Let us tell you about what we've got planned

Whether you've heard about our previous (awesome) Summer School events or not, let us tell you about our latest bright idea - Summer School Online. There are some things that we've had to cut out - the long journey to UEA, awkward chit chat with new people, unpredictable weather making all our activities more complicated... but we're so excited about what's on offer instead! Read on to find out more.


The what, how and when The what, how and when

So what is this online thing? Three topics explored across three days, learning about the extra-curricular opportunities there are at university. Why spend time thinking about that now? These topics are relevant whether you care about university or not:

Who am I?

What makes you tick? Where do you feel like you fit in? Found your niche, or still looking? Investigate how university gives you space to be yourself & belong.

Starts Tuesday 4 August - 11.30am

Where to next?

The places we live in matter for all sorts of reasons… prefer a vibrant, bustling city or peaceful, rural scenes? Discover where choosing a university could take you.

Starts Wednesday 5 August - 11.30am

What in the world would you change?

It’s not hard to look around and see things we wish were different in the world. What makes change happen? Who can change things? Explore how university opens up the chance to make a difference.

Starts Thursday 6 August - 11.30am

Sign up to get your place reserved, and we'll send you all the details you'll need to join us.

[We'll share the link here very soon!]

Still not sure? 

What are the benefits? Why should I take part? Here are just a few reasons to sign up:

  • Enter our competition to win an exciting prize*
  • You get to take part in the wonderful programme: daily intro, interviews, activities, competition & more
  • We’ll send you three free downloadable activity bundles
  • Chance to learn, discover, share your ideas
  • Impress your teachers - definitely worth bragging about to them when you're back in school

(* We're still deciding what this should be...! Email us if you have a good idea! )

Are you a teacher? read this. Are you a teacher? read this.

What are the benefits of my students taking part in the Summer School Online?

  • Knowledge about Higher Education
  • Reflection on future plans
  • Cultural capital: giving them examples that they can explore now as well as linking to future possibilities in higher education
  • Social capital: join an online event full of other interested young people – be a part of something! *
  • Boost their digital skills (like attending a webinar, research skills, engaging with the activities)
  • Motivation: we hope the stories and information we share will capture their imagination and add to their reasons to work hard next year.

If you'd like to find out a bit more about the programme, get ideas of how to promote the opportunity amongst your students or to ask any questions you may have, please get in touch with your Outreach Officer or contact

are you a parent or carer? read this. are you a parent or carer? read this.

Wondering what this Summer School Online event is all about? We've pulled together a selection of student stories, examples and key bits of information about the extra curricular benefits of attending university. We know there are lots of questions that young people and their families have about what the future may hold - this is our small attempt to think big about life beyond September 2020, so that students can feel inspired about the options that are out there. 

To find out more, stay tuned for updates on this webpage as the event gets closer, or email 

Your questions. answered. Your questions. answered.

Will I have to talk to people online?

There will be lots of other students watching the live sessions with you, but your video and audio will be turned off, so you don’t get to chat directly to anyone else. You’ll be able to see and hear us whilst we are delivering the sessions and ask us questions using the chat function throughout!

If you have any questions once the live session has finished, just email us and we will get back to you!

What tech do I need?

To watch the live sessions, you will need access to the internet, as these will be hosted on a platform called Blackboard Collaborate (we will send you a sign up link before the session starts). You can access this on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer, whatever you prefer! No specific tech is needed, just make sure you can see and hear us! (If you’ll be using a laptop, Google Chrome works best.) We’ll also share the recording of the live session, so if your internet drops out, you can watch back later.

What if I can’t make that time?

The live sessions will take place at 11:30am each day, but if you can’t make that time, and still want to take part, we will record the session for you to watch back in your own time, at your own pace. You will find the video on our webpage 

Who will be running it?

Emily, Lauren, Liz, Helena and Richard from UEA’s Outreach team will be working together to lead the online sessions and respond to your questions and activity submissions. You can reach us anytime at

Can I take part if I’m not in Y9-10?

Absolutely! We’ve planned these activities for students in Years 9 and 10 but all ages are welcome to join in.

Do also check out our activities for sixth form and college students here This Is University: UEA Summer School and our webinar series.

How long will the programme take?

We've designed the event to happen in short, bite-sized chunks. 

Topic introduction - 20-30 mins
This is the live session led by us, listened to by you and other students from around the region. Join live at 11.30am each day, or download to watch later.

Activities - as you like!
These will be follow-up activities from our topic introduction, all linked to our three themes

  • Who am I?
  • Where to next?
  • What in the world would you change?

They are optional, hopefully fun and you can spend as much or as little time on them as you choose. We'd love to see what you get up to, so we'll let you know how you can share your thoughts, creations or discoveries with us.

Wrap Up - as you like!
At the end of each day, we'll share a 'wrap up bundle' so that you're armed with all the information and resources you need to carry on exploring the day's topic. This could keep you busy for as long as you want, or you can store it away for a rainy day and get on with whatever else you want to do!


Can I talk to current university students?

We'll be sharing stories from current university students, watching videos that show us what their student experience has been like so far and letting you know how you can get your questions answered by people who are living the student life right now. Stay tuned for more information!

Will I be able to ask questions?

Yes yes yes! We love questions about university. We'll have a few slots in the programme to gather your questions and get them answered, and you always have the option of emailing if you don't think we've told you all you want to know. 

Before the event, we'll send round a quick survey to find out if there's anything in particular you want to know, so make sure you keep an eye out for that opportunity!

You haven't answered my question - what should I do?

If there's anything else you'd like to know about Summer School Online that we've not covered, feel free to get in touch with us. We're a friendly bunch, and we love answering questions. The easiest way to reach us is by email - But we're also on twitter @OutreachUEA or call our voicemail service 01603 591521 and we'll get back to you.