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Ziggurat - The e-Newsletter of the UEA Alumni Association August 2018 View in browser
Ziggurat August 2018
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UEA Global Gathering

Global celebrations to mark UEA’s anniversary

Each September, alumni across the world get together to mark the University’s anniversary.

Planning is underway for this year’s events, from Atlanta and Buenos Aires, to Lagos, Nepal and Tokyo. The events come in all shapes and sizes - no two events are the same!

Sign up to attend any of the 29 planned events, a list of which can be found on our website. If there isn’t one in your city and you are interested in hosting your own event, please email Global Alumni Officer, Rose Kemmy, on All you have to do is pick a date, a venue and a time and we’ll put you in touch with alumni nearby.

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Graduation 2018

Graduation week

This year, 4,500 students graduated over five days, enjoying the sun and the celebratory atmosphere at Carrow Road. The alumni team was on hand, 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 your photos to or post them on social media using #ueamugshot.

While you’re enjoying a trip down memory lane, don’t forget our archive photo galleries on Facebook, as well as new photos from all five days of this year’s graduation. 

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Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival 2018

The popular Norwich Science Festival will return for its third year this October half-term, with events taking place from Friday 19 to Saturday 27 October.

This year’s Festival theme is ‘our future world’: exploring how developments in science and technology will shape our future, and what we can all do to help make it sustainable. The Festival kicks off on Friday 19 October with a day dedicated to celebrating our oceans, seas and rivers – from aquatic wildlife to our responsibility to protect the marine environment. Other themed days focus on nature, physics, astronomy and space, engineering, technology, chemistry, health and the human body, plus a showcase of science from Norwich Research Park and a family fun day at Norwich Cathedral.

Events to look forward to include jaw-dropping demonstrations from Festival patron, BBC Sky at Night presenter and UEA honorary graduate Mark Thompson and a sold-out headline show from renowned TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham.

Scientists from across the Norwich Research Park will also engage the public with their research with more than 90 talks, workshops and activities throughout the week. Find out why UEA scientists use mini submarines to record underwater soundscapes, the secrets of living to 100 years old, plus why many scientists have a glass-blower on speed-dial! You can also hear about the latest UEA research into dementia prevention, antibiotic resistance, concussion in sport, and smoking cessation, plus updates from the Earlham Institute, the Quadram Institute and the John Innes Centre.

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News in Brief
Nanoparticle therapy could deliver double blow to cancer

A new cancer therapy using nanoparticles to deliver a combination therapy direct to cancer cells could be on the horizon, thanks to research from the University.

University campus highlighted as one of the UK’s best green spaces

UEA has been given a Green Flag Award, which indicates that its campus boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

UEA scientists travel to Hawaii to monitor Kilauea volcano

Scientists from the University are heading out to Hawaii to launch a project which will help them better understand Kilauea’s eruptive behaviour.

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Physician Associate graduation 2018

UEA’s first Physician Associates graduate

Last month, the first cohort of 25 Physician Associates celebrated their graduation from the Norwich Medical School at the University.

Nineteen of the graduates are already working locally in healthcare teams in Norfolk and Suffolk, some in the hospitals where they trained.

"With the course being practically focused and half our time spent on placement, we had ample opportunity to hone our skills, allowing us to feel ready and confident when we qualified as working Physician Associates," said graduate Sophie Newbold.

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Library 19702

UEA Library turns 50

The Library building will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in October, and they want to hear your stories and memories of your time at UEA and the impact the Library had.

If you have an outstanding memory of the Library or feel that it played a significant role in your learning, creative or even social life at UEA, they would love to hear from you. Has the Library influenced your career, your love of reading - or did it deliver something unexpected?

In the autumn a display in the Library will commemorate the anniversary, and the team want to include your comments or stories, and share them on social media. Get in touch by emailing or post using #UEALibrary50.


Share your insight and experience with students and recent graduates

Could you help students and recent graduates with those tricky first steps into graduate employment? You can make a valuable difference to the future of a student or recent graduate, whether you can give half an hour, six hours, or even more each year.

The careers team are looking to build on the success of the Mentoring Programme, and - with your help - grow the opportunities available to students in the new academic year. They are always looking for new mentors and are currently looking specifically for mentors who work in the financial sector, marketing and branding, global/multinational organisations, conservation and environmental policy, government, pharmaceutical industries, or arts, heritage and creative industries.

Find out more about getting involved here or contact Kerensa Rands, Mentoring Administrator, on 01603 597637 or at

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Noirwich 2018

Noirwich celebrates fifth year with blockbuster line-up

The Noirwich festival returns to the city with a star cast of crime writers this September.

The event brings together crime-writing giants Val McDermid, Nicci French, Paula Hawkins and Elizabeth Haynes, alongside panels celebrating killer debuts and cutting-edge writing from across the genre.

Organised by the National Centre for Writing and UEA, the events form part of a city-wide celebration of activities in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature.

The long weekend is also set to include writing workshops, crime themed cocktails, a murder mystery musical from new Poirot novelist Sophie Hannah, plus UEA’s MA Crime Fiction graduates will launch their anthology Postmortem.

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UEA choir

Join UEA’s Community Choir

UEA’s audition-free Community Choir is currently recruiting. If you want to start singing in a choir, want to sing in a more informal way, or want to just sing for fun and explore your voice, then this may be the choir for you!

UEA Community Choir is open to all and welcomes singers of all abilities and levels of experience. The choir rehearse on Wednesday lunchtimes in the UEA Music Centre and put on occasional performances, both on campus and in the city centre.

If you are interested in joining, please email to register your interest.

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What's On

What’s On at UEA

Make sure you keep up-to-date with what’s happening at UEA via our online events diary and monthly enewsletter.

The University events diary is filled with details of film screenings, gigs, art exhibitions, public lectures, plays, symposia and festivals taking place on UEA campus and throughout the region. Many of our public events are free of charge, including lectures on the important UEA research that’s making headlines around the world.

You can also follow @UEAEvents on Twitter or their Facebook page for news about the latest additions to the calendar, and sign up to receive the monthly What’s On email. You’ll also find copies of the printed What’s On at UEA guide at libraries and arts venues around East Anglia, with the new edition due out at the beginning of September.

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Open Day October 2017

Open Days 2018

Two Open Days will take place later this autumn, on Saturday 8 September and Saturday 20 October.

If you know someone thinking about applying to university, whether they’re just starting to consider A level choices or they’ve already started the UCAS application process, why not take the opportunity to come back to UEA to show them around and give them an insight into campus life? If you want to show what university life looks and feels like, why not start with the one you know best? It’s a great opportunity to indulge in a little wander down memory lane while potentially inspiring a student of the future.

If you can't make it back to campus, you can still enjoy the fun on social media by following #UEAOpenDay.

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UEA. Find your place

There’s still time to apply for a range of postgraduate courses starting September 2018.

With a reputation for world-leading research, dedicated teaching that challenges you to reach your full potential and supportive funding, including exclusive UEA alumni tuition fee-reduction scholarships - there are some excellent opportunities to take your learning further with UEA.

A postgraduate degree can provide you with an enhanced professional skillset and experience to help you stand out in a highly competitive job market.

Many of UEA’s Schools offer a natural progression to specialise your subject further, such as in American Studies, Creative Writing, and Economics. There is also an opportunity to extend your career options, for example by applying your knowledge from undergraduate Biology to the health sciences or taking your Mathematics degree a step further into energy engineering. UEA also have a well-established PGCE teacher training programme to help you gain qualified teacher status as a primary or secondary teacher.

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What's On

The Sainsbury Centre speaks

Friday 7 September, 1.15 - 1.45pm
Monserrat Pis Marcos (Curator)
Sainsbury Centre, UEA

Join us for this series of talks given by members of Sainsbury Centre staff, about a favourite artwork, or a particular aspect of the Collections. Further than encouraging members of staff to share their interest in and experience of the Collections, this is also an opportunity for our visitors to hear a different perspective on, and insight into the Sainsbury Centre.

Heritage Open Day: 
Meet John Paston III

Sunday 9 September, all-day event
St Peter Hungate Church, Norwich, NR3 1AE

Come along and meet one of Norfolk’s most famous medieval residents – John Paston III. For one day only, Black Knight Historical bring to life this venerable knight, who will recounts the tales of his youth. Hear of the siege of Caister Castle, the dramatic events of the Battles of Barnet and Stoke Field, and learn about and handle the weapons of the day.

Suitable for all ages.

Dragon Hall Debate:
Should we feel sympathy for the devil?

Monday 10 September, 7 - 9pm
Part of Noirwich Crime Writing Festival
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, NR1 1QE

n the week prior to Noirwich Crime Writing Festival – the region’s largest festival dedicated to the genre – we explore questions of good and evil. What is the nature and origin of evil? Who gets to decide who is good and who is not? And how do we make sense of atrocious acts in our modern world? Join bioethicist Prof Jackie Leach Scully, the Very Reverend Jane Hedges (Dean of Norwich Cathedral) and a guest writer as they discuss and debate the existence of evil and our relationship to it.

The free Dragon Hall Debates series, presented jointly by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing, tackles a range of topical scientific, cultural and political issues, drawing on the expertise of UEA academics as well as guest thinkers, writers and commentators. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say.

Suitable for ages 16 and above. Free and open to all.

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