Your UEA Award team Your UEA Award team

UEA Award Staff

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Dr Becky Ellis - Skills Award Officer

I’m Becky and I manage the UEA Award here at the University, working closely with the UEA Award Ambassadors and Champions. I’ve been working in Further and Higher Education for close to 15 years in a variety of roles including as a lecturer and PhD supervisor at the University of Essex, and for the past two years in professional services. I’m also very proud to be a UEA alumna (Primary PGCE, 2013-14). I’m strongly committed to helping students get the best possible outcomes from their time at university and to help them make the most of their opportunities in Higher Education. I'm delighted to be a member of the AGCAS Skills Award Task Group which represents those responsible for co-ordinating institutional employability and personal development awards, as well as sharing good practice and formulating new research on existing Skills Award schemes. Please do contact myself or the team if you have any questions about the UEA Award. Contact Becky on

UEA Award Ambassadors

UEA Award Ambassadors and Champions: Peer Support

UEA Award students can also get e-mail and one-to-one support from a fellow student in their faculty/ school of study. Some questions ambassadors and champions are particularly able to help with include:

  • how to make a start on the Award
  • ideas of what to submit to the Award, particularly from your faculty/ school of study perspective
  • hints and tips on completing your Award
  • a range of frequently asked questions
  • support in knowing how to construct your Silver Award video

Below are the UEA Award Ambassadors and Champions and their areas of responsibility:


holding pic 133x§150 Daniel Peters - Humanities Faculty (HUM): HIS, PPL plus Norwich Business School (NBS) and the School of Economics (ECO)

I am a third year history undergraduate and first got involved with the Award to gain the certification for my CV. The Award highlighted weaknesses I never knew I had, and encouraged me to be far more ambitious. I’m now looking forward to helping more students receive these same benefits. Contact Daniel on



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 Amie Marie - Humanities Faculty (HUM): LDC, AMA, Institute of Humanities

Hello! I’m Amie, third year drama, and I initially joined the Award scheme as a career-based “thing to do” and have stayed involved as an Ambassador because I found that I was developing useful skills through the tasks set, inevitable networking, and I also enjoy chatting with the friendly Award team. I want to share my advice, help and mentor others, all while picking up more skills as the UEA Award expands. Contact Amie on



Xiao Chi Tu - Science Faculty (SCI): CMP, MTH, NAT, PHA plus Norwich Business School (NBS) and the School of Economics (ECO).

Hi, my name is Chi and I'm a third year Actuarial Science student. I've enjoyed completing the UEA Award as an ambassador so far as I’m having fun and creating memories while developing my key skills and attributes. I can’t wait to share my rewarding experience and help everyone with their progress in the Award! Contact Chi on


Sylvie Tan - Science Faculty (SCI): ENV, SCI and NAT.

Hello, Sylvie here! I am a second year Environmental Science student who aspires to be an environmental consultant. My experience with the UEA Award has been life changing, especially during this critical stage in our academic life where we are about to go into the working world. The Award has encouraged me to take initiatives that made my university life more than just an academic experience, but one that makes me an all-rounded student. I highly encourage this scheme to help transform yourself, and transcend beyond your potential, as it has for me. Good luck! Contact Sylvia on


Gemma CassettariGemma Cassettari - Science Faculty (SCI): BIO, SCI, CHE, PHA and PGR Students.

Hi, my name is Gemma and I'm a Master's by Research student in Bio Science. I completed the UEA Award as an undergraduate and now I'm looking forward to being an active ambassador for postgraduates and all students with a disability. The Award really helped me broaden my skills and develop my confidence, giving me a more competitive CV - so as a ambassador, I want to make sure everyone gets the most out of the Award and that your journey is as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. Contact Gemma on


Sophie Power - Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty (FMH): HSC and MED

Hi, I’m Sophie! I’m a third year nurse, and ambassador for Med and HSC. I became an ambassador to support you guys with the Award, and to help make sense of where all of your achievements as MED and HSC students can fit in! Contact Sophie on


Isaac Law

Isaac Law: Social Sciences Faculty (SSF): NBS, ECO, EDU

Hello! I am a third year accounting and finance undergraduate. After sharing my experience with a large group of students, academics and employers in the UEA Award Ceremony in March, I enjoyed that a lot and decided to be an Award Champion. I then applied for and successfully became an Award Ambassador for the academic year 2017-18. I hope I can continue to help and share with all of you about my UEA Gold Award experience and the skills developed throughout my award journey. Contact Isaac on  


Alexandros Efstratiou: Social Sciences Faculty (SSF): LAW, PSY, DEV, SWK

Hello, my name is Alex and I am a second year Psychology student. I became an Award ambassador because of how massively the Award improved my job and career prospects, by helping me pinpoint exactly what employers are looking for. I would love to help anyone who is involved with the award reap these same benefits and utilize the skills that they may not have realized they had before, in order to become more employable and land the jobs they want. Contact Alex on


UEA Award Champions

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Hi, my name is Shu. I'm a third-year undergraduate majoring in International Development with Economics. The UEA Award helped me set goals and gave me more motivation to work harder towards the attainment of specific goals. As an UEA Award Champion, I'd also like to help other students fulfill their potential at UEA through the Award. Contact Shu on



Mitchel Chan - School of Law (LAW)

Hi my name is Mitchel and I am a second year law student. I believe that the UEA Award is a platform where all your activities and skills gained can be displayed in a convenient way. As an Award Champion, I am passionate about helping fellow students complete their award in a fun way! Contact Mitchel on



Estee Tham - School of Law (LAW)

My name is Estee Tham and I am a second year Law student. I have taken up the opportunity to be an Award Champion as I would like to let as many fellow students to understand how UEA Award can assist them in exploring the potentials in themselves and show them to employers. Also, I would love to provide further guidance with what I know about the Award. Contact Estee on



Akshil Shah - School of Economics (ECO)

Hello! My name is Akshil and I am a first-year student studying Business Finance and Economics. I joined the UEA Award to improve myself as a person and broaden my skillset whilst enabling me to improve my career and job prospects. By joining the UEA Award I get to learn many relevant skills and the award also helps me to be more focused and motivated. By being a UEA Award champion, I hope to help offer advice to fellow students who can also begin their own journey in the UEA Award. Contact Akshil on



Frankie Cox - School of Environmental Sciences (ENV)

Hi there! I’m Frankie and I’m a first year climate change student. I initially joined the UEA Award to gain transferable skills for my year in industry placement, and to become more employable once I finish my degree. I love meeting new people and motivating them to achieve their own goals.  As I’m an Award Champion, I can’t wait to utilise the skills I’ve learnt and help others also benefit from the scheme. Contact Frankie on



Michelle Gault - School of Environmental Scienes (ENV)

Hey! I'm Michelle, I have recently returned from a year abroad to complete my final year of BSc in Environmental Science. I have been contributing to the UEA Award Scheme for three years now and it has been an excellent opportunity to gain certification for non-academic skills you may have acquired whilst at university and respected in future work applications. I am very happy to help anyone that needs advice or guidance in completing the Award Scheme. Please do not hesitate in contacting me with any queries or concerns. Contact Michelle on



Gloria Gibbons - School of Art, Media and American Studies (AMA)

Hi, my name is Gloria and I'm a second-year undergraduate studying Art History, Archaeology and Anthropology. I have found the Award to be a rewarding and incredibly useful experience for improving my CV and diversifying my skill set while encouraging me to make the most of the opportunities UEA offers. After completing the Bronze level, I decided to become a champion to help fellow students progress and encourage others to consider joining the scheme. Contact Gloria on



Sophia McGhee - School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL)

Hi there! I am a second year student, currently studying Intercultural Communication with Business Management. I think the UEA Award is such an amazing programme to highlight your key attributes and skills. My goal is to help you as individuals utilise this programme to help you develop as students. I look forward to assisting you! Contact Sophia on



Francesca Thorington - School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)

Hi, I'm Francesca and I'm a first year English Literature student. I also completed a humanities foundation year at UEA. I became an Award Champion in order to provide support for students with the writing aspects of the award as well as to highlight new and interesting opportunities within UEA that would count towards the Award. I love challenging myself and the Award has provided me with experiences that I had never thought of achieving. Contact Francesca on



Sandra Tse - School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)

Hello! I am a second year English Literature undergraduate student. Because of the UEA Award, I have a better understanding of what employers look for in graduates and what skills I’m lacking in, and this has helped me write better CVs and applications. I love the sense of support in the UEA Award community. I look forward to encouraging this through motivating others and sharing advice as an Award Champion. Contact Sandra on