Welcome to UEA SU
An introduction into what the UEA students' union does
uea(su) is the heart of student life at UEA. Your first few weeks here will give you a taste of what the SU can offer and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get involved during Freshers’ week and through the rest of the year; from joining a society to standing for election to working for us. To find out more about uea(su), what’s going on during Freshers’ Week and beyond, and to get involved head over to uea.su
Hi – I’m Martin, this year’s Postgraduate Education Officer. Welcome to the UEA community.
uea(su) is run by students, elected in the spring semester. I’m one of five Officers who will be working full-time this year to help you make the most of your time at UEA. Here’s some links to introduce you to the others:
Martin Marko, Postgraduate Education Officer (that’s me!)
Oli Gray, Activities and Opportunities Officer
Sophie Atherton, Campaigns and Democracy Officer
Georgina Burchell, Welfare, Community and Diversity Officer
Jenna Chapman, Undergraduate Education Officer
We also have fourteen elected Officers who work part-time representing specific students are areas of interest. You can find out more about them here.
I know how important it is to have spaces just for postgraduate students on campus so we have just that at uea(su). Depending on your school, space could be a factor you have to consider more carefully. There is a dedicated PGT space on the 2nd floor of the Library. Within the SU, in Union House, we have Scholars’ Bar, Scholars’ Lounge, and Bookable Rooms for you to use for socialising or quiet study – for more info on the postgraduate space in Union House click here.
With over 200 student societies and more than 55 sports clubs, from a student run radio station (livewire1350) to British Sign Language, and from Korfball to Yoga, there’s something for you at uea(su). If you’re passionate about something and there’s not a society yet, uea(su) will help you set one up!
These student opportunities are run by students, for students, and help you go beyond your degree, giving you the chance to learn incredible things, take life changing opportunities and to make friends for life. If you can’t find something you like in student groups make sure to head to www.ueadifferent.com to find out about all the amazing events and activities on campus you can just join with no commitment as part of the Do Something Different Scheme.
We also help you to find your feet at UEA, with our Buddy SU scheme, where you can be matched with another student volunteer from UEA, to help you settle into your first term. They are there to show you around, help get to know people and help you get involved in activities. They’ll also show you the hidden secrets of UEA such as the quieter laundrettes or nice places to do you work. For more information on Buddy SU please click here!
To find out more, head to uea.su and see what happens beyond your degree
On top of this, we have we offer social grants for PG students so that you can hold specific socials for you and your course mates. Moreover, if you’re struggling to fund a trip to a conference and have expended all the University avenues, you can apply to our conference fund to see if we can help you.
uea(su) has got your back! We hope you have an excellent time at UEA but we know sometimes it doesn’t always go smoothly.
We know that your studies are the most important part of your life at UEA – it’s why you’re here after all! Postgraduate(su) focuses on postgraduate rights on campus. We have two full-time staff members that work alongside the Postgraduate Education Officer to ensure we sit on important UEA meetings and advocate for postgraduates from the information you give us during Postgraduate Assembly and Postgraduate Committee.
The Postgraduate Assembly is open to all postgraduates and will discuss issues and policies to ensure that decisions affecting postgraduates are made by postgraduates. The Postgraduate Committee which is elected by the Assembly at the start of the academic year, is made up of six elected postgraduate representatives and four of the full-time elected officers he Committee take part in decisions on allocating the SU's £21,000 PG budget, organising events and campaigns, and use of the Graduate Centre. Along with the union democratic structure PGT students can run to sit on their Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) which each school at UEA should have. This allows you to directly feed into your experience as a PGT whilst studying changing the academic environment for students to come.
We run a free, confidential and impartial advice and information service in advice(su), provided by a dedicated team of advisers, student staff and student volunteers to help you get the best out of your UEA life. We can help with everything from academic advice, to housing information, to rights at work to financial advice. If we can’t help you directly, we’ll certainly be able to direct you to people who can! We’re based in downstairs in Union House. Find out more about Getting Support.