Frontrunner is a leadership development programme designed for university students to broaden their networks and develop skills to succeed in the future.
We run Frontrunner programmes specifically for disabled students in partnership with universities across the UK. 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, broaden their networks and unlock the skills they need to succeed in the future.
The programme runs for three days, for up to 50 students.
Students explore their personal leadership journeys and develop their skills through:
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.
Common Purpose has been running Frontrunner for Disabled Students for over five years, with over 650 students participating from over 100 universities.
We know that broadening professional network opportunities can often seem inaccessible to disabled students. That’s why whilst Frontrunner focuses on developing the key 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 the future.
“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.”
"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.”