This is a free, CPD certified, two day residential conference for education professionals working with sixth form students as they apply for and progress to higher education. Led by internationally renowned researchers and practitioners from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and, for the first time, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), this lively and engaging event will provide you with unparalleled advice and guidance to support your students. You will have the opportunity to network not only with fellow delegates, but also with academics, students and recruitment and admissions staff from UEA and NUA, to gain insight into university life and the HE sector.

Thursday 6 June, Julian Study Centre, UEA

8.30 - 12.00

Physical Science Beyond A-levels: helping your students think outside the box: This session will comprise a full morning of talks, discussions and practical demonstrations delivered by lecturers from the Faculty of Science, which will help you to advise your students to think outside the box when considering taking their enthusiasm for physical science and maths further.

Thursday 6 June, Duke St Building, NUA

12.15 - 17.00

NUA is a leading arts, design and media university providing creative education for over 170 years in the city centre of Norwich. NUA has a national reputation as an innovative and creative community, with cutting-edge facilities and a reputation for excellence. On the afternoon of Thursday 6 June, colleagues at NUA will be hosting the conference at their city centre campus. They will be offering three practical breakout sessions showcasing how creativity is taught and put into practice: informal introductions into new ways of making, concept development and an insight into graduate destinations (no previous creative experience required!). There will also be a discussion session, and a tour of NUA’s award-winning buildings to see first-hand the state-of-the-art studios and workshops, the outputs the students create and what life is like at a creative specialist university.

Friday 7 June, Julian Study Centre, UEA

08.30 - 16.00

Highlights of the main conference this year will include a presentation from Harriet Jones, Director of UEA’s pre-University Skills Programme, on managing and preparing for the transition from school or college to university in a time of huge changes both to post-16 education and teaching practices in higher education.

We will also be hearing from academics in UEA’s School of Psychology who worked with students from the schools of Computer Sciences, Business and Psychology to develop a wellbeing app (OpenUpUEA) to help students understand their emotions, develop coping strategies and access the support they need.

And Mark Grist, UEA alumnus, ex-English teacher, poet, battle rapper and ‘viral sensation’ will deliver a session on his work in schools all over the world helping English departments engage with poetry. Warning: will involve (bad) rap …

Breakout Sessions

The programme will also include an admissions Q&A with a panel of experts, and a series of breakout sessions on a wide range of subjects including the selection process for degrees in Medicine, opportunities to study abroad, a survival guide to ‘Clearing’, teaching climate fiction, qualification reform and barriers to educational engagement faced by working class boys.

There will also be a (free) networking dinner on campus at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and the ever-popular open top bus tour of Norwich.

You also have the option to stay overnight on Thursday 6 June, free of charge, in our on-campus hotel, Broadview Lodge.

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