Sharing your stories in extraordinary times Sharing your stories in extraordinary times

Mortal Glamour – Antarctica, climate change and the pandemic

Jean McNeil is Reader in Creative Writing at UEA and the author of 14 books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and essays, including Ice Diaries: an Antarctic Memoir (2018). Jean reflects on...

A poem for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Krsna Mohnani is a fourth-year medical student at Norwich Medical School, with an interest in innovation, healthcare policy, and poetry with a social message. She wrote this poem to...

A field epidemiologist’s view on COVID-19

UEA graduate Dr Charlotte Christiane Hammer works with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organisation. An experienced field epidemiologist, she’s...

'We've been home schooling for five years'

Darren McMorran, former teacher, UEA Outreach Officer and father of three, has been home schooling for five years. He shares his family's story. We considered home school for our three...

This is the time to take action

Prof Eylem Atakav is Professor of Film, Gender and Public Engagement and Associate Dean for Internationalisation at UEA. Her film Growing up Married (2016) is an internationally acclaimed...

Making a noise for nurses with new podcast

Tuesday 12 May is International Nurses Day 2020, a day to celebrate one of the worthiest and, right now, one of the most critically important professions in our society. The School of Nursing at...

The importance of creative play for all ages

Rach Anstey-Sanders is an artist and educator working in the Sainsbury Centre Learning team. She explores what creative play is and why it's so important for young people and...

Perhaps now we'll find out what makes us happy

Daisy Mailey works in Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing at UEA. Busy with balancing work and childcare, she asks if we can learn to accept this time of great turbulence and if the...

The vital role of the occupational therapist

Graduates Lauren Britcher and David Mason both work as occupational therapists (OT). They write about their experiences of working for the NHS during a global pandemic, the challenges...

Community childcare during a crisis

Final-year UEA medical student, Tanya Ta, has been prioritising others by setting up a free childcare network for NHS workers in East Anglia to aid them during the COVID-19 crisis. She...

Tales from the ICU

Graduate Jennie Smith works in the intensive care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), a stone’s throw from campus. She tells us...

All the world’s a stage 

Working from home – the omnipresent WFH – means many things to many people. And for performers who make a living on stage, the challenges are clear. But, as poet and English literature...

A new school day

UEA graduate and geography teacher James Halls talks about his experiences of delivering lessons under lockdown, and looks to how things may change when classrooms reopen. Fortunately...

A cure for cabin fever

Are you feeling lonely, or that your social life has been derailed? Now is the time to turn to the arts and use technology for creativity, writes Alumni Drama Club member and UEA graduate...

When the show can't go on

Nothing can replace the rigours of rehearsal. But, writes Prof Steve Waters, who convenes the MA in Scriptwriting at UEA, its pleasures can be...

My garden diary

Tina Sills works as a PA in the School of Environmental Sciences. With spring well upon us, she’s been busy in her garden, and shares some thoughts and photographs to help inspire those who...

Report from Pakistan – A showcase of togetherness

Coronavirus is affecting people all over the world. To support the most vulnerable in their community in Pakistan, graduates Sikander Bizenjo and Banari Mengal set...

Boredom can be a boon

Many of us are having to get used to spending much more time at home and, with all our usual social activities off-limits, it’s likely we’ve had the odd bout of boredom. Embrace it, writes...

Want to start writing your novel? Start small

timclarepoet.co.uk Sitting down to start writing a novel? It’s a big ask in a time of crisis, writes author and UEA graduate Tim Clare. But take baby steps and the...

Home schooling – there’s no easy answer

Parent and UEA professor Helena Gillespie shares her experience of online learning, and how we might approach home schooling during lockdown.  It’s fair to say the next weeks and...