Leadership Development Opportunity - Frontrunner

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

The 2015 programme has now been completed.

Frontrunner will be back in 2016.

If you want to find out more about this programme, please contact:

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

Frontrunner 2015

Following the success of Frontrunner 2014 Lancaster University is offering a FREE FRONTRUNNER LEADERSHIP COURSE from the 23rd – 25th June 2015.

“This course has been life-changing in that it has empowered me as an individual and has enhanced my interaction with others and the issues surrounding me”. 
Nirmala Patel – Lancaster University Student

“I would highly recommend the course to anyone; I really enjoyed it, it was so helpful and I made many friends who I still talk to regularly! “

Rachel Sadler - Lancaster University Student

Frontrunner is delivered by Common Purpose, an independent international leadership organisation and provides an opportunity to:

  • Develop your confidence and networking skills
  • Explore the nature of leadership
  • Meet 14 leaders from the private, public and third sectors
  • Visit an organisation in the Lancaster Area on the 2nd day
  • Network with fellow students and potential employers
  • Become a member of the Common Purpose alumni network
  • Enhance your CV
  • Fulfil a requirement of the Lancaster Award

The programme includes all lunches and transport to the organisational visit on day 2.

Following on from the exam period you may be relieved to know that there are no assignments to complete as part of the course. You will receive a certificate of attendance which will provide valuable evidence of managing your own professional development, a key requirement of many graduate employers.

The course is open to any undergraduate or postgraduate student who feels they have faced significant challenges during their time at university; this might include:

  • Managing a disability including specific learning difficulties
  • Managing a mental health issue like anxiety or depression
  • Trying to build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Adapting to student life as a mature student, care leaver, or student from a different culture or ethnic origin
  • Trying to integrate in to the university community as an off campus student
  • Adapting to university life as the first member of your family to come to university
  • Struggling with study skills having entered university with non-traditional subjects like a BTEC Diploma

This is not an exhaustive list and you may have faced other personal challenges which mean that you would particularly benefit from this course.

Further information is available via the following link: Frontrunner Information 2015

‌‌‌Frontrunner 2014

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