Forward Thinking

Date and time
Thursday, 17 September 2020 09.30 -
Friday, 18 September 2020 16.00

At this time, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors is our primary concern. Our upcoming on-site events are still going ahead but we will be hosting these as virtual events. If they need to be postponed, we will look to reschedule and once new dates have been confirmed they will be listed on this page. For any enquiries please contact us by email. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Forward Thinking is a pre-entry event for students with specific learning differences. Forward Thinking provides new students with the opportunity to become familiar with the University during a quieter period and begin to prepare for successfully managing their transition to university. Forward Thinking is a free event and is open to any student with a specific learning difference.

Students who have attended the event tell us they have learned to find their way around the University, stay organised in a way that works for them and have had the opportunity to work in small groups to build their own action plan in regard to keeping up and not getting stuck.

The event runs over two days, starting at 9.30am on Thursday 17 September.

Students moving into halls of residence

Students who are staying in halls can move in on the afternoon of Wednesday 16 September at no extra cost. During the afternoon and evening of the 16 September you'll have the opportunity to attend:


The benefits of coming to Forward Thinking for students with specific learning differences:

Frequently Asked Questions

You can walk or get the unibus if you are travelling in from halls - there will be student mentors at the halls to show you where to go. If you need an accessible taxi, or other adjustments, please contact us on wellbeingcentre@derby.ac.uk.

If you are travelling in from further afield and need to bring your car, you can park in the pay and display car parks on-site.

Yes, programmes will be emailed out in advance of the event so you can see all the activities planned.

Ideally yes, as the programme is structured over two days. If you are unable to attend one of the days it isn’t a problem, please let us know in advance if this is likely to be the case.

No, if there is something you do not wish to participate in or you need a break, that’s fine. Please let your student mentor know if possible.

Yes, as long as you have let us know by completing the relevant section on the application form or emailing us at least 3 weeks prior to the event on wellbeingcentre@derby.ac.uk.

If you need a sighted guide, BSL interpreter, PA or other adjustments, please email wellbeingcentre@derby.ac.uk or call 01332 593000.

Book your place

To book a place please email wellbeingcentre@derby.ac.uk or call 01332 593000 for more information.