04 January 2022

Welcome 2022 from UEA Outreach

A warm welcome back to a fresh new term. 2022 looks set to continue to throw challenges our way, but we wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the successes of last term and give you a flavour of what’s to come in the next one.

We had the pleasure of hosting the Primary Christmas Lectures this December, with an important focus on the environment. Dr Ben Little explained to us that being a superhero is not the only way to make a difference, instead with cunning tactics and crazy examples – with at least one involving poo – he taught us how to band together to stop bad guys doing terrible things to the planet.

On the note of all things saving the planet, we were delighted to support the Norwich Science Festival with our massive Wall of Impact as part of Project Change. We asked young people to commit to taking a small action towards a sustainable future. Project Change is ongoing and you can find out more here.

Last term also saw our partnership with social mobility charity, Into University, really kick off.  Not only did we officially open our centre, based out of West Earlham Community Centre, we also hosted children from Norwich Primary Academy, Valley Primary Academy, West Earlham Junior School and Bluebell Primary School as part of their graduation.  It’s in no way hyperbolic to say that the littlest of people have the biggest of dreams and it’s been such a pleasure to have these young people on campus.

At the other end of the spectrum, we were delighted to support our colleagues across the university to deliver Welcome Week for our incoming students. We had a whole week (and more!) of activity dedicated to ensuring our new students could make the most of their student experience.

 

Looking ahead to 2022 we have a jammed packed term ahead of us but we’re particularly looking forward to hosting our first residential in 2 years as part of our Preparing for Medicine programme for year 12s/year 1s. This is will see a number of future doctors gaining experience on campus to prepare them for their next steps. We’re also looking forward to welcoming schools for our Subject Discovery day where year 8 students will find out why GCSES are so important and get a chance to design their very own university.  

 

Whatever the next few months holds for us all, the outreach team will keep championing young people from all backgrounds to succeed in whatever way is best for them. For more information visit outreach.uea.ac.uk or get in touch with the team at outreach@uea.ac.uk