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:
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:
Who are University of East Anglia's Most influential alumni?
University of East Anglia's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Literature, Earth Sciences, and History. University of East Anglia’s most academically influential people include Ian McEwan, Paul Nurse, and Kazuo Ishiguro.
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