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Upcoming sessions

The full Programme

Art, Media and American Studies

 
  • History of Art with Gallery and Museum Studies: Mining the museum
    In this session we'll first be introducing you to the kinds of subjects that you could study on a Gallery and Museum Studies degree. We'll then take a closer look at a specific example of how a recent artist - Fred Wilson - has creatively intervened within museum displays to illuminate the kinds of histories that are usually kept in the shadows. With Ed Krcma.
    Thursday 06 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Film and Television Studies: Social change through film
    This session will showcase the ways in which film can have an impact society, culture and policies, while providing examples of the kind of teaching we offer, and research we conduct within the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at UEA. With Eylem Atakav.
    Wednesday 05 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • American Studies/Film and Television Studies: The Hollywood studio system
    From its emergence in the silent period to its breakdown in the 1950s, the Hollywood studio system maintained a commanding presence in the world. This session will look at this system; the strategies through which it maintained dominance in the world; the cinematic features that resulted from these strategies, such as stardom, genre and classic narrative; and the factors that led to its collapse. With Mark Jancovich.
    Wednesday 12 May, 16.15-17.00 - join here / download calendar reminder

Biological Sciences

 
  • Birds' bills and chopsticks
    Every single habitat in the natural world offers opportunity but also leads to competition. To overcome this, evolution has provided any almost limitless number of ways to grab a meal. In this fun session, evolutionary biologist Prof Ben Garrod introduces you to the convent that even small tweaks and changes in anatomy and behaviour can allow different species to co-exist and thrive side by side. You’ll have to raid your kitchen drawers for this session, to fully understand how some our most iconic British birds have become so successful. 
    Ben is a biologist, conservationist, author and award-winning broadcaster. He regularly appears as a science presenter on BBC TV programmes ranging from The One Show and Springwatch to documentary series including Secrets of Skin, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur and Baby Chimp Rescue.
    Thursday 15 April, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder

     

  • Looking out for your one hundred trillion friends: It’s a gut reaction!
    In this session we will be exploring our complex and unique relationship with our gut microbiota. With Maria Vardakou.
    Thursday 06 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder

     

  • Mutations: what happens when cells can't spell?
    In this session we will be exploring sense and nonsense mutations and the extent to which different types of mutations can affect genes. With Becky Lewis.
    Thursday 13 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder

     

  • Natural selection: field research
    Talk details TBC. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Wednesday 23 June, 14.15-15.15 - details and register

Business

 
  • Digital marketing priorities for small businesses
    Prioritising digital marketing tools and techniques can be difficult as a small business when you are more focused on the day to day running and operations. This session considers the key digital marketing tools available to support awareness, engagement, interaction and ultimately growth for small businesses and how best to implement, given limited resources. With Lucill Curtis.
    Wednesday 05 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Whose business is business law?
    Ever wondered about business law? What it is, why it is important, and why business managers need to know about it? In this highly interactive taster session we will explore these questions and more! We will examine the basics of how law is formed, why we need law, the distinction between criminal and civil law, and we will apply the law to a problem scenario. With Scott Summers.
    Tuesday 11 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Triple bottom line accountancy
    Talk details TBC. With Peter Ellington.
    Thursday 13 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Wellbeing in organisations
    Talk details TBC. With Helen Fitzhugh.
    Monday 17 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Corporate sustainability: Super sensible or greenwash garbage?
    This will be an interactive taster session where you can look at all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and decide for yourself which are the most important for businesses to adopt.  We’ll also be taking a view on why businesses want to be seen as ‘sustainable’ and whether it’s a genuine attempt to do more for people and planet. With Tony Polack.
    Thursday 20 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here
     

  • Budgeting for business
    Budgeting for the future is very difficult in the current fast-changing environment. In this session, James Armes will show you how firms can manage their company in an agile way.
    Thursday 27 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Accountancy: Analytical skills/interpreting numbers
    Talk details TBC. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Tuesday 15 June, 16.15-17.15 - details and register

 

Past talks

Chemistry

 
  • Life without catalysis?
    What is catalysis? What role does it play in our lives? From dictating our biochemistry to facilitating our lifestyle, catalysis is truly ubiquitous. In this presentation, Prof Simon Lancaster will provide an illustrated introduction to catalysis.
    Saturday 01 May, 11.30-12.15 - click here to join / download calendar reminder
     

  • Focus on organic chemistry
    Talk details TBC. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Tuesday 22 June, 09.30-10.30 - details and register

 

Past talks

Economics

 
  • Competition and policy in digital markets
    How has digitalisation changed market competition? And how should policy-makers and regulators adapt? The digital age has seen the emergence of new corporate giants, new business strategies, and new risks for consumers. In this session, Dr Franco Mariuzzo will be assessing the digital marketplace from an economist’s perspective. 
    Tuesday 27 April, 16.30-17.15 - join here
     

  • How do we really choose? 
    In the past forty years, behavioural economists have been grappling with the problem of making economic models psychologically realistic. In this session, Dr Anders Poulsen will be discussing one aspect of what has been learnt: exploring the “compromise” and “attraction” effects that seem to influence our everyday decisions.
    Tuesday 4 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here
     

  • Privacy and data in the digital economy
    In the digital economy, how much data should we share and how much privacy should we preserve? Should governments enforce tighter data protection, even if this means losing our favourite apps, games or websites? In this session, Dr Michael Kummer will reflect on the dilemmas posed by increasing commodification of personal data.
    Tuesday 11 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here
     

  • The labour market
    Talk details TBC. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Thursday 20 May, 14.15-15.15 - details and register

Education (including Physical Education, Sport and Health)

 
  • Introduction to high performance sport: ingredients for creating medal winning athletes
    This session will explore the success of athletes at recent Olympic games in preparation for Tokyo 2020 (2021). We will explore the introduction of a theoretical framework that may help us explain how we can create elite athletes. With Julia Robathan.
    Tuesday 27 April, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • University module insights
    Talk details TBC. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Tuesday 22 June, 16.15-17.15 - details and register

English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

 
  • What's it like studying English Literature at university? Hear from our students!
    In this informal panel discussion, you'll get a real insight into what it's like to study literature at university by hearing from our current English Literature students about their experiences. What led them to choose the course? What have been their favourite things they've studied? And what are their plans for the future? You also have the opportunity to ask the students questions of your own! 
    Thursday 15 April, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • LOL, literature and laughter
    What's it like to study literature at university, on its own or combined with another subject? This session takes the theme of literature and laughter to give you an insight into the kind of seminar session you might find yourself taking part in. Dr Nola Merckel and some of our current students invite you to come and think about how comedy works on the page and stage. What's funny, and why? No advance reading needed. Suitable for students interested in literature, creative writing, drama and philosophy.
    Tuesday 20 April, 16.30-17.30 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Creative writing: a skills and insight workshop
    How do writers shape their initial ideas into stories? This interactive session will work with writing prompts from our creative writing course and explore how to develop narratives, beginning with a discussion about your responses to a pre-reading exercise. Using point of view and other building blocks of constructing stories, the session will help unlock ways of transforming your ideas into fictional shape. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Wednesday 21 April, 16.15-17.15 - details and register
     

  • Decolonising the curriculum in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
    How can the study of literature, drama and creative writing become a means to combat racism and inequality? How can we look at literature in new and more inclusive ways? How can we talk in the classroom openly and supportively about issues of race? These are urgent questions in universities across the world. In this live webinar, we'll be joined by a panel of students and staff who'll share the work they've been doing in our School, and explore what 'Decolonising the Curriculum' means. With Tessa McWatt.
    Thursday 29 April, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Student societies: taking your love of literature, drama and creative writing beyond the classroom
    At UEA, there are so many student societies that you'll want to get involved with - and there are some that are of particular interest to students who love literature, drama and creative writing! In this session, we'll hear from members of the organising committees of some of those societies: Literature Society, Feminist Book Club, Creative Writing Society, Drama and Musical Theatre Society. Join us to find out more about these societies and what you could get out of being a part of them. With Tom Roebuck.
    Thursday 06 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Get a taste of an undergraduate creative writing seminar
    Ever wondered what it's like to be part of one of our world-famous undergraduate creative writing workshops? This is your chance to experience one! Join Dr Philip Langeskov, one of our lecturers in Creative Writing, as he invites you to try your hand at prose writing. This session will be of interest to everyone from experienced writers to complete beginners - if you think creative writing at university (or at UEA) might be for you, this is a great opportunity to get a first-hand feel for it.
    Thursday 13 May, 16.30-17.30 - join here / download calendar reminder

History

 
  • Fighting the Undead in the Early Twelfth Century
    In this session, we will explore a remarkable account of fighting the undead in early twelfth-century England. Our text, written by a well-informed contemporary, invites many questions - questions which we will answer in the course of this seminar. What forces brought the undead to life? How could the undead be defeated? And why did the fate of the undead matter to twelfth-century communities? With Hugh Doherty.
    Wednesday 26 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder

 

Past talks

Humanities Foundation Year / Liberal Arts

 
  • Disease, disasters and disruption: How the humanities help us to understand individual and societies’ responses to threats, past and present
    In this session, lecturers from the Humanities Foundation Year and Liberal Arts progammes will be in conversation discussing how theories, ideas and approaches used within the humanities can help us to understand the world we are living in and the challenges societies face. Drawing on examples of individuals and communities, past and present, we will consider how humans respond to, and deal with, adversity through the interdisciplinary perspective of the humanities.
    Tuesday 25 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder

International Development

 
  • Working and studying in environment and development: drawing examples from the Caribbean, Pacific and UK
    Dr Johanna Forster is an environmental social scientist, with expertise in interdisciplinary research that incorporates development issues around marine and coastal resource management, climate change and environmental hazards. She has applied her research focus to international and UK-based research on governance of coastal and marine resources and food security, and cultural and historical influences on contemporary hazards, risk and exposure; and more recently to Greenhouse Gas Reduction technologies in the UK. Her work combines ecological and social perspectives, quantitative and qualitative approaches, and she has undertaken extensive field-based research in the Caribbean and Pacific regions, and the UK. She teaches students on topics including climate change science and policy, marine and coastal resource use, and methods and approaches for practical environment and development work.
    Tuesday 20 April, 16.30-17.15  - join here / download calendar reminder

Language and Communication

 
  • Broadcast Journalism: What's it like to study broadcast and multimedia journalism?
    Modern day journalists need to be multi-skilled to thrive in broadcasting. This is your chance to find out about our practical Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism course and ask any questions you may have. You'll get to hear about the practical workshops and interactive lectures where you will learn to record, shoot, edit and produce stories for radio, TV and online - and work on real stories with industry. You'll also get to learn about our audio and visual skills module, with a taster lecture on our introduction to journalism. Delivered by Julian Sturdy, an award-winning ex-BBC producer, investigator, film and radio documentary maker.
    Thursday 29 April, 16.30-17.15 - join here
     

  • Language, culture and identity
    What is culture for you? How do our cultural affiliations influence the way we see ourselves? Does the way we see ourselves always match how we are perceived? In this taster session, we’ll start to explore these questions, giving you an insight into what it’s like to study intercultural communication at UEA.
    Thursday 20 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Discover the world of translation
    Learning a foreign language opens up a portal into different countries and cultures, but learning about translation reveals the nuts and bolts of how communication between cultures actually happens in a globalised world. By studying translation, you will discover that it is not just turning a text from one language into another, but indeed a powerful tool. Translation is a creative, cultural and political activity. It is exciting and eye-opening, as it sits at the crossroads of disciplines such as linguistics, literary studies, politics and cultural studies. Are you intrigued by what hides behind the world of translation and why it matters in our hyperconnected societies? Then join us and learn about an ever-growing field of study and practice that will equip you with invaluable knowledge and skills. 
    Monday 24 May, 17.00-17.45 - join here / download calendar reminder

Mathematics

 
  • A journey through the world of mathematics
    Mathematics is often said to be connected to all other sciences by being portrayed as, say, an important tool for solving equations. However, something much more profound is true. By asking a series of simple questions, each leading naturally into the next, I'll take us down a rabbit hole including dueling mathematicians, Les Misérables, cryptography, quantum mechanics, and hyperbolic symmetries. This journey through the rabbit hole is designed to give a glimpse into a remarkable world, filled with wonderfully complex objects, the domain of all of which is the realm of mathematics. With Carl-Fredrik Nyberg Brodda.
    Tuesday 04 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder

Pharmacy and Pharmacology

 
  • University module insights
    Talk details TBC. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Wednesday 26 May, 16.15-17.15 - details and register

Politics and Philosophy

 
  • International Relations: Does China rule the world?
    In this session, we'll briefly outline major economic, political and military influences of China, using a number of key examples from Japan, Africa, and elsewhere in order to illustrate the extent of China's dominance on the global stage, as well as some of the major challenges and limitations it faces. These will be followed by a summary of potential concerns and implications over said influence, followed by Q&A. With Ra Mason.
    Thursday 15 April, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Philosophy: Life after death
    Is life after death something that would interest you? We ask whether immortality is possible ... or even desirable? Join Philip Wilson for this thought-provoking session.
    Thursday 29 April, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • International Relations: Getting to the root of Euroscepticism? The UK and early European integration after World War II
    In this talk, we will explore the attitude of the UK towards European integration in the post-World War II period, from the end of the conflict to the creation of the European Economic Community in 1957 - the ancestor of the EU as we know it today. We will explore why the UK decided not to take part in early efforts to integrate Europe economically and politically. We will look at how the 'European question' has divided UK politicians and citizens across the political spectrum, and the reasons that explain their reluctance towards European integration. We will then conclude by discussing how these legacies have shaped British Euroscepticism up to today and the momentous decision of the UK to leave the EU. With Pierre Bocquillon.
    Tuesday 04 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Politics: Fake news - What is being done about disinformation?
    In this session we will examine the phenomenon of disinformation that is attracting much attention from pundits and policy makers. We will define the problem and look at a number of models for dealing with it that are being developed in Europe, including the UK, exploring the concepts of self- and co-regulation and issues of liability and accountability. With Sally Broughton Micova.
    Thursday 06 May, 12.30-13.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • International Relations: US politics and foreign policy - America's recovery after Trump
    This session will explore the Trump legacy in US domestic and foreign affairs and consider whether Trumpism has fundamentally changed US politics or whether the Biden presidency can heal divisions in the US and restore America's global reputation. In this interactive session you will be able to discuss and debate America's role in the world, racial politics, and conspiracy theories.
    Monday 10 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Politics and International Relations: Terrorism - Pasts, presents and futures
    This session will explore the emergence and evolution of terrorist violence. In it, we will explore the historical origins and transformation of terrorist violence, before analysing terrorism’s significance as a security threat today. The lecture will finish by reflecting on future directions in terrorism, and the potential impact of social and political dynamics from COVID-19 to digital technologies. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Tuesday 18 May, 14.00-15.00 - details and register
     

  • Philosophy: University module insights
    Talk details TBC. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Wednesday 30 June, 16.15-17.15 - details and register

Psychology

 
  • Psychology: Why do you sound the way you sound?
    Join UEA Psychology researcher David Holland to dive into the fascinating topic of accents and what they tell us about the social psychology of group membership and identity. What does your voice say about you? Where did it come from? What will you sound like in ten years' time? All will be revealed.... 
    Tuesday 11 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder
     

  • Personality and crime
    What is personality? And how does it influence our behaviour? This session will explore these questions by examining the idea that people behave consistently across situations. These concepts will be applied to a real-world example to help us understand whether some people are more prone to criminality than others.
    Wednesday 5 May, 16.30-17.15 - join here / download calendar reminder

Social Work and Sociology

 
  • Sociology: Focus on identity
    Talk details TBC. Delivered in partnership with Channel Talent.
    Thursday 13 May, 11.15-12.15 - details and register

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