A FREE overnight event for young people aged 14-18 with experience of local authority care.

Try student life for yourself in Norwich on Wednesday 3–Thursday 4 August 2022.

Students leaving foster or residential care may have additional questions or worries about their journey to university. Our event provides information and activities designed to improve knowledge and confidence about attending university in the future. If you’re aged 14-18 with recent or current experience of local authority care, this event is for you!

Part of UEA Outreach's IncludingMe offer.

About IncludingMe

Here’s what you’ll get up to

You’ll stay in your own room in university accommodation and experience life at two very different universities. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet university staff and current students
  • Meet other young people and take part in social activities
  • Find out more about the courses and careers which interest you
  • Learn about specific support for university students after leaving care

It’s all completely FREE, and we even pay for your travel to our campus. If you have any questions at all, contact Liz Ferguson (UEA Outreach) at includingme@uea.ac.uk.

How do I sign up?

You can apply now. Please apply by filling in the form below.

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You must meet the criteria below in order to apply for this event. If you have any queries about eligibility, please don’t hesitate to contact Liz at includingme@uea.ac.uk.


  • Should be living in the care of a local authority, or be a recent care leaver (within 12 months).
  • Should currently be attending school, college or sixth form.
  • Should be aged 14-18 at the time of the event on 3-4 August 2022.
  • Must be engaged in learning and with the potential to progress to higher education.
  • Must be willing and able to manage a residential visit with an overnight stay at UEA.
  • Should be living within reasonable travel distance of Norwich.
  • Priority will be given to those who have not already applied to university and those who have not already attended an Experience Uni residential in previous years.

If more students apply than we can accommodate, we will keep a waiting list and inform you.

Here’s an example of how you might spend your time at this event:

Day 1

  • Meet the friendly UEA, NUA and University of Suffolk student ambassadors, and get to know other residential attendees
  • Explore the UEA campus
  • Experience a taste of university clubs and societies and university style learning 
  • Hear about the support and guidance available at university 
  • Take part in social activities in the evening
  • Sleep overnight in your own UEA student bedroom (with en-suite bathroom)


Day 2

  • Visit and explore the campus at Norwich University of the Arts, in central Norwich
  • Experience a taste of university style learning at a specialist arts university
  • Reflect on your experience of the residential and think about the skills you have gained


Meals, accommodation, and transport are all provided free of charge.

You can apply now, please fill in the form below.

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UEA, Norwich University of the Arts, and University of Suffolk host other events and university taster days throughout the year. These events are not always specifically targeted at children or young people in care, but looked after children or young people are strongly encouraged to participate. Contact the universities for more details of opportunities to visit:

University of East Anglia www.uea.ac.uk/outreach/includingme  

Norwich University of the Arts www.nua.ac.uk

University of Suffolk www.uos.ac.uk