University of East Anglia

2014 League Table Ranking 20
2014 Overall Score 795
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Entry Standards 415 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.5 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.58 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,134 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.12 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 553 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 68.9 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 91.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 71.6 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 45.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Opened in 1963, one of the sixties generation of universities – UEA most recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
  • The University of East Anglia (UEA) was part of the 1994 Group until its dissolution in November 2013. 
  • The first UK university to offer courses in Creative writing, Environmental Sciences and Development Studies, and champion of interdisciplinary subjects.
  • First university to study climate change with over 40 years experience through our Climatic Research Unit.
  • A centre for arts and culture, in 1973 Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury donated their collection of world art to the University which is housed on campus in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.
  • Norwich Medical School opened in 2001 with UEA’s first doctors graduating in 2007 having benefited enormously from access to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital based on UEA’s single-site campus.
  • INTO UEA, our Norwich-based study centre delivering a world-class educational and cultural experience for international students with fast, effective and assured progression to university degree courses opened in 2007.
  • UEA have twice been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize: Creative Writing (2011); International Development (2009).
  • UEA’s London-based campus recruited its first students in January 2010. This state-of-the-art facility for teaching, learning, enterprise and engagement is set in the heart of the City of London. A range of innovative courses in the areas of business, diplomacy, and creative entrepreneurship are available. UEA London also hosts our INTO partners, who offer English Language and academic preparation courses at both our Norwich and London based campuses.

Location and transport

  • Set in 129 hectares (320 acres) of parkland with its own 'Norfolk Broad' – UEA’s academic and social amenities are conveniently available within this single-site campus with all academic departments, the facilities based at Norwich Research Park, lecture theatres, library and the sporting and social amenities only a few minutes’ walk from each other.
  • The Norwich Research Park, host to the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, the Sainsbury Laboratory, The Genome Analysis Centre, and the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, has over 11,000 people including 2,700 scientists and an annual research spend of over £100 million, the Norwich Research Park has one of Europe’s largest single-site concentrations of research in Health, Food and Environmental Sciences.
  • Fifteen minutes from the lively centre of historic Norwich, one of the UK's top ten shopping cities and named as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature in recognition of Norwich’s literary heritage, contemporary strengths and future potential in the field of literature, creative writing, reading and the literary arts.
  • The cheapest UK city annual bus pass; half-hourly London trains; regular Norwich–Amsterdam shuttle flights (then the world’s your oyster), and university to London airports coach service. UEA’s Student Service Advisers will help you find the information you need.

Entry standards

  • Entry requirements may vary according to the subject and course you want to study. Find information about entry requirements at the University of East Anglia on the website.
  • The majority of subjects do not usually request applicants to attend for interview. However, candidates will be invited to interview for Actuarial Sciences, Business Statistics, Drama (audition), Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy, Natural Sciences.

Student mix


  • 55% female, 45% male.
  • 15% of students are from overseas.
  • 89.2% of applicants are from state schools.
  • 6.7 applications per acceptances.

Course flexibility

  • The modular degree structure means that students take self-contained modules, providing substantial choice. Programme of study offered at Honours level.
  • Each degree has compulsory modules – but students can also take optional modules outside the main subject area.
  • A significant number of courses give the opportunity to study abroad for a period.
  • The majority of courses have work placement options – individual schools of study will advise on these.
  • Students benefit from high quality teaching and supervision with an excellent staff/student ratio.
  • Broad study areas include: Biological and Chemical Sciences; Environmental and Earth Sciences; Geography; Forensic Sciences; International Development Studies; Mathematics, Computing and Information Systems; Medicine; Pharmacy; Occupational Therapy; Physiotherapy; Speech and Language Therapy; Nursing and Midwifery; Management and Business; Accountancy; History; Archeology; Educational Studies; Counselling; Economics; Political, Social and International Studies; Law and Legal Systems; Philosophy; English Literature and Creative Writing; Media Studies; Drama; American Studies; Art History; Film and TV Studies; Modern Languages and translation (French, Spanish, Japanese); Social Work; Psychology; Physical Education and Sport.

Teaching standards

  • The University of East Anglia has been rated in the top ten English mainstream universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey since it began (2005–12) – a key measure of the quality of education provided from academic and teaching excellence to support and advice offered.
  • The University received the highest ranking in its most recent quality audit (The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)).
  • UEA’s Norwich Business School is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) – an exclusive club of just 1.4% of the world’s Business Schools. 

Research standards

  • Nearly 90 per cent of our research was rated of international excellence in the latest (2008) Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with over 50 per cent world leading. Norwich has the fourth greatest concentration of most highly cited researchers in the UK, after London, Oxford and Cambridge – thanks to the University and its Norwich Research Park partners.
  • The RAE ranks History of Art, Film Studies, American Studies and International Development in the top three in the UK, with Environmental Sciences and Pharmacy in the top ten.
  • UEA’s position and reputation in national rankings and global league tables continues to gain in strength, often outperforming Russell Group universities.

Academic strengths

  • Sciences and Health linked to world-leading Norwich Research Park institutes; notable strengths in Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine.
  • 2012 launch of the Chinese hub of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (Fudan University in Shanghai) uniting the research and teaching strength of UEA and Fudan as two world-leading institutions to explore potential answers to climate change
  • Powerful professional and business offering with highly regarded Schools of Social Work, Education, Law, Nursing Sciences, and the Norwich Business School.
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with particular strengths in History, English Literature, Creative Writing, Film, Television and Media studies and Philosophy.
  • Despite the rise in fees since 2012, UEA’s distinctive reputation meant it experienced buoyant demand for places being one of the few UK universities to actually meet its student recruitment targets.

Student facilities, including library and computing

  • Students have access to a wide range of resources and facilities to assist their studies. A network of professional Student Services offers information, advice, practical help and specialist resources to enable all students to take full advantage of the opportunities offered at undergraduate level.
  • The University's library is open seven days a week during semesters. Facilities include more than 800,000 volumes of books and journals, a range of electronic resources including major bibliographic and citation databases, an extensive audio-visual collection, and an inter-lending and document supply service. IT facilities include a 24-hour access area in the Library, IT hubs across campus, a high-speed network connecting the whole University campus and a wireless network for laptop and mobile access.
  • The  Language Learning Centre also provides students with the opportunity to learn to speak another language, with classes from beginner to advanced levels. Languages offered include British Sign Language, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
  • Specialist facilities also include purpose-built, state-of-the-art scientific laboratories, psychology research pods and observation suites, drama and electro-acoustic music studios, telecommunications suites and resources

Disability service

  • UEA’s dedicated Disability Team are responsible for the provision of information and advice and for co-ordinating the support needed by students.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union is an independent organisation that represents UEA students’ interests at a university level and provides central services and support for all students.
  • Voted Student Union of the Year at the 2010 Club Awards, as well as the best student venue in the country by the music industry's Live! magazine, with 50 big name bands performing each year.
  • The Student Union’s 1,550-capacity LCR venue on campus attracts touring bands and artists as well as regular club nights. Recent high profile performers include Coldplay, Calvin Harris, The Killers, Ed Sheeran, The Streets, Primal Scream, and The Vaccines.
  • Over 200 active societies and sports clubs plus award-winning student media including the student newspaper Concrete – get involved!The campus boasts a post office, bank, coffee shops, canteens, shops, bars, a book shop and launderettes. Shops owned by the Students’ Union provide a wide range of products at student-friendly prices.


  • UEA’s Sportspark facilities were built from 2000, when the main building opened, with additional sections added between 2008 and 2012.
  • The Sportspark is able to provide space and time for activities at most times of the day, even at quite short notice.
  • Activities on offer include swimming, fitness centre, group exercise and dance studios, badminton, squash, climbing and other indoor sports, gymnastics and trampolining, tennis, netball, athletics, football and hockey (including 3G pitches), martial arts and table tennis.
  • A flexible approach to pricing means there are no contract tie-ins and the ability to simply turn up, pay and play as required, without having a formal membership.
  • Various payment options offer value for money for those making good use of the facilities each week.

Recent/prospective new builds

  • The University’s most recent building and refurbishment programme has continued to enhance facilities for students, including the provision of a series of Hubs situated across the university campus for registration, timetabling, enrolment, assignment submission, and general information.
  • Investment in existing infrastructure and regeneration projects include the Law School’s Earlham Hall complex; student accommodation and common space facilities; and car parking infrastructure.
  • A new Enterprise Centre, designed to offer businesses and students an environment in which to develop their entrepreneurial skills is also set to be opened in 2014.
  • Norwich Research Park, which focuses on world-leading bioscience, features the new Centrum building which aims to create and support new companies and graduate jobs.
  • In keeping with the University’s strong 'green' credentials to become an exemplar of good practice environmentally, at the time of writing UEA have achieved the Gold EcoCampus and ACT TravelWise awards.

Availability of part-time work

  • The University actively encourages students to develop skills and experience through part-time work, however students are expected to consider their study commitments and to avoid employment commitments that will adversely affect their academic work.
  • EmployAbility, the university’s campus-based job agency, helps students find part-time work, holiday jobs and work placements.
  • Opportunities for part-time work on campus too through UEA’s Student Helper and Ambassador schemes.
  • Many voluntary opportunities are available through individual Schools of Study, UEA’s EmployAbility agency, and also through the Students’ Union.
  • Visit the website for more information on part-time work at East Anglia,
  • Post-graduation support includes UEA’s Graduate Intern Programme which facilitates part-time (and full-time) work for between four and 12 weeks.

Notable alumni

  • Benedict Allen, Broadcaster, Author, Explorer (Travellers’ Century, Unbreakable).
  • Baroness Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator for the UN, and former Leader of the House of Lords.
  • Wayne Barnes, Referee (International Rugby Union, International Rugby Board).
  • John Boyne, Author (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas).
  • Gurinder Chadha, Film Director, (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride & Prejudice, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging).
  • Caroline Flint MP (Lab) for don Valley, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
  • Tamara Ingram, Group Executive Vice President and Executive Managing Director of Grey Group.
  • Kazuo Ishiguro OBE, Author (Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go).
  • Razia Iqbal, Special Correspondent (BBC TV News), presenter (News Channel).
  • Greg James, DJ (BBC Radio 1).
  • Shabs Jobanputra, Managing Director of Relentless Records.
  • Karen Jones CBE Non Executive Director of Virgin Active Group Ltd, Booker plc, ASOS plc and Food and Fuel Ltd
  • Annabel Kanabus, Director AVERT International AIDS charity.
  • Gareth Malone, Choral Animateur, Author and Broadcaster with London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne and the BBC TV series (The Choir).
  • Dr Iain Matthews, Senior Research Scientist at Disney Research Pittsburgh.
  • Ian McEwan CBE FRA FRL Author (Atonement, Enduring Love).
  • Matt Milne, Actor (War Horse, Wrath of the Titans, Downton Abbey).
  • Jenni Murphy, Sportswoman and member of first all-woman team in Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, 1990
  • Mike Norris, Chief Executive Officer of Computacenter plc.
  • Prof Sir Paul Nurse KBE FRS Scientist, President of the Royal Society and 2001 Nobel Prize Winner.
  • Dr David Reeves, Chief Executive Officer and former President Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
  • Arthur Smith, Writer, broadcaster and comedian (BBC, ITV).
  • Christopher Smith, Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Matt Smith, Actor (Dr Who, Christopher and His Kind, The Shadow in the North).
  • Prof Andrew Standord-Clark, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Member of IBM Academy of Technology and IBM Master Inventor.
  • Lord (Thomas) Strathclyde, Leader of the House of Lords.
  • Ben Thompson, Science Writer and Blogger for the Wellcome Trust.
  • Robin Terrell, Managing Director John Lewis Direct.
  • Penny Tranter, Meteorologist Met Office.
  • Rose Tremain CBE, Author (Restoration, Music and Silence, and The Road Home), and UEA's Chancellor (appointed June 2013), also one of the University's early students (1964–67).
  • Erica Wagner, Literary Editor The Times, Author (Seizure, Gravity, Ariel’s Gift).
  • Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive Film London.

For further information

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  • University of East Anglia
    Norwich Research Park
    NR4 7TJ
UCAS Code E14

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