Raising aspirations for pre-university students Raising aspirations for pre-university students

The University of East Anglia runs several outreach programmes to raise aspirations and encourage progression and applications to higher education.

Each year the School of Computing Sciences runs workshops and activity days for students in a variety of areas related to Computing Science. The aims are to encourage learning, to expand students' existing skills and to provide an insight into studying at University. Examples of some of the activities available are listed below.

What the School offers

A variety of workshops are offered, including Robotics and 3D games programming. The workshops take place either in one of the School's undergraduate teaching labs or in off-campus visits with our interactive robot programming workshop.

Below is an example of a typical days schedule, these schedules are flexible and can be made to accommodate courses over one or several days if this is required.

Time Activity
10:00 - 10:30 Informal introduction to the department
10:30 - 12:00 Lab session 1: Any morning session, could include Graphics or Robot programming
12:00 - 12:40 Lunch with UEA students
12:40 - 13:30 Tour of the University
13:30 - 15:00 Lab session 2, e.g. Writing a Computer Game
15:00 - 15:15 Conclusion

The above timetable is an approximate guide. The sessions may be structured to follow on from each other, building upon a previous session, or be in a different subject area. For instance you could choose two of the same sessions (Robotics 1 and Robotics 2) or one robotics session followed by a graphics session.

Outreach schedule

These courses are offered throughout the year and aim to supplement education without interrupting it. There may be restrictions during term time as the facilities must be dedicated to UEA students but by contacting the School, something can be arranged around a date which suits everyone concerned.

Who to contact

For any information about these events please contact Dr Pam Mayhew.

The benefits of attending these mini-courses are clear. The students experience technology and ideas usually not available outside an established educational institution such as UEA. These experiences may spark imagination or give a clearer idea of where these young people wish to go in life. It is also a valuable introduction to the content and environment of higher education.

Community University Engagement Team

UEA has a small dedicated Community University Engagement team, who are on hand to advise staff and students about different aspects of their engagement activity including ideas, planning, evaluation and impact.  Financial and practical assistance is also available via a Small Expenses Fund and the loan of equipment such as audio recorders. You can find more information and case studies on the Community University Engagement website

Computing At School (CAS)

The Norfolk CAS Hub meets twice per term at the University of East Anglia and pulls together representatives from the UEA, schools around Norfolk and local industry. All are welcome and the more the merrier so if you would like to come along please go to www.groupspaces.com/ncas to find details of the next meeting.

You may also find visiting the Science Faculty Outreach website useful in finding out the breadth of outreach to schools across a wide variety of subject areas.