The University of East Anglia accepted its first students
The first Vice-Chancellor, Frank Thistlethwaite opened the University Village in 1963, with many of the existing buildings being built on a converted golf course. The university itself was designed by English Architect Sir Denys Lasdun, who also designed the Royal National Theatre.
The architecturally unique Ziggurats were completed in 1967. Designed by Denys Lasdun, the Grade II listed terraced student residences have attracted widespread interest over the years and have led to the UEA winning a number of awards. They earned the eighth spot in the top 10 of best UK university architecture by the Architect's Journal.
Library moves to the plain
With a wealth of resources available, the UEA Library contains over 800,000 books and is spread over 6 floors. The building also houses several important collections of archives, and the Special Collections section contains almost 9,000 titles of rare, valuable or illustrated monographs and pamphlets in all subject areas.
The Creative Writing MA is founded
The first degree of its kind in the country, the Creative Writing programme was founded in 1971 by Sir Angus Wilson and Professor Malcolm Bradbury. Notable Alumni include Trezza Azzopardi, Tracy Chevalier, Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro.
The construction of University House on campus brings the launch of the Student Union bar and the LCR
As well as these campus staples being established in 1973, the careers centre was launched, the university held a 10th anniversary celebration with its 3,245 students, and excavation began on the Broad.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts opens
Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury donated their collection of world art to the University of East Anglia in 1973 and the Sainsbury Centre first opened its doors to visitors in 1978. It was designed by world famous architect Norman Foster, who is best known for The Gherkin and Wembley Stadium, and was his first major public building.
Law moves to Earlham Hall
The family home of famous Humanitarian Elizabeth Fry, Earlham Hall is an elegant Grade II listed building, which encapsulates the university's rich heritage, whilst providing a striking architectural contrast to the 60s concrete.
The Climatic Research Unit moved into its current home.
The Hubert Lamb building was designed by architect Rick Mather, on recommendation from Norman Foster and named after the renowned climatologist, whose views on global warming were widely acknowledged during the late 70s.
The Arthur Miller Centre opens at UEA
The Arthur Miller Centre was an initiative designed to promote further study of the United States by offering scholarships and prizes to American Studies students. The Centre hosts UEA's Literary Festival, which has welcomed writers such as Salman Rushdie, Ted Hughes, Hilary Mantel, Iris Murdoch and Alan Bennett.
Concrete, the current student newspaper, was re-launched in 1992 having made its first appearance at UEA in 1973. The newspaper now has a circulation of 4,500 copies. Previous issues have included interviews with Nick Clegg, Charles Clarke, Harrison Ford, Stephen Fry and Greg James, amongst others.
Union starts managing The Waterfront
The Waterfront is a live music venue and nightclub in Norwich, which has been managed by the Union of UEA Students since 1993. The Waterfront, has hosted bands including Pulp, Radiohead, Nirvana, The Verve, Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Plan B, Amy Winehouse, Stereophonics, Buzzcocks, MGMT, Travis, and Moby.
Official opening of Elizabeth Fry building
UEA adopted several novel techniques to achieve the environmental and energy performance of the Elizabeth Fry Building, while also ensuring that benefits in terms of occupant comfort levels, increased productivity, low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and energy cost savings were delivered
UEA's £30 million Sportspark boasts a state-of-the-art Olympic-sized swimming pool, athletics track and gym, as well as an extensive range of activities including archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, climbing, hockey, martial arts, squash, and trampolining.
INTO is a study centre offering new and high quality preparation for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK. Combining UEA resources with major independent investment, INTO Centres deliver a world-class educational and cultural experience for international students, with fast, effective and assured progression to university degree courses.
Queen's Anniversary Prize
UEA's School of International Development is awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in recognition of 40 years' sustained responses to environmental change and world poverty.
UEA London opens
UEA's new London centre was established to enhance the employability of UEA graduates, raise the university's international profile and foster links with influential government and business communities in the capital.
Queen's Anniversary Prize
UEA is awarded the prestigious Queens Anniversary Prize for its contribution to creative writing. A year later, bolstered by the University's reputation in this field, Norwich wins the bid to become England's first UNESCO City of Literature.