Presentations on a range of topics, for you and your students Presentations on a range of topics, for you and your students

We can come to you! Our Higher Education Adviser's are able to come in to work with your students providing guidance on Personal Statements, getting through the UCAS Process and Student Finance. 

Our team of experts also are available to talk to Parents or Teachers, offering advice on supporting students through their application, or writing the UCAS reference.

Why not take a look at our talks and tasters leaflet for more information about our services?

The presentations are designed to raise aspirations and challenge some of the myths surrounding higher education. There is no charge for the sessions, and the advice provided is impartial and aimed at promoting HE generally. The team are also happy to offer interactive workshops on subjects such as ‘Budgeting for university', ‘Writing a Personal Statement' and ‘UCAS', combine talks or cover another topic of your choice not mentioned below.

The team are happy to attend school or college HE fairs or arrange visits by a member of our team of trained Student Ambassadors to give a current student perspective. Alternatively, you might be interested in bringing a group of your students to visit UEA to get a sense of campus university life. We can offer tours of our campus, subject specific talks and/or the general talks as outlined below.

If you are interested in booking a visit or any of these services, please contact us.

Teacher Training

We can offer teacher training sessions including finance, writing a university reference and UCAS applications or on tailored subjects. Teacher training sessions may be held on inset days or throughout the academic year.

UCAS Conventions

We also attend numerous UCAS conventions all over the country. Come and speak to us at your local UCAS convention.

For information on how to book your school onto UCAS events visit www.ucas.ac.uk, or get in touch.

Guest Lectures

If you have a group of students who are interested in the same subject, depending on availability we might be able send an academic to your school to give them a taster session on what it is like to study a particular degree. For more information and how to book please contact schools@uea.ac.uk. Below are some examples of lectures and sessions we have delivered in the past. 

Previous Humanities Guest Lectures

LANGUAGES

If everyone speaks English, why bother learning languages?

Almost two billion people world-wide are learning English as a second language today, and English is currently the world’s Lingua Franca. Does that mean we should stop learning languages? We do face some challenges, attitudes to language learning in the UK are not positive. This lecture will look at:

-The value of languages

-Languages post-Brexit

-Language skills deficit

-Leaving the EU

-New possibilities

How can we make ourselves more employable?

This lecture will look at how studying a language and studying abroad as part of your degree course is one way to become more employable. This is because employers increasingly expect graduates to have ‘global competence’ that can be acquired during periods of study abroad, such as an understanding of people from other linguistic backgrounds.

Is the French language too protected?

French is often portrayed as a language that is not as able to evolve at the pace of society as other languages are. Is that true, and does it limit the possibilities of expression for its users and learners? What does it tell us about the relationship between French and speakers of French?

How do languages interact in the mind?

Multilingual speakers tend to work together in our globalised world, but even if we share the same work language, the influence of our first language and culture is present in our discourse. Developing intercultural competence is crucial to avoid miscommunication with people from other cultures. How do languages interact in the mind? Does being aware of these relations between languages help in our professional life?

Has Japanese become part of everyday English?

Nowadays emojis are a vital element of electronic messaging but did you know the word emoji originates from Japanese? Emojis were created by a Japanese telecommunications company in the late 1990’s but are now used by many people all over the world and since their introduction, the term has become globally recognised.

How does crime translate?

What happens if you witness a crime in a country where you don’t understand the language? And what if you’re the victim or suspect? Just like trade, crime is increasingly transnational and organised across national borders. But even within a single state, law enforcement agencies face important new challenges due to globalisation. Over 200 languages are spoken in the UK today, for instance, and more of us travel to more destinations than ever before in human history. 

How does music affect politics in Latin America?

Popular music is much more than a form of entertainment. In Latin America, where illiteracy remained high well into the 20th century, and where the mainstream media are widely perceived to represent the rich, songs – so easily remembered and transmitted  – play an important public role.

What is language for?

Most of us would say that the main function of language is to communicate with each other but what exactly do we communicate? More than one thing at the same time and more than we realise or wish to?

 

PHILOSOPHY

 

Can philosophy be practiced as a science?

Philosophy deals with distinctive problems, different from the problems of science. Does that mean that we cannot approach those problems scientifically? Or can we adapt experimental methods to address problems that arise from pure thought?

How can film be philosophy?

Philosophy of film is a relatively young field. As a popular art-form, film was for a long time considered not a suitable object of philosophical reflection. Recently philosophers like Stanley Cavell and Stephen Mullhall have changed this. Films are now being studied both as art-works in their own right, as well as ways to reach a wide audience while offering means to reflect more deeply about life and the world around us.

Will we ever be ruled by robots?

There is increasing debate in our society about the ‘rise of robots’. Are our jobs going to be replaced by automation? Is ‘artificial intelligence’ going to become powerful enough to take over society itself? As films like Terminator envisage, could we even one day be ruled by robots?

How do we talk about the impossible?

Language allows us to communicate with each other about our shared world. Yet much of what we seem to talk about cannot possibly exist. How can this be?

Does Nature have its own value?

We all know that we are living through a time of terrible ecological destruction. The human impact on the environment has become so great that many are now claiming that we have entered a new geological era: the Anthropocene, the era of human impact.

In this situation, how should we be thinking about the value of nature? Is there something about the ways we have thought about nature and value in the past that has helped to get us into the terrible situation? Might there be other ways of thinking about the value of nature that can help to undo some of the destruction?

Should we eat animals?

By comparison with the general population, a greater proportion of philosophers are vegetarians or vegans than you would expect. Why might a philosopher think that one should be avoiding eating animals? Are there some considerations that seem to make it irrational to do so, or immoral to do so?

What is goodness?

Our daily lives are centred around the distinction between good and bad. If this distinction did not matter, one might just as well step under a bus instead of avoiding it. In all kinds of ways we care about, and are occupied with, how our lives go, and those of others, including animals and nature. So what is goodness, or badness, or evil?

 

POLITICS

 

How do we explain the rise of celebrity politicians like Donald Trump?

Donald trump is the first reality TV president. A man who faces a string of accusations of sexual assault and who has openly courted extreme racist groups, is now in charge of the world’s most fearsome military machine.

Who is accountable?

Does ‘hashtag feminism’ make a difference?

The impact of #metoo has been significant. It has exposed the culture of sexism that pervades both the entertainment industry and society at large. It’s also thought to have helped bring a number of high profile abusers to justice. But will this hashtag affect real change? Will it make a material difference in the lives of women and girls across the world?

Why do countries obey international law?

The first question we should ask is: do countries obey international law? And the answer might surprise you because most countries obey most international law most of the time. Disobedience is actually very rare despite the fact that there’s no international police force to arrest offenders, and the international courts we do have are rather haphazard and very weak.

Will other countries vote to leave the European union? 

When a majority of British citizens voted to leave the EU in the June 2016 referendum, many proponents of Brexit hoped that it would lead to a ‘domino effect’, with other countries following the UK’s example. Since then, no other member state has made any sign of being prepared to leave the EU, or to organise a referendum on EU membership.

Has social media changed political activism?

Mainstream media may be our main source of information, but almost every discussion of their role in society is accompanied by accounts of their bias or their support for the establishment. It is difficult to ignore the political power of media moguls like Rubert Murdoch, or the dependency of private media outlets on advertisers. The result tends to be media content that is shaped by the needs of advertisers, rather than citizens.

Is it possible to rig an election?

Donald Trump created a media storm before being elected as US President by claiming that the election would be ‘rigged against him’. Shortly after, claims were made about Russian interference in US elections.

There are subtle ways to rig an election, subtle but effective. It is for this reason that we should study very closely how elections are run.

How politically powerful are the media?

In democratic societies, it is assumed that the media serve democracy. They inform citizens about their world and help them to deliberate about their political preferences and values. They are not meant to exert influence in pursuit of their own special interests of their friends and allies. But, for many people, this is exactly what they do; they exercise ‘power without responsibility’.


Previous Science Guest Lectures

ACTUARIAL SCIENCE

The Secret World of an Actuary

Do you enjoy maths, statistics & problem solving? Have you heard of an Actuary? In this talk we’ll provide a brief background about the little known but well respected and financially rewarding Actuarial profession.  This interactive talk gets students thinking about insurance premiums and how premiums are calculated by considering the factors that insurers need to consider.  It includes a brief recap of simple and compound interest and develops this to introduce the concept of present values which are the foundation for all actuarial work.

Actuary: the profession of the future, past and present

Do you enjoy maths, statistics & problem solving? Have you heard of an Actuary? In this talk we’ll provide a brief background about the little known but well respected and financially rewarding Actuarial profession.  This interactive talk gives students an overview of traditional actuarial problems as well as those that are on the horizon such as, how does insurance need to change to deal with driverless cars? It includes a brief recap of simple and compound interest before introducing the concept of a present value.  Students will then be asked to take part in groups with a case study comparing mobile phone contracts which illustrates the use and value of a present value calculation.  We will also cover a general overview of the actuarial professional qualification and the part an Actuarial Science degree can play in this.

Actuaries & the Real World – ‘putting theory into practice’

This talk is aimed at students who already have a background in financial maths and are familiar with the concept of present values.  It includes problems based on the traditional areas of actuarial work such as life assurance and pensions and gets the students thinking about the actuarial problems of the future.

 

CHEMISTRY

Why Study Chemistry? (UEA Chemistry Lecturer)

For many, chemistry is synonymous with the pharmaceutical industry, developing treatments for everything from colds to cancer. But everything we eat, see, touch and breathe is comprised of chemicals. Understanding chemistry means being able to explain the smells, tastes, colours and textures of all that we encounter. Developing stronger, lighter materials, flexible phones and renewable fuels are all example where chemistry is underpinning technologies that shape our lives. Studying chemistry means learning to find and critically evaluate information, process data, solve problems, work in groups, write reports and present talks, in summary the skills needed in every modern workplace.

What do Chemists do? (UEA Chemistry Lecturer)

Chemistry graduates find employment in a broad range of careers. As you’d expect some work in the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industry. Perhaps more surprisingly, the commercial sector is a major employer of chemistry graduates, where their numeracy, analytical and problem solving skills are highly regarded. Chemistry graduates are highly prized by the teaching profession. There is a hugely important role for journalists trained in chemistry to explain the benefits of science to the wider public. A high proportion of chemistry graduates study for higher degrees, training for positions in research and development or teaching at University. In short, there is very little that chemists do not do.

Light powered therapeutics (Dr Stephen Ashworth)

Light based therapies of different kinds have a long established history in medicine, in the treatment of conditions such as jaundice in babies and a number of skin conditions. We shall consider a class of therapeutic agents which are inactive in a biological system until activated by the absorption of light. If activated in or near malignant cells the toxic agents produced by the light energy may damage or destroy the malignant tissue: a procedure known as photodynamic therapy (PDT). We shall consider what properties contribute to an effective PDT agent and how some of these may be measured. These will be illustrated using examples of laser flash photoexitation and thermal lensing spectroscopy measurements on group of candidate photodynamic therapy agents to determine their photophysical properties.

Chemicals’R’us - what does an organic chemist do? Dr Sean P. Bew or Dr G. Richard Stephenson

This lecture will aim to outline the importance of organic chemistry in the 21st Century. It will exemplify recent developments and applications of modern organic chemistry using the isolation and identification of metabolites from natural sources (i.e. soil, sewage pipes, and the sea), their subsequent synthesis and modification on route to the development of new pharmaceutical agents and biologically active compounds. Examples of the types of drug classes discussed include the development of highly effective anticancer agents, the fight against MRSA and the current development / need for novel and effective classes of antibiotics.

Hands-on molecular model building and stereochemistry (Prof Andy Cammidge or another UEA Organic Chemistry lecturer)

Not a lecture as such but a hands-on session led by Andy Cammidge or colleagues. Molecules come to life and their true 3-dimensional form can be appreciated. The 3-dimensional arrangement of atoms in space is called “stereochemistry” and it fundamentally determines the properties of molecules, influencing reactivity and function. Simple changes (on paper) can have drastic changes to a molecule’s shape and function, changing a medicine into a poison for example, or a brittle polymer into mouldable plastic. The session will aim to show how chemists communicate these 3-dimensional structures on the 2D media of paper and screens, focusing on the construction and comparison of molecular models, with chirality as a theme.

 

PHARMACY

The rise and demise on antibiotics

Have you ever taken antibiotics? Do you know how they work? Do you know how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics? We are developing new types of antibiotics that can beat the problem of antibiotic-resistance - do you want to know how we do it?

From the Yew Tree to the Clinic: The Story of Taxol.

This session will focus on the discovery, mechanism of action and use of Taxol for the treatment of cancer. This talk covers all three sciences alongside pharmacy practice and gives a real insight into the multidisciplinary nature of the Pharmacy Degree.

What is Pharmacy and What can I do with a Pharmacy Degree?

This talk will give an overview of pharmacy and how it is related to sciences like chemistry and biology. The course content of the MPharm degree will be covered as well as the potential career prospects and opportunities that a pharmacy graduate has available to them.

Think you know the structure of DNA?

Adventures in discovering how DNA can change shape. Investigating how the structure of your DNA affects how Diabetes develops

A Window on the World of Drug Discovery

Interested in discovering and producing disease curing drugs?  Want to join the ranks of the world’s researchers tackling today’s health challenges?  Come and learn about our new degree in Pharmacology and Drug Discovery.  The session will introduce you to the steps toward discovering, designing and producing a new drug and you will hear about the course content of the new degree.

Cutting edge science research from the Number 1 UK School of Pharmacy for Research Outputs.

Interested in science? Immerse yourself in the different world-leading research going on within the school from targeting cancer, to helping those with swallowing difficulties. See how multiple sciences work together and find out what research you could be doing if you study with us.

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Sorting out sorting algorithms

Studying Computing Science at University

From Computer Games to Exploring the molecular world

 

MATHS

Why do we need sustainable engineers?

Modern human society is increasingly reliant on energy to maintain the lifestyles to which we have become used to. Humans have developed a range of energy conversion technologies to provide a diverse array of services, which includes electricity, heat, and transportation. Global warming has become an unquestionable worry but this is not the only issue we should be concerned about. Over the past few decades the sustainability of humankind’s activities has become increasingly questionable. An increased awareness of environmental matters and externalities has evolved in the context of sustainable development.

Sustainable development and sustainable construction would not be possible without an immense contribution from professional engineers in a range of areas, such as water supply, food production, energy, transportation, sanitation and waste management etc.

A sustainable engineer applies the principles of engineering and design in a manner that promotes positive social and economic development while minimizing environmental impact. Therefore, a background to the concept of sustainable development and an introduction to the environmental and resource implications of engineering activity within the context of sustainable development will be provided. Additionally, what sustainability can mean in engineering practice will be introduced.

 

Biofuels: A potential approach to decarbonise transport

Energy and the environment are inextricably linked and form a key role in concerns over sustainability. Most methods of energy use involve resource uncertainties and environmental impacts on a local, regional and global scale. A clear example of this is the consumption of fossil fuels, which creates several problems.

Using fossil fuels contributes significantly to greenhouse gases emissions and they are non-renewable, finite, resources. These problems are complicated by the fact that these fuels are unequally distributed around the world and often come from politically unstable countries. Consequently, there is a rapidly growing interest in finding new renewable sources of energy, which do not pollute the earth’s atmosphere, and provide more secure and sustainable energy supplies.

Today the car fleet is dominated by vehicles using internal combustion engines. In this context of reliance on liquid fuels, biofuels can play a key role to decarbonise road transport. Consequently, an overview on bioenergy and biofuels will be provided, introducing potential feedstocks and conversion technologies.

 

 

 

 


Previous Social Science Guest Lectures

Topics in feminist economics,

Trade unions;

International monetary system and the euro;

Mathematics in economics;

The value of an economics degree.

Game Theory (a workshop for A-level economists) - Invented by some of the best mathematicians in the mid twentieth century, “game theory” now forms the basis for a significant proportion of modern economics. In this workshop we provide a fun, fast introduction to the many branches of game theory, and we explain how the theory gets used, by economists and others, in the real world.

Market Design (the economics behind Tinder and UCAS!) - Economics is often about ‘Who gets what and why?’, and therefore it is often about things like income, prices, and willingness to pay. But some allocation problems - Who marries whom? Who gets the places in a top university? Even, who receives a transplant kidney? - are not resolved using money or prices. Economists are interested in these allocation problems also.  This talk is a short, hands-on introduction to the field of Market Design.

Social Choice Theory - What do we want? And what does it mean to say we want it? Economists have well-formed ideas about how individuals can and should make choices. But extending these ideas to groups - firms, families, societies - proves to be unexpectedly difficult as well as philosophically problematic. This talk - aimed at a general interest audience that likes to be stretched - provides an introduction to ‘social choice theory’: the surprising, perplexing economics of preference aggregation. 

Emotions in Economics