University of East Anglia

Global Influence
University in Norwich, England

About University of East Anglia

By James Barham, PhD

The University of East Anglia (UEA) was founded in 1963. East Anglia is a historical region comprising the easternmost counties of England, located northeast of Cambridge on the North Sea coast.

The present university consists of four faculties and 26 schools of study, including a world-renowned climatological institute and the most-prestigious creative writing program in the UK.

The student body numbers some 18,000 souls.

UEA is associated with an unusually high number of celebrated British and international authors. In 1970, the prominent novelists Angus Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury founded the master’s degree program in creative writing.

Three of the program’s most distinguished alumni are the novelists Kazuo Ishiguro (winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature), Ian McEwan (winner of the 1998 Man Booker Prize), and Anne Enright (winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize).

Other highly regarded alumni of the creative writing program include:

  • Poet, Sebastian Barker
  • Novelists Rose Tremain, Tracy Chevalier, Neel Mukherjee & Mick Jackson
  • Children’s, author John Boyne

The great German writer W.G. Sebald—whose work combined fiction, memoir, and photography in a unique fashion and who is considered by many to be one of the most important literary voices of the past 30 years—taught for many years at East Anglia, where he founded the British Centre for Literary Translation.

UEA’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) was established in 1972. Its work has risen to international prominence in connection with the debate over global warming. The climatologist Hugh Lamb directed the CRU during the first 15 years of its existence, while Phil Jones has been Director since 2004.

During Jones’s tenure in 2009–2011, the controversial “Climategate” episode occurred, in which leaked CRU internal emails appeared to show the suppression of data that did not support the consensus view on climate change.

Other prominent East Anglia connected individuals include the following:

  • Philosopher, Martin Hollis
  • Poets, Andrew Motion & George Szirtes
  • Novelists, Amit Chaudhuri & Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Film director, Gurinder Chadha
  • Actors, John Rhys-Davis, James Frain, Catherine Rabett & Matt Milne
  • Comedian and screenwriter Vicki Pepperdine
  • Rapper, Doc Brown
  • Journalists, Stuart Ramsay & Christina Patterson
  • TV journalist, Razia Iqbal
  • Historians, Paul Kennedy & Richard Evans
  • Historian and journalist, Kathryn Hughes
  • Intellectual historian, Peter Conradi
  • Economist, Franklin Allen
  • Physical chemist, Gavin Crooks
  • Nobel laureate in chemistry, Richard Synge
  • Biochemists, Huw Davies & James Barber
  • Molecular biologist, Richard Flavell
  • Nobel laureate in medicine or physiology, Paul Nurse
  • Physician and co-discoverer of Hepatitis C, Michael Houghton
  • Geneticist, Enrico Coen
  • Microbiologist, Tracy Palmer
  • Pathologist, Karen Duff
  • Botanist, David Baulcombe
  • Plant virologist, Roy Markham
  • Evolutionary biologist, Nicholas Barton
  • Psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Joanna Fowler
  • Operations research pioneer and public servant, Solomon Zuckerman

According to Wikipedia, The University of East Anglia is a public research university in Norwich, England. Established in 1963 on a campus west of the city centre, the university has four faculties and 26 schools of study. The annual income of the institution for 2020–21 was £292.1 million, of which £35.2 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £290.4 million, and had an undergraduate offer rate of 85.1% in 2021.

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Paul Nurse
Paul Nurse
A Nobel prize winning British biochemist.
Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan
A British author.
Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro
A British novelist .
Michael Houghton
Michael Houghton
A Virologist.
Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos
A British diplomat .
Franklin Allen
An American economist and academic.
Donald Kaberuka
Donald Kaberuka
A Rwandan economist.
Joanna Coles
Joanna Coles
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Tracy Chevalier
Tracy Chevalier
An American writer.
Iain Dale
A British political blogger .
Binyavanga Wainaina
Binyavanga Wainaina
A Kenyan writer.
Peter J. Conradi
An Author and journalist.

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