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The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an internationally renowned university based in a campus that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students. It is ranked as one of the UK's Top 15 universities (Guardian University Guide 2015) and a top 20 (Complete University Guide 2015), with an international reputation for first-rate quality teaching and research across a wide range of subject areas. Established in 1963, the university comprises 4 faculties and 28 schools of study. Situated to the south-west of the city of Norwich, the university campus is approximately 320 acres (1.3 km2) in size.
Arts and Humanities
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities works collaboratively under the leadership of the Faculty Dean, Professor Yvonne Tasker, to develop its academic mission and provide support for staff and students.
With an excellent reputation for creative and innovative research, Graduate School brings together both students and staff, who have a wide-range of research interests. The Faculty hosts a well-renowned biannual Literary Festivaland also organises well attended music events throughout the year.
The Faculty consists of the following specialities:
- Art, Media and American Studies
- Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities
- Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
- Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Medicine and Health Sciences
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is one of the very best in the country for innovative teaching and research excellence in health. Students and staff share a common vision and sense of purpose: to work and study effectively in the ceaseless challenge to improve healthcare. Our supportive culture, superb facilities and close relationship with the NHS and other research partners, make this Faculty a great place to fulfil that vision.
Teaching within the school has a strong focus on Problem Based Learning, with patient contact from the very outset of our courses. Sound scientific knowledge and inter-professional learning are fundamental across each of our three schools.
The Faculty delivers world class research. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) demonstrates that, on average, over 85 per cent of our research is rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. The Faculty continues to take a leading role in the renowned scientific research community in Norwich, cited as the fourth highest city for science research in the UK.
The Faculty of Social Sciences is home to seven Schools of Study at the forefront of academic and professional development:
- Education and Lifelong Learning
- International Development
- Norwich Business School
- Social Work
Students studying within the Faculty are able to benefit from outstanding study facilities including expertise from the Norwich Business School, international Outreach Programmes and an interdisciplinary Research Methods course.
The Faculty of Science is one of the largest faculties within the University and is based in one contiguous building encouraging a ‘faculty without walls' approach to innovation and excellence in both Teaching and Research.
The six Schools of Study in the Faculty are committed to providing an intellectually challenging learning experience within a supportive educational environment that is responsive to student needs and this is reflected in the high scores received in the National Student Satisfaction survey.
The schools of study are: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computing, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Pharmacy,
The successes of these six Schools have played a major part in the University of East Anglia's excellent reputation. Each School teaches and conducts research in a range of discipline specific areas as well as offering multidisciplinary programmes in the following subjects:
Actuarial Sciences, Engineering, Geography and Natural Sciences.
Attempts had been made to establish a university in Norwich in 1919 and 1947, but due to a lack of government funding on both occasions the plans had to be postponed. The University of East Anglia was eventually given the green-light in April 1960, and opened its doors in October 1963. Initially, teaching took place in the temporary "University Village". Sited on the opposite side of the Earlham Road to the present campus, this was a collection of prefabricated structures designed for 1200 students, laid out by the local architectural firm Feilden and Mawson. There were no residences. The Vice-Chancellor and administration were based in nearby Earlham Hall.
In 1961, the first vice-chancellor, Frank Thistlethwaite, had approached Denys Lasdun, an adherent of the "New Brutalist" trend in architecture, to produce designs for the permanent campus. The site chosen was on the western edge of the city, on the south side of Earlham Road. Lasdun unveiled a model and an outline plan at a press conference in April 1963, but it took another year to produce detailed plans, which diverged considerably from the model. The first buildings did not open until late 1966. In 1968, Lasdun was replaced as architect by Bernard Feilden, who completed the teaching wall and library and created an arena-shaped square as a social space of a kind not envisioned in his predecessor's plans. Many of the original buildings now have Grade II* listed status, reflecting the importance of the architecture and the history of the campus.
In the mid-1970s, extraction of gravel in the valley of the River Yare, which runs to the south of the campus, resulted in the university acquiring its own lake or "Broad" as it is often referred to. At more or less the same time, the gift of a collection of tribal art and 20th-century painting and sculpture, by artists such as Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, from Sir Robert Sainsbury and Lady Lisa Sainsbury resulted in the construction of the striking Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the western end of the main teaching wall, one of the first major works of architect Lord Foster.
In 2005 the university, in partnership with the University of Essex and with the support of Suffolk County Council, the East of England Development Agency, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk College, and the Learning and Skills Council, secured £15 million funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the creation of a new campus in the Waterfront area of Ipswich, called University Campus Suffolk or UCS. The campus opened in September 2007.
In November 2009, computer servers at the university's Climatic Research Unit were hacked (Climatic Research Unit email controversy) and the stolen information made public. Over 1,000 emails, 2,000 documents, and source code were released. Because the Climate Research Unit is a major repository for data regarding man-made global warming, the release (which occurred directly prior to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference) attracted international attention and led to calls for an inquiry. As a result, no fewer than eight investigations were launched in the both the UK and US, but none found evidence of fraud or scientific misconduct.
The university celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013.
In 2012 the University was named the 10th best university in the world under 50 years old, and 3rd within the United Kingdom. In national league tables the university has most recently been ranked 14th in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times, 20th by The Guardian and 16th by The Complete University Guide. The university also ranked 1st for student satisfaction by the Times Higher Education magazine in 2013.
At UEA you can study and research across disciplines and boundaries that other Universities might not allow. When it was established, UEA adopted the motto "Do Different", and it did this by making interdisciplinarity one of its founding themes. This is still central to what happens here. You can be part of a creative and intellectual community that is aspiring not just to do different - but think different and be different.