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Summer Schools provide residential opportunities for students to explore the University.

The University has over a decade of experience in running Summer Schools, welcoming thousands of students to the campus. Summer Schools are a fantastic experience for your students and their parents to experience university life. These aspiration raising events are filled with fun and informative sessions including academic tasters, sports workshops and social activities.  

Background information

The Summer Schools programme is one of the University of East Anglia's widening participation initiatives, funded by the University and established in 2000. It aims to widen participation into university and raise the aspirations of young people in Norfolk and Suffolk, especially those with no family history of participation in higher education.

Summer Schools explore the range of subjects and courses on offer at university and enable pupils to experience student life first hand by meeting current students and staff and participating in group work, subject taster sessions, careers activities and a variety of social events. Feedback from Summer School pupils has shown that the experience has equipped them with valuable interpersonal skills, increased confidence and given them a greater insight into subjects and courses on offer at university, therefore helping them to prepare for, and reach a decision about their future education.

When will the Summer Schools take place?

Each Summer School is residential with students having the opportunity to stay in en-suite student accommodation. 

Dates for Summer Schools 2017 will be published on our website in the near future. 

How do students apply?

To apply for a place on any of the Summer Schools students will need to complete an online application form which will be available on this website. Teachers are requested to complete a separate form as a reference, once students have applied. (Paper application forms and reference forms can be requested using the address at the bottom of the page).

Criteria will be used in the selection process to assess a student's eligibility for the Summer School ensuring those who will benefit most from the opportunity are able to attend.  It is expected that teachers will encourage students to apply for the Summer Schools, selecting students who they feel may fit the criteria, be interested in attending and benefit from the event. Before selecting students It is strongly recommended that teachers read the guidance notes the Recruitment and Outreach Department will provide.

If you are a teacher and would like to request more detailed student criteria guidance notes please email ueasummerschools@uea.ac.uk stating your name and the school you work at.

It is disappointing for all those working on this scheme to find that some pupils do not arrive on the first day of a Summer School. We ask teachers to inform us of any change in the pupil's plans as early as possible, thus freeing up the place for another student to attend.  It is not unusual for students and/or their parents to feel apprehensive.  We are more than happy to talk to them to allay any fears they may have and explain the scheme to them more fully.

How do I find out more?

If you have any queries please contact:

Outreach Summer Schools - Recruitment and Outreach Department
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Tel: 01603 591521
Email: ueasummerschools@uea.ac.uk