Leadership Development Opportunity - Frontrunner

This FREE opportunity is delivered by Common Purpose for Lancaster University.

The atmosphere was amazing, the speakers were amazing, all in all the programme was thought provoking and allowed me to think about myself and future in a different way!

Adebimpe Eniafe - Lancaster University Student

‌‌‌In June 2014 Common Purpose delivered a Frontrunner Leadership Course at Lancaster University for students with a disability and students who face significant challenges or difficulties due to their health or wellbeing.

During the three day course students were encouraged to investigate how leadership works in practice and met with leaders from across the private, public and third sectors to explore local issues, how leaders are tackling them and the value of diversity in the workplace.

On day two of the course a fleet of taxis arrived at the university to take the students on an ‘Apprentice’ style visit to local organisations including Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire Station, Booths Supermarket and The Dukes Theatre. Senior leaders of these organisations presented real organisational challenges and asked students to develop ideas and strategies to tackle the issues presented.

One of the key aims of the course was to develop confidence and empower students who have faced significant challenges due to a disability or difficulties due to their health or wellbeing; helping to establish and grow a future generation of leaders.

The course was organised by Careers with support from the Disability Service and the Students Union.

The Front Runner Course was provided in response to undergraduate and postgraduate student surveys suggesting that students with a disability wanted more opportunities for personal development, increasing confidence, building resilience and developing professional networks.


Read how students benefited from Frontrunner 2014:

Front Runner Feedback

Frontrunner 2015

Information about Frontrunner Courses for 2015 will be advertised early in the New Year.

For more information or to register an interest in Frontrunner 2015 please contact:

Jackie Gregory, Student Opportunities and Skills Developer j.gregory@lancaster.ac.uk