UEA Sanctuary Student Support

This page details key information about the support available to sanctuary scholars during their time at the University of East Anglia.

As a University of Sanctuary (UoS), we want to ensure that all sanctuary scholars feel supported emotionally and academically throughout their studies.

Students walking on UEA walkway

UEA Support Services

UEA’s Support Service offers various different types of support, including help with your studies and other difficulties, no matter how big or small. Student Advisers can provide support relating to your wellbeing, your finances, or any disability or learning difficulty.

Learning Enhancement Support
UEA’s Learning Enhancement team offer expert guidance to students on areas such as study skills and academic writing. Visit their webpage here for more information.

Zoe Jones is a Learning Enhancement Tutor with emphasis on supporting students from groups that are under-represented at university, and is happy to be approached by sanctuary students who are seeking advice or help with their studies. To contact Zoe, please email: z.jones@uea.ac.uk.

Wellbeing Support
The Wellbeing Support team offers support, advice and guidance relating to your mental health and wellbeing; this could be in the form of group sessions and workshops, one-to-one sessions, or support to access specialist services locally. For a full breakdown of the services available via the Wellbeing Centre please click here.

Your direct contacts in the Wellbeing Team are Michala Carlisle (Wellbeing Adviser) and James Riches (Wellbeing Adviser). To contact Michala, please email: m.carlisle@uea.ac.uk. To contact James, please email: j.riches@uea.ac.uk. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Wellbeing Workshops
Wellbeing workshops are delivered online via Blackboard Collaborate. You can find the full schedule of workshops taking place here. If you would like to book any of the workshops, please email: csr@uea.ac.uk.

Student Life Support
The Student Life team in UEA’s Student Services can provide advice and guidance to students on anything that’s affecting their time at university. They work closely with other teams in Student Services and across the University to explore all options available to you. Here’s some of the ways the Student Life team can help during your time at UEA:

  • Specialist support for international students through our International Student Advisory Team
  • Spiritual and faith support through UEA Faith Centre

Your direct contact for Student Life is Jane Amos (Head of Student Services -Life and Learning). To contact Jane, please email: j.amos@uea.ac.uk.

For more information on the support available visit Student Life Team.

University of Sanctuary Monthly Drop-in Sessions

All members of the UEA sanctuary community are invited to attend the University of Sanctuary Drop-in sessions which run every month. The Drop-in sessions are an opportunity to share ideas, challenges or just say hello in a friendly and relaxed environment.

The dates for the upcoming 6 months are:

  • 9th May 12.00-13.00: Enterprise Centre Foyer
  • 8th June 12.00-13.00: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts the Terrace Café
  • 5th July 10.00-11.00: Enterprise Centre Foyer
  • 20th September: 13.00-14.00: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts the Terrace Café
  • 17th October: 12.00-13.00: Enterprise Centre Foyer
  • 16th November: 13.00-14.00: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts the Terrace Café
  • 6th December: 12.00-13.00: Enterprise Centre Foyer

English Language Support

The English Language Support Programme (ELSP) aims to help UEA international students develop the English language skills necessary for successful academic study.

The classes are open to all registered UEA students for whom English is not their first language and are completely free. To find out more, please click here. If you have any queries relating to ELSP, please email : elsp@uea.ac.uk.

Careers Central Support

Careers Central offers an incredible array of free support, resources, advice and activities for all UEA (undergraduate and postgraduate) students and newly graduated (within three years) alumni. This includes many resources, workshops and online courses on a range of topics such as considering future study, volunteering, improving your CV, how to look for employment - and much, much more.

Your direct contact in the Careers Central team is Rachael Rose (Student Careers Manager). To contact Racheal, please email: r.rose@uea.ac.uk.

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Postgraduate Research (PGR) Support

In addition to the first-class support offered by UEA professionals in Careers Central, Ane Sesma (Postgraduate Research Partnerships Manager) can also be approached by sanctuary students who are seeking advice on how to continue developing their skills and talent through postgraduate research studies. General PGR enquiries are supported by the PGR Service Reception, which can also be contacted via Live Chat. Further information can be found in the Postgraduate Research Service, or in Contact the PGR service.

UEA Sanctuary Hardship Fund

The University of Sanctuary initiative has a small hardship fund which is awarded upon the discretion of the UoS Committee.

To be eligible for the hardship fund, applicants must:

a) Be an active student studying at UEA

b) Have a sanctuary background (asylum seeker in the UK, OR a person granted Discretionary Leave / Humanitarian Protection in the UK, OR a Refugee (Leave to Remain) OR another immigration status with a clear background of seeking sanctuary

The rational for the UEA Sanctuary hardship fund is that sanctuary students can face specific financial challenges related to their status of seeking sanctuary and occasionally need emergency funds in order to meet these challenges and continue with their studies.

We recognise that everybody’s needs are different so please do not hesitate to contact us if you would ever like to discuss your needs and how we can help.

Please contact Peter Courridge (p.courridge@uea.ac.uk) or Madi Dutton (university.of.sanctuary@uea.ac.uk) to discuss this fund further.

The application form can be found here.

Finding Your Way Around

If you have just arrived at UEA and would like some help to find your way around, email Liz Ferguson in UEA’s Outreach team at inclusion@uea.ac.uk to arrange a tour with a friendly current student.

Additional Help

If you need additional guidance on any of the support available listed above, please email the UEA University of Sanctuary Liaison Officer, Madi Dutton.

Guidance for UEA Academic Advisers