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Committee 2022-2023:

Gaia Ferro & Lily Howarth: Co-Presidents (, )

Ciara Mooney: Vice President and Equality and Diversity Officer (

Emily Liu: Secretary (

Amy Zile: Treasurer (

Courtney Thomas: Co-workshop Lead (

Tiya bali: Co-workshop lead (

Muskaan Partha: Research Officer (

Coco Jones: Wellbeing Officer (

Charli Ariyanukitja: Events and Education Officer ( 

Marika Reid-Thomas: Publicity Officer (

Elinor Johnson: Medicine representative ( 

Aamna Malik: Fundraising lead and Social Sec (

Marcia Owen-Düring: First year rep (

Cherrine cheuk lam hui: Health and safety and union council rep (

Esme Dennys: ED rep (

Owen Hayward- Male mental health (


This year, 2021-2022, we have won NATIONAL awards including National Undergraduate Employability Awards: Society of the Year and Event of the Year at the National Volunteering & Society awards. We are also UEA's Society of the Year 2020-2021!


Who are we?
Headucate is one of the most active, multi-award winning, exciting student societies at the University of East Anglia. We started out as a small group of medical students 9 years ago from Norwich Medical School and have since grown to become one of the largest UEA societies, open to any student, from any course. We're proud to be affiliated with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, allowing our members to connect with current medical professionals such as psychiatrists, helping us to further engage with the medical community.

We have won multiple awards throughout the years including:

  • National Undergraduate Employability Awards: Society of the Year 2022

  • 'Event of the Year' National Volunteering & Society awards 2020/21

  • Bright Network's President of the Year (Tory Selwyn) 2020

  • 'Event of the Year' special mention for the National Student Fundraising Association (NaSFA) awards 2019/20

  • UEA Engagement Awards 2022

  • UEA Impact and Innovation Awards 2022 (Finalist)

  • UEA SU 'Student Outreach Project of the Year' 2019/20 & 2020/21

  • UEA SU Society of the Year 2020 - 2021 

  • UEA SU 'Best Online Student Led Activity of the Year' 2020/21

  • Headucate and UEA TV's MH24 Livestream won UEA SU's 'Best Feature' 2020/21

  • UEA SU 'New Society of the Year' 2012/13

  • UEA Student Transformation Awards 'Rising Society of the Year 2018/19


Our overriding aim is to tackle mental health stigma and help end discrimination by running small workshops in schools in the Norwich area with children and teenagers to tackle common misconceptions about mental health issues. We do this as currently there is no mental health teaching in schools, and it is thought that about 50% of lifelong mental illnesses are already established by age 14. Most children do not seek the help they need when they need it.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to run these webinars virtually through online platforms, reaching over 300 secondary school students within 2 months, and over 1,000 students throughout the academic year!

Are you a UEA student? Join us!
Develop many different skills by teaching and talking about difficult topics, working with kids is challenging and extremely rewarding! Raise your own awareness along the way. Make a difference in the local community. Gain hours towards the UEA volunteering awards. Looks great on CV’s or applications. Be part of an innovative, vibrant and friendly new society. And much more! Buy your yearly membership for only £3 here: Follow us on social media for updates how you can get involved. Check out our brand new 2020-2021 flyer here.

What do we do?
- We provide our members with all the training they need to run our school workshops [receive a certificate for leading workshops & gain hours towards the UEA award!]
- We hold fantastic evening talks throughout the year with top-class speakers on issues surrounding psychiatry, neurology, psychology and mental health
- In the past we were honoured to have been chosen to host the Medical School Dean’s Lecture, and have Professor Sue Bailey, the outgoing President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, speak at our annual keynote event
- We conduct research into our school workshops to see how effective they are and there are opportunities to get involved with posters to present at conferences
- We also hold socials, a great way to meet people from different courses, as well as talks and fundraising events!


Are you a school teacher?
We offer a workshop that is the length of a normal lesson, that has been approved by healthcare professionals and is run by fully trained students who have been DBS checked and who have received child protection training. 

The workshop (now also available virtually and live!) contains interactive activities and covers topics such as:

• Myths surrounding mental illness
• How mental health is a spectrum
• The basics of mental illnesses and their symptoms
• Talking to someone with a mental health problem
• Where to go to get help and information

Email us to find out more information about the workshop that we offer to schools. If you would like to make a potential booking then contact the Schools Outreach Teach via

Are you a student from a different university? 
Headucate is based at the University of East Anglia and open to students, staff and the general public from within the local Norwich area, sometimes travelling out to other schools within East Anglia. We have also set up branches now at other UK universities including Birmingham, UCL, Nottingham and Cambridge. If you are interested in setting up a branch of Headucate at your university please contact us at, or @HeaducateUK on any social media platform for support!


Headucate UK

Headucate UEA is excited to be part of the nationwide Headucate UK community. Headucate UK is an officially recognised charity (charity no.: 1197217) which currently has over 20 societies from all corners of the United Kingdom involved in their mental health society directory, with over 50 representatives!

Headucate UK was founded in 2021 by Tory Selwyn, Headucate UEA President 2019-2022, with trustees Becci Howard (Headucate UEA President 2021-2022) and Jake Goddard (Headucate UEA Vice President & Union Council Rep 2020-2021), alongside Presidents from other Headucate branches, James Redlaff (Headucate: University of Cambridge President 2019-2022) and Mikaela D’arcy Smith (Headucate: UCL President 2019-2022)

Check out @HeaducateUK on FB, insta, Twitter & LinkedIn to follow our work go nationwide.



Christmas Movie Night x Psych Soc
Campus, room TBC
Headucate x Psych Soc Christmas social