Common Purpose
Frontrunner for Disabled Students

We run Frontrunner programmes specifically for disabled students in partnership with universities across the UK.

What is Frontrunner?

Students take part in challenging discussions with senior leaders and visit organizations across different sectors to tackle real-life challenges. They gain a deep insight into the world of work and unlock the skills they need to succeed in their careers.

The programme runs for three days, for up to 50 students.

What happens on the programme?

Students explore their personal leadership journeys and develop their skills through:

  • understanding how to thrive in diversity
  • meeting leaders from across sectors who share how they succeeded
  • exploring the concepts of power and influence, and the link between leadership and powe
  • visiting organizations to develop solutions to challenges they face.

How do we ensure the programme is accessible?

Prior to delivering the programme, we ensure we understand the accessibility requirements of each individual student through corresponding with our university partner and with the students, and ensure these are met during the programme.

Why Frontrunner for Disabled Students?

Common Purpose has run more than 20 programmes for disabled students in cities throughout the UK, working directly with universities and corporate partners. Over 600 disabled students have participated on the programmes, representing over 100 universities.

We know that career development opportunities can often seem inaccessible to disabled students. That’s why whilst Frontrunner focuses on the key employability skills all students need, we work with universities to ensure we understand each student’s accessibility needs throughout the programme. Through developing their skills, confidence and networks, students have a better chance to break down barriers and succeed in their careers.

What is the impact of the programme?

Adokiye Benebo, Coventry University

“This course has changed my life. I will use the skills I have obtained along with my developed confidence to pursue future prospects including setting up a mentor programme for people with disabilities. It has served well for an Aspergers student such as myself.” 

Abigail Taylor, University of Oxford

"My confidence has increased dramatically, and my enthusiasm and belief that I can develop the skills to lead in my community and make an impact has been boosted."

Matthew Heathcote, University of Warwick

"I am not an easy person to understand; shy, emotionally volatile and self distrusting which never helps me to build strong connections. However, thanks to the in depth conversations that this course offers, I have been able to adapt both my inner and outer social skills. Thanks to the varied and wonderful talented members of the course and staff, I hope that all of us have developed  new skills in leadership.”