Main Programme Talks
Main Programme Talks
A welcome to UEA from the Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Colin Cooper, Professor of Cancer Genetics, Norwich Medical School, UEA
Professor Cooper is the Chair of Cancer Genetics at the University of East Anglia. His background is in Chemical Carcinogenesis and for 12 years he sat on government committees that monitored cancer-causing agents in the diet and environment of the UK population. Subsequently his research group became focused on the identification of genetic elements (genes) that are responsible for cancer development and some of the cancer genes that he isolated are now used worldwide in cancer diagnosis. For 10 years Professor Cooper headed a National Cancer Research Institute Prostate Cancer Collaborative that was set up to develop a prostate cancer research program in the UK. This led to a number of major successes including the introduction of active surveillance as a preferred treatment for men with low-risk prostate cancer. He currently jointly heads the Cancer Research UK Funded International Cancer Research Consortium Prostate Cancer Project aimed at collection whole genome DNA sequence data from 250 prostate cancers. A major interest of the consortium is to identify biomarkers that can be used to distinguish prostate cancers that need treatment from those that don’t.
Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Chief Executive of UCAS
Mary Curnock Cook joined UCAS as Chief Executive in January 2010. From 2003 – 2009, Mary was Director of Qualifications and Skills at the Qualifications & Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA, formerly QCA) where she led on qualifications policy and development for the 14-19 qualifications reform programme. From 1994 – 2001, she was Chief Executive of BII, the professional body for licensed retailing. Between 1997 and 2001, Mary served as a Council member on the Further Education Funding Council (FEFC). She was a Non-Executive Director of Laurel Pub Company, and Chairman of award-winning e-learning company, Creative Learning Media, both from 2002 - 2005. Prior to 1994, Mary was Marketing Director of Food from Britain, and International Sales & Marketing Director of International Biochemicals. Mary has an MSc in general management from the London Business School. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours 2000 for services to training in hospitality and tourism. She is a governor at Swindon Academy – a 3-19 school. In addition she is a trustee of the Access Project which supports young people from deprived backgrounds to progress to selective higher education. She is also a trustee of the National Star Foundation which provides highly specialist care and learning support for young people with complex physical and learning difficulties. In 2015 she was awarded an honorary fellowship of Birkbeck College, University of London, and from October 2015 becomes an Academic Visitor at Hertford College, University of Oxford.
Admissions directors from Norwich Medical School and School of Health Sciences will lead a seminar giving a 'behind-the-scenes' look at the selection processes for courses leading to healthcare professional qualifications, with the aim of demystifying 'values-based recruitment' and tips on how to add value to work experience.
This talk will explore all aspects of the application process for degrees with literature, drama and creative writing. It will address both what an applicant should be looking for in a degree and what universities look for in their applicants. It will also focus on the many singular careers open to students with literature degrees.
A recent report from OFCOM has shed light on the rise and rise of the smartphone as the device of choice for young people, with over half of users describing themselves as 'hooked' on their device. As students move into Higher Education, they find they are encouraged to use their devices more in their study but what can young people learn using this increasingly ubiquitous device and how do we encourage them to become discerning and responsible users of the powerful technology in their pocket?
Find out all about UEA’s exciting study abroad programme from the Study Abroad Team Leader and from students’ themselves. UEA has more than 160 student mobility partnerships across the globe where students are given the opportunity to study in another country for either one semester or one academic year. Past study abroad participants give a first-hand account of their experience abroad and how it has helped them get ahead in an increasingly globalised world.
In this workshop we will explore how we might link in ways of preparing students for university with their priorities during sixth form, by trying to match advice and guidance with what students want to hear.
Should I specialize in Neuroscience or do Biology? What is a Natural Science degree? Three year degree or four year? What's an Integrated Master's course - is it the same as an MSc? Should I do a year abroad? What is a year in industry? This session aims to give you the answers to commonly asked questions from prospective science students and offer an opportunity for you to find out more about science at University level.
This session looks at how to maximise the chances of obtaining a place at a top law school with tips on personal statements and sitting the LNAT test. It will also include an update on the propsed reforms to legal eduation and how this will affect the route to professional qualification.
The 'Creative Industries' has become a referential term for 'those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property' (DCMS, Creative Industries Mapping Document, 2001). The definition though is not without controversy nor is it easily and broadly applicable. This session thus aims to examine these problematics and invite participants to explore how education has a vital role in fostering and maintaining the creative base within the creative industries.
The School of International Development at UEA is a leading global centre of excellence in research and teaching in international development. But what is ‘international development’? What subjects does it cover and what career paths does it lead to? How can we tackle poverty and inequality around the world? This session will address these and other questions through a critical introduction to the School of International Development.
Join two of our Higher Education Advisers for a detailed look at student finance. Changes in funding are coming - make sure you're up to date!
Admission directors from Norwich Medical School and School of Health Sciences will lead a seminar giving a 'behind-the-scenes' look at the selection processes for courses leading to healthcare professional qualifications, with the aim of demystifying 'values-based recruitment' and tips on how to add value to work experience.
Social work is a career that offers a privileged and often challenging insight into the lives of the most vulnerable members of society. To be effective, social workers need a range of skills and qualities that encompass creative, social and analytical skills. Within this workshop we will explore ways to make the application process less intimidating and more accessible for students expressing an interest in a social work career, including:
As well as this I look forward to sharing ideas about what attracts students to social work, and looking more closely at the qualities that we are searching for in students.
Developments in engineering at UEA have largely been driven by the regional industry concern for the impending skills gap. Despite this undoubted gap students still have to expose themselves to the real world of engineering as often as possible from the very start of their degree in order to distinguish themselves enough to even get called for interview! Industry experience is key, but developing commercial awareness by multiple contacts with industry can set this up. This talk will illustrate the several ways that students gain experience from site visits, networking at conferences, industry-linked coursework, competitions and more. A brief mention of the value of a gap year spent in industry will be made.
Ms Alix Delany and Mr Paul Ingham
Each year Teachers and Advisers work tirelessly to produce UCAS references which enable Universities to make decisions. In this workshop the Head of Admissions at UEA and Director of Careers, Hills Road Sixth Form College, will explore with you referee good practice, discuss predicting grades, and critique examples.
This year the British Council has issued a proclamation that everyone should learn a language, yet, for some UK secondary schools, provision of MFL is at an all-time low, with national funding disappearing and local resources cut (not to mention the forthcoming curriculum reforms). The number of students taking German and even French A-Level is declining nationally, yet UK employers value languages as one of the key skills an employee can possess. So, why is such a disconnect occurring? This workshop will explore the role of languages in the student lifecycle and within the school environment, looking at grading issues, curriculum reforms, employability, EAL and multilingualism and the changing expectations of languages in the University application process.