UCFB delivers a tutorial programme to all students to enhance their learning journey throughout their time at UCFB. These sessions cover a range of topics and issues in order to enhance students’ awareness and understanding of the world around them, including important equality and diversity dates along with contemporary moral issues that will affect their lives and decisions. Examples include:
- Black History Month
- Remembrance Day
- World Immigration
- Global Poverty
- LGBT Celebration Day
- Holocaust Memorial Day
The programme consists of 20 sessions that are delivered by course tutors over the year. The lead tutorial team delivers to every student at least twice over the year. One session is the delivery of “UCFB’s Prevalent Issue”, a learning and discussion session that is based on a topic that the students vote for as their most pressing issue. The second of these sessions is designed in order to assess and evaluate the quality of the tutorial programme and the impact on the students.
Leading the programme is Clarke Carlisle, the former Burnley FC captain and TV pundit. Clarke, who in his playing days was named the smartest man in British football, has been part of the UCFB journey since UCFB opened at Turf Moor in 2011.
Since he retired from the game in 2013, Clarke has been a prominent national figure as a spokesman for the use of psychologists within the game and is keen to see the stigma of players using such help shaken off. Clarke himself benefitted from such help during his 15 year playing career.
Clarke’s career saw him make nearly 500 professional appearances for the likes of QPR, Leeds United and Northampton Town. His career highlight though was a man of the match display at Wembley in 2009, helping Burnley to a 1-0 win over Sheffield United and earning the club promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history.