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Ziggurat - The e-Newsletter of the UEA Alumni Association May 2017 View in browser

May is off to a fantastic start with the news that UEA has continued its rise in the league tables. These rankings reflect the views of students so it is rewarding to see that our focus on student experience, while still striving for research excellence, is paying off. 

This month we also bring you news about our next London Lecture, the FLY festival and the return of Noirwich this autumn, as well as lectures and events on campus.

Featured Stories

UEA achieves highest-ever league table ranking

The University has risen two places to 12th position in the Complete University Guide league table, its highest-ever national ranking.

The Guide, which measures 129 UK universities across 10 categories, also ranks 70 individual subjects, with UEA appearing in the top 10 for nine of the 35 subjects it teaches.

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Climate Change and Global Decarbonisation

London Lecture celebrates the work of the School of Environmental Sciences

This special lecture from Prof Corinne Le Quéré will launch celebrations marking 50 years of the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA.

UEA was the first university in the world to introduce the study of environmental sciences 50 years ago, bringing together scientists from across disciplines to study the planet, its processes, and our impact upon it. UEA is still at the forefront of climate science today, providing data, analysis and potential solutions to governments and policy makers across the globe.

In this lecture, Prof Corinne Le Quéré from the School of Environmental Sciences will explore the latest data on climate change, its impacts and underlying drivers. She will also present the rapid evolution in carbon emissions responsible for climate change and show new evidence for very recent progress towards full decarbonisation.
Places are still available for those wishing to attend the lecture at 1 Wimpole Street in London. 

Watch this short trailer for a taste of Corinne's talk. 

There will also be a special live screening of the lecture at 6.45pm in the Thomas Paine Study Centre at UEA, which will be followed by a complimentary drinks reception hosted by the School of Environmental Sciences. And, as always, the lecture will be streamed live to our Facebook page, with the opportunity to ask questions after the talk via Facebook comments.

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Manic Street Prreachers

UEA Gig History

UEA continues to chart its amazing history of more than 53 years hosting gigs to the public with a dedicated website and Twitter feed.

This month’s Guest Blog by Jody Thompson doffs a hat to the music scene in Norwich and recounts trying to cover a legendary Manic St Preachers gig with a broken Dictaphone in May 1991. 

One of the themes that has emerged is support bands at a UEA gig who have gone on to success, and over the years this includes Genesis, The Human League, Duran Duran and Radiohead. Terry Edwards shouts out in the May Memory Box to the support band he caught by chance; The Lounge Lizards, which sparked off a lifelong love of Jazz.

@UEAgighistory Twitter moments include a retweet by Graham Coxon from Blur in response to a Radio 4 show with alumnus John Osborne talking about his first Blur album. As the show’s byline says, “Sometimes when you hear a song you are transported back to the first time you heard it, you remember everything: where you were, who you were with, what was going on in your life that means it was so important to you.” – which could have been written about the UEA Gig History project. 

News in Brief
Better quality relationships associated with reduced dementia risk

Positive social support from adult children is associated with reduced risk of developing dementia, according to new research published by UEA.

UEA helps tackle challenge to cap global temperature rise

Researchers at UEA are part of a major £8.6 million programme to investigate ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to counteract global warming.

Changes in Early Stone Age tool production have ‘musical’ ties

New UEA research suggests that advances in the production of Early Stone Age tools had less to do with the evolution of language and more to do with the brain networks involved in modern piano playing.

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Did you graduate from the School of Medicine in 2007?

Norwich Medical School are holding a dinner on Saturday 15 July to mark the ten year anniversary of the graduation of their founding cohort.

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Pirates v Old Boys

Pirates ‘old boys’ celebrate reunion with victory

On Saturday 29 April, the UEA American football team held their 21st annual Old Boys vs UEA Pirates game, where alumni come back to campus to play the current team.

Once again the Old Boys won, with the final score standing at Old Boys 8 - 0 UEA Pirates, their 21st win in a row! The event was followed by a party in the evening attended by the alumni, team members and friends.

Alumni in Mexico City

Alumni event in Mexico

Last month Dr Alfonso Avila-Merino, the Associate Dean of Internationalisation for the faculty of social sciences, met with alumni as part of a trip to Mexico.

Twenty two alumni attended the dinner in Mexico City and had a great time reminiscing about their time at UEA and sharing their experiences, as well as discussing with Dr Avila-Merino ways to encourage prospective students to choose UEA.

Anniversary celebrations for Concrete 

Last month saw Concrete contributors past and present gather for a reception in the Sainsbury Centre to mark the paper’s anniversary.

For the last 25 years, Concrete has documented student life and university events. It offers a glimpse into UEA’s history as well as chronicling its present in 338 issues, and more than 40.5 million pages of print.

In 1992 the first issues covered the construction of Nelson Court and Constable Terrace accommodation and Castle Mall in the city centre, with the latest issue reporting on the unveiling of the Sir Antony Gormley sculptures and reaction to the announcement of June’s general election. Students have also interviewed an impressive list of celebrities over the years, including honorary graduate Stephen Fry (twice), Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Geldof and alumnus Greg James.

Concrete made its first appearance in 1973 but was re-launched in its current form in 1992. Over the years other student publications have included Decanter, Skop, Phoenix, Chips, Can Opener, Mustard Magazine and Kett.

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Festival of Literature for Young People

UEA’s Festival of Literature for Young People (FLY Festival) has just revealed its packed programme of events planned for July.

Among the writers taking part are Frank Cottrell Boyce, Martyn Bedford, Clare Furniss, Jo Cotterill and Andy Briggs.

Charlie Higson, alumnus and honorary patron of the festival, said: “Five years ago I wrote about how excited I was to be involved in a new festival at my old university and I can’t believe how well it’s grown since then.”


UEA student among finalists for Young Scientist Competition

Current Postgraduate research student Ana Mulet Cabero is a finalist for the Institute of Food Science and Technology’s Young Scientist of the Year award.

The Young Scientist Competition offers undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK) the opportunity to present their current or recently completed food-related project in front of their peers and to a panel of food professionals. The finalists will each give a presentation at Coventry University on Tuesday 9 May in front of the panel of judges.

FutureMax Careers

UEA start-up through to national competition final

A UEA-based start-up will be competing at the national final of the prestigious Young Enterprise start-up programme, a competition which allows students to create and run a business over the course of a year.

FutureMax Careers is a social enterprise dedicated to helping young people follow their dreams through engaging, employer-led workshops, founded by a diverse team of UEA students from various backgrounds.

Having won the UEA final on 28 April, FutureMax will be hoping to secure victory at the national final in Liverpool on 10 May. Company co-founder Konrad Maliszewski has also been nominated for the ‘Student of the Year’ award.

At the national final, the team will be judged on their trade stand designed to showcase their unique careers guidance services, followed by a 2 minute investment pitch and Q&A, before a presentation delivered in front of a large audience.
UEA Student Enterprise are asking people to get involved and show their support for FutureMax Careers by liking their Facebook page and following @FutureMaxCareer on Twitter.

Choir and Orchestra of the University of Caen

UEA Choir welcome the Choir and Orchestra of the University of Caen

UEA Choir will join forces with the Choir and Orchestra of the University of Caen (COUR), for a tour of Norwich on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May.

The tour will begin with a one-off lunchtime concert by COUR in the Strode Concert Room (UEA Music Centre). In this concert, COUR, who previously hosted UEA Choir in Normandy back in March 2016, will perform Schubert’s Mass in G major and Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

The tour will conclude on Saturday 27 May, with a series of concerts in two beautiful Norfolk churches. COUR and UEA Choir will perform a lunchtime concert at The Church of St Peter Mancroft, followed by an evening concert at St Andrew’s Church Eaton. The programme for both concerts, will include Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Dvorak’s In Nature’s Realm.

Noirwich festival

Val McDermid and Martina Cole taking part in Noirwich

Some of the top names in crime fiction will be heading to Norwich in September for the fourth annual Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.

Taking place across Norwich from Thursday 14 until Sunday 17 September, the festival features Val McDermid, Martina Cole, Anthony Horowitz, Arne Dahl, Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

As part of the festival alumnus Terry Edwards will bring back to life, for one night only, a unique musical interpretation of Derek Raymond’s novel I Was Dora Suarez. The event will reunite Terry Edwards and musicians from the original show with crime writer Cathi Unsworth.

Norwich Business School

Master the art of business with an MBA: alumni scholarships available

An MBA is the highest-level management qualification possible, and an investment in yourself and your future.

As a UEA graduate you are eligible for a scholarship of up to 50% towards an MBA at Norwich Business School. The School will be hosting MBA open evenings on Thursday 18 May and Thursday 22 June to give you the chance to meet course leaders and current students, find out more about the content and structure of the programme, and ask any questions you may have.

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What's On

Rana Begum: Space Light Colour

From Friday 12 May
Sainsbury Centre

Rana Begum is one of the most exciting artists working in Britain today. She has completed commissions in Dubai, Cambridge, and King’s Cross in London. Her use of space, colour and form will transform the mezzanine gallery of the Sainsbury Centre with an immersive installation and wall-mounted reliefs, taking advantage of the light and space of Norman Foster’s architecture. This will be her first museum show anywhere in the world.

Dementia diagnosis in primary care: who is undiagnosed, why are they undiagnosed, and does it matter?

Wednesday 24 May, 1-2pm
Edith Cavell Building, UEA
Dr George Savva, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences

Dementia is a complex progressive syndrome with both cognitive and non-cognitive signs and symptoms associated with need for support with day-to-day activities. It is acknowledged that, whatever criteria are used, a substantial proportion of people with dementia remain undiagnosed. In this seminar, Dr George Savva will present estimates of the rate of dementia diagnosis among groups stratified by dementia severity, and the proportion of those with no diagnosis but with a record of help-seeking or referral to secondary services. This will underpin a discussion of the social and clinical predictors of a person with a dementia being diagnosed, and compare outcomes to estimate the effect of diagnosis.

Pint of Science 2017

Monday 15 May - Wednesday 17 May

Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. You don't need any prior knowledge, and this is your chance to meet the people responsible for the future of science (and have a pint with them).

Pint of Science Norwich is in eight venues across the city.


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

John Jones (BIO76)

Christopher Noble (DEV79)

Timothy Pickup (CHE67)

Mario Reading (EUR72) 

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