they can ALL aspire to do one day.

Year 6 Teacher, Ashwood Spencer Academy
Primary Explorers Day 2021

Primary Explorers Days

The Widening Access team at the University of Derby offers both virtual and on-campus Primary Explorers Days for Year 5 and 6 pupils to learn more about what a university is, explore the facilities within a university and meet current university students. Our on-campus Primary Explorers Days will run at either our Kedleston Road site or Chesterfield campus. Our virtual events will run via Microsoft Teams.

Proposed schedule for on-campus events*

09:30-10:00 Welcome and introductions
10:00-10:30 What is a university?
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Treasure hunt campus tour
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Mini-course taster session
14:00-15:00 Mini graduation ceremony
15:00-15:15 Goodbyes, evaluations, and Q&A

Proposed schedule for virtual events*

09:30-10:00 Welcome and introductions
10:00-10:30 What is a university?
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Virtual treasure hunt campus tour
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:30 Mini-course taster session
13:00-14:00 Interview a student
14:00-15:00 Mini graduation ceremony

*Schedule subject to change with Government guidelines and availability. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any additional questions about the day please contact the Widening Access team by emailing

Year 6 students at Bemrose Primary holding their graduation certificates and hats.

Book your place

View our Events Calendar to book your place and find more information, including dates and times for our Primary Explorers Days.

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Students exploring the climbing wall in the University.
Students exploring the Atrium of the University
Primary students creating their own university.