Main Stories, News / 22/09/2020 UEA to offer voluntary testing to all students and provide facemasks

UEA has announced coronavirus testing will be made available to all staff and students working on campus from the beginning of the new semester. Any individuals will be encouraged to sign up for the scheme in the early weeks of the academic year, although testing will not be compulsory for anyone at this stage. Those...

Main Stories, News / 22/09/2020 UK Government Outlines new COVID-19 Guidelines

Speaking in parliament today, the Prime Minister set out a number of changes to coronavirus restrictions across the country. The news follows an increase from COVID alert level 3 to 4 yesterday, which reflects an increase in cases and infection rate. Pubs and restaurants will now be required to close by 10pm, and staff will...

Main Stories, News / 11/09/2020 Controversy as twin room Ziggurat fees increased

Controversy has emerged on campus after the fees for twin Ziggurat rooms were increased. Due to COVID-19 social distancing measures, the twin ziggurat rooms were modified to house one student rather than two. These rooms are often an affordable option for students, costing £79.45 per week versus £118.09 for the standard single option. When applying...

Main Stories, News / 28/08/2020 UEA to take over SU Shop and other outlets

UEA has agreed with UEASU to take over management of several SU outlets and provide the SU with additional funding after concerns the SU would go bankrupt. A Freedom of Information request by Concrete has revealed the University will give UEASU block grant funds and access to an interest-free loan among other financial benefits. The...

Global, Main Stories / 24/08/2020 Protests in Wisconsin as Black man shot seven times by police

Protests have erupted in Wisconsin after a Black man, identified by Wisconsin state governor as Jacob Blake, was shot multiple times in the back by police.  It is understood the victim remains in a serious condition in hospital.  In video footage of the incident, currently circulating social media, Mr Blake does not appear to be...

Main Stories, News / 11/08/2020 Kamala Harris to be Joe Biden’s running mate in US presidential elections

US Senator Kamala Harris of California has been selected by Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate, as his vice-presidential running mate for the 2020 US elections. This nomination makes Ms. Harris the first Black woman and the first person with Indian heritage to be nominated for national office by a major party. Ms. Harris is also...

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Mental health crisis on campus?

The number of UEA Medical Centre patients being referred to local mental health services has increased dramatically over the last five years. However, the university’s support services say this is likely attributable to a decreased stigma surrounding mental health problems. In 2017, there were 573 referrals from the University Medical Service (UMS) to the Norfolk…

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Support for students affected by missing student

The Student Support Service will hold priority drop in sessions for students affected by the disappearance of a missing student. Sophie Smith has been missing since 26 December and is believed to have entered the sea near Great Yarmouth. The 21-year-old left her house in Gorleston in the early hours of Boxing Day, and was…

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Concern grows for missing student

Police said they are “increasingly concerned” for the welfare of a missing 21-year-old student. Sophie Smith went missing from her home in Avondale Road, Gorleston, at 3am on Boxing Day. Searches for Sophie in the Gorleston and Great Yarmouth area continue today. The Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue (NorLSAR), a trained volunteer group, have joined…

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Police appeal to help trace missing student

Norfolk Police are appealing for any information to help trace a missing 21-year-old UEA student from Gorleston. Sophie Smith went missing from her home in Avondale Road at 3am this morning, reportedly leaving her keys and phone at home. Police are concerned for the welfare of missing 21-year-old Sophie Smith from #Gorleston – have you…


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