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Ziggurat - The e-Newsletter of the UEA Alumni Association December 2018 View in browser
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UEA Gigs

UEA Gig History

What a year it’s been; with gritty eloquence from Sleaford Mods, unicorn-related Flaming Lips shenanigans and a truly inspiring performance from John Lydon with PiL (despite a rotten cold) (ahem).

The project has already begun its Christmas wrapping, with two new Memory Boxes waiting to be opened: author Robert Fairclough recalls the thrill of being a 16 year old schoolboy getting his first glimpse of Teardrop Explodes in 1980 while designer Tim Caynes gives a rare 21st Century review of a solo appearance by Peter Doherty in 2009.

UEA’s Memorabilia box has done some last minute shopping in an attempt to honour the new blogs. The largest, shiniest present under the tree is a WATERFRONT gig list celebrating 25 years of UEA’s management of the venue in Norwich. This wonderful addition to UEA’s gig history reveals that The Buzzcocks played the venue six times. All were saddened by the recent death of lead singer Pete Shelley. A Buzzcocks Booth has been created on the site as a tiny tribute to a fine songwriter and performer.

UEAgigs HQ has been comforted by other news of a much-admired writer and performer coming to the campus in February as part of UEA’s Spring Literary Festival. Keep an eye on the announcement to find out more.

Christmas LCR 2018

The Christmas LCR is here!

This Saturday will be the Alumni Christmas LCR, so why not get your friends together and come back to campus for a festive celebration? 

Global Gatherings

Global Gathering - the movie!

The university is delighted with the number of global alumni reunions that took place in 2018. From San Francisco to Abuja, this year saw a record number of 56 global gatherings being organised by alumni all around the world, with a small handful continuing into the new year.

To celebrate we have created this animation to showcase the biggest year yet! We hope that you enjoy it, and better still, that you will join us in marking the University’s 56th birthday in September 2019.

Library archive

The UEA Library: your story

Step into the Library and walk in the footsteps of students from the last 50 years – with our virtual library experience, alive with memories, images and video from 1960s to today. 

We’ve worked with alumni and others over the last few months to gather memories about their time in UEA Library and what it meant to them. These have all been woven into an immersive library experience, where you can also see what the library is like now

We’ve been celebrating the Library’s 50th anniversary in other ways too – an exhibition in the Library will be available until Friday 14 December, and we’ve been blogging about key developments and themes. We’ve created a flickr account with photos of the early library. If you have any photos that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you.

There is a timeline so you can see when all of these developments happened, which can be found on the Library’s 50th anniversary webpage.

The anniversary inspired some of our current students to hold an evening, in conjunction with Eggbox publishing, called “An Ode to the library”  The student newspaper Concrete also reported on the evening

News in Brief
UEA unveils ‘Suffragette Stories: Women’s Heritage in Norfolk’

Newly revealed archive materials and a new anthology of stories commemorating the suffrage movement have been unveiled by the University this month.

Researchers on highly cited list

Ten Norwich Research Park academics have been named in the top 1% of the world’s most highly cited researchers, with five of them from UEA.

Strong growth in global CO2 emissions expected for 2018

Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high in 2018 – according to researchers at the University and the Global Carbon Project.

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British Council Alumni Awards

UEA graduate is finalist in British Council Alumni Awards

Alumnus Hamad Suwaid was a finalist at the Study UK Alumni Awards 2018-19, which took place in Qatar earlier this month.

Hamad was shortlisted for the Entrepreneurial Award, which highlights alumni who are active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new ideas or business opportunities. The winner of the award was University of London graduate, Tamara Hasan.

Hamad now leads the digital strategy for Qatari shipping and maritime company Nakilat. Nakilat actively shares best practice with local and regional companies to support Qatar’s economic sustainability agenda, and is the winner of several national and regional awards.

The Alumni Awards shine a light on the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions are making in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK. Award ceremonies will be held in the other participating countries between January and March 2019.

Read Hamad’s blog  
Journalism awards

Alumna recognised by National Council for the Training of Journalists

Megan Baynes, former Concrete editor, won the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Apprentice of the Year 2018 award.

Students, trainees and apprentices from across the UK were honoured at the 2018 NCTJ Awards for Excellence ceremony and gala dinner last month. Megan and two other journalists, JP Asher and Gemma Joyce, achieved the best set of results overall, despite juggling work commitments.

Currently based on the Isle of Wight, Megan works at the Isle of Wight County Press as the local democracy reporter.

Philip Mould

Alumnus Philip Mould discovers lost Dickens portrait

UEA alumnus, art dealer, author, broadcaster and ‘art sleuth’ Philip Mould OBE has unveiled an extraordinary discovery - a lost portrait of a young Charles Dickens by artist Margaret Gillies.

The portrait was last seen in public 174 years ago, and was bought as part of a tray of trinkets at an auction in South Africa for the equivalent of £27. Described as “one of the most remarkable finds of recent memory” you can learn more about its fascinating journey back into the public eye on Philip’s website and podcast.

Philip studied History of Art at UEA in the late 1970s, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2013.

The presenter of the BBC One series Fake or Fortune says his time at UEA paved the way for his future career: “By the time I got to the University of East Anglia, where I read History of Art, I would spend my Saturdays going to auctions on a moped and come back with a painting strapped precariously to the pillion. It was a useful exercise, both in terms of extra income and the experience. Nothing brings oxygen to the brain more than risking your own money and I didn’t have much to play with.”

Charles Dickens: The Lost Portrait is being exhibited at the Philip Mould and Company gallery in London until 25 January.

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ENV68 reunion

Last month, 18 alumni came back to campus for a reunion to mark the 50 years since they first arrived as Environmental Sciences students.

The weekend included a reception with current students and staff, a meal at the Sainsbury Centre, and a field trip with former staff.

As a result of the conversations with current students and staff around the challenges they face today, the group has decided to establish an ENV Field Trip Bursary fund, to support students who may otherwise struggle to cover the costs involved.

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Thailand alumni dinner

Alumni event in Bangkok

Jacqui Longman, Senior Lecturer at UEA Law School, recently hosted a Masters in Law (LLM) alumni gathering in Bangkok, Thailand. 

The Law School has over 150 Thai LLM alumni from the past 15 years, and Jacqui was delighted to greet over 20 at the recent event in central Bangkok. She was also delighted to hear stories of success, including a number of alumni now practicing as international lawyers and three of the guests who are now judges at the Court of Justice in Bangkok. It was truly wonderful to catch up with past students dating back to 2006 and hear their news.

The Dean of the Law School, Professor Andreas Stephan, will be returning to Bangkok in February 2019, and is planning another event.

UEA Christmas card

Merry Christmas from UEA

2018 has been another good year for UEA, as our staff continue to undertake innovative research and are dedicated to providing students with a fantastic university experience.

With this in mind, we’ve created an interactive Christmas card for you to look back on just some of the many highlights from the last 12 months.

London Lecture January 2019

Popular music and disability: different embodiments and voices from rock & roll onwards

This year’s UEA London Lectures kick off on Thursday 24 January with a lecture by Prof George McKay, who describes his research as ‘cultural studies with a soundtrack’. 

In his lecture, Prof McKay will draw on his work over the past decade looking at ways in which disability is represented and explored, performed and sung about in popular music.

From rock and roll onwards, there has been a fear and fascination with the out-of-control body – there has always been a ‘whole lot of shaking going on’. From freaks to punks and beyond, pop has accommodated different embodiments and voices, even fetishized them.

The UEA London Lectures give you an opportunity to hear about current UEA research and to meet and reminisce with fellow alumni, all at the Regent Street Cinema in the heart of London.

Children's Christmas Lecture

Watch this year’s Children’s Christmas Lectures online

UEA’s annual Children’s Christmas Lectures are a highlight of the festive calendar for many families, with tickets often being snapped up within days. This year’s lectures have been no exception and the talks, which will take place on Saturday 15 December, are now fully booked.

For those who have missed out on tickets, Santa has a special gift: this year’s lectures will be live streamed on the website so that you can watch them from the comfort of your own home. The lectures will also be recorded and uploaded to our website so that you can watch them during the Christmas holidays.

Join us as we embark upon a journey with Dr Brian Reid from the School of Environmental Sciences, on which we will explore the incredible services provided by soils. Along the way we will squelch our way through different types of mud, experiment with soils, measure soil properties, quantify soil processes, and discover that soil is alive.

And travel back to 1578 with Prof Matthew Woodcock from the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, to discover how the people of Tudor Norwich prepared the city for a royal visit and how they went about welcoming Queen Elizabeth I when she arrived in our fine city. If you think that modern royal events look lavish and spectacular, then think again!

Corinne Le Quere

UEA expert becomes Macron committee Chair

The French President, Emanuel Macron, has announced that UEA carbon emissions expert Prof Corinne Le Quéré will become the Chair of a new climate change committee.

Prof Le Quéré is a Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at UEA and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She said: “I am delighted to take on the presidency of the new High Council on Climate Action of France. The High Council will provide independent advice to the French government on how to reduce its carbon emissions, considering the economic and social impacts on households and businesses.”

The High Council will report every five years on the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions in France. Every year, it will issue an advisory opinion on the fixed trajectory and the implementation of the concrete operations, economic sustainability and the impact on the balance of foreign trade.

Working in Development forum 2019

UEA Working in Development Forum 2019 - get involved

The School of International Development are looking for UK-based development alumni to be guest speakers, and to share their professional expertise at the Working in Development Forum at the University on Tuesday 19 February.

The event will be an afternoon of informal panel discussions led by development practitioners, sharing insights from their own career journeys and discussing current trends relevant to working in particular sectors, including:
- Impact Evaluation
- Humanitarian Response
- Environment and Development
- Education and Development
- Media and Development
- Gender and Development
- Campaigning and Advocacy

If you are interested in being a guest speaker on one of these topics, or can recommend a contact who would be, please contact Sophie Bremner by emailing

Thinking without borders

Thinking Without Borders

UEA's do different spirit leads our staff and students to tackle real world problems and provide real world solutions.

We've produced a new one minute video that highlights the interdisciplinary way we approach problems associated with the theme of water.

Watch the film  
Teddy bear hospital

Students give back through Teddy Bear Hospital

Medicine, Physiotherapy and Nursing students who are part of the uea(su) group Teddy Bear Hospital, are spending their spare time educating local school children about hospitals and health using teddy bears.

The Teddy Bear Hospital is a worldwide charity that aims to alleviate childhood anxieties surrounding medical environments. Students at UEA run “clinics” in primary schools and community groups playing fun and educational games.

Games include the teddy bear surgery where children help to mend bones, the skeleton jigsaw area where they can look at X-rays and a station where they can write a prescription for their own teddy bear, treatments include hugs, chocolate or even a plaster.

UEA carol concert

UEA Choir and Chamber Choir perform a feast of festive favourites

UEA Choir and Chamber Choir will perform their ever-popular Christmas Carol concert on Wednesday 12 December, at 7.30pm, at St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral in Norwich.

Under the direction of Choirmaster Tom Primrose, the 170-strong choir, and 35-strong chamber choir, will perform music by Rutter, Vaughan Williams, Holst, and Dove, as well as a host of well-loved Christmas carols for the audience to join in. The concert will also feature performances from UEA Community Choir and a solo by organist William Falconer.

DevCo short courses

UEA International Development Centre Professional Training 2019

In 2019, the International Development Centre at the University of East Anglia in Norwich is running professional development short courses on quantitative impact evaluation, climate change and water security.

Impact Evaluation for Evidence - Based Policy in Development will take place in May;
Climate Change and Development runs in early June; and Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners will take place at the end of June.

UEA's School of International Development (DEV) has pioneered research, training and consultancy in international development for nearly 50 years. It works with a range of clients including national and international development agencies, governments and NGOs. DEV is the ideal broad-based multi-disciplinary environment in which to undertake training. The faculty has a wide range of academic disciplines with an intensive engagement in development practice through academic funded research and consultancy in many development arenas and geographical regions.

Chris Bigsby

New book brings together UEA Professor’s most memorable interviews

Writers in Conversation compiles Chris Bigsby’s interviews with the world’s greatest writers from over a decade of the Arthur Miller Centre’s International Literary Festival at UEA.

These candid, in-depth, witty and illuminating exchanges shine a light on the craft and profession of the working writer today. Writers in Conversation features interviews with Naomi Alderman, David Almond, Tash Aw, Vince Cable, Tracy Chevalier, Andrew Cowan, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry, Emma Healey, Charlie Higson, Ian McEwan, David Mitchell, Paul Nurse and Rose Tremain.

Sync the City

Fifth Sync the City event a success

Over 150 people took part in the fifth annual Sync the City event last month, which was organised by UEA and Sync Norwich, making it the biggest event yet.

Sync the City 2018 is a 54 Hour start-up event, bringing together budding entrepreneurs with experienced business mentors and technology expertise, during which groups of people pitch ideas for new start-up companies with the chance to receive funding.

More than 40 of East Anglia’s brightest sparks in the digital world took to the stage to initially pitch their ideas to delegates, which we then narrowed to the final 12.



Please note the University will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Friday 21 December 2018 until Wednesday 2 January 2018.

The alumni team wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

What's On

Third Thursday Lecture
Our cinemas, our selves: understanding post-war Japan through film

Thursday 20 December, 6pm (doors 5.30pm)
The Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry, NR1 4DH

In this month's Third Thursday Lecture, Dr Jennifer Coates from the Sainsbury Institute will shed light on Kansai viewership experiences between 1945 and 1975, drawing on research conducted using a combination of linguistic accounts and observational experience, designed to plug the gaps left by translating cinema-related experience into academic language.

The Third Thursday Lectures are a series of free, monthly talks hosted by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures are on a range of topics related to the art and culture of Japan. All are welcome.

For more information and to book, please visit the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures website, email or call 01603 597507.

Inaugural lecture - It's not just food: what we eat matters for how we age

Prof Ailsa Welch, Norwich Medical School
Tuesday 15 January, 6.30pm
Lecture theatre, Julian Study Centre, UEA

Getting older is inevitable but how we age may not be. Can good nutrition help you age better? We often take for granted the nutrients found in foods, but deficiencies of vitamins and minerals exist even today. We need to look after our muscles and bones to stay independent and prevent muscle loss, weakness and fractures.

How we study the effects of diet on aging changed in the early 1990s with the advent of detailed population studies. New research shows how nutrients interact with the mechanisms of aging. In this lecture, Prof Welch will share her research in population studies and explain how nutrition impacts the aging of muscles and bones.

Inaugural lectures recognise and celebrate the promotion of UEA academics to the position of professor, whilst giving audiences the chance to hear about their research and its impact on society. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy these open public lectures and there is a chance to meet the speaker at a free drinks reception after the talk.

These lectures are free and there's no need to book; simply turn up on the night, or watch live on our website

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