The Hive creates a buzz at EN

From the start of May students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College will be able to enjoy a fantastic new social working space to enhance their overall experience at EN.

The Hive officially opened today (1 May) marking a unique venture between the college and the University of East Anglia (UEA). Not only will the space be available for students to work in a relaxed environment, but UEA will be offering a calendar of events, talks and activities helping students to make better informed choices about their next steps after college.

The new facility replaces the former Coffee Shop at the college which has now been transformed into a vibrant, student friendly area, with sofas, tv screens, vending machines and space for students to work.

EN’s work-related learning team, and one of NEACO’s HE Champions, will also be based in the Hive, creating a one-stop shop for support and guidance in this area. EN will also be working proactively with local community organisations to look at extending the use of the Hive outside of the College day.

EN Deputy Principal, Dr Simon Fox said, “We are delighted to be working with UEA on this exciting new partnership. Not only will our students have access to a fantastic new space to work in, they will also be getting direct and up to date access to the latest advice and guidance. We hope they will be inspired to consider all the options open to them after their time at EN including the world-class HE provision at UEA.”

Scott Knight, UEA Outreach Manager said “UEA has a long standing relationship with East Norfolk Sixth Form and we are pleased that so many students consider UEA as an option for study after college. We understand the importance of local partnership to supporting young people in the region, and hope that our increased visibility will encourage more students to make an informed choice about their next steps.”

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