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Whether you're a teacher, tutor, careers advisor or offer pastoral support at a local college or a far away school, there are lots of activities and resources that we can offer to help your students make informed decisions about higher education.
But it’s not all about students, we’re also here to support you. CPD opportunities, classroom resources and information and guidance (IAG) support are all available.
We run regular live, interactive webinars on general higher eduction advice (such as personal statements and student finance) as well as taster lectures in a range of subjects. They are free and easy to join.
Frequently asked questions
What should I write in UCAS references given my students' disrupted educational journey?
We are familiar with the process for calculating predicted grades so there is no need to go into great detail on this in references. As well as the usual work and attitude information prior to closure, it would be helpful to include an overview of the support that the school has offered during closure. For example, it would be useful to include information on any work completed during lockdown. We always advise including any background on extenuating circumstances that the applicant has experienced.
What should my students include in their personal statements given lockdown has meant opportunities to gain experience have been limited?
We really value personal statements because it helps us to understand why applicants are interested in the subject they wish to study at university. The best way to demonstrate this is to think about activities that they have undertaken and what the benefits are to studying this particular subject area.
We recognise that applicants may not have necessarily had opportunities to explore these in person during the last year, and we will take this into account. There are no ‘rules’ about what we want to see; in fact, that is what makes personal statements so interesting. Applicants can gain good insight and understanding by talking to friends and family, watching documentaries, TED talks, personal blogs and vlogs, reading news, journals, specialist magazines and books. Discussing their subject of interest via on line platforms (debates/subject interest forums) can also demonstrate that they have made an informed choice. If they are able to make reference to any personal research within the statement, it provides us with the confidence that they are going to be happy and productive studying the subject at degree level.
Does UEA guarantee accommodation for 2021 entry?
Here at UEA we understand the challenges of making decisions about your next steps in the current circumstances. That’s why we guarantee accommodation for our applicants, as long as they meet the stated requirements.
We don’t operate a first come, first served policy and consider all accommodation applicants once the deadline has passed. In the last couple of years, we have managed to offer around 63% their first choice of accommodation and 93% of students received a room choice from their top three. We never ask for a deposit and have a 7 day 'cooling off' period from the start of your licence.
What support will there be for students on results day?
We're aware that students may be anxious about receiving their teacher-awarded grades. As always, we'll take a flexible approach to our admissions process and our admissions team will be available via telephone and live chat to support students who have questions. Clearing will run as usual.
How is UEA supporting students with the transition to university this year?
We know that the transition to university may seem particularly daunting this year. We’ve put together an additional package of support on top of our usual offer to ensure every student flourishes when they get here. First year courses will be structured to help build their confidence in learning gradually and staff in their School will be available to give help when needed. You can find out more about our package of support here. To help students prepare, we recommend the Preparing For Univeristy MOOC. We've even put together session guides for teachers and advisers if it's something you'd like to run in class time.
Once they're here with us, before their first week of lectures, new students enjoy a Welcome Week packed with events, talks and activities. This gives them the chance to settle into their new home, gain confidence in their skills and make new friends.
Hear more about the package of support from Helena Gillespie, Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at UEA in the video below.
When will events (e.g. open days) take place on campus again?
We are following government guidance to ensure we're keeping everyone as safe as possible. As soon as we are able to, we will be offering our bespoke campus tours to give your students the chance to visit and view our campus and accommodation. For the latest updates visit our Campus Tours page.
Our Virtual Open Days give students a taste of what it’s like to live and study at UEA. Along with live talks from academics and current students, there’s also a chance to take virtual campus tours and explore 360 degree footage of our accommodation, teaching facilities, library and more. And when it’s safe to do so, we’ll be pleased to welcome students back on campus for our Open Days once again. For more details head to our Visit UEA page.
When will you be able to come back into schools/colleges to deliver talks in person?
Our Outreach Officers and Higher Education Advisers would usually visit many schools each week. Given the current government advice we do not feel that moving between schools is in line with the guidance. As soon as the situation changes we will be able to work with you on risk-assessing events and activities with the aim of attending face-to-face events as soon as we can.
Videos, worksheets, infographics, blogs and more can all be found in our Resource Centre. Filter by year group and whether you’re a teacher, young person or parent of carer and download anything of interest. You’ll find a mixture of resources that students can engage with on their own, or that you can deliver or host with groups of students.
My students have questions about what teaching will look like in September - what can I tell them?
The UKs vaccination programme is progressing well and the number of cases across the UK have fallen significantly. We are now planning to provide as much face-to-face teaching as we can in September, alongside virtual delivery of some lectures and seminars.
We also anticipate that, by September, we will be able to once again open most campus facilities, with all the Covid-safe measures that we have had in place since last spring. Obviously, everything is subject to a continued positive trajectory of the pandemic in the UK. We will always put the safety of our students and staff as the top priority.