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

Since the Summer School programme was launched in 2000, we have welcomed 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 School programme is one of the UEA's widening participation initiatives, completely funded by the university. 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 are as follows:

Year 9a: 26-27 July 2018

Year 9b: 2-3 August 2018

Year 10a: 8-10 August 2018

Year 10b: 22-24 August 2018

Year 11 (Destination 16): 29-31 August 2018

We run the same programmes for Year 9 and Year 10 due to popular demand. The only difference between these two residential events is the date. 

How do students apply?

To apply for a place on any of the Summer Schools students will need to complete an online application form. Applications are now open for all year groups.

Teachers are requested to complete an online form following a students application submission. This form verifies a few details to confirm criteria suitability. Please note that the application will be available from 15th December 2017 until 1st June 2018.

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 take note of the following eligibility criteria:

Places are only open to students from schools in Norfolk and Suffolk. Priority will be given to students who come from communities with little experience or tradition of going to university.

For example:

  • The applicant is/was in care or is a young carer or;
  • The Young person has a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty or;
  • Not many people from your school or the local area go on to university or;
  • The young person would be eligible for a bursary from UEA amount if they went on to university (household income is under £25,000)

Summer Schools are not open to:

  • Students who attend private or independent schools - this includes those awarded bursaries or scholarships
  • International students
  • Students not in years 9, 10 or 11

Teachers are asked to confirm ability to achieve 5 GCSE between grades A*-C/9-4 (including English, Maths and Science). Teachers will also be asked whether the applicant receives pupil premium funding, has any known challenges you think we should consider and if you feel there is anyone else we should contact (such as SENCO, social worker etc.) 

If you would like to request more information 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 if they know 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.

Furthermore, the Outreach team would like to come in and speak to your students about the Summer Schools during an assembly or tutor time. Please contact us to arrange this.

How do I find out more?

If you have any queries please contact:

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