Norfolk Scholars Programme Team Norfolk Scholars Programme Team

As a team, we are keen to make a difference to the lives of able Scholars from disadvantaged areas.

To contact the team directly, please email nsp@uea.ac.uk or call us on 01603 591487. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Norfolk Scholars team includes the following staff:

Laura Anderson, Programme Manager

Having worked at UEA for 10 years and in market research for events previously, Laura has a wealth of experience promoting higher education to a variety of audiences.

Laura is passionate about UEA and widening the aspirations of students who are traditionally less likely to go to university. Laura holds a first class BA (Hons) Business Economics from UEA and two professional marketing qualifications including the Diploma in Digital Marketing. Her interests outside of work include playing the flute in a local orchestra and keeping fit by attending Zumba class.

Anna Cathenka, Learning Mentor

Anna is a recent graduate of the MA Creative Writing at UEA and has a first class honours degree from Falmouth University. She is a published poet who runs writing workshops with adults and children and has previously designed and taught a Creative Writing module to sixth form students as part of UEA’s Outreach programme.

Prior to her MA, Anna worked in a role that supported people with learning disabilities to access work, education and community activities. She is passionate about helping others achieve their potential and proud to work in a team that’s dedicated to widening participation in higher education.

Cai Draper, Learning Mentor

Before moving to Norwich to complete the MA in Creative Writing at UEA, Cai worked in Outdoor Learning at a secondary school for students with autistic spectrum conditions. As part of this role he introduced growing beds and laying hens to the school, and looked after various sustainability programmes, including Eco-Schools and Green Tree Schools. He has a background in informal education, having worked on various youth & community projects, such as Surrey Docks Farm’s young farmers club. 

Cai is a published poet who regularly performs his poems across venues in Norwich and London. He is also part of the Norwich-based Dogface Improv Comedy Troupe. 

Amber Hudson, Student Learning Mentor

Amber recently completed a PGCE course at UEA and has taught in local primary schools for the past two years. Before her PGCE, she studied BA Philosophy at UEA and achieved a first class honours.

Amber is interested in creative writing and film and enjoys being out and about in the countryside on long walks.

Carrie Tooke, Learning Mentor

Having studied BA Media and Performance at Salford University, Carrie spent a number of years working in media production as a Production Co-Ordinator and Producer and has worked on Production Logistics for both the London and Sochi Olympics with American media giant, NBC. She has also worked as a TV and Film chaperone for child actors starring in films, TV and radio productions.

Alongside her work, Carrie has also done a lot of volunteer work in schools and colleges. Having spent many years as a Girl Guide Leader, Carrie is enthusiastic and passionate about working with children and young adults and moved into Higher Education as a career change. 

She has been working with the Norfolk Scholars Programme since 2015 and loves her role as a Learning Mentor which has enabled her to make a positive difference to the lives of many local Scholars.

Pippa Yuill, Learning Mentor

Pippa was born in Norfolk and studied for her undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. She has worked in press and marketing for various organisations including the Society of British Aerospace Companies, at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Sainsbury Centre and at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Since taking a career break to start a family Pippa has worked as a community musician and completed a PGCE at the UEA.

In her spare time Pippa enjoys playing cello, having been a part of The Mozart Orchestra, Wymondham Symphony Orchestra, UEA Symphony Orchestra, Norwich Pops and the Wensum Quartet. She has previously worked as a sailing instructor off the island of Levkada in Greece.