Welcome to Wonderfest 2021!

Here’s everything you need to know before signing up for the event.


What is Wonderfest?


Wonderfest is an annual event for Y10 students held at UEA. It involves a series of engaging subject taster sessions and HE activities to challenge assumptions about university study and show that university is ‘open to all’.

In 2021 Wonderfest will be delivered digitally and focus on the role of different university degrees and careers during the COVID19 pandemic. It will explore the role of non-medical professions, to demonstrate that all people, in all careers, have an important role to play within society in response to a national healthcare emergency. We want to challenge what students think they know about a particular subject and showcase the wide range of degrees and career paths available at university.

By taking part in Wonderfest, students will

  1. Develop the ability to make informed choices about their future

  1. Increase confidence about their role within society as active and responsible citizens

The event will be delivered using a variety of methods, including pre-recorded video content, teacher-lead classroom discussions, activity sheets and a LIVE finale event on Friday 21st May 2021. Participating schools will receive a full resource pack with lesson plans and activity sheets one week before the event’s launch on Monday 3rd May.

As part of the event, students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of university subjects in greater depth, looking specifically at career paths, its response to the coronavirus pandemic, and/or how it has been affected. Students will be given a subject specific activity card to complete either at home (recommended) or during lesson time.

The activity cards have been developed by UEA and NUA staff and students and are intended to be challenging, support independent study and encourage creativity. For example, students might be asked to design and pitch a new idea for a facemask for elderly care home residents (Business Management BA) or consider the role of creative subjects during times of national crisis.

Each school will be asked to submit a selection of student work which will feature in a digital showcase, celebrating the tremendous effort of people from different subject disciplines and professions in response to the COVID19 pandemic.

When will it take place?


Wonderfest has been developed with the citizenship module of the PSHE curriculum in mind, and it is intended to be delivered during Y10 PSHE lessons throughout March (3 full lessons in total). A LIVE finale event will take place via Microsoft Teams on Friday 21st May 13:30 – 14:50 (included in lesson total above). It is compulsory for ALL schools to attend this session. If you are unable to attend this session at the allocated time, unfortunately you cannot participate in Wonderfest.

Before the live event takes places, schools will need to deliver the first two 1-hour sessions with their Y10 class. Schools have between 3rd – 21st May to deliver these two sessions and encourage students to complete the accompanying homework task.

Who can take part in Wonderfest?


Wonderfest is delivered by UEA’s Outreach team, which aims to facilitate equality of HE prospects and choice for underrepresented groups in East Anglia; it is students from these groups who we feel will benefit most from participating in the event.

Once your school has registered to attend the event, we will require you to complete a Data Sharing Protocol (if this has not already been provided) and a register of participating students. To ensure the event has maximum impact, we are asking schools to choose the Y10 class with the highest number of pupil premium students.

As part of the event, it is compulsory for students to complete a pre-evaluation survey one week before the event. We ask that you allocate 5-10 minutes for students to complete this, preferably in a computer room or somewhere students will have reliable and easy access to the internet. The students will also be sent a follow up survey 1-2 days after the event to their most used email address, collected in the pre-survey. We ask that schools follow up with their pupils as to whether they have responded to this.

Both surveys form part of our monitoring and evaluation process, which is extremely important as we are required to clearly demonstrate the impact of our outreach work. It also helps us to build an evidence base, so that we know what works and what doesn’t for the schools and students that take part in our programmes.

Important Dates


Here’s some important dates for your calendar:

Monday 22 February: Registration open

Friday 12 March: School sign up closes

Friday 26 March: Class registers and DSP to be completed and returned

26 – 30 April: Resource pack received by schools

26 – 30 April: Students to complete pre-evaluation survey

03 – 21 May: Schools to deliver 2 X 1-hour sessions and homework activity

Friday 21 May: Live finale 13:30 – 14:50


Registration for Wonderfest opens on Monday 22 February.
In the meantime, if you would like any further information, please email schoolsoutreach@uea.ac.uk, otherwise, please return to this page on 22 February.