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UEA campus

There has been plenty to celebrate at UEA recently. Latest rankings place us in the top 200 universities in the world for the 7th consecutive year, and in the top 20 of the one of the most prestigious national league tables. 

As the new academic year starts we welcome an increased numbers of new students, many of whom will have been inspired by our award winning staff, and stories of alumni success like that of Takyiwa Danso, who attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month. Our alumni have made UEA the university it is today and our new students will help shape the university we will be in the future.

Don’t forget that nominations are still open for the British Council Alumni Awards. If you are an international graduate, you are eligible to nominate yourself or a friend you feel should be recognised.

As always, thank you for reading, and please do let us know your thoughts on what you would like to see in future Ziggurat emails.

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Ghana GG2016 event

Global celebrations 

So far this year, 15 reunions have been held in over 13 countries as part of the Global Gathering celebrations.

Early in September over 25 alumni attended the first event, held in London and hosted by Patrick Meehan. Alumni of all ages and nationalities enjoyed the evening and especially the karaoke. In Manila, the planned venue of The Leaky Tiki became too leaky thanks to a monsoon, so the party was moved to host Nick Hilton’s own home!

There was a royal theme to alumni reunions at the Fiesta Royale Hotel in Ghana (pictured above) and the Hotel Royal Orchid in Bangalore, while the Valley Tavern was the venue for the San Francisco reunion; repeating its success and popularity for the second year in a row. Alumni in Kyoto visited Sumitomo Yu-hoen Villa and had dinner at the Sen Oku Hakko Kan museum and in Nairobi alumni were able to attend a lecture as part of their celebrations, making the most of a visit from UEA’s International Office team.

And there are still events planned right through until December in Brisbaine, Cyprus, Washington DC and Vienna. If you’re attending one of the reunions, or if you and your friends are just meeting up, share your photos using #UEAGG2016 and let us know what you’re doing.

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Takyia Danso

UEA alumna represents young people at United Nations General Assembly

Takyiwa Danso beat hundreds of other applicants to accompany the International Development Secretary Priti Patel to the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last month in New York, representing the UK’s young people.

Takyiwa was part of the ACTION/2015 UK Youth Panel throughout 2015, amplifying and advocating the power of young people in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, before going to Paris as a climate activist to participate in the COP21 climate negotiations last December.

You can follow Takyiwa on Twitter at @Tatch09.

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Concrete archive

From the archives

In September 1996, “eyebrows were raised on campus at reports of a UFO sighting…until it turned out to be the new, out of this world name for the Union supermarket”.

News in Brief
Quadram Institute's £400,000 boost from Big C

Norwich Research Park’s (NRP) planned Quadram Institute (QI) partners received a huge boost to help mark the launch of a £3 million fundraising campaign with an opening £400,000 donation from Big C.

Yours or mine? How we handle objects depends on who owns them

New research involving the University has found that how we handle objects depends on who owns them.

Study critical of Payment by Results to distribute national aid

Using payment by results to distribute international development aid risks being more about looking good than doing good, according to an academic at UEA.

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Rankings success

UEA has continued to rank highly in recent league tables, moving up to 15th place in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and remaining comfortably within the top 200 universities globally with a placing of 165th in the Times Higher Education World Universities Rankings.

Both rankings closely follow UEA’s joint third position among English mainstream universities for overall student satisfaction in this year’s National Student Survey and 14th position in the 2016 Complete University Guide.


Education UK Alumni Awards 2017

Do you know an international UEA graduate who has gone on to great success?

The Education UK Alumni Awards honour the outstanding achievements made by professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders who can demonstrate how their UK education has had an impact on their subsequent success.

Last year UEA alumna Esther Ogun won the Professional Achievement award in Nigeria and we’d love to see more of our fantastic alumni celebrated as finalists and winners in 2017. The Awards are open to alumni in any of the participating countries who studied in the UK at university degree level within the last 15 years.

This year nominations will be open from 7 September to 16 October. You can make a nomination yourself or let us know about someone you think should be put forward by emailing

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Student caller

UEA calling

This year’s autumn call campaign will soon be underway.

Current students will be phoning alumni to bring you up-to-date with student life today and hear all about life after UEA. They may even ask some advice for their future. Whether it’s talking about your time as a student, what you have gone on to do, or even a catch up about favourite academics, they are looking forward to speaking with you soon.

This year’s campaign is raising support for The Alumni Fund, The Difference Scholarships and Prostate Cancer Research, and calling will take place on weekday evenings and weekend afternoons during October and November.

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Professor Giles Foden

Risk and reward in creative writing

UEA supporters and alumni are invited to join us for an evening presentation and drinks reception to find out more about creative writing and The Difference Campaign at UEA.

Prof Giles Foden (pictured above) will talk about his career as an award-winning novelist, how UEA’s renowned Creative Writing programme continues to encourage and inspire students today and why the teaching and research he is involved with is important to society as a whole.

The evening will be hosted by our Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Richardson, who will share his appreciation for the support of alumni donors as well as his vision for the future of The Difference Campaign.

The reception will take place on Wednesday 23 November 2016 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Wolfson Library Suite at The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG. All alumni, supporters and friends of the University are very welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Dragon Hall Debate: Art in mind?

This new series of public debates continues with Art in Mind? on Monday 14 November.

Join Dr Karen Schaller as she discusses how neuroscience and the theory of emotions can help us understand art and literature, Prof John Onians as he explains neuro art history and Dr Hannah Zeilig as she explores how participation in the arts can help people with dementia and their families.

Held in the historic Dragon Hall in Norwich, the events will begin with a brief presentation from each speaker, after which the audience will be invited to ask questions and the discussion will open up. The events are free to attend and open to all. 


Join UEA Music Centre for a new lunchtime concert series

UEA Music Centre invites you to take a break from work or study throughout the autumn to join them for a new free lunchtime concert series.

Starting in October, the concerts will take place on the first Wednesday of the month, from 1.10-1.55pm in the UEA Music Centre. Entry is free and all are welcome.

A varied programme combines with a mix of the best of student Music Centre Award holders and established musicians.


Inaugural Lectures

UEA’s inaugural lecture series offers a chance to hear about a huge range of cutting-edge research from UEA’s newest professors. For the first time this year, the whole series will also be live-streamed online, so you can still enjoy the lectures even if you’re unable to get to campus.

Continuing the series on Tuesday 18 October, Prof Kai Uwe Kuhn, from the School of Economics, will discuss the way in which new business models and disruptive innovations like Air BnB and Uber have dramatically challenged economic policy response.

In November Prof Eneida Mioshi, School of Health Sciences, will discuss novel therapies in dementias and motor neurone disease and encourage us to think about how we can support people at home and in the community.

Norwich Science Festival

Solving problems with science

Norwich Research Park scientists are taking over The Forum on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October as part of the Norwich Science Festival to demonstrate how they are addressing some of the world’s biggest challenges. 

The two days boast an array of talks and events, including Prof Matt Hutchings discussing antibiotics in nature and medicine, Prof Dylan Edwards chairing a cancer research panel with the Big C, Prof Michael Hornberger talking about how memories are created, stored and lost, and Dr Lindsay Hall from the Institute of Food Research taking a look at bacterial biology and how it controls different bodily functions, such as metabolism and our immune system. 

British Academy

British Academy prizes for UEA professors

Two academics from the School of History have received awards at this year’s prestigious British Academy prize and medal winners’ ceremony.

Dr Susan E Kelly has been awarded a British Academy Medal for Charters of Chertsey Abbey (British Academy, 2015) and Charters of Christ Church Canterbury (British Academy, 2013). 

Prof Lyndsey Stonebridge has been awarded The Rose Mary Crawshay Prize for The Judicial Imagination: Writing after Nuremberg (Edinburgh University Press, 2011). 

Christmas LCR

We've got your Christmas plans sorted

It's getting closer to that time of year again and we're already starting to get into the festive spirit. 

Why not get your friends together and come back to campus to celebrate on Saturday 17 December at the Christmas LCR? 

Creative Writing legacy event

Scholarships that really make a difference

The University is pleased to announce that scholarships for 2017 entry are now open for applications. These donor-funded scholarships are supported by members of UEA’s alumni community, who are choosing to give current students the same opportunities they had whilst they studied here. 

The Monica Malik Scholarship, which will support a refugee in their studies at UEA, is the newest scholarship and offers full fees to the winning recipient. There are also new study abroad scholarships supported by Santander Universities, which aim to fund our students as they travel across the globe to countries such as Uruguay, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

FIND OUT MORE about scholarships
Pictures of Russia

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra perform three grand Russian masterpieces

The University of East Anglia Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform three of the greats in the Russian repertoire, on Friday 18 November at 7.30pm at St Andrews Hall, Norwich.

The 160-strong choir and 70-strong orchestra will perform Ravel’s brilliant arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, the Prologue and Coronation scene from Mussorgsky’s masterwork Boris Godunov and excerpts from Rachmaninov’s iconic Vespers Op.37.

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UEA supporting future business leaders

As a partner in the Future50 business growth programme for Norfolk and Suffolk, UEA hosted the inaugural F50 Live conference at the Enterprise Centre on Thursday 22 September.

Highlighting the University’s impact on the region’s growth, the conference was attended by delegates from Future50 member companies, representing sectors from computing to catering and energy to education. UEA alumni company Lambda Films and Iceni Diagnostics, a spinout company based on the research of Professor David Russell, from the School of Chemistry were among those who attended.

Future50 recognises Norfolk and Suffolk's most innovative companies, seeking out 'ones to watch' in the region and driving to accelerate their growth ambitions through business advice, networking opportunities and access to grant funding.

Open Days 2016

Open days 2016

Following three busy and successful events, there is one more undergraduate Open Day this year, on Saturday 22 October.

If you know someone thinking about applying to university, why not take the opportunity to come back to your old campus, show them around and give them an insight in to campus life? It’s a great opportunity to indulge in a little wander down memory lane while potentially inspiring a student of the future.

UniBox article

UniBox autumn advice roundup

The autumn brings many tasks for those in Year 13 who have to knuckle down to their university applications, and for Year 12s who are setting out on that journey. Take a look through the UniBox advice on what to do, and how to do it.


Master’s Level CPD for Teachers and Educationalists

The School of Education’s MA Educational Practice and Research is a part-time course which aims to build on participant’s existing interests and expertise. 

Starting in January, the  course is specially designed for school teachers, further education lecturers and all other education practitioners working in the UK.

Autumn Literary Fetival

Tickets available for UEA Autumn Literary Festival 

The Autumn Literary Festival has had a great start with David Lodge and over the next few weeks Prof Chris Bigsby will be talking to seven more guests from the literary world. 

The festival continues tomorrow night with Antony Beevor, who received the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2014, talking about his life and work. 

Former Royal Marine, Special Boat Service officer, MP, Liberal Democrat leader and now author, Paddy Ashdown will be speaking on 19 October, and actor Bernard Hill speaks about his many film and stage credits on 26 October.

Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively will be appearing on 2 November and the festival concludes with alumna, and former Chancellor, Rose Tremain on Wednesday 23 November.

What's On

UEA Live: Sophie Collins & Emily Berry - Penguin Modern Poets I: If I'm Scared We Can't Win

Thursday 13 October, 6.30pm
Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, Norwich

UEA Live, in collaboration with Writers’ Centre Norwich, presents a series of free literature evenings in their spectacular medieval home, Dragon Hall.

Enjoy the pop-up bar, browse books at The Book Hive stall, meet fellow writing enthusiasts and be the first to hear the future stars of UK publishing. A series of events for everyone who loves writing, in the heart of England’s only UNESCO City of Literature.

April Captains film screening (Portuguese 2000)

Tuesday 18 October, 5pm
ARTS 01.03, UEA
European Political Cinema, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language & Communication Studies.

Based on real events, April Captains traces the coup that overthrew the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal 1974. English subtitles, screenings free to everyone.  

UEA Drama Society presents The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October, 7pm
UEA Drama Studio
Tickets £7 (£5 concessions)

The Importance of Being Earnest - a trivial comedy for serious people - is a fast paced, farcical take on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners. 

Doors open at 7pm, show begins at 7.30pm.


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

Alan Britten (Honorary graduate)

John Gregory (BIO67)

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