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UEA and Norwich

The main square on the UEA campus. ©UEA

The Sainsbury Research Unit is part of the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Norwich is the county town of Norfolk, in the East Anglia region of England, about 120 miles north-east of London. UEA was founded in 1963 with the motto 'Do Different' and quickly established a reputation for innovation in teaching and research, with a special focus on interdisciplinarity across subjects, an ethos which is central to the SRU's own  academic approach. The University has grown in size and reputation over the following 50 and more years to become an internationally renowned institution providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students. In fact in 2012, just before its 50th anniversary, the University was named the 10th best university in the world under 50 years old, and 3rd within the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education '100 Under 50 university rankings'.

It is a lively, culturally diverse community with more than 3,500 students from outside the UK. It is also well known for its commitment to student support and well-being and has been consistently rated as one of the best universities in the UK for student experience by the Times Higher Education Student Experience annual surveys.

The university is conveniently located in attractive parkland on the western outskirts of Norwich. The campus is largely made up of modern, award-winning buildings by Denys Lasdun, Norman Foster and Rick Mather. Recent building initiatives have included enlarging the main library (with emphasis on up-to-date 24/7 computing and study facilities) as well as making new and affordable accommodation for students and visitors. This ranges from single rooms with shared kitchen and other facilities to self-contained one- or two- bedroom apartments. The Accommodation Office can provide detailed information regarding visits and both on and off-campus housing. University facilities also exist for health services, childcare, student financial help, counselling and careers advice. The campus features amenities such as shops, a bookstore, banking facilities, post office and several café / restaurants and bars. There are also venues for a variety of music, dancing, lecture and theatre events, as well as the Sportspark - East Anglia’s largest swimming and sports centre for fitness and athletic activities.

The Forum building in Norwich. ©UEA

Just fifteen minutes away from campus by bicycle, car or bus is the city of Norwich.

The city centre maintains a fine architectural heritage, including a Norman cathedral, castle and central open square with covered market, alongside striking modern buildings. In addition to a diverse range of restaurants, it has several museums, theatres and cinemas, and a wealth of shopping venues including department stores, indoor malls, and the quirky 'lanes' area full of smaller independent shops. Norwich is especially renowned for the number and quality of its medieval churches and also its pubs and bars. There are also many nightclubs in the city centre. Cambridge and London (and airports) are easily accessible by train, coach or car, and nearby Norwich Airport services both national and international flights, especially to Europe. Regular bus services connect the campus to the city centre. The University website has a useful introduction to Norwich.

The landscape of East Anglia is varied and includes open countryside and woodlands, a dramatic coastline with many large sandy beaches, and 'The Broads' National Park - a network of navigable rivers and lakes forming Britain's largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway. Outdoor activities, such as boating, walking, heritage tourism (castles, stately homes, museums) and cycling are common throughout the region.

For more information on where UEA and Norwich are and how to get here see the University Getting Here guide.

Picturesque Elm Hill in Norwich. ©UEA