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Episode 12 - HE choices and career options

Darren and Adrienne from UEA CareerCentral discuss how you can advise your students on their higher education choices depending on their career goals. They also give an overview of the support that students can expect at university to improve their employability and find the right role for them when they graduate. For more information on UEA CareerCentral visit To contact the HE advisory team email


Episode 11 - Clearing, law and widening participation

We're back with a new name for the new academic year. This month, we're joined by Kristina Garner, a lecturer in Law and a widening participation academic officer at UEA. We also discuss recent changes made to the clearing process and offer some handy hints to plan for the year ahead. For more information on UEA Law School visit


Episode 10 - Online guest lectures and teacher conference

This month's podcast comes from UEA's annual Nurturing Bright Futures conference for teachers and advisers. We're joined by Rob from Channel Talent ( to talk about the free online guest lecture service available to schools, and Caroline - a careers adviser from Prior Park College in Bath and conference attendee.


Episode 09 - Applying to Medicine

This month we have a longer than usual episode and it's all about Medicine. We're joined by Sally Homden the Academic Outreach Officer for Medicine and Sue Madden, the Admissions Director in the Norwich School of Medicine. They run through some useful tips to help you prepare students for medicine interviews, the UCAT test, what the course is like and what happens after they receive an offer. Some of the resources that Sally mentions in the episode can be found here:...


Episode 08 - UEA Summer schools and BA Education

This month we are joined by Carrie who organises all the UEA Summer Schools and Taster Days. To sign up and book your place, visit Harry Dyer also joins us to discuss the benefits of a degree in Education. If you have a a question for our post bag, email


Episode 07 - Scholarships and Actuarial Science

This month we run through the university wide scholarships that are available at UEA including the Bright Spark Scholarship worth £3,000. More information here: Esther Glover chats about Actuarial Science and the opportunities UEA students get when they study this interesting subject. To go straight to the actuarial science discussion, skip to 5 minutes in.


Episode 06 - Student support and mental health

This month we discuss all the areas of support that your students can access when they arrive at UEA (as well as during their transition period), from finance and mental well-being to academic support and study skills. We’re joined by Kamena, one of the co-creators of Open Up UEA, a new app which helps students to build on their emotional resilience, pin down how they’re feeling and how to deal with issues they might face. Not only does the app sign-post all the support provision available...


Episode 05 - Applicant days & Philosophy

This month we discuss the importance of university applicant days and what your students can gain from attending. Jane joins us to talk about next year's Nurturing Bright Futures Conference for Teachers and Advisers and Rupert from our Philosophy department is the monthly guest lecturer. We have a great post bag question all about disclosing mental health and disabilities on the UCAS form. You can find out more about our new app for students, OpenUpUEA, by visiting...


Episode 04 - Study Abroad Special

In this special episode all about studying abroad, we invited Rachel and Jack from the UEA Study Abroad office to answer those all important questions. Rosemary from Pharmacy is our monthly guest lecturer and we invited Brad from the International Office to help answer the question from our post bag. Email if you would like your question to be featured next month.


Episode 03 - Choosing a Course & International Relations

This month we are joined by Ellie who studied Meteorology here at UEA and we discuss how to advise students who might want to choose a university course that they didn't study at A Level. Elizabeth also joins us as our monthly guest lecturer to talk about International Relations and we answer the first question from our post bag. If you have a question for us you can email and you could be featured on next months episode!


Episode 02 - Personal Statements & Economics

This month we are talking about personal statements and Fabio from our Economics department joins us to talk about all the opportunities available to students studying this subject at UEA.


Episode 01 - Open Days, EPQ & Sport and PE

Welcome to Coffee Break! This week we are discussing the EPQ, Open Days and Julia joins us from our sport and PE department.