Facilities Facilities

The Graduate School aims to develop and support a distinct research community which draws together both research students and academics to create a vibrant and challenging intellectual culture.

The Graduate School offers a wide programme of seminars and workshops each year and provides facilities for working and socialising, as well as a Graduate School Student Forum that represents the student body.

To facilitate the personal and professional development of our research students, the Faculty provides an extensive personal and professional development training programme each year and offers grants to support research activities, conference attendance and the development of public engagement initiatives.

The achievements of our research students in teaching, publication and public engagement are recognised in our annual Graduate School Prize and recorded in the new Annual Report.

Social Areas

Graduates have exclusive access to the common room (Arts 01.09), with comfortable seating and tables where students can relax, eat, drink and hold small group discussions. There are coin-operated lockers for daily use. An additional social area is located in Arts 0.69.

Study Centres

The Arts 01.13 study centre is a large computer suite with 60 computers networked to a laser printer. There is also networked desk space for laptops. 78 new lockers are available for longer term deposit of items. An additional study centre is located in Arts 0.66/0.68, and is equipped with 24 computers networked to a multi-function device for printing, scanning and photocopying. Both study centres have campus card access to postgraduate research students only. They are managed by student representatives.


A loan period lasts for approximately four months and will incorporate vacation periods so that items can be left outside semester time. Loan renewals are possible subject to demand for lockers. A £10.00 refundable deposit applies to all loans of keys. This is to cover the costs of any replacements or repairs.

Allocation Dates

Keys are issued for the following periods:

  • 10 May 2016 - 27 September 2016
  • 05 October 2016 - 11 January 2017
  • 18 January 2017 - 03 May 2017
  • 10 May 2017 - 27 September 2017

Students intending to borrow keys should make an appointment by emailing Matthew SIllence at m.sillence@uea.ac.uk.

Resources room

The resources room (Arts 01.06) opened in summer 2011 and is equipped with an interactive whiteboard display and visualiser. The room is informally named 'Max's Room' after the University's foremost literary interdisciplinary archivist, W.G. Sebald. Born in Germany, W.G. ‘Max' Sebald taught at the University from 1970 until his death in a car accident in 2001, aged 57. He joined the University when it was a very young institution, helping to establish a ‘do different' vision and an aggressively interdisciplinary ethos. Sebald's career exemplified this creative spirit and produced something unique in the history of 20th Century writing. A meticulous scholar, brilliant writer and inspiring teacher, it seems particularly fitting that the new generation of researchers in the humanities should work in a room bearing his name.

The resources room is available for postgraduate training, seminars, talks and informal workshops. Enquiries for room bookings for Arts 01.06 should be directed to Matthew Sillence, m.sillence@uea.ac.uk.

Other facilities and services

The UEA Library, alongside the facilities it offers to all students, now has an area reserved purely for PGR student use, on a first come first served basis.

The University boasts a wide range of campus facilities and services ranging from the Sportspark – Britain's largest indoor sports centre – to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, as well as accommodation, shops, banks, a health centre, multi-faith centre, nursery, and a vibrant and supportive Student's Union with a new Graduate Centre that opened in 2015. For more information see Campus Life.