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Nurturing Bright Futures is UEA’s annual Higher Education conference for teachers and advisers.

Date: Thursday 6 June, 2024 (13:15 - 22:30) and Friday 7 June, 2024 (9:00 - 16:00)

Venue: University of East Anglia

Our conference is a free, CPD accredited event, hosted by experts in Higher Education from UCAS and UEA. The event will provide you with the knowledge you need to best advise your students considering and applying to university. All sessions will be collaborative, so you’ll have the opportunity to connect, debate and network with like-minded professionals from across the sector.

A delegate dinner is included and one night’s accommodation located in the city centre is also available free of charge to delegates.

What's On

Thursday 6th June 2024 (13:15-22:30)

Registration and refreshments: 13:15 -13:45

Welcome to day one (Lydia Newton - Recruitment Manager & Chris Hakes – HE Adviser): 13:45-14:00

Keynote: UCAS insights, updates and sector data (Ross Sanger – UCAS Digital Learning Lead): 14:00-15:00

Preparing for a successful future: The graduate labour market and UEA CareerCentral services (Natalie Freeman – UEA Award Officer): 15:00-16:00

Optional campus and facilities tours: 16:00-18:00

Delegate Dinner (UEA Sainsburys Centre) 18:30-22:30

Friday 7th June 2024 (9:00-16:00)

Registration and refreshments: 9:00-9:15

Welcome to day two – 9:15-9:30

Pathways to Success: Student and Alumni Insights – (UEA Students and Alumni) – 9:30-10:00

Keynote: Mind management models for improved psychological performance, preventing burnout and navigating challenging situations (Dean Coomer – Chimp Management) – 10:00-10:45

Understanding and supporting the development of young minds (Dean Coomer – Chimp Management) – 10:45-11:45

Break: 11:45-12:00

Breakout 1: 12:00-13:00

  • How do students make their university decisions and what support is needed? ( Claire Gammell -The Student Room)
  • Discussing climate change with students – delay, anxiety and hope (Dr Nem Vaughan – Associate Professor in Climate Change at UEA) 
  • How do students pay for university and what financial support is available (Ben Rutter – Student Finance England)

Buffet Lunch: 13:00-13:45

UEA Admissions Q&A Panel (UEA Admissions Experts): 13:45 – 14:45

Breakout 2: 14:45–15:45

  • Explore your future possibilities with milestone models (Desmond Brett and Thomas Rollet – Norwich University of the Arts)
  • Bias and inequalities in artificial intelligence – and why it matters for teachers (Harry Dyer – Lecturer in Education, UEA)
  • The What, Why and How of Contextual Admissions (Heather Monsey & Myles Smith, UEA Outreach)

Summary and Close: 15:45-16:00

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