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Ziggurat the enewsletter of the UEA alumni association
Ziggurat the enewsletter of the UEA alumni association

The alumni community is a very important part of the University, and the Global Gatherings taking place around the world later this month are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate that.

2016’s celebrations kicked off early this month in London, with a further 30 more events over the next month or so, from Australia to Zambia and most places in between! Each year the events become more popular as alumni get together to catch up, share memories of their time here at UEA, and even make new friends. If you can’t make it to one of the organised reunions, we’d still like to see where you are on the University’s anniversary, Thursday 29 September, especially if you have your graduation mug handy! Just post your photos on social media using #UEAGG2016 and show us.

You will notice the new look for September’s Ziggurat enewsletter, and as always we’d love to hear what you think of it. We also bring you plenty of news and events from the University, including the Noirwich crime writing festival, autumn Literary Festival, and UEA’s continued success in the National Student Satisfaction survey.

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Charlie Higson hands Fast Show scripts to UEA literary archive

The University is delighted to announce that the archive of alumnus, comedy writer, actor and novelist Charlie Higson is now part of the literary archive at UEA. 

The formal announcement will take place during his talk on Ian Fleming and the creation of Young Bond at UEA on Friday 16 September, during the Noirwich crime writing festival. The event will also include an exclusive exhibition of material from the archive.

Charlie Higson studied English and Film Studies at UEA from 1977, meeting comedy partner, Paul Whitehouse, and another fellow comedy writer, Dave Cummings, in his first year. Higson and Whitehouse later lived together in London where they began writing comedy together initially for others, including Harry Enfield, before creating The Fast Show in the 1990s, which attracted a cult following. 

Read The Observer article  
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Global celebrations

Each September, alumni in cities all over the world get together to mark the University’s anniversary. The events come in all shapes and sizes, from drinks or dinner, to a theme park, and even to a day of charity work. No two events are the same! This year’s celebrations were kicked off with the first event in London last Friday night.

Over 30 more events are taking place, in Islamabad, San Francisco, Cameroon, Ghana, Kyoto, Manila, Ethiopia, Nepal, Lagos and Vienna to name a few. Four reunions are taking place across Australia, three in the United States, and four in the UK. The full list of events and locations can be found on our website, and you can view photos from last year’s events for inspiration.

There is no such thing as too small for a reunion – even if it’s just two of you. If you’re with another UEA graduate on Thursday 29 September we’d love to hear from you. Post your photos using #UEAGG2016 and let us know what you’re doing on UEA’s birthday!

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UEA third in national student satisfaction survey

The University has ranked joint third in this year’s National Student Survey (NSS) for student overall satisfaction, achieving a score of 91 per cent in overall satisfaction. 

UEA is the only English mainstream university to be ranked in the top five every year since the survey began in 2005.


Visitors from Malawi

In July, alumnus and Vice Chancellor of the University of Malawi Professor John Saka paid a visit to the University campus.

Professor Saka (pictured above, centre) was joined by his colleague Professor Grant Kululanga (far right), the Principal of the University of Malawi Polytechnic College. As well as meeting with Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Ward, and Professor Richard Harvey, Director of Internationalisation, they were taken on a tour of the campus by the Southern African Student Ambassador and took the time to meet with some of UEA’s current Malawian Postgraduate students, all of whom had previously studied at the University of Malawi. 

The day’s programme concluded with a meeting to discuss potential partnerships, joint initiatives and research collaborations between the two institutions. 

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 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 are open until 16 October. You can make a nomination yourself, or let us know about someone you think should be put forward by emailing


From the archives

In May 1992, Carter USM were ‘kidnapped’ by UEA RAG in a fundraising stunt, just hours before they were due onstage at the Waterfront.

News in Brief
Brexit voting fears fall flat but electoral problems remain

Fears about problems with the Brexit vote were largely unfounded – but endemic concerns about the electoral system still remain, according to electoral experts at UEA and Newcastle.

Hay fever from ragweed pollen could double due to climate change

Climate change could cause new hay fever misery for millions of people across Europe – according to a new report from the University of East Anglia in collaboration with several European institutes.

UEA part of consortium awarded Social Science research funding

The University is part of a consortium of 10 universities in the South East of England awarded a prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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50th anniversary reunion for SOC students

In the autumn of 1966 four young men from diverse backgrounds came up to the new University that was UEA to read Social Studies and immediately became friends. 50 years later they came together again, still friends, for a reunion.

Colin Price, Alan Townsend, Simon Penney and Nick Harrison all came back to campus at the beginning of August to get together and mark their anniversary, as well as taking the opportunity to enjoy the journey in a classic car – a Rover similar to the one Colin made the drive in to UEA 50 years ago!

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The Woodburners reunite, 50 years on

Started in their first term at UEA in 1966, The Woodburners quickly became part of the Norwich folk scene, and in September the group were finally able to meet up again, marking their own 50th anniversary in Finland.

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Laid Back Around the World in 180 Days

Back in April 2014, alumnus Richard Evans cycled around the world on a recumbent bicycle raising funds for the charity RoadPeace. His 23,000km route took him from Holland to Singapore, then via Australia, NZ, Canada, USA, and back to UK through Portugal, Spain and France where he arrived back on 1 October. 

Richard has just published a book, Laid Back Around the World in 180 Days, about his epic trip, royalties from which will continue to raise money for RoadPeace. His trip raised over £3,200 and his fundraising page is still open for donations.

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Acsys and UEA 2016 Internship Programme

As mentioned in July’s email, alumnus David Meganck has provided an amazing opportunity for four current students to take up exclusive internships in China during the summer vacation period.

Whilst on their placement, the students have been keeping diary entries, and will be reporting back to the Careers team when they return for the autumn term.

READ their placement diary  

Alumni donations enhancing the student experience

This year 16 projects have been awarded funding from the Alumni Fund, sharing over £60,000 between them. The impact of these will be felt not only by current students, but by future students and the wider community.

One of this year’s projects will allow UEA’s postgraduate creative writing students to work with pupils in disadvantaged schools within the local area. The school pupils will write six 15 minute plays which will be produced by UEA drama students and performed at the 2017 FLY literacy festival.

READ MORE about the projects  

Public debate series debuts this month

Starting last night, UEA and Writers’ Centre Norwich are presenting a new series of public debates at the historic Dragon Hall in Norwich this autumn. These sparky exchanges on contemporary controversies will cover a range of issues including climate change, migration and internet security.

Speakers in the series include UEA academics from a range of disciplines, as well as guest experts such as classicist Mary Beard, the Red Cross’ Gervais Kouloungou Mambs and radical journalist Bea Campbell.

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 invite you to take a break from work or study throughout the autumn to join them for a new free Lunchtime Concert series in the UEA Music Centre. 

Concerts will take place on the first Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday 5 October, from 1.10-1.55pm in the UEA Music Centre. Entrance is free and all are welcome.


Lecturer’s outstanding contribution to pharmacy recognised at national awards

Dr Debi Bhattacharya, senior lecturer in pharmacy practice, was presented with the 2016 Pharmacy Research UK award at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society annual awards, recognising her contribution to pharmacy practice research and her potential to become a leader in the field.

Through its annual awards programme, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society celebrates and acknowledges the achievements of teams and individuals within the pharmacy profession.


Inaugural Lectures

UEA’s autumn inaugural lecture series will begin on Tuesday 4 October with a lecture from Prof Anne Haour from the Sainsbury Research Unit, discussing what archaeology can reveal about the globalised world. 

The autumn series will include talks on dementia, the immune systems of plants and economic policy response. The inaugural lectures offer 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 if you’re unable to get to campus, you can still enjoy the lectures. 

READ more about the autumn series  

Growing Up Married

Directed and produced by Dr Eylem Atakav, senior lecturer in Film and Television Studies, Growing Up Married is a documentary focusing on the stories of child brides in Turkey recollecting their memories as adults.

It will be screened on Sunday 30 October Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, and will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr Atakav.

The film explores what happens after child marriage by focusing on the stories of four women, and making their experiences visible, while contributing to debates around this significant, complex and emotionally charged human rights issue which has often been discursively silenced.


UEA signs Memorandum of Understanding

Prof David Richardson and Prof Chen Shiyi, President of the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in August. 

An academic delegation from SUSTech in Shenzhen, China, visited UEA and signed the MoU with UEA’s Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson, and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science Professor Phil Gilmartin.

The MoU cements the relationship between the two universities and will enable UEA PhD students to have the experience of studying for their degree at both UEA and SUSTech. UEA and SUSTech academic staff will jointly supervise students and work together on joint research collaborations. There will also be opportunities for undergraduate exchange students from both universities to study at the partner institutions.


Norwich Science Festival

Taking place in October, the Norwich Science Festival will be two weeks full of fascinating exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and noisy theatrical shows. Events will take place at The Forum and other venues around the city, for all age groups and all levels of knowledge and interest, ranging from pre-school play sessions to evening lectures. 

As part of the festival, UEA will be part of a team from the Norwich Research Park holding special events in The Forum on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October.

The two days boast an array of talks and events, including Prof Matt Hutchings talking about 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 they control different bodily functions such as metabolism and our immune system. 


Opportunities to join UEA Choir, Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra

Now is your chance to join of the UEA Music Centre’s symphonic ensembles for their 2016/17 concert season. If you, or someone you know, are looking for an opportunity to develop orchestral playing or vocal skills, why not audition?

UEA Choir, Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra are open, by audition, to all staff, students and members of the community. UEA Choir, directed by Tom Primrose, welcomes singers of all abilities and levels of experience, whilst the UEA Chamber Choir, directed by UEA Director of Music Stuart Dunlop, welcomes singers with some vocal training and/or choral experience. UEA Symphony Orchestra, directed by Stuart Dunlop, welcomes players of Grade 7 standard or above. 

Auditions for all three ensembles will take place on Friday 30 September and Monday 3 October in the UEA Music Centre. 


Noirwich festival returns to the city

Some of the biggest names in crime writing including Ian Rankin, Peter James, Charlie Higson and Sophie Hannah (author of the new Poirot series) are coming to the city for the third international Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.

With events taking place across the city, a killer weekend is guaranteed. The festival kicks off with Sunday Times bestseller Peter James at Jarrold on Thursday 15 September. On the Friday, Ian Rankin headlines at UEA and events take place all day at Dragon Hall on Saturday 17 September.

The weekend rounds off with a Bloody Brunch on the Sunday, where visitors can enjoy a Bloody Mary and brunch with six sensational crime writers.


Open days 2016

Following three busy and successful events, there is one more undergraduate Open Day being held 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? Even if they aren’t considering studying at UEA, it’s a great opportunity to indulge in a little wander down memory lane while potentially inspiring a student of the future.


UCAS CEO urges A level scholars to be ambitious

Following this year’s A level results, we look at the advice given by Mary Curnock Cook, the chief executive of UCAS, that university applicants can afford to be more ambitious, and should think about breaking out of traditional subject choices in the new economy.


MBA Open Evening

Do you want to explore new ideas, develop your business skills and learn to think and communicate with greater clarity and confidence? Norwich Business School are holding an open evening for the MBA on Tuesday 11 October where you can meet with academics who will be happy to answer your questions about the course.


Friend Finder

If you are in touch with the following people, please ask them to contact the Alumni office at, as one of their University friends would like to get in touch.

Rachel Bailey (BIO85)
Alan Bazeley (CHE87)
Charisse Brown (LAW85)
James Cartwright (SOC67)
Samantha Cutter (ART97)
Karen Davis (EAS84)
John Evans (ENV96)
Huw Johnson (CHE88)
Malcolm Mansfield (SOC72)
Ann O'Regan (SOC76)
Carole Painter (EAS66)
Elaine Simpson (ENV98)
Sara Smith (CHE88)
Christos Sofroniou (SYS82)
Gary Speller (BIO00)
Veronica Stokes (ENV96)
Chee Yeoh (LAW85)

What's On

Charlie Higson on Bond

Friday 16 September, 6pm
Thomas Paine Study Centre, UEA, £8/£6 Concessions

Charlie Higson is a comedian, actor and author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series, which has sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 languages. Here, he joins UEA Lecturer and fellow Bond enthusiast Matthew Woodcock for a discussion of all things 007; including Higson’s personal approach to the character’s early adventures, the inspiration taken from Ian Fleming’s own life and the essential ingredients of a classic James Bond story.

The discussion will also touch on the place of thriller vis-à-vis crime writing and the challenges of writing for a young adult audience, with a Q&A opportunity for aspiring writers to pose their own questions.

Ocean Film Festival

Wednesday 21 September, 7pm
Lecture Theatre 1, UEA

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases the world’s most amazing ocean films from above and below the water’s surface!
Brought to you by the producers of the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this extraordinary collection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. 
Films start at 7pm (doors open at 6pm).

Inaugural Lectures - The Globalised World of the Middle Ages: An Archaeologist's View

Tuesday 4 October, 6.30pm
Julian Study Centre lecture theatre, UEA

Few of us today have not travelled beyond our local community or used imported goods. The idea of long distance connections between people is familiar. Perhaps more surprising is how far these connections can be traced back in time. This talk outlines how archaeologists can reveal the globalised world, with examples from medieval West Africa and the Indian Ocean. What can objects tell us about how our ancestors engaged with their immediate world, and the world beyond?


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

Nicole Abrey-Stockwell (SWK11)

Don Ranvaud, founding member of Film Studies at UEA
An obituary for Don can be found here.

Prof Geoffrey Shephard, Emeritus Professor
An obituary for Dr Corbett, written by Prof Shaun Stevens (MTH) can be found here

Timothy Stapleford (EDU90)

George Perren (EUR67)

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