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The University

The University of East Anglia campus is situated on parkland close to the River Yare to the southwest of Norwich. The site was given by the city to the new university in 1960.

World class architecture

Denys Lasdun was appointed as the University’s first architect in 1962. He designed many of the significant buildings, including the central square, the residential ‘ziggurat’ buildings and the main teaching block.

Over the last 40 years, the UEA has continued to commission outstanding contemporary architecture, making it one of the UK’s most architecturally distinguished campuses. It boasts buildings by John Miller, Rick Mather and, of course, Norman Foster.

A leading university

UEA enrolled its first 87 undergraduates in 1963. Now, it has more than 15,000 students from over 100 countries, studying a wide range of subjects.

Leading courses include the world-renowned Creative Writing programme, which has produced prize-winning authors such as Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro.

New teaching and research initiatives

The University continues to develop its teaching and research initiatives. The new medical school is closely linked to the adjacent Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The UEA is also a leading partner of the adjacent Norwich Research Park, which has one of Europe's biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.

The UEA and the Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre itself houses the university’s School of Art History and World Art Studies and the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Oceania, Africa and the Americas.

You can also train for careers in museums and galleries here, through the postgraduate museology programme.