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, Student 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, Student 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. 

Tamsyn Filby, Student Learning Mentor

Tamsyn is a BA Theology and Religious Studies graduate from St Mary University College.  Previously, Tamsyn has worked as an Academic Mentor for Inspiration Trust.  Tamsyn in keen to help inspire young people to reach their full potential and is enjoying mentoring our fantastic scholars.

Tamsyn shall shortly start studying for an MA in Creative Writing with the Open University, in hopes of fulfilling a life-long ambition of publishing novels that have been buzzing in her head for decades. 

Lucy Reynolds-McKay, Student Learning Mentor
Lucy graduated from the University of Exeter with a Law degree, before completing a PGCE in Primary Education at UEA.  She taught in different settings across Norfolk and Suffolk for just over 10 years before starting her role as a Learning Mentor.

In her spare time, Lucy enjoys reading and writing and completing crafts.