Current and past students share their experiences of UEA Current and past students share their experiences of UEA

Studying for a degree in the School of History can lead on to many things. We asked some of our current and former students questions about their time here at UEA and what they have gone on to do - here are just a few examples of what they had to say:

Dr Tim Smith

Photograph of Tim Smith, smiling, in front of a bookcaseAssistant Professor of History, Huntingdon University, Indiana

What made you choose to come to UEA?
The UEA History Department was the natural choice for the PhD. I wanted to have the opportunity to work with internationally recognised, highly experienced and gifted researchers.

Who taught/supervised you while were here?
Professor John Charmley - PhD thesis, "British foreign policy towards Vietnam 1943-1950"

How would you describe your experiences of being a student at UEA?
The UEA History Department is a wonderful place to study. All of the academics made me feel welcome and took a personal interest in my research. Their support and good cheer encouraged me pursue a career in academia.

If you have completed your studies, what are you doing now or planningto go onto?
I am currently Assistant Professor of History at Huntington University, Indiana.


Jennifer Reeve

Photo of Jennifer Reeve, smiling, in front of a decorative doorRecent BA student

What made you choose to come to UEA?
I was very impressed with the Open Day I attended when looking at different universities. The inclusive nature of the department seemed right for me and I loved the campus environment.

Who taught / supervised you while were here?
I have had a wide range of tutors since being at UEA. My third year special subject ‘Britain and the End of Empire' has been led by Dr Larry Butler and my dissertation tutor is Mr Ian Farr. Both have been most helpful in the support they have offered.

How would you describe your experiences of being a student at UEA?
I have absolutely loved being a student at the UEA. My academic experience has been fantastic. The History department seem to strike an excellent balance between academic reputation and care for the individual. The ‘open door' policy of many of the teaching staff has provided a support network that is widely appreciated throughout the student body.

If you have completed your studies, what are you doing now or planning to go onto?
I have applied to study a Masters here at the UEA. The enthusiasm I had for History when I arrived here has been nurtured and I am excited about the prospect of taking this further and the new challenges that it will bring.


Dr Andreas Constandinos

Photo of Andreas Constandinos standing and peering round a wall at the cameraRecent PhD student

What made you choose to come to UEA?
I was already a student at UEA and had thoroughly enjoyed my time both at UEA and in Norwich. Also, I was aware that the School of History has an excellent reputation. Finally, I was looking forward to working with my supervisor who I had already met during my MA and who I knew was going to be an excellent supervisor.

Who taught/supervised you whilst you were here?
I recently completed a PhD in Modern European History and was supervised by Dr. Larry Butler. Larry was always available either in person, on the phone or via e-mail. He was helpful, kind and encouraging. I could not have asked for a better supervisor.

How would you describe your experience of being a student at UEA?
For a PhD it is your supervisor who plays the crucial role. I was lucky in that, as abovementioned, in Larry Butler I had the best supervisor I could have asked for.
During my undergraduate degree, I enjoyed the teaching at UEA, found everything I needed in the library and campus and can confirm that as suggested Norwich certainly is a ‘fine city'.

If you have completed your studies, what are you doing now or planning to go onto?
I plan to become a clinical psychologist. I am currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at London South Bank University, which I will complete in 2010.


Karen Lovell

Photo of Karen Lovell, smiling, in front of raised garden.Recent BA student

What made you choose to come to UEA?
As a mature student with dependent children I needed to study at a local university. The Open University wasn't an option as I wanted to attend classes and have access to lecturers.

Who taught / supervised you while were here?
I have been taught by many of the history department, however, at the moment my special subject tutor is Larry Butler and my dissertation supervisor is Steve Cherry.

How would you describe your experiences of being a student at UEA?
Fantastic! I have enjoyed my time at UEA, made some good friends, learned a lot and my confidence and skills have grown! All of the history lecturers/tutors, as well as the admin staff, have been wonderful, approachable and immensely supportive.

If you have completed your studies, what are you doing now or planning to go onto?
I shall be starting the PGCE, secondary school history, in September, at UEA.


Rob Power

Photo of Rob Power, smiling.Recent BA and MA History student

What made you choose to come to UEA?
I had initially heard of UEA through friends that had applied to study for a degree in the School of Chemistry and Pharmacy. I accompanied friends to a visit day with a view to applying for a BA in History. The atmosphere at UEA was extremely friendly and both staff and students were very welcoming. Upon hearing talks given by senior lecturers in the school and seeing for myself the library and resources at my disposal, I decided to list UEA as my first choice institution.

Who taught/supervised you while were here?
After completing my BA in History I decided to remain at UEA to study for an MA in Modern History with a view to specialising in British Imperial History. Whilst completing my dissertation entitled ‘The Origins of the Central African Federation 1945-1953' I was supervised by Dr Larry Butler.

How would you describe your experiences of being a student at UEA?
Studying at UEA has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. It is an expanding institution with a growing reputation for student satisfaction and academic excellence. Teaching standards are extremely high and the efforts of teaching staff to constantly seek new and innovative ways of improving the learning experience for students helped to ease the transition to full-time study. I found that the support network for students was invaluable and helped me overcome personal and academic concerns. Overall, studying at UEA has been pivotal to my academic and personal development.

If you have completed your studies, what are you doing now or planning to go onto?
Upon completing my MA at UEA I decided to take a gap year before embarking upon further post-graduate study. I have recently acquired a place to study for a DPhil. at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford with a view to pursuing a career in academia.


Jonathan Robinson, 2012 Year 3 History Student

I applied for a course in journalism at News Associates. I knew that I would face strong opposition because the course is one of the best in the country and only admits thirty students on each intake.

Journalism utilises many of the skills a history undergraduate develops during their degree course. Research, analysis, and the ability to take a large amount of information and create a concise piece of work in a short time frame are essential. The School of History helped me to develop these skills and subsequently win a place on the course.


Frankie Bond, 2011 Year 3 History student

With enthusiastic, dedicated, and friendly staff, studying History at UEA has been an unforgettable experience. The seminars were thought-provoking and engaging, providing me with the opportunity to develop my own ideas and a confidence in my abilities.

Studying History at UEA developed me as a person and has fully equipped me to face the challenges of employment and adult life.