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August provides a welcome period of quiet on campus following the excitement of graduation as we start to look ahead to the autumn and get ready for the new academic year. This month’s eZiggurat has alumni stories and University news, as well as all the highlights from this year’s graduation. If you’re feeling a little nostalgic, our photo galleries on Facebook are always on hand.We bring you details of upcoming events including the Autumn Literary Festival, the Inaugural Lectures, and a new series of debates at Dragon Hall in Norwich. We also have a new Chancellor leading the University – the new year hasn’t even started yet, but it already promises plenty to look forward to!And don’t forget the Global Gatherings are next month, reunions held by alumni all over the world to mark the University’s anniversary. So if you are looking for one nearby, go to our event page, and if you are interested in hosting one in your town or city, email email@example.com.
As you may have seen, last month the University announced the appointment of three alumni to key leadership roles at UEA.
Café Rouge founder Karen Jones CBE will be the University’s new Chancellor. Former chair of Ford Britain Joe Greenwell CBE, pictured above with Karen and the Vice-Chancellor, becomes the new chair of UEA Council - the University’s governing body. Mark Williams, former partner at professional services giant Deloitte, is named as the University’s new treasurer. The three appointments, all influential figures from the world of business, underpin the University’s key objective to develop an enterprising campus culture that is second to none and to promote UEA’s reputation at home and abroad.
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This year almost 4,000 students graduated over five days, enjoying the sun and the celebratory atmosphere on campus. The alumni team was on hand, with a marquee outside Congregation Hall, meeting new alumni and giving out mugs.
If you have one of our mugs, we’d love to see where you've taken it. Send us your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post them on social media using #ueamugshot. Among this year’s recipients was author Ali Smith, whose speech has been very popular on social media and is guaranteed to leave you a little misty-eyed and nostalgic. And while you’re enjoying a trip down memory lane, don’t forget our archive photo galleries on Facebook and our website, as well as new photos from all five days of this year’s graduation.
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Don't forget that you still have access to the Careers services for three years after you graduate. Log in to My Career Central for a host of great graduate vacancies such as:Science Community Coordinator, Natural History Museum Business Intelligence Planning Analyst, Ministry of Defence
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Each September, alumni in cities all over the world get together to mark the University’s anniversary. Over 25 events are planned already for this year, from Australia to Zambia. The events come in all shapes and sizes, from drinks or dinner, to a theme park, and even to a day of charity work. No two events are the same!
Reunions are planned in Beirut, London, Islamabad, Madrid, San Francisco, Cameroon, Ghana, Tokyo and Lagos to name a few. A full list of planned events can be found here on our website. But we know there are plenty of alumni living in Beijing, New York, Cairo, Paris, Moscow or Hamburg - so if you live or work in one of these cities and want to play host to your own event, please email Claire Eden in the alumni team at email@example.com. For inspiration why not take a look at the photos from last year’s reunions?
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In February 1995, Concrete announced the internet connection for Union House.
Expert call to stop electronic waste flooding developing countries International cooperation is needed to stop developed nations off-loading defunct electronics to developing countries, according to a UEA researcher and colleagues in China.
Tropical forests overexploited by unsustainable logging Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale.
Alumnus, entrepreneur and philanthropist David Tibble was one of the honorary graduates this summer, receiving a Doctorate in Civil Law in recognition of his achievements in business. After graduating from UEA in 1973, David went on to become a successful Finance Director for a FTSE 100 company before making the transition into private equity.
David credits his success to the opportunity to study at UEA - an opportunity that he seeks to provide for young people today by supporting the Medical Aspirations programme at UEA, which is dedicated to improving social mobility and access to careers in medicine. Launched as a pilot in 2010, the course offers 30 spaces a year to 16 and 17 year-olds on a three-day residential course based on learning about the medical profession. It includes guaranteed interviews for places at the Norwich Medical School for those who meet the academic criteria. Since the programme launched, David has funded 13 scholarships to UEA’s Norwich Medical School. David said “I am delighted to contribute something back to the University and community that generously offered me a university place some 40 years ago. This doctorate is highly appreciated but not as much as the enjoyment of helping the next generation of bright schoolchildren and students in East Anglia.”After the degree ceremony, a reception was held where several scholarship recipients past and present were able to meet with David, and thank him for supporting their studies.
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UEA alumni pop up anywhere and everywhere. Having thoroughly enjoyed the experience of volunteering at the 2012 London Olympics, alumna Lysiane Bysh decided to try her hand at football, volunteering at the Parc des Princes for the Euro 2016 Championship in the summer.
Tackling various tasks throughout the tournament, Lysiane’s highlight was her position in the stadium where she was able to witness some great moments, including “Ronaldo's missed penalty, the N. Ireland fans singing their hearts out, and Gareth Bale breaking their hearts a few days later.”
To help highlight UEA’s continued international outlook, the University has launched a social media campaign using a platform called Twibbon.
A Twibbon is a badge you can add to your Twitter profile or as a cover on your Facebook page. The UEA is United Twibbon campaign is an affirmation that UEA remains an outward-looking university with a diverse range of students and staff from all over the world.The message behind the campaign is that UEA welcomes students and staff from around the world; whatever happens with Brexit, our outlook remains global; and that EU and international students and staff will always be part of our family of nations. UEA is united.
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Do you know an international UEA graduate who has gone on to great success?
The Education UK Alumni Awards honour the outstanding achievements made by professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders who can demonstrate how their UK education has had an impact on their subsequent success.Last year UEA alumna Maupe Ogun won the Professional Achievement award in Nigeria and we’d love to see more of our fantastic alumni as finalists and winners in 2017. The Awards are open to alumni in any of the participating countries who studied in the UK at university degree level within the last 15 years.This year nominations will be open from 7 September to 16 October. You can make a nomination yourself, or let us know about someone you think should be put forward by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UEA and Writers’ Centre Norwich will present a new series of public debates at the historic Dragon Hall in Norwich this autumn. These sparky exchanges on contemporary controversies will cover a range of issues including climate change, migration and internet security. The first event in the series on Monday 12 September will explore ethical issues around cosmetic surgery.
Speakers in the series include UEA academics from a range of disciplines, as well as guest experts such as classicist Mary Beard, the Red Cross’ Gervais Kouloungou Mambs and radical journalist Bea Campbell.The events will begin with a brief presentation from each speaker, after which the audience will be invited to ask questions and the discussion will open up. The events are free to attend and open to all.
UEA is a partner in an £88k Arts Council England investment in a collaborative project between Norwich and aspirant City of Literature, Kolkata.
The partnership, led by Writers’ Centre Norwich, will connect writers, translators and readers through a series of high profile events and publications.Showcase events will take place in Norwich and Kolkata and new publications (from Seagull Books, and UEA’s publishing venture, Boiler House Press) will introduce UK audiences to exciting new voices. A number of UK writers will be invited to explore artistic collaborations with their Indian counterparts, and a new translation mentoring programme is in the pipeline.
A star-studded line-up for UEA’s annual Autumn Literary Festival has been announced, with ticket sales opening on 15 August.
The diverse group of speakers includes former Liberal Democrat leader-turned author Paddy Ashdown, Lord of the Rings actor Bernard Hill, and author and peace activist David Grossman.
The British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) at UEA has boosted its Nature Writing Collection with the launch of the Mark Cocker archive.
Mark, who graduated from UEA in 1982, is an internationally acclaimed author, naturalist and environmental activist who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media.The new Mark Cocker archive contains notebooks, correspondence, draft manuscripts and typescripts, providing fascinating insights into his working methods. They join other materials from celebrated nature writer Roger Deakin, and the WG Sebald audiovisual archive, establishing the BACW as a home for writing about the natural world.
UEA’s autumn inaugural lecture series will begin on Tuesday 4 October with a lecture from Prof Anne Haour from the Sainsbury Research Unit, discussing what archaeology can reveal about the globalised world.
The autumn series will include talks on dementia, the immune systems of plants and economic policy response. The inaugural lectures offer a chance to hear about a huge range of cutting-edge research from UEA’s newest professors. For the first time this year, the whole series will also be live-streamed online, so if you’re unable to get to campus, you can still enjoy the lectures.
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Prof Tom Shakespeare’s look at the subject of sex and disability was the last of this year’s London Lectures, and is still available to watch online.
The University recently launched the UEA Award, which recognises the great things students do at UEA to build their skills and attributes, including extra-curricular and academic activities.
The Award, which currently has close to 700 registered students, helps them to articulate their development whilst at UEA in a language valued by employers, allowing their CV to be built as they go along. In its first year, student have been awarded 114 Bronze certificates, 34 Silver and 15 Gold. As a final activity, the Silver Award required students to make a video CV, and the Gold Award students presented to a panel of recruiters. Employers involved in the programme include Arriva, Bayer, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Epos Now, IBM, KPMG, Teach First and ZSEA.The Careers team are looking to build on the success of the programme and develop opportunities with more firms, so if you are interested in getting involved read more and get in touch.
The University runs three well-established musical ensembles, UEA Choir, UEA Chamber Choir and UEA Symphony Orchestra. All ensembles rehearse weekly and perform a series of concerts each year at some of Norwich’s most prestigious concert venues.
Auditions for all three ensembles will take place on Friday 30 September and Monday 3 October in the UEA Music Centre. Further information about each ensemble and details on specific audition requirements can be found on the Music Centre pages of the website.UEA is launching a new Community Choir in the autumn for those who want to start singing in a choir, even if they have never done so before, or who want to sing for fun and explore their voice. The new choir will be launched on Wednesday 28 September at 1pm in the Square on campus.
Do you want to explore new ideas, develop your business skills and learn to think and communicate with greater clarity and confidence? Norwich Business School are holding an open evening for the MBA on Tuesday 11 October where you can meet with academics who will be happy to answer your questions about the course.
Whether you’re a teacher, parent or grandparent of someone awaiting their A-Level results, the UEA website has a new section dedicated to Clearing which can help answer questions about the process itself, as well as provide details of UEA courses that will be included.
Following two busy and successful events in the summer, there are two more undergraduate Open Days being held this year, on Saturday 10 September and Saturday 22 October.
If you know someone thinking about applying to UEA, why not take the opportunity to come back to campus and show them around?
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is emerging as a popular replacement for the AS level as a fourth column on sixth formers’ timetables, as universities begin giving discounted offers to those who have one.
At last month’s EPQ&A conference at UEA, John Taylor, chief EPQ examiner for exam board Edexcel, spoke about the benefits of the qualification, and gave extensive advice on teaching it.
Monday 1 August to Saturday 27 August, 10am-4pmThe Forum, NorwichFree to attend and no need to bookTwo of East Anglia’s treasured archives are celebrating 40th anniversaries and The Forum is bringing them together for a month of nostalgia in The Gallery. Visitors can enjoy a variety of films showing Norwich past and present, rural life and the county’s beautiful coastline, as well as vintage TV commercials from the History of Advertising Trust.
Thursday 15 - Sunday 18 SeptemberVarious locations, NorwichSome of the biggest names in crime writing including Ian Rankin, Peter James and Charlie Higson are coming to the city to host writing workshops and social events for the third annual Noirwich Crime Writing Festival. From enjoying a Bloody Mary at Dragon Hall’s Bloody Brunch to hearing from genre superstars in panel discussions, it will be a killer weekend for all.Season pass (excl Masterclasses) £68, (conc £52).
Check out the What's On guide by visiting www.uea.ac.uk/events for full details.
In the past month the University has sadly been informed of the death of following alumni:
William Corbett (ENV87)
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