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The EU referendum is almost upon us and has been a source of discussion and debate on campus, as it has across the country. Last month Nick Robinson from BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme was on campus, recording during the Student Union’s debate with MPs and the Vice-Chancellor, and the following morning broadcasting live from campus getting students' views on the referendum. There is a dedicated section of the UEA website bringing together academic research, opinion, blogs and other useful information from across the University.If opinion polls are to be believed it is the votes of young adults that will define the result. In that spirit, Eddie Izzard will be on campus at the end of this week as part of his tour of the UK, engaging younger people in a debate on the issues and encouraging them to participate in the vote. In just ten days we will find out which argument proves to be the most persuasive.June’s eZiggurat also brings you University news, research stories, alumni achievements and events from campus.
A host of notable local figures and alumni will be named honorary graduates this summer, including alumnus and international rugby referee Wayne Barnes, and Love Actually producer Debra Hayward.
Other inspirational names from the worlds of business, literature, science and charity will attend UEA’s week of graduation ceremonies, speaking about their own lives and careers, offering words of advice to the graduating students.Of the nineteen Honorary Degree recipients, seven are former UEA students and eight more have strong ties to the region. These include former Lord Mayor of Norwich Brenda Arthur, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music Roger Wright, and UEA graduates Esther Mujawayo, a refugee therapy expert and internationally acclaimed author Abraham Peck. Amongst the names from the business community is Lord Karan Bilimoria, who opened UEA’s new Enterprise Centre building in October 2015.
Read the full list of 2016 honorary graduates _
As part of his Stand up for Europe tour, Eddie Izzard will be will visiting 31 cities in 31 days across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as he campaigns to encourage people of all ages across the UK to register, and to vote IN.
His penultimate appearance will be at UEA on Friday 17 June 12-2pm, where he will be speaking in the square.
Read more and sign up for event updates _
On or around 29 September each year, alumni around the world get together to celebrate the University’s anniversary.
There were 30 reunions held last year, and there are already 20 volunteers hosting events this year. Go to the event page on our website to see if there is one near you – and if not, why not sign up to host one? Events can be as formal or informal as you wish and the alumni team are here to offer support and publicise your reunion. To sign up as a host, or find out more, email email@example.com. Why not take a look at the photos from last year’s reunions around the world for some inspiration.
Read more about this year's events _
What was thought to be the ancient underwater remains of a long lost Greek city were in fact created by a naturally occurring phenomenon, according to joint research from UEA and the University of Athens.
When divers discovered what looked like paved floors, courtyards and colonnades, they thought they had found the ruins of a long-forgotten civilization that perished when tidal waves hit the shores of the Greek holiday island Zakynthos. But new research published last week reveals that the site was created by a natural geological phenomenon that took place in the Pliocene era - up to five million years ago.Lead author Prof Julian Andrews, from UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences, said: “The site was discovered by snorkelers and first thought to be an ancient city port, lost to the sea. There were what superficially looked like circular column bases, and paved floors. But mysteriously no other signs of life – such as pottery.”
Read more _
Watch a film about the findings _
In ‘All Aboard the Euro Bus’ in May 1994, Concrete spoke to student Phillip ‘Ginge’ Kay, who bought a bus to travel round Europe, in between Glastonbury and Reading festivals.
£8 million monsoon project launches in India A project involving scientists from the UK and India to predict monsoon rainfall by studying ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal launches today.
Pregnant women may need more information about medicine use Pregnant women overestimate the risks of taking over the counter and prescribed medication – according to new research from the University.
UEA research shows marriage could improve heart attack survival Being married could improve your likelihood of surviving a heart attack and is associated with reduced length of hospital stay - according to UEA research presented at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Conference earlier this month.
On Saturday 7 May, the UEAFC 1980s Old Boys came back to campus for their third reunion football match.
Enjoying a sunny weekend in Norwich, events kicked off the night before with the recreating of the ‘Magdalen Run’, their 1984 sponsored pub crawl.
Read more about the reunion _
This year’s London Lecture series concludes on Thursday 7 July, with Prof Tom Shakespeare taking a look at the subject of sex and disability.
In 1996, Prof Tom Shakespeare (Norwich Medical School) wrote a book called The Sexual Politics of Disability. He talked to disabled people about their gender, sexuality, self-image and experiences of love, and what they felt needed to change to enable them to participate fully in the world of relationships.In his talk, Tom will discuss the findings of his research and explore what is still required for disabled people to achieve intimacy on the same basis as others.
Read more and book _
If you missed the last London Lecture on the power and perils of data, you can watch it online now _
Dr Tim Smith, professor of non-western history, was named the 2016 Professor of the Year at Huntington University’s Community Enhancement Council annual Celebration of Service. Tim also received the award in 2010.
Yvonne Tasker, Professor of Film Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, made her first visit to Japan last month, and lectured at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), and at beo (the British Education Office), where UEA alumni in Tokyo were invited to attend.
The lecture presented a gender studies perspective on the work of the media. Prof Tasker looks at the ways in which western media covered the 2008 global downturn in specifically gendered terms, and connections between this western context and the attempt to promote new cultures of female working in Japan associated with the term “womenomics”.
Pimp My Barrow continues to be one of the biggest events of the year on campus, with students wearing colourful costumes and pushing some ingeniously decked out wheelbarrows.
For many students the carnival spirit that runs throughout the event, organised by the Union of UEA Students, is the perfect way to end the academic year. Now in its 10th year, the event has raised more than £50,000 for Norfolk-based cancer charity the Big C.
Read more about the event _
Prof David Richardson, the Vice-Chancellor of UEA, and Prof Graeme Wilkinson, the Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University (Sun-U), Malaysia, signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) at Bandar Sunway earlier this month.
The memorandum builds on the growing relationship between the two universities and will enable students from Sun-U to spend two years at UEA to complete their studies.
A landmark exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is dedicated to the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the giants of twentieth century art, celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman.
Open until 29 August, the exhibition will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death and is an exciting opportunity to examine Giacometti’s influence amongst his contemporaries in Paris and his impact on British art in the post-war period.
From 20 – 24 June the fourth FLY Festival will bring Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, alumnus David Almond, Carnegie 2015 winner Tanya Landman, and this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner, Lisa Williamson to UEA.
FLY's aim is to inspire young people aged 11-18 to read for pleasure, develop a love of books and to discover the power of writing.
Teachers and librarians are also invited to FLY’s Inspiring Reading Conference and the new Creative Writing Day, both held on Monday 20 June. The conference includes talks from Celia Rees and Catherine Johnson, and some fantastic break-out sessions with a cross-curricular exploration of how history can inspire and improve writing and reading skills. The creative writing workshop will be led by UEA alumna, novelist and short story writer Lynne Bryan.
The Centre for Japanese Studies Newsletter Summer 2016, their 5th anniversary issue, is available now.
Read the newsletter _
Wednesday 25 May saw the presentation of the eighth UEA Engagement Awards.
The awards offer a cash prize and certificate, presented by Vice-Chancellor, David Richardson, in front of peers and collaborative partners from the regional community. Winners this year were chosen from across UEA’s faculties and the Norwich Research Park and include a seismologist from the school of Environmental Sciences, a garbologist from the School of History, a political commentator who was invited to speak at Glastonbury Festival, an ear, nose and throat expert from the Norwich Medical School and two videogame experts.This year an award was also given to a whole unit from the School of Language and Communication Studies.
Read more about UEA’s Engagement Awards _
My life in Russia is a video blog, published by Russia Beyond The Headlines, about expats living in Russia, and which recently featured alumnus Martin Cooke.
Martin is an actor and director who has lived in Moscow since 2006. He has worked in Moscow as director of the theatre company, the Flying Banana Children’s Theater. He also participates in the projects Pure Useless Beauty and Theatre of Love.
Watch the video blog _
The MA Educational Practice and Research aims to build on participants' existing interests and expertise and is specially designed for school teachers, further education lecturers and all other education practitioners working in the UK who wish to extend their CPD activities and career advancement through master’s level study.
The course starts in January each year and is offered on a part-time basis. Flexible and personalised study patterns have been designed to complement professional work commitments, with many of the taught modules being delivered during evening sessions or on Saturdays.
The Enterprise Centre has won the prestigious Guardian Sustainable Business Award for built environment.
The award recognises the innovative leading-edge approaches adopted during construction of the building and of the legacy of developments for the built environment sector in the future. It highlights the importance of the Enterprise Centre not just as a building, but for its on-going wider positive impacts socially and economically.
A new academy to develop promising elite Norfolk athletes has been announced, supported by honorary graduates Jake Humphrey and Olympian Emma Pooley.
The new Norfolk Sports Academy (NSA) has been launched by the Sportspark at the University, and is an extension to the Young Norfolk Sports Academy managed by the Norwich School.The NSA will offer a comprehensive package including financial assistance, support workshops and sport services, mentoring, access to Sportspark training facilities and branded sports kit.The scheme launches in May 2016 will run from 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017. Applications are invited from top level athletes who are ranked top 10, or in a representative team in their home county, who are resident in Norfolk and aged over 18 years old.
Thursday 16 June, 2-5pmThomas Paine Study Centre lecture theatre, UEAThe Alzheimer’s Research UK public event will give an overview of dementia, its symptoms and challenges. The event includes a mix of speakers from research, clinical and artistic backgrounds currently working in dementia.
Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 JulyARTS 01.02, UEAProf Elena Kulinskaya, Professor in Statistics at UEA and Chair of Statistics for Aviva, is hosting the 2016 Actuarial Teachers and Researchers Conference. This annual two day event is a fantastic forum for latest research ideas in actuarial science and other related areas, as well as updates on recent developments on Actuarial education and strategy.
Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 JulyThe Enterprise Centre, UEAThis year’s Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) award winner, Prof Karen Heywood is hosting the 2016 UK Antarctic Science Conference. The event is open to anyone working on Antarctic or Southern Ocean science, including techniques such as in situ measurements, numerical models, laboratory experiments or remote sensing. Abstracts from all science disciplines are welcome, including cryosphere, earth, atmosphere, marine, climate and life sciences.
Check out what's on at UEA 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:
Melvyn Butcher (EDU86)Caroline Brooker (BIO79)An obituary written by Caroline's husband, John Brooker (CHE81), can be found hereElizabeth Forsythe (CCE03)Eleanor France (BIO66)
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