Category Archives: Features

SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: UEA BLOGGING SOCIETY

The Broad’s Society Spotlight’s are regular articles highlighting the societies of UEA – open to any and every club and society at the university. If you want your club or society spotlighted just send us a quick message and we’ll give you all the information you need!

By Scott Stockdale

UEA Blogging Society is an all-inclusive society which helps members create content and share it in the bloggersphere for other like-minded folks to enjoy. Established in 2016, we place emphasis on creating a friendly environment for members to enjoy the process of writing, whilst also developing a supportive network to help give feedback on posts.  Continue reading SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: UEA BLOGGING SOCIETY

Society Spotlight: Headlights Comedy Society

The Broad’s Society Spotlights are regular articles highlighting the societies of UEA – open to any and every club and society at the university. If you want your club or society spotlighted just send us a quick message and we’ll give you all the information you need!

Headlights Comedy Society is UEA’s dedicated comedy troupe. We’ve been active for a number of years now and, in that time, we have put on dozens of performances both on campus and across Norwich, showcasing the talent of our members and hopefully making people laugh by being funny, rather than rubbish.

We give people a platform to practice their stand-up comedy routines, allowing budding young performers to show off their work to an audience and hone their skills that might one day take them to the Apollo. Or at least the Norwich Arts Centre.

If stand-up isn’t your thing, then Headlights also hosts weekly writer’s meetings every Wednesday (5-7pm) to our members the chance to bring forward their scripts and ideas for comedy sketches. If we think a sketch is good, then it will be performed in one of big shows (one at Christmas and one at Easter) and some have even been filmed and are able to view on YouTube.

A Headlights sketch is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get and some are nuttier than others. Why, just last semester, we put on a show with sketches about a support group for conspiracy theorists, a social revolution involving characters from Thomas The Tank Engine and a very, very literal take on the phrase “period drama”.

If all of that isn’t enough for you, then Headlights is also home to an extremely talented improv group that has performed improvised comedy all around Norwich, from the Hive to Gringo’s bar on Prince of Wales Road.

If you fancied giving improv a go, then why not come along to our weekly Improv sessions on Fridays (7-9pm) in the Julian Study Centre (room subject to change) and try it for yourself. Who knows, maybe you could be the next big thing in Headlights? Or you could embarrass yourself, but hey, that’d still be funny and we’re all about being funny. Headlights is a great place to come and meet fellow performers and lovers of comedy. We always put the emphasis on enjoying ourselves, because we feel that, if we’re having fun, then the audience is having fun.

If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, find us on Facebook (search “UEA Headlights Comedy Society”) or head straight to uea.su and sign up to become a member. Trust me, it’ll be the best thing you do today. Unless you win the lottery. We can’t compete with that.

Image from Headlights Facebook Page.

Places to go if you’re feeling overwhelmed: campus and further afield

by Elizabeth Pratt and Ellen Atkinson

UEA is amazing. It’s one of the friendliest and most nurturing universities in the country – there’s a reason for its notorious high score for student satisfaction year after year. But despite that, it can still get quite overwhelming. University is an amazing experience, but it’s difficult. You’re away from your family, trying to make and keep friendships while balancing university work, and making sure that you do enough to make the price tag worth it.

Here is a list of places that you can escape to and take a few quiet minutes, or hours, to yourself, both on campus and further afield. Continue reading Places to go if you’re feeling overwhelmed: campus and further afield

Society Spotlight: Friendly Runners’ Club

The Broad’s Society Spotlight’s are regular articles highlighting the societies of UEA – open to any and every club and society at the university. If you want your club or society spotlighted just send us a quick message and we’ll give you all the information you need!

The Friendly Runners’ Club is an all-inclusive running society for people of all abilities. Established in 2016, we place emphasis on creating a friendly, social environment for people to improve their fitness. We have three runs a week: the beginners run, the 5km and the 8km. For those looking to improve their running times, we also attend the Eaton Park Parkrun every second Saturday. The Parkrun is a volunteer-organised 5km race where you can try and beat your personal best! We’ll usually go for a coffee afterwards as well, so we can start the weekend refreshed and energised! We’re not just about running though. We’re working to organise socials throughout the year, including bar nights and quizzes! There’s so much going on in the society and we have much more to announce! Continue reading Society Spotlight: Friendly Runners’ Club

What I learned from solo travelling

by Rachel Glaves 

Travelling is something special that everyone should experience. Solo travelling around Europe (Amsterdam, Rome, Athens and Crete) for two weeks was without a doubt the best thing I have ever done. I am a newcomer and therefore no expert when it comes to solo travelling, but I definitely learned and gained a thing or two from my experience. Continue reading What I learned from solo travelling

Society Spotlight: UEA Marrow

The Broad’s Society Spotlight’s are regular articles highlighting the societies of UEA – open to any and every club and society at the university. If you want your club or society spotlighted just send us a quick message and we’ll give you all the information you need!

Hi, I’m Louise and this is how I’ve got one step closer to becoming a lifesaver.

A year ago, my friend and now President Euan co-founded the society UEA Marrow for the charity Anthony Nolan. Before I explain what the charity is, I’d like to explain why I joined. I didn’t know what the charity was or what they did, but quite simply after hearing Euan’s personal experience with the charity I was inspired to help. Continue reading Society Spotlight: UEA Marrow

Dinosaurs, Astronauts, and Gin: Why You Should go to This Year’s Norwich Science Festival

By David Winlo

A palaeontologist, an astronaut and a plant scientist walk into The Forum. No, this is not the intro to a cracking science joke, but just three of the amazing guest speakers coming to this year’s Norwich Science Festival from the 21st to the 29th of October! If you’re not excited already (I for one was convinced at the word ‘dinosaurs’), read on, and you will find a reason… Continue reading Dinosaurs, Astronauts, and Gin: Why You Should go to This Year’s Norwich Science Festival

The Guide to a Norwich Night out

By Cassie Waters.

When starting to explore the city it can be hard to know where to begin. The LCR has a lot going for it but as Freshers Week draws to an end the time has come to start exploring all Norwich has to offer. So as a seasoned Norwich drinker I have decided to offer up some help. Remember those Goosebumps books you read as a child? The ones which allow you to decide the plot, depending on what page you choose to turn to? This guide is kind of like that. Imagine you’re on a night out, at each step you will be asked a question about what you want to do and the kind of night you would like to have? From chilling in a bar to clubbing, no matter what your budget I should have you covered! So off you go on your drunken journey, have a drink on me. Continue reading The Guide to a Norwich Night out

Editor Opinions: Cupboard essentials for freshers

Starting university and having to fend for yourself for the first time can be an extremely overwhelming experience, but with our cupboard essentials you can tick food off from your list of things to worry about! Our editors let you know about what food stuffs they can’t live without and are handy for when you’re too busy to do a proper shop and want to save some cash. Continue reading Editor Opinions: Cupboard essentials for freshers

Editor Opinions: Secrets of UEA Accommodation

It may seem a bit daunting living in student accommodation, especially if you didn’t get your first choice, or if you haven’t spent all that much time away from home before! Our editors have compiled a list of hints and tips to help you survive your first few weeks in halls, telling you what to expect, and when to expect a cleaner banging on the door after an LCR night. Continue reading Editor Opinions: Secrets of UEA Accommodation

Editor Opinions: Things We wish We’d known Before Starting UEA

Freshers has arrived!

You probably feel more than a little nervous and definitely unprepared but don’t fear because we’re here to help.

Some of our editors have banded together to give you the tips you need before things start to get serious, telling you our top advice for surviving your first few weeks at UEA that we wish we’d known in our first year!

Continue reading Editor Opinions: Things We wish We’d known Before Starting UEA