Last week, I was back at the University of Derby running a Mind Genius training session as part of their ‘Get Ahead Event’. This is a week long induction type event that they advertise to all pre-entry students who have declared a specific learning difficulty or disability. The event is designed to give them help and support and more importantly confidence about studying at the University, and has been run for about 4 years now, and is a huge success. I was there on the last day of the process, and the students had clearly had a lot of fun, become comfortable in the environment and hopefully been familiarised with the various support faciliites and mechanisms that they will be able to access.
I think events like this are a really good idea, and hats of to Derby for identifying this and carrying it through. Yes it may cost quite a bit to organise and run, but if as a result of this some of the learners that would normally drop out in first few weeks of the course don’t, and continue to complete their chosen courses, then financially this has to be good for the University.
And finally they employ a group of students, to support the learners, and give them a real insight into University life and the social sides that comes with it.