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New Years Honours

New Year’s honours for UEA alumni

Three alumni and an honorary graduate have been recognised with awards in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Joanna Catherine Hunter (SOC79) is the honorary treasurer and co-founder of the charity Smart Works, and has received an OBE for services to disadvantaged women through employment skills training. Director and theatre producer Albert James (DEV74) also received an OBE, for services to film, theatre and broadcasting.

Michelle Ann Blunsom (SOC98) is the Chief Executive of East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services and has received an MBE for services to victims and their families in Surrey.

Honorary graduate and author Sir Philip Pullman was awarded a Knighthood for services to literature.

George McKay London Lecture

UEA London Lecture: Popular music and disability

There’s still time to book your tickets for the first UEA London Lecture of the year, in which Prof George 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.

We've filmed a short introduction featuring Prof McKay to give a taste of what you can expect at his lecture, which promises to include fascinating music and video extracts.

If you can’t make it to London for the lecture, you can watch online via our Facebook page or catch up later on UEA’s YouTube channel from the following week.

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Mark Grist

The memories you make at UEA last a lifetime

Whether it’s the square in the sunshine, last-minute revision in the library, the view of the broad from the walkway, or just seeing rabbits everywhere - everyone has a favourite memory of life on campus.

We're proud to present Remembering UEA by alumnus, poet and performer Mark Grist, where he takes a look back at his time here.

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The square - 1960s and now

Help us keep you connected

We all know that things change over time. Campus looks different - you probably look different! But how you feel about UEA, and being part of the University community, needn't change.

You may have moved house, moved jobs, or changed email address. Please let us know your details to stay up-to-date with the latest news, invitations and updates from UEA.

News in Brief
Dog walking to promote 'pawsitive' student wellbeing

Dog walking is just one new initiative being introduced by the University after receiving around £12,000 of funding to help improve student wellbeing through physical activity.

Could a less sedentary lifestyle help beat osteoporosis?

The effects on osteoporosis of prolonged periods of sitting – and the potential impact of less sedentary behaviour – are being explored by UEA researchers.

New funding to connect businesses with research power of universities

Norfolk businesses are to harness the power of the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, biotechnology and digital creative thanks to a new partnership between seven universities and colleges including UEA and Norwich University of the Arts.

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University of Sanctuary

University of Sanctuary anniversary celebration

This month, we celebrate one year since UEA was awarded 'University of Sanctuary' status by The City of Sanctuary.

To honour the occasion, UEA's University of Sanctuary team are hosting a special anniversary event on Wednesday 23 January. Everyone is welcome to come and find out about the work being done at UEA to develop a sustainable culture of welcome for asylum-seekers and refugees.

One of only a few universities in the UK and Ireland to receive the accolade to date, UEA was recognised for its ability to offer sanctuary seekers a culture of inclusivity, respect and sanctuary.

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Inspire others with your #SheCan message

To mark International Women’s Day, UEA CareerCentral are excited to be hosting #SheCan, an evening networking event, on Thursday 7 March for students, staff and businesses to come together to inspire and celebrate female diversity in the workplace.

As part of this celebration, we want to hear from female UEA alumnae across the world with your inspirational messages. Your message, advice or insight from your personal career journey will be shown as part of a rolling presentation running throughout the event, which includes a keynote speech from Karen Jones CBE, Chancellor of UEA.

To submit your message for inclusion, please answer at least one of the questions below in approximately 100 words:

• Has your career path gone as expected? If not, what lessons have your learned?
• What advice would you give current students in terms of preparing for their career?
• Can you comment on any extracurricular activities you took part in whilst at university that have had a positive impact on your career?

Send your message to the team at making sure you include:

• Name
• Course studied at UEA and graduating year
• Current job title
• Current country of residence
• A photo of yourself – this can be formal or informal, preferably a headshot, but please as professional and high res as possible.

Please email your messages by Friday 15 February.

Inaugural Lectures

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

Getting older is inevitable, but how we age may not be. Can good nutrition help you to age better?

How we study the effects of diet on aging changed in the early 1990s with the advent of detailed population studies, and new research shows how nutrients interact with the mechanisms of aging. In her inaugural lecture on Tuesday 15 January, Prof Ailsa Welch from the Norwich Medical School at UEA 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. 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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Literary Festival Spring 2019

Gina Miller tops line-up for UEA Spring Literary Festival

From a legendary 90s pop star, to one of the most outspoken campaigners on Brexit, UEA’s Spring Literary Festival will offer something for everyone.

The festival runs from Wednesday 13 February to Thursday 2 May, and will welcome eight of today’s best writers, thinkers and speakers.

Heading this year’s line-up is Gina Miller, who took the government to court over its authority to invoke Article 50 and trigger the UK’s departure from the EU. Her book Rise, mixing memoir with message, provides an extraordinary account of what it means to stand up for justice.

Also speaking will be former Everything But The Girl singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn and UEA Creative Writing alumnus John Boyne, author of worldwide bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and whose next novel, A Ladder To The Sky, is partly set at UEA.

Other award-winning writers at the festival include Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James and former Stonewall Writer of the Year, Damian Barr. Max Porter won 2015’s Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year for Grief is the Thing with Feathers, and will speak about his new novel Lanny. The line-up is completed by two fine contemporary novelists, Tessa Hadley and Rachel Cusk.

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What's On

What’s On at UEA

With every new year comes the potential for a long list of resolutions. Why not make a special resolution to come along to some UEA events this year?

You could learn something new, meet your favourite authors or simply relax with some quality music, art, drama and film.

The new edition of our printed events guide, What's On at UEA, is out now, available to pick up in Norfolk libraries and arts venues. If you simply cannot wait, you can flick through a digital version on Issuu.

For our pick of UEA events on campus and further afield, sign up for our What’s On at UEA mailing list and we’ll send you an email bulletin at the beginning of every month. And for the most up-to-date information, we always recommend taking a look at our online events diary.

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London Lecture February 2019

Nutrition, brain vitality and dementia

‘Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.’

An increase in life expectancy of two years every decade is a tremendous societal success story. But living longer does pose health challenges.

In her UEA London Lecture on Thursday 28 February, Prof Anne-Marie Minihane will explore the health challenges that arise from increased life expectancy, and will explain how our diets could hold the key to improved brain vitality in later life.

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.

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Lunchtime concert

Join UEA Music Centre for their free spring Lunchtime Concert series

UEA Music Centre invites you to take a break from work or study and join them for their spring 2019 Lunchtime Concert series.

Concerts will take place from 1.10pm in the UEA Music Centre on the first Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday 6 February. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

The first concert, on Wednesday 6 February, will feature student Music Scholar, Sophie Darbyshire playing clarsach, UEA Symphony Orchestra clarinettist Alastair Watson, and pianist William Fergusson. The second concert, on Wednesday 6 March, will feature acclaimed tenor, Ben Johnson, and prize-winning accompanist and UEA Choirmaster, Tom Primrose. The final concert, on Wednesday 1 May, will feature student Music Award holders.

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Great British Cycling Festival

UEA announced as official sponsor of the Great British Cycling Festival

Golazo Cycling have announced UEA as the official sponsor of the first ever Great British Cycling Festival in June this year, which will be hosting the HSBC UK National Road Championships.

Taking place in Norfolk place over five days, the festival brings together professional and amateur events, including the national time trial championships on Thursday 27 June, and the road races on Sunday 30 June.

The amateur cyclists among you will have the opportunity to ride the same, closed-road course as the professionals, in a 100-mile race on Sunday 30 June - so why not take the opportunity to come back to campus and sign up to take part?

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MSc in Water Security and International Development

If UEA’s water stories video has inspired you, this MSc from the School of International Development may be your next step.

The UEA Water Security Research Centre’s approach to water security centres on the need to understand the physical and social drivers and dynamics of contemporary global water challenges, and to recognise the multiple uses and benefits of water that need to be managed in any context. Water security is intricately connected to critical global policy concerns, including safe drinking water provision, climate change, food security, geopolitics and war, energy generation, and environmental protection.

The course prepares students for employment in a wide range of areas, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government aid agencies, and multilateral organisations.

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PG open events

Postgraduate open event

Whatever you love, go further. Join us at our Postgraduate Open Event on Wednesday 30 January to find out where a Master's or PhD research degree could take you.

With UEA’s huge selection of courses, some of the very best teachers and researchers in the world, and access to exceptional facilities, UEA’s postgraduate experience can help you realise your ambitions.

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Could you inspire the next generation?

UEA will be holding two open events for anyone considering training to teach, at either primary or secondary level.

From those making a tentative initial enquiry, to those who have already made their decision and are on the verge of making their application, all are welcome. The event for primary teaching will be held on Saturday 9 February, and the secondary teaching event will be on Tuesday 12 March.

Both sessions will start with a general information talk, and will be followed by the opportunity to speak directly to subject tutors, current students and newly qualified teachers. Members of the admissions team will also be available to offer advice on all admissions related questions.

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What's On

Whistleblowers and Press Panel to Feature Snowden, Kiriakou and MacAskill

Thursday 17 – Friday 18 January
New York University London Campus, 6 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London

Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and John Kiriakou, and journalist Ewen MacAskill will feature on a 'Whistleblowing and the Press' panel on Thursday 17 January. The panel is part of a conference on US national security whistleblowing convened by UEA and New York University (NYU). The session will be chaired by UEA’s Dr Kaeten Mistry and held at NYU’s global academic site in London.

The two-day conference in London includes several panels and two keynote sessions, with the second featuring whistleblowing advocates and charities including the Government Accountability Project (USA), Whistleblowing International Network (UK), and Protect (UK).

The conference, including the keynote sessions, is open to the public but space is limited. To reserve a place, please RSVP

Dragon Hall Debate: How should we eat?

Monday 28 January, 7pm
National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall, Norwich

Are we really what we eat? What can our relationship with food tell us about society? In this debate, writer and cook Rebecca May Johnson will explore the pleasures and creativity of food; Ailsa Welch, Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology at UEA, will discuss her research into how diet improves health during aging; and Tim O’Riordan, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at UEA, will look at how we can ensure a sustainable food future.

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.

Memories of Elisabeth Frink

Thursday 31 January, 6 - 7pm
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts 

In this special evening lecture, Peter Murray CBE, Founding and Executive Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, will share his memories of the artist Elisabeth Frink.

Humans and Other Animals, a major exhibition of Elisabeth Frink's work, is currently on display at the Sainsbury Centre on UEA campus. Featuring over 130 works by the artist, this is the largest showing of Frink’s work in 25 years, exploring her enduring preoccupation with human and animal forms and the symbiotic relationship between them. It provides new perspectives on the key themes found in her work, from responses to the Second World War and the Cold War climate of fear, to the role of man as both aggressor and victim.


In the past month the University has sadly been informed of the death of the following alumni:

Valerie Clarke (EDU90)

A tribute to Isobel Clarke (nee Elliott) (ENV72) has been written by her husband, Jeff Clarke (ENV72), which can be found here on the website.

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