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If you are a passionate education professional – you should be a UniBox contributor. We need voices like yours with first-hand experiences to help our conversation grow.

Please submit your UniBox article to us via email – unibox@uea.ac.uk – with the following included:

  • Subject line: 'UniBox - New Article Submission'
  • Short biography
  • Photograph for your profile 

 

All submissions will be reviewed according to relevance and originality. We will keep you updated as soon as we plan to publish your article on UniBox - most posts are live within a day.

 

  • Alix Delany

    In 1998 Alix graduated with a degree in History from the University of East Anglia and has been working in Admissions for nearly 10 years. In 2011 Alix moved into her current position as Assistant Head of Admissions.

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  • Antoinette Moses

    Antoinette Moses has published over 20 books of Language Learner Literature and teaches Creative Writing at UEA. She is the Producer of FLY.

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  • Blair Campbell

    Blair currently works as Head of Marketing & Communications at the University Campus Suffolk, holding previous roles as Assistant Head of Recruitment at UEA and consultant for the Student Loans Company. He is a member of the CIPR and RAF Regiment Gunner.

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  • Brad Farrow

    Brad is a Law alumnus of the University of East Anglia and now works as a Higher Education Adviser for the university, playing an important role in developing relationships with schools in the Essex, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Suffolk regions. This includes the delivery of presentations to sixth form students on a variety of topics related to going to university, as well as being on hand to provide help and guidance at UCAS conventions and careers fairs across the country. Brad is also central to raising awareness of the university in Europe, currently focusing on France, Cyprus and Greece.

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  • Dear Headteacher

    UniBox's 'Dear Headteacher' series brings together a complete set of guidance articles created by the Director of Higher Education and Careers at Sherborne School, Philip Rogerson, based on his 20 years' experience of helping pupils get the university places they deserve. 'Dear Headteacher' is part call to arms, part hard-headed advice and all good practice. We hope that schools across the UK get some hugely valuable insights out of this 2-week series, especially in terms of supportive advice.

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  • Garrick Fincham

    Garrick Fincham originally trained as an archaeologist, working for some years in the field, and getting his PhD from Leicester in 2001. He worked for a while as an Education Officer in the museum sector, and published on how to kick-start education initiatives in museums libraries and archives. He has also worked in Adult Education as a researcher for the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, helping to make the NIACE submission to the Foster Review of FE. He moved to UEA in 2005, where he has analysed league tables and been involved in institutional performance monitoring. He is also a member of a steering group for a national league table.

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  • Gemma Standen

    Gemma is a Film and Television Studies alumna of the University of East Anglia who now works as an Outreach Officer for the university. A big proportion of her time is spent liaising with Norfolk schools to increase the aspirations and attainment of young people, while informing them on the benefits of higher education. She joined the Recruitment and Outreach team in October 2016 and works particularly closely with schools to the west of the region. Gemma leads on strategy for secondary schools, summer schools and engaging Student Union societies in widening participation events.

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  • Hannah Robinson

    Hannah is an Outreach Officer at the University of East Anglia, working with Norfolk schools to increase the aspirations and attainment of young people while dispelling myths about HE. She joined the Recruitment and Outreach team in 2012 after completing her degree in Media Studies and working in Marketing and Communications for the Student Union. Hannah organises educational outreach events on campus, leads on strategy for secondary schools, working particularly close with schools in West Norfolk.

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  • Hannah Tough

    Having graduated with a Master’s in Film Studies from University College London in 2010, Hannah returned to her Norwich roots and joined UEA’s Recruitment and Outreach department. Since 2013 she has supported and coordinated activities offered to schools and colleges throughout Norfolk and further afield, including the organisation of Enrichment team taster events, the bi-annual Sixth Form Conference and notably Director of the Festival of Literature for Young People (FLY) in 2015.

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  • Harriet Jones

    Harriet is a Senior Lecturer in the University of East Anglia's School of Biological Sciences. She has a deep interest is the process of transition into Higher Education and how to make the move from school-based learning to higher education learning as smooth as possible. She researches effective assessment and feedback in undergraduates, specialising in first years in the transition into HE.

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  • Helena Gillespie

    Helena Gillespie is Academic Director for Learning and Teaching Enhancement at UEA and the Lead Educator for the 'Teaching Computing' MOOC run in partnership with FutureLearn.

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  • Jamie Mackay

    Jamie is Business Development Manager for Higher Education at Economic Modelling Specialists Int'l (EMSI). Jamie has a long track record in the HE sector, with particular specialisms in widening participation, marketing, recruitment and partnerships. In his current role, he works closely with universities to enable them to better understand their role in driving their regional economy through graduate employability and increased productivity.

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  • Jane Bryan

    After a career in theatre stage management, Jane completed her PhD in Film History at the University of East Anglia in 2006. She went on to join the Recruitment Events Team at UEA, organising Open Days, Applicant Days, the Norfolk UCAS Convention and leads the organisation of the annual Teachers and Advisers’ Conference that aims to bridge the gap between sixth form teaching and university.

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  • Jeremy Reynolds

    Jeremy Reynolds is Director of the Scholars Programme for the Villiers Park Educational Trust, which runs a range of programmes to help able young people to develop a passion for learning and the study and life skills to ensure they reach their full academic potential.

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  • Jono Read

    Jono Read is a graduate of the School of Politics at the University of East Anglia, and in his spare time is a ‘digital activist’. He has fronted a number of national campaigns – successfully overturning the government’s proposals for a cider tax in 2010, fighting the BBC’s plans to close BBC Three on TV, and campaigning against cuts to the local ambulance service – all attracting widespread online support. He is a Labour Party activist, and is presently campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU.

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  • Katharine Newton

    Katharine has been working in research for twenty years, mainly client side for a diverse range of businesses (including the Co-operative Group, ASDA, Iceland and N Brown), delivering insights with commercial application and informing the strategic agenda. She is now insight manager for recruitment marketing specialists SMRS, working on a range of projects to inform business tenders, creative campaigns and media plans for both commercial and education sector clients.

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  • Kim Ridealgh

    With experience working in several different universities across Europe and Asia, Kim completed her PhD in Egyptology at Swansea University. Currently she is a lecturer of Sociolinguistics at UEA, specialising in historical politeness in epistolary texts from ancient Egypt. Kim also oversees language-based Outreach activities, including the Language Ambassador Scheme and Language Teachers’ Network.

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  • Laura Anderson

    Laura is an Enrichment Officer and organises university taster events for high-achieving students. She also manages the Norfolk Scholars Programme, a joint UEA partnership initiative with Villiers Park Educational Trust. Laura has worked at UEA for six years and graduated from UEA with a First Class BA (Hons) in Business Economics in 2008. She holds two professional qualifications in marketing.

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  • Laura Thompson

    Laura is Assistant Head of Recruitment at UEA overseeing schools liaison, recruitment and enrichment events. She has 10 years of experience working in Higher Education, including a previous role as UEA Admissions Manager. Laura graduated with a Master’s in Mathematics from the University of Kent in 2004.

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  • Lucy Tobin

    Lucy is a writer and journalist who has a regular column in the Evening Standard, where she also edits the personal finance section. She additionally writes for the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. Lucy has published five books, including a 'Guide to Uni Life'.

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  • Maggie Bunting

    Maggie Bunting is a Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School and has undertaken the role of Disability Liaison Officer for the past eight years. This role requires her to advise, guide and support medical students in order for those with a declared disability to achieve their full potential.

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  • Martin Hughes

    Martin Hughes is a writer specialising in higher education policy and the student experience. He has been writing for students at TheUniversityBlog since 2007, and has appeared in various industry sources, including Times Higher Education and The Guardian. Find Martin on Twitter @universityboy.

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  • Mary Jane Platt

    Mary Jane is currently the admission director at Norwich Medical School with specific responsibility for selection of Undergraduate Medical Students. She has been working in selection for medical school for over 10 years, both at Norwich, and previously at Liverpool University. Mary Jane qualified from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in the days when it was independent of Westminster and Imperial College and is an honorary consultant in Public Health, with research interests in perinatal and paediatric epidemiology. In addition to her role in admissions, Mary Jane has experience in and contribute to all aspects of teaching across the medical school and is also the Learning and Teaching Director of Norwich Medical School.

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  • Mike Nicholson

    Mike Nicholson is Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford.

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  • Myles Smith

    Myles studied Environmental Science at UEA, and after graduating has tried hard not to leave Norwich. He's one of the Higher Education Advisers at UEA and works with schools and colleges to provide expert advice on HE, as well as working with students from across Europe. As a proud Yorkshireman, Myles can regularly be found enjoying a good cuppa, moaning about the cricket and not understanding why Henderson's Relish is unavailable in the chippy.

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  • Nicholas Manthorpe

    Nick was a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press and its sister weekly titles in Norfolk and Waveney, then served as Media Officer for North Norfolk District Council for 13 years. He now works as a writer and PR and media relations consultant. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, an associate member of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of East Anglian Writers.

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  • Niki Kaiser

    Niki is a Teacher and Co-Head of Chemistry at Notre Dame High School in Norwich, keen to show her pupils that Chemistry can be an excellent grounding for a range of careers. Previously she’s worked as a Marine Biogeochemist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, completing her PhD on the air-sea interaction of alkenes in coastal waters at the University of Leeds.

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  • Patricia Harris

    A graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, Patricia undertook her PhD research in the area of stress and retention of students within higher education. Patricia is currently the Outreach Academic Fellow for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia. This role involves raising the profile of healthcare careers and increasing the aspirations of university study within groups of students who typically have lower participation. University can be stressful and Patricia works with the Faculty to equip students with the skills they need to be stress resilient. Patricia is also involved in evaluating attrition and improving retention.

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  • Philip Rogerson

    Philip Rogerson read Classics at Oxford. He has taught in a wide range of institutions: from UN (refugee camps in Jordan) to university (Oxford). Philip has been an HMC/ISI inspector of schools and is currently Director of Higher Education and Careers at Sherborne School.

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  • Rebecca Westrup

    Rebecca Westrup is a Lecturer in Education and joined the University of East Anglia's School of Education and Lifelong learning in 2011. In addition to researching academic writing and the construction of identities, Rebecca is interested in learning, teaching and research methodologies which explore the construction of identities across cultures. She has developed, co-taught and delivered short English Language, Literacy and Learning programmes in South Africa, India and Malawi.

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  • Roshan Walkerley

    Roshan is part of the Higher Education Advisory Team at the University of East Anglia, focused on working with schools and colleges in Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire as well as European schools. He frequently travels and organises visits for school groups allowing their students to experience campus life and the city of Norwich first-hand. Roshan graduated in MSci Environmental Sciences, during which he completed a semester abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, worked as a Schools Liaison Ambassador, and served as part-time Officer at his Student Union.

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  • Vanessa Tarling

    Vanessa has experience as an Outreach Officer at the University of East Anglia, where she worked to raise the aspirations of school students in Norwich. She is also a PGCE graduate, and was project lead for UEA’s Next Steps Scheme, providing schools with placements to help undergraduates and postgraduates decide if a career in teaching is for them. Also a Chemistry graduate, she spent one year placed in the French mountains analysing milk samples.

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  • Wendy Heydorn

    Wendy Heydorn teaches at Sevenoaks School in the UK where she is the Assistant Director of Higher Education. She teaches Theory of Knowledge and Religious Studies and is an IB examiner for TOK. She graduated from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and studied for an MA at King’s College, London. She is co-author of ‘Decoding Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma: Themes, Skills and Assessment’(CUP, 2013).

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  • Will Croston

    Will Croston runs the Careers and Higher Education department at Norwich School as well as teaching French and German, both to 'A' Level.

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